Magnolia Students wants to make sure that your student has their priorities in order when it comes to their faith. Over the years, I have watched students get connected to their youth group over the summer and immediately find themselves disconnected once they go back to school. They stop showing up to church. They miss ministry events and opportunities to serve. They struggle in their personal life. They begin new relationships that pull them away. They get busy with school related activities and functions. In the end, they don’t have any time for God in their schedule and drift away. This month, we are doing a special series to help them understand how to find balance in God and put him first at the beginning of a new school year. If they do not write God into their priorities, they will write him out of their priorities and drift away in the youth culture. We want to teach them how to remain connected to their youth group.
If an astronaut is not harnessed to their space shuttle, they will drift off into outer space because there is zero gravity. In a similar way, if we are not harnessed to God and his Word, we will drift off into the youth culture because there is no truth anchoring our faith.
When we make our faith a priority over against our busy school schedules, relationships, and activities, we will not drift off into the world and feel far away from the Lord and our youth group. Instead, we will find balance in God because we will be grounded in his Word, be surrounded by his presence, and remain connected to his people. Here is the series breakdown for the month of August:
August 11 = Zero Gravity: Lost in Outer Space (Luke 15:11-32)
August 18 = Mere Gravity: Putting God First (John 15:1-17)
August 25 = Keeping Gravity: Staying Harnessed to the Space Shuttle (Colossians 2:6-15)
The goal of this Gravity series is for students to decide how they will answer this question, “Will I put God first and not drift away?” When God is not a priority, we become like the astronaut who drifts off into outer space with not harness. In our context, students who don’t attend or get involved in their youth group begin to drift off feeling like they don’t belong, are not accepted, and live with guilt and excuses. We want them to know that they are welcomed, loved, and need to be connected if they want to find balance in their life.
CONNECT, GROW, SERVE, AND GO CLASSES – Grades 7-12
Our mission is to lead students to become authentic followers of Jesus. Magnolia Students wants teenagers to connect with God and others, grow in a life group, serve in the church, and go share the good news. We accomplish this by planning events that align with our four purposes and providing discipleship courses for life development. Once a student completes all four discipleship courses, they receive a special certificate and are given specific ministry opportunities. Below are the upcoming dates for courses:
Student Go – TBA
Student Serve – Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 6:30-8:00pm – Register HERE
Student Grow – Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6:30-8:00pm – Register HERE
Student Connect – Sunday, March 8, 2020, 12:30-3:00pm – Register HERE
Facilitator: Pastor RJ McCauley
If you have any questions about these opportunities, email Jacqueline.Carrier@magonline.com.
On Sundays, students meet for Life Groups at 9:30 AM during first service. The goal of Life Groups is to have a Christ-centered conversation about the life through our current series. We want every student to be connected to a leader and be in a small community of other students who are going through the same things as teenagers. Middle School (grades 7-8) meets in B203, and High School (grades 9-12) meets in B201.
If you would like to sign up your student for a Life Group, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAG WORSHIP NIGHTS
On Wednesdays, students are encouraged to invite their friends to our midweek service to experience live worship, biblical teaching, fun games, and fellowship at our snack bar from 6:30-8:00 PM. Our midweek exists to provide a safe environment for students to draw closer to God and make new friends. The goal of Mag Worship Nights is to reach the next generation with the gospel and equip them live out their faith. Midweek meets in the Loft (grades 7-12).
Mag Worship Nights exists to reach the next generation. Our student midweek provides a safe environment for teenagers to draw closer to God, grow in their faith, and meet new friends. Each night features live worship, fun games, relevant messages, and food at our snack bar. To see what it looks like, check out our hashtag #MagWorshipNights on Instagram.
HE READS TRUTH
Our guys gather at church to grow deeper in their faith to become godly young men. Each gathering includes free lunch, a guest speaker, and a practical guide to implement essential spiritual disciplines for teenage guys.
SHE READS TRUTH
Our girls gather at church to grow deeper in their faith to be comes godly young women. Each gathering includes free lunch, a guest speaker, and a practical guide to implement essential spiritual disciplines for teenage girls.
Every student is designed to lead. Authentic Student Leadership is a leadership track for high school students who want to serve in the ministry and develop life skills that will help them become better students at school, home, and in the community. If your student is interested and would like an application, please email us at email@example.com.
Winter Camp provides an affordable weekend experience that will stretch a student’s faith and expand their relationships with their friends. During the winter season, we travel to Camp Pondo to enjoy the snowy conditions of our local mountains. Great speakers share their personal stories and present a life changing message from God’s word. Worship bands allow students to respond to what God is saying, and lead them in special times of renewal and praise. Our leaders help students connect with God and others during cabin time. Winter Camp is like a short version of Summer Camp, but usually with snow. It is tons of fun!
Summer Camp provides a five-day experience that will stretch a student’s faith and expand their relationships with their friends. During our summer break, we travel to Camp Pondo to enjoy the beautiful So Cal mountains. Youth speakers from around the country share a series of messages that inspire students to live out their purpose. Worship bands lead students in special times of renewal and praise through their music. Our leaders help students connect with God and others during outdoor activities and cabin time. Summer Camp is the best place to get away and take a retreat as a teenager!
We always have something happening at Magnolia Students. To learn more about our current events, click HERE.
ADULT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION: CLICK HERE
RJ.McCauley, Student Ministries Pastor
Jacqi Carrier, Ministry Assistant
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