MS & HS Ministries of Sugar Hill Church
Thanks so much for picking up a copy of our 2017-2018 Infozine. There are certainly a lot of great things going on in SUGAR HILL STUDENTS, the Student Ministries (Middle & High School Ministries) of Sugar Hill Church. It’s very important to us that we communicate well to your family all that we offer. The purpose of the Infozine is four-fold:
CELEBRATE God is doing some amazing things in the lives of our students and their families. In this edition, you will find stories from Summer Camps, Spring Break Mission Trip, and our Small Group Discipleship program. You can also read about students who are making a difference through serving in Sugar Hill and beyond. Be sure to look at the story about how one student inviting a friend changed her friend’s life forever!
school year. Ever wondered about camp scholarships, what Student Leadership is all about, or how your student can get more involved? You’ll find that info inside!
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CHALLENGE You’ll find an article that explains how we uniquely partner with families, and how our long-term discipleship plan for students can make a life-long impact, far beyond the middle and high school years.
COMMUNICATE We don’t want anyone to miss out on what’s happening in Sugar Hill Students. In this InfoZine you will find important information like our weekly programming schedule, and important calendar dates for the coming
We’ve included a great parenting article that you may find very helpful in navigating the challenging teen years. You will see a letter for parents, from a parent, that explains how Sugar Hill Church can provide ongoing encouragement for your family.
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>> W HAT KI N D OF CH U RCH IS SU GAR H I LL CH U RCH?
CHUCK ALLEN, LEAD PASTOR
Sugar Hill Church is a church where relationships matter. Relationships will always matter! God believed in community in His creation, in His plans, in His purpose and in His path for your life! We don’t exist to simply “do church.” The church is to be a house of prayer, a place of truth, an oasis of kindness, a source of help, and a lighthouse of hope! Jesus put His church in place to lovingly lead people into a life-altering, eternal relationship with Him, to teach and learn what He has already taught us in the Holy Scriptures and what He is teaching us in His work within our own lives through His Holy Spirit. God is all about the redemption of people…in essence, He is all about people! That leaves us with a pretty clear understanding that we are to be about people…all people. Not just people that look like us, live like us, worship like us or love like us…ALL PEOPLE. One of the many things that I love about Sugar Hill Church is that our focus is on serving families. Not just families in the sense of the traditional model of intact families, but families of all types. The middle and high school years are not just formative in the student’s life, but often overwhelming in their family’s life as well. This season of life isn’t for the faint of heart. That’s why we are here - for you.
morning Group and get them involved with our midweek program for students. Then, stay the course and model the importance of Bible study by getting in a Group as well! The greatest relationship of all time is found in Jesus, the Lord of all, and our team has an awesome plan to help students discover and grow in a relationship with Him. Please take full advantage of that plan and jump in with us. I promise you that your student and your family will be welcomed and encouraged! Don’t miss out! Sugar Hill Church may never be the biggest church, but we will always strive to have the biggest heart. We would love to know you, for you to know us, and for you to join us in making a difference in our community through the love of Jesus! So, as we say, WELCOME HOME!
Our Student Ministries Team has a plan in place that can welcome students of all shapes, sizes, preferences and affinities. But welcoming students is the easy part. The real joy is found in our Grounded for Life development plan that not only equips a student with biblical truth, but also partners with parents in giving students a huge head start in life. Parents often ask me about adolescent challenges, as my wife and I have six daughters. That’s right, SIX DAUGHTERS! The best advice that I can give them is this - Get your student into a Sunday
Notes from our pastors
ASSOCIATE PASTOR/STUDENT PASTOR There is a jar that sits in my office that is filled with ping-pong balls, 168 to be exact. That is the number of hours in a week. 165 of the balls are white and 3 are orange. The white balls represent the average number of hours our students spend away from church. These are the hours spent doing the things students do. The three orange balls represent the average number of hours our students spend a week in our Student Ministries programs. (Sure we offer more, but most students don’t take advantage of everything offered.) This jar sits in my office to remind me of two important realities. The first reminder is of just how little time we will spend with most students each week. This reminds me that our programming must be excellent. Every minute we have with students must count. We cannot afford to do anything halfway. Every time students are with us, they must be encouraged, loved, and challenged. This also reminds me of the fact that I am not the primary spiritual influence in a student’s life. That role still belongs to parents. Like it or not, parents have the awesome responsibility of spiritually training and making disciples of their children. My most important role, then, is to partner with parents and support them in this process. I can offer parents relevant biblical teaching for their students each week. I can offer small group settings for their teenager to build
authentic relationships with their peers under the mentorship of loving adults. I can offer numerous experiences monthly for their student to learn about and engage in worship, serving, and leadership. Although our staff works tirelessly to ensure these things are offered with excellence, the impact of such opportunities falls short if the experiences and lessons learned are not directly tied back to the home. In order for these lessons to really “take root,” they must be reinforced and practiced at home. For
happen effectively, (Student Ministries “PLEASE KNOW THAT WE staff) must continue working intentionally to ARE HERE FOR YOU AND know families and be YOUR FAMILY AND WANT TO aware of their needs. Parents must work on BE THE BEST SUPPORT WE continuously being aware CAN BE!” of opportunities we offer students, as well as what happens at our programs and events (what is being taught, how students are being challenged, what commitment their students are making, etc.). As we partner and encourage one another, we can truly be teammates in fulfilling the most important responsibility we will ever have.
Such a partnership between a Student Ministry and families can be so effective in offering the best possible opportunities for students to grow in Christ and make a difference for Him. Please know that we are here for you and your family and want to be the best support we can be!
>> W HAT Do You b eli eve?
The Bible is a BIG deal
Jesus is the BIGGEST deal
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Everything contained in the Bible has a purpose, and it tells the story of God’s love for humanity. The entirety of the Bible tells the story of God’s redemptive plan for us, revealing how we can have a right relationship with Him through His son, Jesus. It’s a guide to discover and live God’s best for our lives, lives that are filled with joy and purpose.
Because we believe the Bible to be God’s truth, what it says about Jesus matters. Everything in the Bible points towards Jesus. We believe His claim that He is the way, He is the truth, He is the way to life, and that He is the only way to God the Father. We believe that if we have a right understanding of who Jesus is, choose to trust Him for salvation, and obediently follow His commands, we are able to experience and know God’s best for our lives.
YOU WILL HEAR THE PHRASE “WELCOME HOME” A LOT AROUND SUGAR HILL CHURCH.
This is a place you can call home. At Sugar Hill Church you can connect with friends, meet new people, and find a place to belong. You can grow spiritually through inspiring teaching, hear practical lessons, experience helpful groups, and impact the world as you invest in the next generation by serving.
WE BELIEVE: We live this out by serving others, here and around the world. Jesus was the perfect example of love and service to others. He came to sacrificially give His life so that we might have life, and life abundantly. When we understand the Bible, when we know Jesus, it leads to a desire to demonstrate His love through serving others. We desire to care for people, not because it’s a program or activity at the church; we believe we are representatives of Jesus, commissioned to love others here in our community and around the world.
