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What a week. Our team is praying for you and your family during this time as we all try to band together to get through this thing. While this is a time of prayer and concern for those who are most affected by this virus, we also have an opportunity to connect as a Church and connect to God in ways we never have before.
Many students and adults are at home or working from home and are restricted from normal social activities. I strongly believe that one of the most restrictive things to our walk with God in our culture is how we pack our schedules so tightly that it is hard to find time to walk with Jesus. Now, many of us are forced to slow down and that gives us space to focus on a few things as a family:
- Spending quality time together. God has designed the family unit to be a place of support and investment in each other’s lives.
- Learning what a family devotional time may look like in our homes.
- Encouraging ourselves and our students to make a habit of reading God’s Word daily.
I should also say that this has presented a number of challenges for us a student ministry to continue to minister to your students. But after praying and meeting together yesterday, we have a strategy to keep your student connected to community. Below are some opportunities we are creating for your student to take advantage of!
Because we are currently not gathering for Church in person on Sundays, we are hosting weekly Sunday morning live streams.
Online daily devotionals: Each weekday, one member of our staff will go live on Instagram to do a short devotional. The idea is that we capitalize on this time as life has slowed down for a bit. This is to help them cultivate a daily discipline of being in the Word. Feel free to join us as well! We will be taking them through the S.O.A.P. method—Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer—as we walk through the book of Philippians. If you do not wish your student to have Instagram, feel free to create an account under your name and only follow us so that they can have access. Our handle is @ridgestudentsbc.
EGROUPS: We are getting small groups back up and running in an online format we are calling “EGROUPS.” Students will be given a link to join a live video conversation with their small group leaders so that they can continue to study the Word together, as well as be challenged by an older man or woman in their walk with Christ. We are using the Zoom app for this (free for everyone) and we will send instructions to all parents and leaders soon.
We are continuing to develop a strategy for connecting students to the Church and to God without meeting in person. We will keep you posted as things develop!
We are in this thing together and we know that our God is a God who can turn chaos into beauty. He is still in the business of redeeming the most difficult of circumstances. We believed that when things were going well and we still believe now in our time of need.
Let’s do this,
John, Bradley, Ali, Bobby, Rachel, JP, and Abbey
(Ridge Students Staff Team)