Connecting Students with the Church Body: Moving High School Ministry to Sundays
IF YOU'RE RELATED TO OR CONNECTED IN SOME WAY with a high school student here at WEFC, then you may have heard that our High School Ministry (HSM) has moved its regular meeting time from Monday evenings to Sunday evenings. Maybe you’re wondering why – or, maybe you’re wondering why you should care. It just so happens that those two questions are connected. Simply put, we believe that this move creates the best possible environment for high school students to engage in the full life of the church. Here's why:
- Most students are involved in extracurricular activities throughout the year (sports, theater, etc.) that make regular participation in HSM on Mondays difficult. Moving to Sunday evenings reduces the number of conflicts significantly.
- It's not just high school students - families are busy too! One less place to be on a weeknight creates much needed space for many families.
- We often talk at WEFC about living out our faith through Worship, Community, and Service. With HSM on Sunday evenings, high school students have the opportunity to engage in all three aspects of church life on Sundays. Students can worship with their family and serve in a number of ministries on Sunday mornings, and have fellowship with their peer community on Sunday evenings.
Our aim in the Student Ministries at WEFC is to be a part of building a student's faith that lasts beyond high school. By moving HSM to Sunday evenings, students will generally face fewer conflicts to attendance, the burden on families is reduced, and students are equipped to engage in the full life of the church (not just the youth group) which is key to developing lasting faith. And it’s that last part where you, the fine reader of this article, come in.
For our students to develop lasting faith, it is important for them to be seen as a full and legitimate part of the church body, and to be known within the body. So, the next time a high school student is sitting near you in a Sunday morning worship service, introduce yourself. The next time you see a student helping in your child’s Sunday School class, working in the tech booth, or guiding you to an open parking spot, thank them for their service. You might be surprised to know just how much it matters that we tell our students how much they matter.