>> W hat ki n d of th i ngs do you teach stu dents?
Grounded FOR LIFE A COMPREHENSIVE SPIRITUAL GROWTH PLAN FOR STUDENTS All loving parents desire that their children grow up to be responsible, mature adults with a solid foundation to live life well. Not only do we want our children to have “deep roots”, we desire for them to be grounded for life… that is, grounded for the duration of their life, but also grounded to experience the abundant life that is offered through a
personal relationship with Jesus Christ. But centered on nine Biblical principles that we how do we help children establish such a feel are essential for children to learn and solid foundation in such a turbulent world? for graduates to have ingrained in their lives. These principles speak truth in three key We have a plan. Grounded for Life is Sugar areas: Hill Church’s comprehensive plan for developing graduates who are followers of Identity. Maturity. Responsibility. Christ into college and beyond. The plan is
“They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” - Jeremiah 17:8 NLT
// HEART CHANGE
Our identity not only affects how we see ourselves, but also our entire worldview. An identity grounded in Jesus Christ is necessary to experience abundant life.
God loves you & wants a PERSONAL relationship with you.
God calls us to a life of authentic worship.
God created us to live under authority.
// MIND CHANGE
Growth is obviously essential to life. We are called to continual growth in Christ, which produces “spiritual fruit.”
To spiritually grow, you must be spiritually fed.
Today’s choices determine your future. CHOOSE WISELY!
Your life will be significantly shaped by your relationships.
// WORLD CHANGE
As a responsible follower of Jesus Christ, we must demonstrate faithful obedience to His commands.
Everything you have is from the Lord; manage His resources accordingly.
God has uniquely gifted you to serve others.
True purpose is found in making disciples
For more details about our Grounded For Life discipleship plan for students, pick up a copy of our GFL booklet at a welcome kiosk or from the church office.
>> W hy does ch u rch matter?
I AM VERY, VERY, VERY GRATEFUL THAT I FOUND A PLACE LIKE SUGAR HILL CHURCH. I’M ETERNALLY GRATEFUL TO HAVE BEEN SO WELCOMED HERE AND FEEL SO AT HOME HERE.
There are many reasons that church matters, but the biggest reason is that it matters to God.
I could.” This journey of exploring truth led to the most wonderful discovery.
The church is the body of Christ on the earth. The Bible refers to the church as the “bride of Christ” and the “family of God.” It’s how the mission of Christ is fulfilled on the earth. It’s in and through the church that we can belong, explore, discover, grow, and serve. It’s a source of hope and provision to those in need, and an invaluable foundation of encouragement to those seeking to discover and live God’s best for their lives.
A place to DISCOVER.
Church definitely matters. But on a practical level, what does this look like in the life of a student? Meet Kassie. Kassie recently graduated from Lanier High School. She was first introduced to Sugar Hill Church during her Junior year, when she was invited to a Wednesday night Student program called “The Gathering” by her friend, Kelley. Little did Kelley know, that invitation would be life-changing for her friend Kassie.
A place to BELONG. The first time Kassie came to “The Gathering,” the biggest thing that stood out to her was the love she felt. She experienced what we like to call “Welcome Home.” In her words, “It was very welcoming and I immediately felt at home.” After a simple check-in process, she was shown the “Backyard” area where students hang out, listen to music, play games, and eat dinner. She couldn’t believe how many people were there that she already knew! Kassie had fun that night, met new people, experienced a worship time led by a great band, and heard a practical and engaging message about how she could discover and live God’s best for her life. She left Sugar Hill Church feeling like she had found a place she could belong.
A place to EXPLORE. Before that visit, Kassie had never been connected to a church. She now found herself wanting to go back. “I came back, and I kept coming because I enjoyed the atmosphere and the people,” she explained. As she heard more messages from the Bible, she began to really explore her faith. “I started reading and listening to the weekday podcast and taking notes on everything, and just tried to find out as much as
Kassie had certainly heard of the Bible before coming to SHC, and even had a belief in God, but she didn’t understand exactly what they had to do with her life. She said, “When I came here I started to learn that there is a backstory to this… that there’s a reason and a meaning. I began to understand who God is and what He’s done for us.” She was captivated by the good news that God provided a way through Jesus for her sins to be forgiven and for her to have a relationship with Him. “The more I learned and the more I put things together, the more I realized that I wanted a life in Christ and I wanted to understand. I wanted to trust Him and I wanted to give my life to Him.” That’s exactly what Kassie did one Wednesday night at The Gathering, after many months of asking questions, discovering truth, and exploring her faith. Kassie committed her life to Jesus and said yes to all God would want for her. When describing the moment she prayed and gave her life to Jesus, Kassie said, “I just had this sense of OK-ness wash over me.”
A place to GROW. Kassie committed to learning more and growing in her relationship with God. She began to take advantage of all that SHC offered her. She brought family to Sunday morning worship services, got plugged into Small Group, and even became a part of our Student Leadership team. She grew a deep understanding of value and purpose as she realized how she fit into God’s story, and grew in her relationship with Him.
A place for SUPPORT. When Kassie speaks of her experience at Sugar Hill Church, she emphasizes the incredible support she receives; from old friends, new friends, adult leaders, and SHC staff. From the friends who would stay late on Wednesday nights to have meaningful conversations, to the friends who supported her in her recent baptism, Kassie gained a significant support system in her SHC family. Her Senior Small Group leaders who helped her write a personal plan for success in college will ensure she has ongoing support available to her through college and beyond.
A place to SERVE. Not only has Kassie grown in her faith, she has discovered some of the ways God uses her unique giftedness to serve and help others. Exactly one year from her first visit to SHC, Kassie was on stage helping lead worship in a crowded room of students on a Wednesday night. A short time later, it was incredible to see her share her story on a Sunday morning and lead a packed Sugar Hill Church in worship. While Kassie was blessed by SHC, she became an incredible blessing herself. Kassie states, “I’m so thankful that I came to Sugar Hill Church in the first place, because I don’t feel like if I had ever come here that I would have a faith. I am very, very, very grateful that I found a place like Sugar Hill Church. I’m eternally grateful to have been so welcomed here and feel so at home here.” There are many, many reasons that church matters. Kassie is one of those reasons. YOU are also one of those reasons. You matter to God, and you matter to us. A simple invitation by a friend led to a life-changing journey of faith and family for Kassie.
This is your invitation. Welcome Home.
>> Do I have to b e relig ious to com e to Sugar H i ll Ch u rch? Not at all!! In fact, we have people from all backgrounds and faith systems check out Sugar Hill Church and leave pleasantly surprised at what we are all about. At SHC, it is not about getting anything right in respect to rules or religion. It’s about getting Jesus right and a relationship with Him. We believe that if you get Jesus right, you will tend to get everything else right. We love meeting people who are exploring their faith. Knowing that no one wants to live for a lie, we try our best to ensure that SHC is a safe place to have an open mind and seek truth. We would love to join you on your faith journey and help you discover how your story and God’s story intersect.
