Tonight at Nitro and Fusion, we'll be giving out free pizza (as usual) and having a great time! We hope that having pizza at the start of Youth Group makes this Wednesday Night transition a little easier... dinner is one less thing on your plate (literally).
We're teaching this:
These days it seems like there are causes everywhere. Feed the hungry. Save the animals. Help the homeless. Sometimes every other commercial points to another group that’s in need. And it’s not just big causes. Your school has a coat drive. Your church nursery needs volunteers. Your little brother needs help with his homework. There are a lot of needs out there, and that can make the idea of serving feel overwhelming. What are you supposed to do? Even if you gave all your money and all your time, would it make a dent? In the New Testament, Jesus’ disciples were found themselves with a similar dilemma. Faced with a huge crowd in need of food, and very little resources to give, making a difference seemed impossible. But what we learn from their story may just give us the courage to serve anyway. Because when we bring what we have, God has the opportunity to show up a way that can propel our faith in a way we never would have anticipated.
The Bottom Line for this week is this: There is a direct connection between growing and serving.
Maybe you could ask your student..
- Have you ever thought about serving at Northridge Church?
- What do you like most about the serving opportunities you've taken advantage of?
- How have you seen God use that service to make you more like him?
- Parent: Why don't you share about your serving experiences and how they've helped you plug into Northridge and how they've helped you grow! Or maybe if you and your student have never served before, commit to signing up to serving THIS SUNDAY!
Think about This:
We all need growth spurts in our lives, or time where we focus on propelling an area of our lives to a new level. And, parenting is no different. Just like the rest of life, there will times when we need to stretch and grow our parenting. During this series, your students are learning about four ideas that can propel their faith forward, and the same four things they’re hearing about—but with a slight twist—have the power to propel your parenting.
Here's the third installment:
Serve together. There’s no question that serving benefits teenagers. The Minneapolis based Search Institute has reported that children and teens who volunteer just 1 hour a week are 50% less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or engage in harmful behaviors (from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/raising-resilient-children-and-teens/201112/serving-others-will-help-your-teen-thrive). But the benefits aren’t just limited to the student. When families serve together they create situations where they will have to depend on each other, work together, and have real conversations. And they benefits aren't just in having a happy life either - When we serve, we're living like Jesus who came to this earth not to BE served, but to serve (and to give His life for our sake). What better way to model Christlikeness to and with your student than to live just like He lived?