COVID-19 Updates

As summer is coming to an end, I wanted to update you all on what our plans are for the upcoming semester. We had our final week of Wednesday Night Live last week, and we are so thankful for everyone that tuned in weekly to watch and we hope that your kids felt encouraged and connected to us through that. The last 2 weeks, we did an in-person viewing of Wednesday Night Live, and those went extremely well! Before we launched our Fall Programming, we wanted to make sure Students were cooperative with the necessary social-distance rules to make these programs happen safely, and your kids did a great job following those rules. 

So on August 23rd we are going to be resuming 412 and Lighthouse! They will both be held outside at church, in socially distant variations. 412 will be from 5:30-6:30 at the Student Ministry Courtyard and will consist of an ice breaker, a short devotional, and small groups led by an adult leader. Lighthouse will be from 7-8 and there will be 3 groups that students can choose to go to at different areas around the church. These Bible studies will be led by 3 student leaders, and a Student Staff member will be there to help facilitate. Melissa and Isaac will be sending out specific emails about the details of these programs later this month. 

We are also working on a new Student Ministry app that will be our new hub for all videos, bible studies, and programming information. We have so many different ways of communicating through YouTube, Instagram, Remind, emails, etc – that we are wanting to simplify how everyone can know what is going on with the Student Ministry. The app is in the “approval” process through Apple and we will let you all know when and how to download it when it’s ready. We think this will be a gamechanger for us to easily provide your kids the encouragement and messages that they need throughout the week, and the ability to quickly access them whenever they want. 

We will also be continuing our E-Sports video game league in September as well. We are making some adjustments to the games selections so that even more kids will be able to participate, and will be making the leagues free so that cost won’t be an issue for anyone. We will be sending out a registration signup for that soon. 

In the meantime, we will continue to post a weekly Sunday School video on YouTube at 9:30 on our St. Andrew Students YouTube channel, as well as utilizing Instagram for Scripture and encouragement during the week. Please let me know if there is anything that the Student Staff can pray or do for your family as the school year starts back up.

Michael Agnew
Student Ministry Director
281-808-7411

 

 


Sunday Schedule

  • Sunday School/Confirmation will continue on Sunday mornings on our Youtube channel at 9:30 AM. You can tune in as it premieres or watch it later on in the week.
  • 412 will begin meeting on August 23rd from 5:30-6:30 in the Student Ministry courtyard and will consist of an ice breaker, a short devotional, and small groups led by an adult leader.
  • Lighthouse will begin meeting on August 23rd from 7:00-8:00. There will be 3 groups that students can choose to go to at different areas around the church. These Bible studies will be led by 3 student leaders, and a Student Staff member will be there to help facilitate.



Weekly Schedule

  • Matthew Bible Study Guide - Click Here to see the guide for our summer Bible study on the book of Matthew.
  • Daily Bible studies have ended for the year. Look for them to possibly resume in the Fall. We encourage you to look back on the studies that were posted this Spring.

Ecclesiastes - Lesson 1
Ecclesiastes - Lesson 2
Ecclesiastes - Lesson 3
Ecclesiastes - Lesson 4
Abraham - Lesson 1
Abraham - Lesson 2
Abraham - Lesson 3
Abraham - Lesson 4
Esther - Lesson 1
Esther - Lesson 2
Esther - Lesson 3
Esther - Lesson 4
Gideon - Lesson 1
Gideon - Lesson 2

  • Girls-Only Bible Study - This Bible study has ended for the year. Look for it to possibly resume in the Fall.
  • Podcast:
    We will have a once a week Podcast called Drop the Anchor where Michael and Isaac will talk about faith questions and practical life advice for how to continue to grow spiritually while in these new “social distancing” times. Look for new episodes to drop on Mondays. Listen to the podcast below!


