COVID-19 Updates

Hello Parents!

I wanted to let you all know how the Student Staff is planning on engaging and connecting with your students virtually over the next few weeks. We are aiming to provide as much normalcy to your student's usual church schedules, but changing the method that we interact with them as we practice “social distancing” as a community. 

For churchwide updates, visit the Churchwide COVID-19 Updates page.

We are going to be utilizing Student Ministry Instagram a lot, as well as Zoom meeting calls. I know a lot of your students have Instagram, but Zoom is probably something new to your family. Here is the link for the Zoom site to find more info. You can access the meetings from your computer browser or the Zoom app on the phone. This will allow us to virtually meet in smaller groups to have deeper conversations rather than just through text. We will be sending emails and texts out with the virtual meeting links on Sunday.



Sunday Schedule

Our plan on Sundays is to utilize Instagram at 9:30 a.m. for our Student service. Holly will be teaching her Confirmation lesson so that the Confirmands are still able to learn the material they need, but any student is welcome to watch and virtually participate during this time as well. 

412 will either be on Zoom or Instagram Live at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. We will send another email out for specifics on how we are meeting later in the week, as we are still trying to see what’s the most effective virtual option. 

Lighthouse will be having smaller Zoom meetings at 7 PM. We will have smaller groups of 8ish people to allow for quality discussion. We will send out the links for these meetings on Sunday as well.



Weekly Schedule

Our plan is to post for every morning on the stories of the Student Ministry Instagram account:

  • Daily Bible study:
    As we find ourselves in a time of uneasiness and uncertainty, it can be helpful to remember those people of faith who also found themselves in troubling circumstances. Every Tuesday and Thursday, a new Bible Study will be uploaded to this Student Ministry web page. You will go through the questions on your own and at your own pace. We’ll be looking at four people in the Old Testament who, in facing the unknown, had to choose between faithfully following God or going their own way: Abraham, Mordecai.

Abraham - Lesson 1
Abraham - Lesson 2

  • Worship songs
  • Prayer prompt
  • Girls-Only Bible Study - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. Girls Only Bible Study with Melissa, Zoom Code: 607-846-610
  • Podcast:
    We will have a twice a week Podcast called Drop the Anchor where Michael and Isaac will talk about that week’s lessons and how we can apply them to our lives, along with other faith questions, and practical life advice for how to continue to grow spiritually while in these new “social distancing” times. Listen to the podcast below!

These will be posted by 9 a.m. every day. 

We will also be doing daily, fun interactive challenges on Instagram. We want to give your kids something fun and interactive to do and hopefully it’ll build a virtual sense of community as they see the funny things that their friends are doing to participate as well. 

  • Monday | Music Video Monday: Make a music video and send it to our IG 
  • Tuesday | Trivia Tuesday: We will post a dozen random trivia questions spanning from The Office, Stranger Things, Staff trivia, and more!
  • Wednesday | Dude Perfect Wednesday: let’s see your best trick shot at your house 
  • Thursday | Trivia Thursday: We will post a dozen random trivia questions spanning from The Office, Stranger Things, staff trivia, and more!
  • Friday | Art Friday: let’s see what Artwork you are able to cook up at your house! 
  • Saturday | Scavenger Hunt Saturday: A scavenger hunt of 20ish items that students must photograph and send to our IG

We will do an Instagram Live time every day at 1:30 p.m. for your students to log on and connect with someone on the Student Staff. They can life up any prayer requests, ask us random questions, or just connect and see what the staff is doing during our new daily schedules as well.



Lunch Bunch Schedule

Lunch Bunch is one of our favorite ministries that we do, and the idea of missing a few weeks was too sad, so Family Ministry Outreach Coordinator Brian Drew is going to be doing Instagram Live at 12 p.m. on Wednesday. He will be doing a couple of giveaways and we encourage everyone to join in, eat their lunch, and watch to see whatever amazing delicious food Brian will be eating that day.

Please know that the Student Staff is here for your family however we can help during this time! We are trying to reach out to as many kids as we can to check in on them, but if your child needs any extra encouragement then please let me know - we’d love to talk with them or include them in any of our virtual hangouts. 

Sincerely,
Michael Agnew
Student Ministry Director
281-808-7411

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