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Welcome the New 7th Grade Class
Last Sunday, Kidside promoted the new 7th grade class to Teenside.
The New 7th grade crew:
Catherine Brown – Claire Cranford – Cassie Gallagher – Shayla Huddleston – Izzy Lintz – Ava Robbins – Zavier Kitchen – Matthew Love – Caleb Smith – Cameron Stingley – Xander Wilmoth – Daniel Whiteaker
We are excited for this group to join us in Teenside for the upcoming year. YOUR FIRST NIGHT IN TEENSIDE will be a week from Wednesday (May 24) at Anchor Point. Join us at 5pm for Pizza. Anchor Point will begin at 6pm. Teenside families, you are all invited as we welcome this new group to our ministry.
New 7th Graders, if you are interested in going to Knoxville Work Camp or Impact and haven’t signed up, you need to get with me ASAP! If you are planning to attend C3, grab an application in the Welcome Center and turn it back in by May 24.
Abi Gearing is beginning her work with Teenside this month. If you see her around Teenside, make sure to meet her and thank her for partnering in our ministry for the next year.
This Wednesday at Teenside
There will be NO ANCHOR POINT at 6pm this week. Instead, the teens will be meeting up to head out to the final Huddle of the school year. Unless otherwise instructed in your huddles, all teens will need to meet at 6pm at Teenside (please make sure to be on time this week, as you may have to go offsite to find your group if you are late).
As of now, here are the plans for the Huddles (Huddle leaders, if this isn’t your plan, please let me know so I can send a correction)
7th Grade Girls (Shepherd) – Dinner and Dessert at the Collegeside Pavilion
8th Grade Girls (Campbell & Anderson) – Dogwood Park
9th Grade Girls (Fox & Whiteaker) – Cream City
High School Girls (Delk & Adams) – Poets
7th-12th Grade Guys – Final Huddle Party at the Oldham’s house (message Andrew for any questions)
Thank you so much for being a part of our Huddle Groups this year. My prayer is that spiritual growth happened in your group and friendships were formed that will continue long after these huddles have passed. Thanks to the huddle leaders for your commitment in partnering in this ministry.
In the years past, Teenside hasn’t played an extremely active part in the Bible Bowl at the Hooper Eblen Center. This year, on Sunday Morning, Andrew and Abi will be teaching lessons from the Bible Bowl books to our teens. We will also offer some opportunities to study outside of the normal Bible study time if any teens are interested in actually participating in Bible Bowl (you compete in a Team of 4 if you want to form a team). Come talk to me if you are interested in being a part of the day of Bible Bowl.
The books we will be studying this Summer are Mark, Philippians, Colossians.
Pool Party at the Dunaways
On Friday, May 26 at 6:30pm, we will be heading to the Dunaway’s for a pool party. We will share more information with the group in the coming weeks. Sign-up at teenside.com if you can make it!
The NEW Teenside Summer Calendar is available now! You can download it by clicking the link below.
Link for The Senior Celebration Videos
Thanks to everyone who came out for Senior Celebration last Sunday Night! We had a great time celebrating our 2017 senior class! Here’s the link to the videos if you want to see a little piece of what you missed.
What We Studied In Class This Week
This past Sunday, we continued our study in the Christian Atheist series (Christian Atheist is defined as believing in God, but living as if He doesn’t exist).
We looked at the chapter…I Believe In God, But I’m Ashamed Of My Past. This was an awkward chapter for me to prepare for, because the thought of this struggle almost feels like something for adults only. But then I started to realize just how fast our teens grow up! They are experiencing things I NEVER experienced when I was in middle and high school. Many of our teens today have already made some incredibly significant decisions that have dug them deep into struggle, of they have been exposed to some major issues thanks to the world they live in. The thought of a teen feeling ashamed of their life is very very real, and it could cause some major doubt in the fact that the grace of God and the power of the Gospel can deliver them from any sin struggle!
Here is a supplement study for your family if you want to go a little deeper into this topic.
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
In this chapter, we talked a lot about SHAME to describe how we beat ourselves up for our past. Shame holds us captive in our past. Shame is the moment when you feel like you are trapped in your sin. When you feel like you’ve gone too far…you’re too deep…God can’t love someone with the sin struggle you have.
When we fall so deep into sin that we find ourselves ashamed, we begin hating our past and ourselves. We live continually aware of what put us in that prison of shame to begin with. Living with shame never allows us to feel the freedom of God’s grace or the healing power of His forgiveness.
In what ways do you hide so people won’t know the real you?
Do you define who you are by the things that you do (good or bad)?
Do you see a difference in doing something bad and being a bad person?
Why do you feel that you have to wear masks?
How does wearing masks make knowing who God created you to be difficult?
“You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.” 1 Corinthians 7:23
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
God does not want “our past pain to become our present identity.”
Are you allowing past and current circumstances to define who you are instead of God’s word?
How do we change what is defining our identity?
The truth is that Satan uses shame to keep you focused on yourself, not able to live the way God designed. It’s time to move forward!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“We are not our sins.”
Identify who God says YOU are in some of the following verses:
John 1:12; Romans 8:1; Romans 5:1; Colossians 1:13‐14; Jeremiah 31:3; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Proverbs 3:32; John 15:6; Romans 8:17; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 2:6; Romans 8:35; Romans 8:31; Colossians 3:12; 1 Peter 2:9‐10; 1 John 5:18; Ephesians 3:12; Colossians 1:13; 1 Corinthians 2:16; Colossians 2:10; Ephesians 1:5; Ephesians 2:18
Steps in becoming free from shame:
1. Accepting that which cannot be changed
2. Bringing your past or current situation out into the open
3. Filling your life with the truth of who God says you are (and surrounding yourself with people who will constantly remind you of this)
4. Asking for forgiveness, not just saying you are sorry
5. Embracing that God can change your future
What is your next step in becoming free from shame?
The cure for shame is Grace, thanks to the freeing power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we start living Sprit filled and Spirit led lives, we will start to move past the shame.
HAVE AN AMAZING WEEK!!!!