Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28S T U D E N T M I N I S T R I E S FOR ALL STUDENTS Sunday Morning EYC 10:15 – 11 a.m. The Island, Room 203 (High School) and Room 207 (Middle School) If you’re in middle school or high school, you won’t want to miss out on Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)! Come see how God works in your lives even when you don’t see it or feel it. Not only will we have lots of fun, but also more importantly we will learn about our awesome God. BUILDING BRIDGES The high school years can be very challenging for teenagers. They are under a lot of pressure to do well in school, and with the demands on their time from extracurricular activities and the pressure to fit in with their peers, it’s no wonder our kids have a lot on their minds and a lot on their plates. St. Martin’s Student Ministries high school team of Will Kulseth, Brandon Bajema and Alex Hayes has started a few new programs that are giving our high school students the opportunities to have some fun, make friends and hear a consistent message that God loves them no matter what. School-based Fellowship Groups Kinkaid Boys What-A-study Groups are for students attending the Kinkaid School. Thursdays, January 5 and 19 7 – 7:25 a.m., Middle School 7:35 – 8 a.m., High School At the Hamilton’s home For more information, contact Brandon Bajema at 713-830-4110 or bbajema@stmartinsepiscopal.org. HIGH SCHOOL Weekly Life Groups Sundays, January 8, 15 and 29 5 – 7 p.m. At the Pierce’s home This fellowship/study/discussion and dinner group offers great conversations, fun and encouragement to help students through the week. For more information, contact Brandon Bajema at 713-830-4110 or bbajema@stmartinsepiscopal.org. As parents of high school-aged students, we have seen how our kids enjoy going to Life Group. They tell us that Life Group gives them a chance to hang out with their church friends and get to know them better. And, they have said there are many kids they did not know from their own high school who attend Life Group so they now have the opportunity to get to know them outside of school. Will, Brandon and Alex have a formula for fun. The group starts the evening hanging out with friends while playing basketball or just catching up, followed by an ice-breaker activity, dinner and an opportunity for the kids to talk about what’s going on in their lives, share a devotional and pray together. It’s a relaxed environment – and as parents, we have noticed the kids are more willing to share, and everyone is compassionate and understanding. Their discussions have led to their understanding that everyone has struggles and your friends will pray for you. We’re so grateful to the Pierce family for opening their beautiful home on Sunday evenings for Life Group. The kids love going to their home and it’s such an inviting atmosphere. In addition to Life Group, the Student Ministries team has been bringing food to schools and spending lunchtime with the students – a tray of Chick-fil-A is a magnet for students. They love the food, but also enjoy having Will, Brandon and Alex visit and talk with them and their friends. How cool is that to have your youth minister bring you food at school?! We’ve also seen the Student Ministries team at our kids’ sporting and extracurricular events, and it really means a lot to the kids to know that Will, Brandon and Alex are so invested in them. As parents, we see the relationships that are forming and the bridges that are being built. – Heather Hennekes and Sharyn Short S t u d e n t M i n i s t r i e s P r e s e n t s Every fourth Sunday beginning January 22 5 – 7 p.m. The Island For students 6th – 12th grade Join us for a fun time of games, worship, prayer, conversations, small groups and food. Bring your friends! Find out what the buzz is all about. THE STAR I JANUARY 2017 11