YOUTH

TWC Students offers a place for students in 6th through 12th grades to discover and develop a relationship with Christ.  We seek to help students grow in their faith, and give them the tools to share and defend it.  It is our goal to establish a firm foundation for success in every area of a student’s life by promoting education, exposure, and responsibility.  Our ministry seeks to give students a safe and healthy place to hang out, meet new people, and do life.

When: August 10th, 2018 from 7pm til 11pm, Doors open at 6pm
Where: Derby Campus
Speaker: Pastor Jeff
Special guests: Students from First Baptist Church of Trussville
Theme: You Are Not Alone.
Food!! Fun!! Dodgeball Tournament!! Small Groups!! Worship!!

College Prep Coming Soon!!

WHAT WE ARE LEARNING

In recent weeks everyone learned of celebrities, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain taking their own lives and as unfortunate as that is, there are hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands that you will never hear anything about, you won’t hear their names, see their faces on every news station, globally or even locally. Suicide hasn’t just become an epidemic, it has been one and has been slowly climbing to the top of a not so popular list. According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth, ages 15 to 24 and the fourth leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 14 years old. 

 

Statistics of Teen Suicide

19.3% of high school students have seriously considered killing themselves.

14.5% of high school students made actual plans for taking their own lives.

900,000 youth planned their suicides during an episode of major depression. 

It is our prayer that no young person ever be in an emotional or mental place where they conclude that suicide is their only option, or even an option for coping with what is going on in their life. The devil is a liar!! We plead the blood over all of our children, over their minds, their thoughts and NO WEAPON formed against them, even if the weapon is them, SHALL NOT PROSPER, in the name of JESUS, Amen. 

This is why we do what we do, provide a safe place for our students to be who they are, talk and ask questions about whatever they are currently going through and provide answers via scripture and through lessons that are geared directly toward what they will face coming up in this world. This is why we are a church of Small Groups. Being a part of a small group will be life changing because it is a place where they will be protected, they will be connected and they will grow. 

This is why we are attacking any and everything that the enemy will possibly try to deceive our students to believing the lie that there is no hope, when our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and His righteousness. Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark for He will never leave us or forsake us. We are able to offer this hope because we are people who believe that nothing in life or in death can ever separate us from God’s unconditional love and grace. 

So for the next few weeks we aren’t focusing on suicide, but those issues, if not dealt with can lead to them believing the lie, so we will be teaching on Self-Image, Bullying, Social Media, Identity, Overcoming Depression, Acceptance, Quiet time with God, Priorities and Distractions (Stay Focused on God). After each lesson, our students will have Small group to open up even more. 

For some students, youth group may be the only place they feel safe, if they are bullied or don’t feel comfortable at school. So it is so important to encourage our children to attend so they can make friends, build relationships to a place where they trust us and each other when it comes to the pain and brokenness they will encounter in their lives. Please encourage your children to attend Youth church on Sundays, 7Elevens once a quarter, Small groups in the spring and fall semesters because having that safe place is vitally important to teens and can greatly impact their outlook on life, especially during hard times, periods of grief, and the pressures of adolescence. 

 

Recommended Resources

Youth Suicide Prevention Program
www.yspp.org 

Suicide Prevention Resource Center
www.sprc.org 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
www.asfp.org 

American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org/advocacy/childhealthmonth/prevteensuicide.htm