TNT with a delayed fuse
It took three tries, but we finally got TNT off the ground. Tuesdays this summer have been especially wet, and for a few weeks it seemed we would never get together. But it finally happened July 15, when 63 of us headed to Seabreeze for a fantastic evening of rides, fried food, and laughs. Every year, this is one of our favorite events and, despite the morning rain and cooler temperatures, this year was no different. Seabreeze is a fantastic little hometown park, and it has something for all ages. This year, students from 7th-12th grade, and even a few parents, spent the evening sliding down the water slides, screaming on the Jack Rabbit, and bumping into each other on the go-carts.
It’s not too late to join us for TNT. We have a few more left this summer. On August 12, we will be at the Bentley’s for a pool party; August 19, we will be at SkyZone (release form required: http://www.skyzone.com/rochester/online-waiver ); and August 26 we will close out the summer Go-Carting at the Club House Fun Center. If you want to join us for any of these, contact me.
Annually, Pearce offers a weeklong VBS. The age for this week ranges from preschoolers to 6th grade, however this week is a true picture of intergenerational ministry. Grandparents, moms and dads, as well as students, volunteer their time and energy to make this ministry a huge success. I am blown away every year by the number of volunteers that come from the Pearce Student Ministry. Our teens love to minister to the younger students at Pearce and have become an integral part of VBS.
Our vision at Pearce, and specifically Student Ministries, is to create opportunities for intergenerational ministry. Recent studies show that students who minister side-by-side with adults tend to hold onto their faith through the difficult college years better than those who have not had this opportunity. VBS provides an excellent platform for intergenerational ministry, as teens co-lead with Pearce adults. Stay tuned, as we look for more of these types of opportunities.
Chili Commons VBS
Throughout the last year, students at Pearce have been actively seeking ministry opportunities at Chili Commons. This pursuit was born from a desire to be “doing” ministry in our own neighborhood. Every three years, we take an international mission trip and we are involved in numerous ministries in the city of Rochester, but we wanted to impact the people we live closest to. The last week of July was the capstone for a year of ministry at Chili Commons (Meadowbrook). For three nights, our teens spent two hours leading workshops in Karate, Dance, Sports, Crafts, and Drama. They also played games, shared snacks, and gave a Bible lesson. Once again, the weather was not ideal, but the kids that came were blessed by the investment our students made.
On many occasions this year, as we ministered at Chili Commons, I heard students make comments like, “this feels like being in Romania.” It amazes me how, just by leaving the walls of Pearce, we can gain the sense of being on a mission trip. Our students are beginning to get the concept that “missions” happens every day, wherever you are. The teens are really working to live a missional lifestyle, and their success is seen on the faces of the children they invest in.
School is just around the corner
With the turn of the calendar to August, it’s time to begin thinking about the startup of school and the return of Sunday morning and Wednesday evening programs. In the interest of full disclosure, I am not ready. This summer has been more full than any other I have experienced, and I have only been able to give fleeting thought to the fall. However, with August, that will change. A calendar for the year will be posted here in September, so that you can make plans for the year. There will also be some changes in our curriculum on Sunday mornings. With regard to Wednesday night programing, I plan to move back up to the senior high team. We have the junior high team running like a well-oiled machine, and I am looking forward to transitioning with this year’s new freshmen class.