THIS IS THE STORY THAT CHANGED KASSIE’S LIFE. IT CAN CHANGE YOURS, TOO.
destiny, God provided the greatest rescue of all time. Because of His love for His creation, God Himself became human in the person of Jesus, living a sinless life here on earth. In the ultimate act of love Jesus willingly laid down His perfect life on a cross, paying the debt of mankind’s sin for all who put their trust in Him. Because Jesus was fully human, He could represent humanity; because He was fully God, He alone could afford to pay our debt. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is the greatest display of mercy and grace the world has ever known. Jesus met our greatest need, something we could never do ourselves. After three days in a borrowed grave, He rose again and demonstrated that His mission to defeat sin and death was complete. For forty days he appeared to His followers here on Earth, demonstrating His victory over sin and death, before returning to reign with God in Heaven. But that’s not the end of the story…
In the Bible, we see the beginning of the story God is writing when He created the heavens and the earth. He followed that with the masterpiece of His creation, man and woman (Adam & Eve), who were created with the purpose of reflecting His glory as they enjoyed perfect relationship with Him.
For those who trust in Jesus, God has promised forgiveness of sins and restoration of our relationship with Him. A restored relationship with God is life-changing. He brings hope, peace, joy, and life abundantly as we trust Him, giving us His Holy Spirit to live in our hearts as our perfect guide and encourager. Even today, Jesus intercedes on our behalf, sitting at the right hand of God in Heaven.
The harmony of God’s creation was broken when Adam and Eve chose to believe a lie from a fallen angel named Satan. They disobeyed God, and the consequences of their disobedience (called sin) were devastating! Sin not only broke Adam and Eve’s relationship with God, it entered creation and caused eternal separation from Him. Pain, sin, death, and separation from God have been passed down through humanity to all generations to follow. With mankind having no way to right the wrong of sin and facing a seemingly hopeless
The story God is writing from creation to restoration is captivating, and He created you to be an important part of it. Joining God in His Story allows you to discover forgiveness, significance, and true purpose that can’t be found anywhere else. The moment you trust Jesus Christ, you have relationship with God. You become a part of His story fulfilling the purpose for which you were made. The more you grow in relationship with God, the more you will begin to understand His story and how your life is a part of the greatest story ever.
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WEDNESDAY NIGHTS ARE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SEE WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE’RE ABOUT, AND TO GET PLUGGED IN TO WHAT’S HAPPENING FOR STUDENTS AT SUGAR HILL CHURCH.
te n, Associa Zach Brow Leader & Worship
Wednesday Nights with Sugar Hill Students are a fantastic way to get connected to Student Ministry! A typical Wednesday Night includes hang out time, fun activities, games, food, and an opportunity to get to know other students. We split for worship and teaching times for middle school and high school in separate environments, with relevant and engaging messages that are targeted specifically to each age group.
>> How can a Stu dent Start to G et Con n ected?
INVITE NIGHTS Throughout our semesters we have special “Invite Nights.” These are fun, welcoming activities that are a great chance to invite friends. Expect everything from dance parties, glow-in-the-dark parties, dodgeball tournaments, and all-you-can-eat bacon… We’ve got you covered!
>> W hat’s th e b est opportu n ity for my stu dent to g row?
S M A L L
mall Groups are vitally important to our vision for students to be “Grounded for Life.” Designed to implement the targeted teaching of our GFL Spiritual Growth Plan, Small Groups provide a safe environment for students to connect with others, talk about God’s Word, have fun, and learn truth to be well equipped for living life well. Small Groups are divided by grade and gender (Senior Small Group has co-ed teaching time) and meet Sunday mornings from 11:00am to 12:05pm.
My eighth-grade small group with Mrs. Christian, Mrs. Jen, Hannah, and Ms. Loletta has changed my life in ways I didn’t think a small group could. This amazing group of women and girls has influenced me in countless ways. I’ve gone to my girls for everything, from study advice to how to mend a broken relationship. From a shoulder to cry on to frownies and brownies. Everything that I’ve reached out to them for has pointed my focus towards God. Not everything that I’ve wanted has been a part of God’s plan for me, but small groups have helped me
understand and appreciate that His plan is the overall best for my life. Small groups have become one of the many reasons I enjoy going to church every week as well. It’s fun to hang out with a bunch of your friends and talk. But when you’re with friends who are there to make you stronger and strive to support you, that’s definitely something to look forward to. Small group is a place where iron sharpens iron, we all help each other with everything and boost each other up together. Also, when you build up that connection with your small group, your heart breaks for one another,
you celebrate together, you’re there for everyone else. You realize that all of these people you are surrounding yourself with aren’t just your small group anymore, they’re your family.
>> REBECCA, 9TH GRADE
Strong adult leaders are the backbone of Sugar Hill Students. Our leaders love God, love students, and are passionate about helping students discover and live God’s best for their lives. There
are currently over 50 adults serving in Student Ministries at Sugar Hill Church. It is vitally important to have leaders who are committed, genuine, and passionate about pouring into students.
>> CORY BRAMLETT, GUYS SMALL GROUP LEADER IT HAS MEANT THE WORLD TO ME TO GET TO POUR INTO THESE STUDENTS
EACH WEEK! WATCHING THEM ENGAGE AND PARTICIPATE IN OUR LESSONS ENCOURAGES ME AS MUCH AS IT DOES THEM. THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE BEING A SMALL GROUP LEADER, AND
I’M SO GLAD THAT I TOOK THAT STEP OF SERVICE!
>> W ho wou ld b e leadi ng my stu dents?
EACH ADULT THAT WORKS WITH STUDENTS HAS COMPLETED A LENGTHY APPLICATION PROCESS WHICH INCLUDES AN INTERVIEW AND EXTENSIVE SCREENING. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE TIME AND EFFORT OUR ADULTS INVEST TO MAKE SURE EVERY STUDENT IS SAFE AND HAS A MENTOR TO ENCOURAGE THEM IN CHRIST.
>> W hatâ€™s th e deal w ith Baptism?
A SYMBOL OF LIFE CHANGE
There are many beautiful symbols that make deep and powerful statements. A wedding ring, though small in size, is very large in meaning. Made of valuable metal, it is a reminder that true love is not cheap and may cost us greatly. The circular design reminds us that love must be continuous and the marriage commitment should never end. A wedding ring is an outward statement of a very deep inward commitment. The most beautiful symbol or statement of life change for followers of Christ is seen in baptism. It is an outward symbol of a very significant inward commitment to Jesus Christ. Jesus gave us the example of baptism (Matthew 3:13-17), and commanded baptism as a part of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). Baptism is a public statement that someone has committed their life to Jesus and wants to identify with Him. There are many misconceptions about what baptism is and what it does. Let’s take a look at the most common questions:
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM? Baptism illustrates a person’s new life as a Christian by identifying with Jesus’ burial and resurrection. As a person goes under water in baptism, they identify with Jesus’ death and burial, and the “dying to self” that must occur to be a follower of Jesus. As they come up out of the water, they identify with Jesus’ resurrection and the “new life” they have as a follower of Jesus. • “Christ died for our sins... he was buried... he was raised on the third day.” - 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 • “For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new
life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.” - Colossians 2:12 • “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” - Romans 6:4 • “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17 It is important to realize that baptism itself doesn’t “save” you or make you a believer any more than putting on a wedding ring makes you married. They are both an outward sign and statement of an inward commitment. You are “saved” only by your faith in Jesus. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
WHY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION? At Sugar Hill Church, we baptize by immersion. This means that we go into and under the water. There are several reasons why we do baptism this way: • Jesus gave us the example of being baptized by immersion. “As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” - Matthew 3:16 • Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. For example: “...then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water...” - Acts 8:38-39 • The word “Baptize” actually means “to dip under water.” • Immersion best symbolizes a burial and resurrection.
