Friday, May 11, 2012
Hello HS Parents!
I hope you are gaining helpful insight from the current message focus at our church right now: God's Masterpiece. We are actually complementing that focus in our Bible teaching classes with a study called SHAPE. Both of these are designed to help you see how God has uniquely gifted you to serve Him. Although I have been through the SHAPE study and have led others through it many times - it has been affirming to walk through it again and revisit what God has SHAPED me to do. I hope you are taking advantage of it.
Robert and I are walking middle and high school students through the SHAPE study as well. This coming Sunday we will be talking about the big "A" in SHAPES: Abilities. I'm thinking this one will really ring true with high school students. The Spiritual Gifts (S) and the Heart (H) can be a little intimidating, but most students will be able to recognize, easily, their Abilities. I'm really counting on some "a-ha" moments for your teens this week. Here's some of the things we'll talk about:
1. What are some things you are good at? What abilities do use when doing these things?
2. What is something you do well, but no longer do? What made you stop doing it?
3. How could you use natural abilities to benefit others?
For those of you walking through SHAPE in your own Bible study class, take a few minutes to unpack what you're discovering with your student. Don't be afraid to reveal a little about what you're learning about yourself. You might find they take will follow your lead and open up about what they are learning as well.
A few things I want you to know about:
1 - Next week we will be having a concert outside Annex II on the parking lot. The Cast and Crew Band will be back with us from 6:30 to 7:30 on the lot.
2 - On Wednesday night, May 23, we will have a VERY special guest speaker. Amy Brown from Union University will be sharing with our students about her teenage years and how God delivered her from a horrible home life, through a multitude of bad decisions, and ultimately to a life that honors Him. Hers is an extremely powerful and compelling testimony that will capture the attention of your students.
3 - We are taking a few weekend trips over the next few weeks to help to promote the camp that we'll be doing in July in New Orleans. The trips are only $25 per person and students can sign up on Wednesdays and Sundays in the Annex.
Whew! I know that's a lot. If you made it this far, I hope you have a GREAT weekend! Let me know if I can pray about something for you or your family.