The focus of Swift Creek Students is to see students joyfully follow Jesus.
From 6th-12th grade, students go through major life changes. Their mind, body, emotions, and desires are being changed and transformed. Through all the changes, we want students’ lives to be changed by Jesus through the gospel.
Jesus’ call to every student of every age is “follow me.” (Matt. 4:19; Luke 9:23) In order to obey the call to follow Jesus, our student ministry centers everything we do around the mission of SCBC. As students follow Jesus, they are: Connecting with God (Mark 12:30), Connecting with others (Mark 12:31), Connecting others with God. (Matt 28:19-20)
No matter what age each student enters the ministry, the goal for them is the same: to be joyfully following Jesus as they exit student ministry and step into adulthood. For this to take place, their discipleship journey will be centered around these core foundations during middle and high school.
Middle School Follower foundations:
- Knowing the gospel (1 Cor 15:3-4; Rom 1:16)
- Training for godliness (1 Tim 4:7; 2 Tim. 3:16-17)
- Building christian friendships (Rom 1:12; Prov 13:20)
High School Follower foundations:
- Forming a biblical worldview (Rom 12:2)
- Leading by serving (Mark 10:43-45)
- Making disciples (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 1:8)
Partnered with Parents and Families
We believe that God has designed the family as the primary place where students must be discipled to follow Jesus. Therefore, our goal is to equip parents to be the primary disciple-maker of their home. The ultimate aim is that their teenager will grow up into adulthood joyfully following Christ, so that they will leverage the rest of their life for God’s glory by taking the gospel of Christ to their neighborhoods and to the nations (Eph. 6:4, Dt. 6:4-9, Eph. 4:13).
The Book Club
Tuesdays, starting June 15 | 9:30-11am | Refuge
Want to wrestle through some crucial passages and topics of the Bible? This is for you. Come join us for a light breakfast and examine together some tough passages in Romans. Students will also be able to ask any other difficult Bible questions to Pastor Mark in order to wrestle together over it from God’s Word. Join us as we go deep into THE BOOK.
Wednesdays, June 23-July 21 | 6:30-9p | Worship Center, Refuge
Following the church-wide pastor’s study each week, students and parents are invited to join us in the Refuge to play, hang, and enjoy a tasty treat. Come enjoy the summer nights with us.
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Students are invited to serve with us at The Way Church for three days of local missions through evangelism, community outreach, and learning about church planting. Monday and Tuesday: 9a-1:30p (lunch included), Wednesday: 4-7:30p (dinner included). Meet at Swift Creek to carpool. For SCBC church members only. Register by June 23.
SUNDAYS: Student Connect Groups
Weekly, 9:30a in the Refuge
Students meet in the Refuge Student Building at 9:30 and then break out into their classes.
Student Life Camp
Camp Medical Release and up-to-date Church Medical Release
Forms due July 18. BOTH must be notarized and turned into Pastor Mark in order to attend. Church forms are valid for full year from signature date.
July 25-29 | This 5-day life-changing week at Ridgecrest Conference Center is set in the beautiful mountains of Ridgecrest, NC. Students will spend the week enjoying recreation in the mountains, biblical preaching, powerful worship, and will GO serve at local mission sites during the day. Camp Speaker is Chad Poe. Worship Band is Long Hollow Wave.
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