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED? Every person who has become a follower of Jesus by believing in Him should be baptized. A believer is someone who has realized their sinfulness, and that their sin has separated them from God. They understand that they cannot reach God through good works or religious activity, and they have concluded that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for their sins is the only thing that can bridge the gap between them and God. A believer is someone who has decided to put their faith and trust in Christ alone for their salvation. If you have come to that point in your spiritual journey, then you are ready to be baptized (Acts 2:41; 8:12-13).
WHAT IF I WAS BAPTIZED AS AN INFANT? Although some churches baptize infants, at SHC we only baptize those who have made a decision to believe in Christ’s death as the payment for their sin and who request baptism. The custom of infant baptism (or “baptism of confirmation”) began about 300 years after the Bible was completed. It’s a ceremony
intended to emphasize a commitment between the parents and God on behalf of the child. During this ceremony, the parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This is different from believer’s baptism of the Bible, which was demonstrated for those who were old enough to understand the significance of their commitment. At SHC, we have a dedication service for infants and children that emphasizes the parents’ role in raising a child to follow Christ. Therefore, if you were baptized as a baby, we encourage you to be baptized by immersion as a believer.
WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED? You should be baptized as soon as possible after you have believed! In Acts 8:25-28, we see a man who recognized the importance of this: “Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?’ And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.”
Many times, people put off baptism until they “have it all figured out” or “get it all right” in regards to their lifestyle. The beautiful part of our walk with Jesus is that we are constantly growing and being made more like Him (2 Corinthians 3:18). We’re all a work in progress, and there’s no point on earth that we we’ll have it all figured out. But Jesus calls us into a life-long journey with Him, and part of that journey is starting out with a declaration, “This is my story, and I choose to follow Him!” There’s no need to wait until we reach some imaginary step in our walk with Him. Baptism is all about an outward expression of the change that has happened in our hearts and the journey that has begun in our walk with Him. We trust that as you make this declaration through baptism, you will be overwhelmed by the love and support you receive from the Sugar Hill Church family and how God uses your statement of faith to encourage others in their faith!
Each person baptized at Sugar Hill Church receives a shirt with the text “#REDEEMED” on the front. This shirt is a lasting reminder of the redemption found in salvation through Jesus, long after their baptism day is over. You’ll see these shirts being worn throughout our building and community, showing us all a reminder of the work God is doing here!
AnnaCatherine, Hannah, and Hayley always willing to help clean up after events!
>> W hy Are Stu dents encou rag ed to serve?
Claire running lyrics for Children’s Ministry Sunday Morning worship time.
IT IS SO GOOD TO SEE SO MANY STUDENTS SERVING WELL AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR HOMES, SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY, AND WORLD. HERE ARE JUST A FEW WAYS SUGAR HILL STUDENTS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE…
It’s never been our desire to just be known as a big church, but we strive to be a church with a big heart. One of the 9 key Biblical Principles that we teach students is “Selfless Service.” We believe God’s word is clear, that He’s gifted each of us uniquely to serve others. This is more than just a core value that we teach; it’s a visible by-product of students discovering and living God’s best for their lives. When Jesus taught His disciples about service He said this: “For even the Son of Man (Jesus) came not to be served,
Davis, Cade, and Caleb serving drinks and Krispy Kreme Donuts for Middle Schoolers on Sunday Morning.
but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45, NLT). We’re never more like Jesus than when we’re serving, displaying the message of the Gospel by how we love others. It’s not enough to just talk about serving, so we offer opportunities for students to serve locally, regionally, and all the way around the world!
SNAPSHOTS OF STUDENTS CHANGING THE WORLD
God has uniquely gifted and equipped His followers to change the world, not just one day, but today. Change starts by serving, doing what you can, where you are, with what you have.
Making a difference
Avery and her small group went to the Benton House to spend time with some senior adults.
Katie and Kelley helping with towels for Baptisms Some of our Spring 2017 student interns! Isaac and Will renovating the backyard area of our ministry partner, Teach My People.
Madeline and her small group collected Operation Christmas Child boxes to deliver to the sorting facility.
Jordie and Tate playing with kids at the Path Project cookout in Sugar Hill. Kelley welcoming people to our Sunday Morning worship service.
Jaida digging a trench for electrical conduit at the Teach My People facility in Pawleys Island, SC.
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>> How do you challeng e my stu dent an d eq u i p th em to g row as a leader?
Student Leadership A PARENTâ€™S PERSPECTIVE
Student Leadership Team gave our daughter hands-on, in-depth training on what it means to serve others with the love of Christ. The program sharpened her leadership skills, challenged her to look outward to others, and gave her new opportunities to both discover and use her God-given gifts. The impact of learning leadership together with her peers, and under the mentorship of the Student Ministries Staff, provided her with a fun and well rounded perspective on what it means to lead and love others well, right where she is - no matter her age, place or position.
“EVERYTHING RISES AND FALLS ON LEADERSHIP.” - JOHN C. MAXWELL
Leadership is hugely important. Students are in a unique position to use their gifts, talents, and influence to make a positive difference in their homes, schools, and the world around them. We want to partner with students to help them discover their full potential as leaders, and what leadership really means. We’ve developed a Student Leadership program for all eight through twelfth graders, designed to be an opportunity for students to grow as leaders. Student Leaders have the opportunity to take ownership in Student Ministries, to be examples for younger students, and to receive resources and support to reach their full potential.
Student Leadership is a commitment to meet once each month for a time of training, accountability, planning, and encouragement. Each student leader must commit to the CAMPUS Leadership Strategy and actively serve in SHC. They’ll be challenged to develop in the following areas: C - Campus Leadership, A - Accountability, M - Ministry, P - Personal Evangelism, U - Uncompromised Living, S - Spiritual and Personal Growth. Students must meet the Student Leadership requirements to be eligible for Student Leadership trips and activities. For more information about what this means, contact the Student Ministries Staff team. Monthly Student Leadership meetings are on Sunday evenings from 5:00-7:00pm. For dates, refer to page 43.
WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT STUDENT LEADERSHIP
Student Leadership helped me to grow in my relationship with Christ by showing me how to share His love with others. The experience gave me the courage to get out of my comfort zone, and the strength to keep on trying even when I didn’t think I was making a difference. Student Leadership has shown me that serving others enriches your life beyond measure. It made me realize that I want to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of others- no matter how small.
