It is Time to Grow Up

26 08 2012

It is that time of the year when 5th graders become 6th graders and 8th graders become 9th graders. It is an exciting time of year, especially at Transit, where we get to greet a new group of 6th graders.  This is one of the most exciting days of the year, but it is also one of the most challenging.  It is a new year for Transit, which means we have to build a new Transit culture with new students.  While our small group leaders play a huge role in developing our culture, we also need the help of students.  This week we want to challenge our returning students to take on the mantel of leadership.  Also, we want to challenge our new students to get involved and being participating in small group.  Someone has to set the tone in Transit and their schools, and we want that to be our students.  It is time to grow up and become leaders.

Ask your student what they want to get out of Transit this year.  Talk to your student about why it is important to be an active part of Transit.





Transit

8 01 2012

Series Overview

We often talk with adult groups about the three vital relationships: our relationship with Christ, our community with insiders, and our influence with outsiders.   As we launch a new name for our Sunday morning program and begin a new year, we hope to re-focus our priorities by exploring these vital relationships. Much of what we will discuss and study throughout a student’s three years “in Transit,” will re-visit these basic truths.

Session 1 (January 8, 2012)

The middle school and high school years can be a weird time of life, especially middle school. Students are definitely not kids anymore, but they are not quite adults.  They are on a journey into adulthood.  While this journey might be overlooked, it is an important part of our students development.  At Transit we want our students to know that they matter now, and that this stage of life is important.  Now is the time for our students to embrace the journey, and begin to develop a faith of their own.  1 Timothy 4:12 illustrates this fact.  Faith is a journey that takes a lifetime, and there is no better time for our students to begin then now.  Talk to your student about your own faith journey, and ask them why having a faith of their own is so important.

Session 2 (January 15, 2012)

It’s no secret that friends are vital to a student’s life.  They’re worried about who they will see at lunch, nervous about where their seats are in every class, and obsessed with texting to see what everyone is doing.  However, few students grasp the importance of true community with a group of friends.  Transit is devoted to the idea of providing every student with a small group because that’s where life change happens.  This morning we want to remind our students of the truth that we all are designed for genuine community. Talk to your student about how community has played a significant role in your own life, and ask them who are the people that influencing their life today.

Session 3 (January 22, 2012)

In our final week of this series we’ll remind ourselves of our commitment to the lost.  The bible tell us that we carry the obligation to make disciples of the world, which not only brings others to Christ, but also helps us grow in our personal faith. Therefore, it is healthy and beneficial for us to engage in relational evangelism.  This can seem like a daunting task to the average middle schooler, so today in Transit we want remind them that we are on their side.  It is our goal to partner with our students to make Sunday morning a safe place to invite their friends.  Ask your student who they know that needs to experience Transit.