Father’s in the Field
Some of you may have heard, over the last few months, that the Pearce Sportsmen are sponsoring a new ministry called “Father’s in the Field.” We are currently running a pilot program with one Father and one Field Buddy. The idea of FITF is to match a Christian man with a boy who, for one reason or another, doesn’t have a father actively participating in his life. As the Field Father and Field Buddy meet the work through a study each month, attend church together at least twice a month, and spend time in some sort of outdoor activity (fishing, hiking, camping, biking, hunting). The cost for this program is $500 for each student and is taken on by the church, specifically Pearce Sportsmen. The funds are used for study material and to provide “gifts” for the Field Buddy. In this way, we are able to outfit the young man with appropriate sporting equipment and do it without adding a significant burden to the single mother. If you know of a boy who could benefit from this program, or a father who might be interested in mentoring, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each month, a group of close to 20 students and coaches travel to area churches to compete in Bible Quizzing tournaments. Our team meets every Tuesday night to practice their quotes and jumps, and for fellowship. Quizzing involves students studying and memorizing scripture and then competing against other teams by jumping off an electronic seat. The students have to be quick to jump, but also need to be able to answer questions and quotes flawlessly. While it is competitive, I am always surprised by the camaraderie that develops between the teams. There is a great spirit among the competitors, and all of the participants are truly there to deepen their understanding of God’s Word. If your child would like to get involved, or if you have some spare time and would like to help coach, please contact Laura Cockrell. Pearce will be hosting the April tournament, and volunteers are needed. Contact Laura or myself if you can help. The results from the February Tournament are as follows:
Senior Teen Veterans: 4th place – Karl Daningburg, Juliana Cole, Hannah Distaffen, 5th place – Andrew Messinger, Melanie Cockrell, Mitch TerHaar
Young Teen Veterans: 3rd place – Rebekah Distaffen, Ryan Pappa, Michelle Garrett, Jaclyn Breeze
Young Teen Rookie: 2nd place – Sarah Messinger, Andrew Cole, Joshua Thomson, Chris Woods
Pearce Invests in Interns
Due to our close proximity and the variety of ministries we offer, Pearce is often approached to host interns from Roberts Wesleyan College. This semester, Krystal Herrick is interning with Student Ministries at Pearce. She spends 10 hours per week with myself, our teens, and the volunteer team. Her first five weeks were spent largely with the junior teens. She is now working with the senior teens and has taught a Sunday Small Group, helped organize a bowling night, and is working on her final project – a devotional book for the Algonquin Canoe Trip. If you see Krystal, welcome her to the team.
Sunday Small Groups (SSG) Study the Life of Christ
This year, the teens have been meeting on Sunday mornings for what we call Sunday Small Groups (SSG). This time involves about 35 minutes of welcome and teaching, and it includes both the junior and senior teens. After our time of teaching, the students break up into age-and gender-specific small groups to discuss what they have just learned. The small group leaders are emailed 5-7 questions each week to help guide the discussion, but the crux of the small group time is spent building relationships between Christian adults and students. Our teens may never remember a single lesson we give them, but I guarantee they will remember an adult that consistently invests time and care. This year, we have been using Ken Gire’s devotional “Moments with the Savior” to guide our times together. Every eight weeks or so, we mix in a video series, just to keep things interesting. If you would like to join our team of small group leaders, contact Bob DeRoo or myself.