-Will, 2017 Graduate
Being in student leadership this year has meant a lot to me because I’ve realized how much joy serving others brings to me. Student leadership is an amazing program for all students to be involved in and has really helped me get connected to my church family.
-Ansley, 11th Grade
It has really meant a lot to me since I get to work with a great group of student leaders who are striving to make our church even better. It was just an all-around amazing experience for me.
-Noble, 9th Grade
Being on the Student Leadership team really impacted my life and made me see every situation from a different perspective. It helped me to step out of my comfort zone and I learned how to serve in ways that most people wouldn’t. Student Leadership really helped me learn how to do things in a way that would serve God & give Him glory in everything I do.
- Ebony, 12th Grade
For as long as I can remember my mom has always told me “always be a leader, never be a follower.” I never would have truly understood what that meant if Sugar Hill Church had not given me the opportunity to lead my peers more and more to Christ through Student Leadership.
- Shariff, 10th Grade
Spring Break Mission Trip It’s a privilege to serve with our ministry partners, Teach My People, in Pawleys Island, SC. We not only partner with them and support their vision with monthly financial support, we also send groups to assist with various projects at the TMP facility each year. Over 2017 Spring Break, leadership students from Sugar Hill Church spent their week serving
WHAT IS INTENDED
TMP families and students, and assisting with several building projects. Each year, a trip that is intended to intentionally bless our friends at TMP becomes an even greater blessing to the students and adults serving.
TO BE A BLESSING
Here’s what some of the students and leaders are saying about last year’s Spring Break Mission Trip:
TO BE A BIGGER
It was an honor to serve alongside our students and leaders on the Spring Break mission trip. I am involved in the middle school ministry, so it was encouraging to see the attitudes of the high school students who have spent time in the ‘Grounded for Life’ teaching as they served the children at Teach My People. Using my electrical experience to minister, and to have my family participate, were both a blessing.
FOR THE TMP FAMILY ALWAYS SEEMS BLESSING TO THE STUDENTS AND ADULTS SERVING.
- Michael Allen, Adult Leader >> Does You r Stu dent Leadersh i p Prog ram partn er w ith any organ izations for service opportu n iti es?
TMP IS COMMITTED TO PROMOTING SPIRITUAL, EDUCATIONAL, AND EMOTIONAL GROWTH FOR ALL OF THEIR STUDENTS.
Teach my People Pawleys Island, SC We’re so thankful to partner with Teach My People and support their amazing work in Pawleys Island. This unique ministry serves 10 first-graders each year who are facing significant economic, academic, and social obstacles in completing their education. TMP makes a 12 year commitment to those students to provide year-round, high quality programming that is spiritually driven, all at no cost to the families being served. Through their highly trained staff and over 70 community volunteers, TMP is able to provide academic assistance, character development, cultural and spiritual enrichment, and physical activity on a daily basis to help ensure their students succeed in school, and for the rest of their lives. Teach My People has seen amazing success in their mission to teach students to overcome the struggles they face, impacting families throughout the Pawleys Island community with Christ-centered programs and services. TMP is committed to promoting spiritual, educational, and emotional growth for all of their students.
I enjoyed the spring break trip. It was a good time to do good deeds for people, and it showed us how to be grateful for what we have. I also saw God working in the TMP time and during the Worship time in the Chapel.
- Cam, 10th Grade
This was my fourth time returning to Teach My People, and each time I go, I learn something new. This mission trip in particular taught me how to be selfless, which led to the experience of pure joy. The whole trip was truly dependent on my mindset. When I focused on others rather than myself, I noticed myself striving to make everyone around me happy because that same happiness became so radiant to everyone around.
The fact that I got the opportunity to go on the Spring Break Mission Trip again this year, was a humbling and exciting experience. Every year that I have gone, I’ve gotten to see not only the kids at Teach My People grow, but I’ve gotten to see the Student Ministry grow together and influence so many hearts in Pawleys Island.
- Katie, 12th Grade
- AnnaCatherine, 2017 Graduate
What a blessing Sugar Hill has been to Teach My People! It has been amazing to witness the bond between Sugar Hill Students and our students. It warms my heart to see the same students come back each year. Sugar Hill has become an extended family to our students and I am excited to see that bond grow. Thank you Sugar Hill Students by helping us, together with Christ, provide a hope and a future for our students.
- Eric Spatz, Executive Director of Teach My People
>> How do you celeb rate g raduations/m i leston es at Sugar H i ll Ch u rch?
Milestones One priority that we have at Sugar Hill Church is to celebrate milestones in the lives of our students as they grow into adulthood. We have identified three specific milestones in the lives of students, and we desire to partner with parents to provide “rite of passage” experiences to celebrate these milestones in our students’ lives. The three significant stages of life that every student will transition through while in Student Ministries are:
2. The Transition from Middle School to High School. This is a significant step towards adulthood, and is often a scary transition for families. Our goal is to make this a milestone that will be memorable for students and helpful for parents. Transitional events include Promotion Day and High School Beach Camp.
1. The transition from Elementary to Middle 3. The Transition from High School. School to College. Transitioning from 5th grade to 6th grade is a huge step in the lives of our students. Middle School brings significantly increased expectations and responsibilities, and this time truly is a transition from being a child to becoming a young adult. We provide a number of events to make this transition as smooth as possible, including a rising 6th grade orientation, a special “Graduation” ceremony for rising 6th grade families, and a summer camp experience designed to transition students well to Middle School.
This is one of the most significant transitions families face. We want to not only prepare high school seniors to be successful in college, but also help families celebrate this incredibly significant milestone.
Class of 2017
The Plan Principles for Living God’s Best in College & Beyond
One way we do this is called “The Plan.” In their final semester of small group, students develop personal action steps for each biblical principle identified in The Plan, and
together as a group the students decide on the most practical and helpful action steps for each principle. We provide professionally printed copies of their class’ unique version of The Plan. Before students graduate, we also encourage them to identify a circle of five people that can hold them accountable to their plan during their first year of college. A number of studies have shown that students who have accountable relationships with 3-5 adults while in college are significantly more successful at thriving spiritually than those who do not. We suggest their “5” include a parent (or two), a senior adult, a past or current mentor (small group leaders), as well as a peer that they admire spiritually. These 5 have the ability to greatly impact and encourage a student’s successful transition to college. Another way we celebrate this period of transition is by making a big deal of High
School graduation at Sugar Hill Church. We have a special Graduate Recognition day where students are celebrated and encouraged by their church family. As a part of this special day, graduates invite their families, close friends, and their “5” to a banquet where they are further celebrated by our whole Sugar Hill Students team and the rising Senior class. At this banquet, graduates share The Plan booklets with their “5” and begin the process of receiving encouragement to thrive as they enter the post-high-school world. This event puts the exclamation point on our preparation of students to be Grounded For Life.
Challenge coins are a longstanding tradition in the military that builds camaraderie and signifies a person is a member of a special group. Challenge coins serve as a symbol of identity, a source of pride, and a reminder of the support that one has behind them. We have special challenge coins minted for our graduating class and hope they serve as a constant reminder of their identity and values.