A message From High School Coordinator Isaac Harris

Our family and community,

These last few weeks have been weird, eventful and scary for a lot of us. The rapid escalation of the COVID-19 virus around the world has brought a lot of our lives to a screeching halt and naturally, many emotions have followed.

While I know some of you are enjoying time off school and are not worrying about the situation, I know there are plenty of others that are struggling with anxiety, fear and panic during this time. No matter how you are approaching the situation, it is affecting us all.

Life as we know it for the foreseeable future will look different. Our schedules have been upended and things that we enjoy doing will probably have to be put on hold for a while. While we adjust together to all of the changes to our everyday life, I want to remind us of the one thing that never changes: Jesus.

As the generation on deck, I ask of you the following during this time.

Hope, Not Fear

As I’m sure a lot of you have, reading social media and listening to the news right now can get heavy. You can go down rabbit holes and soak up so much information right now that you can become paralyzed in fear. Educate yourself on the situation, but if you find yourself drowning in the sea of fear, wade in the water for a bit. Take a break from it.

Seek hope, not fear.

When Jesus was speaking in the Sermon on the Mount, he spoke about this fear, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on…Which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” (Matt. 6:25,27)

While we can educate ourselves during this time, this isn’t our foundation. Our courage, strength and hope comes from the Lord. Spend time in prayer, worship and in scripture right now above all else. He even says this a few verses later in verse 33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness”.

I do want to say this too; true peace comes from the Lord. One of my favorite pastors that I follow is Louie Giglio in Atlanta. He had this to say and I think it is a powerful reminder for us all.

“I want to remind us today that our God is in control. All throughout time in history and through our lives, there have been times when it looked like everything was completely out of control. But there has never been a moment that our God wasn’t a loving God sitting on a throne who had a purpose and a plan for your life. His word says He will keep in perfect peace the one whose mind is stayed on Him,” -Giglio

Pray

This might seem like the obvious, but pray.

Pray not just for your own peace and hope, but for everyone that has been, is currently and will be affected by this deadly virus. Pray for the families that have and will lose loved ones. Pray for the medical and scientific community as they navigate these waters. Pray for world leaders as they strategize and implement new plans to help combat this virus. Pray for the Asian communities that have been frequent targets of racism and prejudice because of COVID-19.

Still Pursue Jesus

Since church has been canceled for the time being, it might be easy to fall into the trap of putting your relationship with Jesus on hold until everything gets back to “normal”. Instead, use this extra time that you have to read your Bible more, get a prayer routine going or set aside time to spend in worship.

Over the next few weeks we plan to help you with this also. From devotionals to IGTV videos during normal Sunday School hours, we have been/still are brainstorming ways to connect with you all and help grow your relationships with Christ.

Accomplish Something

Accomplish something over these next few weeks. What is something you have put off for a while and haven’t made the time to do? Is there a book you have been wanting to read? Maybe a phone call to someone you need to make?

A lot of you might be stuck at home or in one place the majority of the next few weeks. Set mini goals. Help your parents with things around the house. Spend time as a family watching Netflix or playing a game. Make the most of this time off.

Reach Out to Us

Even though our programming will look different for the foreseeable future, we are not going anywhere. We are still just a phone call away. If you are struggling with something, call. If you need advice on something, reach out. Any of us would love to talk with any of you at any time through all of this.

We will also be rolling out things on social media such as devotionals, IGTV videos and other creative ways to connect with you all. You are not alone in this. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Seek God's Word

Lastly, I want to leave you a handful of verses that have brought me comfort. I encourage you to put some of these in places you see every day. Maybe your bathroom mirror, inside your car or your phone background.

JOSHUA 1:8-9
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

JOHN 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

PSALM 23:1-4
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

ISAIAH 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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In a time like this where we don’t know the answers to a lot of our questions, I urge you all to cling to what we do know. We know God is a promise keeper. We know that He is our comforter and place of refuge. We know He loves us and is with us every step of the way.

More of Him, Less of Us,

Isaac