Last Sunday night the middle and high school youth at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, took advantage of our cold Charleston winter by hosting a bonfire event with chili, s’mores, and outdoor music.
Our growing group of middle school and high school students enjoy their own Equip classes on Sunday morning especially tailored to them and their ages, and special youth events like this one help gather the students for fun, fellowship, and food each month. We’re aiming to build community among our youth, as we plan events and service projects for them to participate in. Contact Tiffany Koch or Amanda Dolinski for more information–and about how you can help!
Last Friday night 20 youth and 14 adult volunteers cleared the Fellowship Hall and transformed it into a fun space for the middle school and high school youth at Redeemer (and some friends). They played tons of games, enjoyed a music jam session and worship songs, listened to a guest speaker, made cookies, and didn’t sleep a wink, mostly. After everyone recovers, they’ll be ready for the next one!
Our Christian-Education classes for Youth at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, are finishing up the summer and looking forward to new classes, new teachers, and new curriculum for students. Read about their current classes and curriculum, and here’s what some of our teachers are saying about teaching the Youth at Redeemer:
I am very excited about this opportunity to disciple our senior high girls as we learn about who Jesus is through the eyes of John. I have been so encouraged by the questions that the girls ask and their eager participation as together we build a profile of Christ. I look forward to forming deep relationships with these girls as we seek to bring glory to God in all that we do. I am thrilled to walk alongside these girls in our journey together to grow closer to God through His Son Jesus Christ. —Mary Beth Anderson
I really love teaching the high school youth class because I feel like high school is such a transitional point in life. It can be nice to have someone outside parents to talk to and share things with and get good, sound, Biblical advice. Not that I always feel qualified to be that person, but I do love building relationships with the girls and trying my best to be there for them during tough situations. It’s been really fun to get to know them better and to grow with them in my faith, too. —Jamie Mills
Has the Lord been nudging your heart to consider your role in assisting in the Christian nurture of our Covenant Children and Youth? The middle school class in particular (ages 10-12) needs one or two women who have a heart to disciple girls one-on-one or in small groups. If the Lord is nudging your heart in this direction, email Frankie Bennett today! (Teachers need to be active members of Redeemer.)
Back in May, Redeemer expanded its class offerings for youth and older children during our Christian-Education hour. Our dedicated teachers are pouring themselves into the youth at Redeemer with such fervent spirits. Frankie Bennett leads our teachers, and below is her update on the classes:
Each week we pray for the Lord to send more students so that our small group of girls (ages 11-18) will have a peer group at Redeemer. However, each week as we wait for the Lord to send more youth here, I am grateful for this time to develop one-on-one relationships with these wonderful girls.
Both youth classes (middle school and senior high) are studying the gospel of John using a modified inductive method appropriate for their reading levels and ability to handle abstract thought. Using this method, we teachers do not tell the students what they need to know. Instead, we read the Bible text together and ask questions about what we have read. How awesome to have a student have the time and comfort in the one-on-one relationship to ask profoundly important questions such as, “I understand that Jesus is the Son of God. Why is He also called the Son of Man? How can He be both?” What a privilege to look again at the text with that student and ask her questions about what the Scriptures reveal in other verses, and then to see the “light dawn” in her eyes as she comprehends what Scripture reveals about Jesus Christ.
Also, in the youth classes we try each week to emphasize intercessory prayer for one another: for the four youth Redeemer sponsors in at The Children’s Home in Bhogpur, India, and for our missionaries. Our youth have already Skyped with Redeemer’s missionary in London, and they are “adopting” another missionary family’s children (ages 1 and 4) as their special prayer focus, especially since those children will jump from one culture to another this summer and fall.
Thanks to the church’s gift of freedom of pace, we do not have to rush through our curriculum to finish by an arbitrary deadline. Each class may work through the gospel of John at the pace that suits our students and their various travel schedules this summer.
In an effort to encourage edifying reading, we’ve started a miniature lending library in Nook #3 on the third floor of the Education Building. We have almost one shelf full of missionary biographies and book-length testimonies of individuals coming to faith in Christ. Feel free to donate or lend age-appropriate books for youth ages 10-18 that point them to Christ! (Feel free to borrow a book, too!)
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we’re excited to announce two NEW Christian-Education classes for our older children and youth! Our patient Covenant youth have been serving as helpers in nursery and in the preschool classes while everyone else has enjoyed a Christian-Ed. class, but starting Sunday, May 31 Lord willing we’ll offer a class for students ages 13-18 (grades 9-12) and another for students ages 10-12 (grades 5-8).
The senior high class (grades 9-12) will be using the “So What?” curriculum by Great Commission Publications, beginning with the study of John 1-10. Teenagers have questions: God’s Word has answers. That’s why Scripture is the heart of each session. Students will examine what the Bible says, learn what it means, and see how it relates to their lives.
The middle school class (grades 5-8) will be using Jesus in the Spotlight, an inductive Bible study written for youth by Kay Arthur and Cyndy Shearer, which teaches careful examination of Scripture using creative methods. Students will pretend to be a film director who makes a movie about Jesus’ life. Their movie will be about the first ten chapters of John’s book, and it will be full of adventures. This hands-on book will help teach the basic skills of Bible study for a lifetime of discovering God’s Word.
Contact Frankie Bennett to get more details about the classes, ask questions, and volunteer to be involved with discipling our youth as we prepare the next generation.
Last Saturday, May 10 the Youth Group girls enjoyed an evening out at Charleston’s annual Greek Festival with live music, dance performances, and plenty of Greek food. They enjoyed delicious gyros, spanakopita, dolmades, and meatballs while watching a performance of traditional Greek dance. Inspired by the performance, they joined in and had a blast on the dance floor!
They also visited the beautiful, ornate Greek Orthodox church and listened to the priest tell of their interesting church history and tradition. Rayleigh Deaton, one of the girls who attended, enjoyed this fell0wship event:
I really enjoyed the festival because it gave us girls a chance to get to know each other on a more intimate scale besides that of a class-feel atmosphere on Sunday mornings.
Jim & Margaret Belton took the Youth Group girls to see God’s Not Dead last weekend. Read Jim’s take on the film:
I would heartily recommend that all members of the Redeemer family see this movie. In the film a college freshman is challenged by his philosophy professor to admit the “obvious fact” that God is dead or rather that he never existed at all. The student feels compelled to defend his Christian faith on both scientific and philosophical grounds by debating his professor in front of the entire class.
The plot is slightly contrived. However, it allows the filmmaker to introduce a very intellectual school of apologetics to the audience. Moreover, the film gives a fairly accurate depiction of the anti-Christian prejudice found on most university campuses today. One of the strengths of the film is that it addresses not only the head but the heart. There are many brilliant Christian apologists today who have defended the faith on both scientific and philosophical grounds. However, many of them are ineffective at addressing man’s spiritual and emotional need for God. On the other hand, there are many heartfelt evangelists who find it difficult to defend the faith on intellectual grounds.
Throughout the film, we are introduced to numerous characters who struggle with their unbelief in God. We see not only the arguments they project to the world but also the life traumas that have brought them to unbelief. We see how God’s working in ways they cannot comprehend is calling them to him.
Big warning! There is a major debate among Christian apologists today. Many embrace the Big Bang because it seems to prove that God created the universe as it states in Genesis 1:1. Others reject the Big Bang because it contradicts the idea that God shaped the universe in six 24-hour days. This film is sympathetic to the Big Bang theory.
God’s Not Dead is a great testimony to Christ. For that reason, the enemy in Hollywood will try to shut it down as soon as possible. I would like to strongly encourage you to see the film soon and take your friends.