Our prayer is that parents will see these milestones as opportunities for significant growth and catalysts for spiritual and relational maturity. We look forward to celebrating these very special times with your family!
2017 Middle School Camp >> W hat are su m m ers li ke for sugar h i ll stu dents?
Every year our students rave about Middle School Camp, and it’s easy to see why. When you combine amazing worship, Bible study, exciting games, and unique activities, you have a recipe for an amazing week of camp. Middle School Camp at Camp Longridge in Ridgeway, SC provides the perfect environment for rising 6th through 8th graders to get connected to Middle School Ministry.
fishing, gaga ball, sand volleyball, paintball, and more, there’s never a dull moment.
Camp Longridge is situated around a beautiful lake, but there’s more to the story… From the high ropes course, zip line, climbing wall, water slide, canoes,
Middle School Camp is going to be better than ever this year. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity. Camp dates are on page 43, be on the lookout for registration!
Even more importantly, students have the opportunity to escape the distractions of everyday life and engage in powerful worship, practical teaching from God’s Word, make new friends, grow deeper with old friends, all while creating lifelong memories.
W H AT M I D D L E S C H O O L E R S A R E S AY I N G A B O U T C A M P : This was my first time going to Middle School Camp. I made so many new friends and my relationship with God really grew. Now on Sundays I am wanting to go to church every week to see my friends and to worship God. I am so glad I went to camp!
Middle School Camp was the best because I got closer to Christ everyday. I loved worship time and quiet time the best. Free time was the best time to hang out with my friends. I was so happy at camp. I gave my life to Christ at camp and got baptized shorty after.
- Sarah, 8th Grade
- Lorelei, 6th Grade
Middle School camp was a life changing experience and totally awesome to the max!
Middle School Camp is an absolutely incredible experience that allowed me to go deeper in my relationships with God and my friends. Camp bonded us and made us like a family.
- J. Calvin, 7th Grade
- Kailey, 8th Grade
Middle school camp was awesome! I had so much fun. I did a lot of cool things like paint ball and going down a huge water slide. But the best part about camp was giving my life to Christ and really connecting with Him.
Middle School Camp was a great experience and it gave me a chance to get to know God better.
- Chandler, 8th Grade
- Kason, 7th Grade
O O H C S H HIG P M A C H C B EA “
I’VE NEVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE THIS WEEK, IT FEELS SO GOOD AND PURE. - TROY, 12TH GRADE
I NOW SEE MYSELF AS THE LORD SEES ME AND
I AM PROUD OF THAT, AND I HAVE GOTTEN CLOSER TO GOD. -JEANNIE, 9TH GRADE
High School Beach Camp is a camp experience like no other. Every year it’s the most talked about, looked-forward-to week of the summer for our rising 9th through 12th graders and graduates. We spend a week at the beautiful Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort in Pawleys Island, SC, experiencing what some students have called “the best week of the year.” It’s a week filled with powerful teaching, engaging worship,
THIS WEEK I HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS AS MY LORD AND SAVIOR. HE HAS
OPENED MY EYES TO NEW THINGS. IT WAS ALL I COULD ASK FOR, BEING SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS, PEOPLE BEING NICE TO ME, PEOPLE HAVING FUN WITH ME, AND GIVING MY LIFE TO GOD. -ROBERT, 9TH GRADE
one-of-a-kind beach competitions, serving our friends at Teach My People, and opportunities to connect with other students to grow deeper in your walk with Jesus. High School Summer Beach Camp breaks the mold of all the usual summer camp experiences. Spots for this amazing week fill up quickly. Mark your calendar now (dates on page 43), be on the lookout for registration information, and make plans to be a part!
THIS WEEK I LEARNED THAT GOD LOVES US WITH AN UNSHAKABLE AND UNSTOPPABLE LOVE. JESUS ALSO GAVE US GRACE, MERCY, AND FORGIVENESS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, I’VE LEARNED THAT GOD ALWAYS FORGIVES, AND THAT FORGIVEN IS WRITTEN ON MY HEART. -CAT, 12TH GRADE
PAY WHAT YOU CAN We strive to offer excellent programming, retreats, and trips for students at Sugar Hill Church. We try to do this in the most accessible, affordable way possible for parents and families, while creating experiences for students that are engaging and life-changing. In order to accomplish these goals, there’s a real cost associated with this kind of programming for students. Although we want students to have a vested interest in the events they attend, we never want finances to keep a student from participating. For the 2017-2018 school year we’d like to share with you our “Pay What You Can” policy. Here’s how it works: For all outreach events, activities, etc… If you show up to a Sugar Hill Students event that has a $5 cover charge and you can only afford to pay $2, simply pay your $2 and we cover the rest. No harassment, no embarrassment, no problem. You pay what you can, and we will help cover the remainder of the costs. For camps, retreats, and major trips… If you need financial assistance for one of our camps, retreats, or major trips, we ask you pay all that you can and at least cover the trip’s deposit amount. Then, parents are asked to complete our confidential “Scholarship Request Form” to specify the amount of financial assistance being requested. A Sugar Hill Students team member will contact the parent to discuss payment plan options, the amount of scholarship requested, and making any arrangements for your student to be a part of the trip. It’s our heart for every student to be able to participate in the activities that Sugar Hill Students provides. We prayerfully trust God to provide for all needs. If you have any questions about this policy and how it may affect you, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Student Ministries Staff Team.
Note: This policy applies to Sugar Hill Students sponsored events and does not apply to international trips. Students purchasing food from the Café on Wednesday Nights are asked to pay the current menu price in order to help us break even and keep the Café operating. We work to keep prices affordable!
>> Does you r prog ram m i ng cost mon ey? W hat i f I can’t afford cam ps?
Is my student safe at church? WHY SAFETY & SECURITY IS OUR HIGHEST VALUE FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
e have the most important message ever to share with students; that God loves them so much that He provided a way through Jesus Christ to receive forgiveness of sin, inherit eternal life, and enjoy a personal relationship with Him that begins on earth and lasts through eternity! We are very intentional about how we share this message and how we combat obstacles that would keep students from hearing it loud and clear. This is why we place such a high priority on both the PHYSICAL and EMOTIONAL safety of students and families. If students don’t feel both physically AND emotionally safe, it doesn’t matter how wonderful the message or how creatively it’s presented…. it won’t be heard! If parents don’t feel like our ministry is a safe place, they won’t allow their students to even be involved. We work hard to have the reputation that Sugar Hill Students is a safe place for everyone. From our weekly programs to our out-of-town trips and camps, we want to be known as a place where students are physically safe and emotionally secure.
SAFETY & SECURITY PRACTICES Including Emergency Action Plan and Discipline Policy
Parent / Student Copy Fall 2016
To ensure safety and security in our ministry, we follow a Security Plan with practices that include: • a team of security professionals, ministry professionals, and reliable adult volunteer leaders. • the use of uniformed and/or plainclothed security personnel. • policies that serve to protect the physical and emotional well-being of students and adults. • an electronic student check-in process. • an extensive background and screening process for adult volunteer leaders. To learn more about our safety plan, contact us to get your copy of “Sugar Hill Students Safety & Security Practices”. Although our entire Safety and Security plan cannot be widely distributed (for security reasons), we will be happy to meet with parents to discuss the details of the plan. If you have any questions or concerns about the safety and security of students, please contact Student Ministries Staff immediately at 770.945.5092.
