This is what we did last night...
Last night was our first night this school year where we were divided into middle school and high school. Our middle school students met from 4:30-6:00, we had a combined dinner from 6:00-6:30, and our high school met from 6:30-8:00.
We opened up with a game of seated foosball before talking about some of our upcoming events (Click here to see our upcoming events). Students were encouraged to sign up for a serve team or to serve during one of our regular service opportunities. We played two upfront games. The first was Reverse Charades, Disney movie edition. Students had to act out the title of a Disney movie that appeared on the screen while a member from their team tried to guess. Our second upfront game was Food Roulette. Students came up in groups of four and randomly selected one of our food items. Three of the items were normal and one had a twist. There were four rounds, Oreos (one contained mayo), chocolate pudding (one contained worcestershire sauce), cheese quesadillas (one contained sprinkles), and cheese pizza (one contained a habanero pepper).
This is what we talked about...
This week we started a new series we are calling Jesus and Your Stress. Over the course of the next four weeks, your teenager will learn to trust God with the stress of life; that he or she have a choice when it comes to dealing with his or her stress; that choosing to trust God with his or her stress is the right decision even if he or she don’t understand exactly what God is doing; and that the Holy Spirit is present in his or her life to give him or her peace and comfort.
I’m looking forward to learning with your teenager what Jesus teaches us about dealing with our stress. To prepare to engage with your teenager, think about doing the following:
- Pray for your teenager and the group of friends in his or her Bible study group.
- Think about some of your struggles and victories in how you dealt with stress in your own life during your teen years and be ready to share those with your teenager.
- Consider leading your teenager to think of a way the two of you can show the love of Christ to others in the form of a ministry action before the series is over.
Last Night's Devotional
We looked at the following Scripture passage:
As you have time this week, maybe you could read it as well.
We talked about how Jesus in Luke 12:28 points to a lack of faith as the root of our anxiety and worry. A lack of faith in our abilities, a lack of faith in God's promise to provide for us, or a lack of faith in the bigger picture. In verse 29 Jesus warns us about where we set our heart. We talked about the difference between planning and thinking about something, and setting our heart on something. When we set our heart on something we invest ourselves fully into it. If things don't work out the way we want them to we can be destroyed by the outcome. This week make sure you are setting your heart on the right things, on the things God would want you to. Are you setting your heart on loving and serving others? Are you setting your heart on God and his kingdom? Or are you setting your heart on your own selfish goals and desires?
Next Steps . . .
As your teenager begins learning about what the Bible has to say about stress, consider examining the effects of stress in your life. While the stressors may be different compared to your teenager the feelings of stress are usually quite similar. Try to think back to your teen years and remember some of the things you stressed over like grades, fitting in, peer pressure, and relationships. Try to find some common ground in order to open up your lines of communication.
- Remember to ask your student about the lesson and what things stuck in their minds.
- Ask questions that will allow your student the freedom to answer without feeling like they are being quizzed on the lesson. We want you to feel like a vital part of the learning process.
Please let me know if I can ever help you and remember I am always here to answer any questions you may have.
Thank you for all you do. If you have any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me.