HSM Weekend Recap Dec. 10th & 11th

14 12 2011

December 10th & 11

Series: This was the third week of our series “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” The theme for this week was that God understand us. So far we have gone over “God does what He says He is going to do” and “God with us” leading up to this week. Jay Foulk was supposed to teach this week but came down with a 102.5 degree fever on Saturday night (he’s all better now). I through something together on Sunday morning and it seemed to go pretty well. I shared about how Jesus came and lived the same life that we live and that he understands our pain, hopelessness, loneliness, and hurt. I also talked about Mary and how she chose to rejoice in the midst of a trial.

Worship: Angels We Have heard on High. Furious. Beautiful. Aftermath. O Holy Night. (And let’s not forget “Joy to the World” 🙂 I played it at the beginning of the message).

Fun: TJ and I led a Christmas Carol gargling game. Students were laughing and really connecting with what was happening on the platform. We also showed a really funny video to start the service that showed different reactions to Christmas presents. Great job on the fun element this week.

Areas of Improvement: I think with the message getting thrown together last minute things went pretty well this week. We had to get extra chairs out this week and I would say the area we need to improve the most on is asking staff or students to be prepared to make that happen earlier. All in all a really good week though.

Next Week: The Most Interesting Man in the World: Week 4-”God Saves Us”


5 Expectations of a GREAT Weekend Volunteer/Student Leader

12 10 2011

5 expectations of a great HSM volunteer on the weekend:

  1. Be on time to the 10:45am prayer meeting.
  2. Consistently greet, sit, and connect with students (Not in the back with other leaders).
  3. Look for new students and students sitting alone.
  4. Solve problems and have a mindset of service.
  5. Look at every moment as an opportunity for spiritual growth in the lives of students.

5 expectations of a great HSM student leader on the weekend:

  1. Be on time to the 10:45am prayer meeting.
  2. Make sure you and your crew knows what their job is and is making it happen.
  3. Consistently greet, sit, and connect with students (Not just other student leaders).
  4. Look for new students and students sitting alone.
  5. Solve problems and have a mindset of service.
  6. Look at every moment as an opportunity for spiritual growth in the lives of other students.

When teenagers rule the world (or weekend)…

23 02 2011

February has been an exciting month in HSM at Cornerstone Fellowship. We took a page out of the high school ministry at Saddleback and began a new tradition with “You Own the Weekend”. This series provides our students with the opportunity to run every aspect of the Sunday morning worship gathering. For the past few weeks our students have taught, played in the band, sung, led games and icebreakers, and guided their peers through some pretty incredible gatherings. There are a few blatantly obvious benefits we have seen through this series. Here they are:

1.) Students are inviting their friends. We have seen a lot of new faces come into our ministry on Sunday mornings. Actually, last week was one of the biggest weekends we’ve ever had and it was a holiday weekend. That’s crazy! Students are asking their friends to come and see them lead and to experience what we are all about. I love seeing teenagers use the same technique that Philip used with Nathanael in John 1. We are also noticing students coming through our doors that haven’t been there in a while. Word is getting out and there is curiosity and interest in what is happening in HSM.

2.) Students are supporting one another. I asked our Seniors a question the week after they led and I could not have been more proud of their response. My question sounded a little bit like, “So, are you here to compare yourselves to the Juniors?” The three girls I posed the question to looked up and one of them said, “We’re here to cheer them on, not compete with them.” Amen.

3.) Students are growing and gaining experience. If they didn’t know what it meant to prepare and stress out and trust God to bring something together before this series, they do now. Not only are the students who will eventually go into ministry gaining valuable experience, but everyone who is involved is truly growing. They are growing through their preparation and they are growing through the message they are hearing. The gathering is so applicable to them because it is being communicated by them. I don’t think I’ve ever seen 200 students locked in to one speaker as much as these students are when one of their peers is teaching. They are so respectful, responsive, and ready to act on whatever they hear.

4.) Students are realizing their potential now. This is probably my favorite benefit that is coming from all of this. We tell students all the time about the potential they have. We tell them they are world changers. We tell them they can do something about the injustices and oppression they are aware of. And we always tell them this is who they are NOW. They have potential now, they can change the world now, and they can make a difference now. For some reason students think they have to wait until they are adults to put some of their ideas and thoughts into action. Unfortunately, those grand plans of action get muddled with aspirations of money, success, and status as we get older.

Our hope is for our students to understand the unlimited potential they have to make a kingdom impact on those around them RIGHT NOW. Jesus’ disciples were teenagers and they had a pretty big impact on the world. I have no doubts that our teens will do the same and hopefully we are putting them in situations to help them understand and act on their talents and abilities.

Needless to say, we’ll be doing this series again next year.