>> How do You partn er w ith parents?
Passion Hello, I’m Brian. I’d like to tell you about my family, and our experience with Student Ministries at Sugar Hill Church. My wife Melanie and I have 2 daughters that have been involved in Student Ministries (AnnaCatherine, 18, freshman at Samford University, and Madeline, 15, 10th grade). In the 2014-2015 school year Melanie and I volunteered to help out in Student Ministries ourselves. We volunteered to help in an administrative capacity. We had not previously been involved at all, but the Grounded for Life spiritual growth plan that Tripp and the team had put together for helping families raise firmly rooted, Christ-centered kids was something that we wanted to be a part of and our girls to experience. Little did I know what God had in store for us. From time to time, Tripp would ask me to fill in when small group leaders were absent. There were a few weeks in a row where I would sit in on the 11th grade boy’s class. They
THANKS TO THE SUGAR HILL CHURCH STUDENT MINISTRY, OUR FAMILY IS MORE IN LOVE WITH CHRIST THAN WE EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE.
were doing a lesson series by the International Justice Mission about oppression at the time, and the questions that the boys were asking, the observations they were making, and the comparisons they were making to their daily lives completely blew me away. I was hooked! Not only did these guys “get it,” they were on fire. They wanted to change the world. I looked forward to every Sunday, to coming in and seeing what the boys were going to teach me, to see what weakness of mine they were going to point out by revealing the passion for Christ that they had. Then November of 2014 arrived. Our oldest, AnnaCatherine, was told that she was going to need back surgery for her scoliosis. That is when we saw the culmination of the spirit that had been planted in our Student Ministry come to life. The Sunday before her surgery, AnnaCatherine’s small group gathered around her and prayed over her. They all cried together, laughed together, and encouraged her. She came home that Sunday with a peace and calmness that the whole family fed from. My boys did the same thing for me. We prayed for my family, the students at church that were
Brian with his 2016-2017 senior small group To learn more about the challenge coin, check out page 29!
Brian carried a challenge coin from the 2017 Graduate Recognition luncheon on a prayer walk around Samford’s campus.
Students praying over AnnaCatherine
going to help support AnnaCatherine before, during, and after surgery, and the medical staff that was going to work on and with her. We spent almost 20 minutes praying for strength, wisdom, patience, love, and caring for all involved. That Sunday was a truly life changing, spirit renewing day. On Wednesday that week, Tripp did the same thing with the entire student group. They all huddled around AnnaCatherine and prayed over her. I still tear up looking at the picture from that night. On the day of her surgery, Tripp was one of the first visitors we had. Her small group leader showed up the day after her surgery with paintings of verses of scripture that we hung around her recovery room. Those paintings are still on her bedroom wall today. That surgery marked the end of AnnaCatherine’s
volleyball career, but the beginning of her newly renewed passion for Christ. Since then, she has been involved in Student Leadership Team, taken advantage of mission trip opportunities (both local and at Teach My People in Pawleys Island), and even served as an Intern on the Student Ministries team. That renewed passion for Christ infected our entire household. I followed those boys into their senior curriculum and have been there ever since. Melanie got involved on Wednesday nights helping with the check-in duties, and Madeline has flourished in the Student Ministry. She is very involved in her small group, is also a member of the Student Leadership Team, and even volunteers on the greeting team for worship service two Sundays per month. Thanks to the Sugar Hill Church Student Ministries, our family is more involved than we ever were before, and more in love with Christ than we ever thought possible. We love our church! - Brian, Parent & Adult Leader
FIVE PARENTING FOUNDATIONS By Walt Mueller, CPYU President Parenting in today’s world is not an easy task. Here are five elements that are essential foundations to parenting as you travel through the few short years you have with your children. Your approach to parenting should be biblical. From the moment they are born, our children need parents who tune themselves in to the most reliable source of parenting information and instruction. God has given us the Bible to guide us through these difficult and confusing days. Your approach to parenting should be informed and guided by God’s Word. Study the Bible with diligence on a regular basis. Prayerfully ask God to use your times in His Word to reveal Himself and His will. Discover how the Bible speaks to the molders and shapers of contemporary youth culture. Uncover the character traits and attitudes that God calls us to exhibit in our families and other relationships.
Your approach to parenting should be realistic. Why is it that so many of us feel like failures when we or our children make a mistake? My guess is that we are disappointed because we expect ourselves and our children to be perfect—a very unrealistic expectation. The reality is that because of our sinful natures, we are broken people raising broken people. But our gnawing sense of imperfection should not keep us from endeavoring to be good parents. Realistic parents pave the way for family closeness and help their children find their identity in Christ by parenting with grace. They aren’t paralyzed by feelings of fear, shame, and inadequacy when they or their children make mistakes. Your approach to parenting should be preventive. We all share a concern for our children’s physical well-being. We tell our kids to stay out of the street, to look both ways, don’t take candy from strangers, and to keep
Realistic parents pave the way for family closeness and help their children find their identity in Christ by parenting with grace. They aren’t paralyzed by feelings of fear, shame, and inadequacy when they or their children make mistakes.
>> H elp! W h ere can I fi n d resou rces?
away from hot stuff. Parents who expect to lead their kids through adolescence into spiritual health should also take preventive measures. Our children should be equipped to face life and all of its challenges. They need us to pass on the valuable information we have learned about life. We need to speak openly about the dangers and results of choosing to walk through life in opposition to God’s will and way. Your approach to parenting should be redemptive.
How will you respond to your children when they make a mistake or do something wrong? All teens will make sinful choices, and the determining factor in whether or not a sinful choice turns into a situation that gets better or worse will depend on your response. Let me suggest that your goal should be to redeem these situations by turning a mistake into an opportunity for your teen to learn about what it means to have a heart for God. Treat your child as you think Jesus would treat you if you were the offending party.
As thankful as we are for the opportunity to spend time with your students, we know that they spend a much larger portion of their time at home than they spend inside the walls of Sugar Hill Church. You have the opportunity to be the primary influence and encourager in your student’s life.
Your approach to parenting should be prayerful.
Know that we are here to serve you and your family, as a partner, any way that we can. You are never alone in your journey to see your student discover and live God’s best for their life!
Parents, we need to pray for answers — answers to the questions that we have about raising our children and answers to our children’s questions about who they are and what they should believe. You see, our children grow in the wisdom and nurture of the Lord in spite of us, not because of us. Sure, they learn a lot from the example we live and the words we choose, but the fact of the matter is that it is ultimately God who gives faith to our kids and leads them to spiritual health.
We know that can be a daunting task at times! That’s why we offer free resources for you, as families, to help encourage and equip you in your journey, to empower you to serve as the primary spiritual influence in your students’ journey. Beginning fall 2017, be on the lookout for various articles, events, and resources for families that we’ll be posting on our social media profiles and at sugarhillstudents.com.
FROM OUR CHURCH
our Student Ministry webpage
5 minute encouragement each day
• sugarhill.church/app our iOS and Android app
regular posts on life, faith, and leadership
The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers.
Want more information about your kids and their world? Visit CPYU.org and subscribe to their free weekly e-Update!
student ministry, parenting, and leadership resources
our Associate Pastor’s personal site
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>> W hat do you offer for th e rest of My fam i ly?
Sugar Hill Church offers programs and opportunities for your entire family. From Preschool through Senior Adult, there are opportunities to learn and serve for every age and stage of life. We even have Worship Services and groups in Spanish if that’s what you prefer. Check out a few of the opportunities we offer:
Sunday Morning Worship Services Worship Services at Sugar Hill Church are a great first step. These services include high energy music, helpful messages, and hundreds of friendly faces.
Sugar Hill Español En Sugar Hill Español somos una comunidad de personas que anhelamos una relación día a día más fortalecida con Jesús. Nuestra pasión es servir a otros y crear relaciones significativas donde podamos servir juntos con el único propósito de ser una luz en nuestra comunidad y alcanzar nuestra ciudad para Cristo. Todos son bienvenidos sin importar de donde vengas, siempre tendremos un lugar especial para ti y tu familia.
Worship services last roughly 65 minutes and you can truly “come as you are.” You will see people dressed in everything from shorts, to jeans, to business casual, to 3-piece suits. Stop by the free coffee bar on your way in, relax, and feel at home. Our desire is that your soul will be refreshed as you encounter God in a real and personal way.
Somos el lugar perfecto para la gente que no lo es. Te invitamos a nuestro servicio de adoración todos los Domingos a las 11:00 am en la capilla. Si deseas información adicional o tienes alguna petición de oración, no dudes en contactarnos! Estamos para servirte y ayudarte.
Adult Ministries Our desire is to help adults from all walks of life to connect to the church in such a way that it feels like home: a place to belong, a place to grow, a place that is safe. Groups are the best way to connect - they are made up of 15 or so people that meet for about an hour a week in a convenient location to grow in their faith, meet new people, and have fun. We also have monthly gatherings for men and women. Flourish is a gathering for women and Man Church is a gathering for men. These are great places to meet others and grow in your faith. Please visit sugarhill.church/adults to learn more about taking next steps!
CHECK OUT THIS SEMESTER’S ADULT SMALL GROUPS!
At Sugar Hill Church, we believe that we are at our best when we are serving our neighbors, whether that be in the church itself, through our local schools and community partners, or our friends around the globe. Locally, our greatest partnerships are with our local schools, the North Gwinnett Co-op and Path Project. Through these partnerships we have a large array of volunteer opportunities for individuals or the whole family. Some opportunities we have coming up over the next few months include:
In the Community • Joining the Backpack Team to pack bags of food for children in need • Serving at a workday at the North Gwinnett Co-op • Mentoring a child in one of our Local Schools • Packing a shoe box to go to a child in a country around the globe • Tutoring and homework help with our neighbors at the Path Project • Sponsoring a new patient at our Care for Aids facility in Nylenda, Kenya • 2018 Global Mission Trips to Guatemala, Kenya, Cuba and the Caribbean
At Sugar Hill Church • Greeters • Ushers • Tech Team / Worship Ministry • Baptism Team • Hospitality Team • Security Team • Children’s Ministry • Student Ministries • Adult Ministries
THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED AND USE YOUR GIFTS TO SERVE!
Children’s Ministry Sugar Hill Kids offers a safe, loving, and fun area for your infant through fifth grader to engage with small group leaders and large group worship environments each week. We create opportunities for your child to hear biblical truth and apply it to their own life. We desire to equip and encourage parents as you love and lead your
child by partnering with you to teach your child the love of Christ. Sugar Hill Kids also gives students (6th-12th grade) an opportunity to serve in both preschool and elementary groups on Sunday mornings, and during special events throughout the year. 41
The first 50 6th-12th grade students to bring a completed crossword puzzle to Small Groups will receive a coupon for a FREE Chick-fil-A item. All parents who email a picture of them with a completed puzzle to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: Crossword Contest) will be entered into a drawing for a FREE Middle School or High School Summer Camp.
Thanks to CFA Mall of Georgia at Mill Creek for providing prizes!
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Across 1. We want to partner with students to help them discover their full potential as _____. 5. _____ is a public statement that someone has committed their life to Jesus and wants to identity with Him. 7. Grounded for Life has a plan that is centered on how many biblical principles? 8. One priority that we have at Sugar Hill Church is to celebrate _____ in the lives of our students as they grow into adulthood. 9. We place such a high priority on both the physical and _____ safety of students and families. 12. Middle School Camp and High School
Camp are both in the month of ____. 13. For those who trust in Jesus, God has promised _______ of sins and restoration of our relationship with Him. 14. It is in and through the church that one can ______, explore, discover, grow, and serve. 18. Each adult that works with Students has completed a lengthy _____ process which includes an interview and extensive screening. 19. What night of the week is a great opportunity to see who we are, what we are about, and get plugged in to what’s happening for students at Sugar Hill Church.
2. Small groups are vitally important to our vision for ____ to be “Grounded for Life”. 3. _____ have the awesome responsibility of spiritually training and making disciples of their children. 4. We never want _____ to keep a student from participating in an event. 6. The three key areas of the Grounded for Life plan are: Identity, Maturity, and ______. 10. At SHC we believe the ______
is a big deal.
11. Middle School Camp is at Camp ______ in Ridgeway, SC. 12. We’re never more like _____ than when we’re serving. 15. What are the initials of Sugar Hill Church’s ministry partner in Pawleys Island, SC? 16. At High School Camp, students visit what island? 17. A solid parenting foundation is informed and guided by God’s ______.
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9:30am // Worship Service
6-8pm // Wednesday Night Programming
11:00am // Student Small Groups
Important Dates 2017
Wednesday Nights Kickoff! // August 16
Student Retreat (In-Town) // January 26 - 28
Fall Student Small Groups Kickoff! // August 20
Student Leadership Conference // March 23 - 24
Last Wednesday Night of Semester // November 29
EASTER (No Student Small Groups) // April 1
Last Small Group of Semester // December 10
No Wednesday Night (Spring Break) // April 4
Last Wednesday Night of Semester // May 9
Last Small Groups of Semester // May 13
Wednesday Nights Resume // January 10
Graduate Recognition Luncheon // May 20
Spring Student Small Groups Resume // January 14
Student Promotion Day // May 27
MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP // MAY 29-JUNE 1, 2018 HIGH SCHOOL BEACH CAMP // JUNE 18-22, 2018 ADULT LEADERSHIP MEETINGS
08.09 // 6-8pm
01.21 // 5-7pm
(Wed. PM Leaders)
08.12 // 9-11:30am
02.11 // 5-7pm
03.04 // 5-7pm
09.10 // 5-7pm
04.15 // 5-7pm
10.01 // 5-7pm
05.06 // 5-7pm
11.05 // 5-7pm
09.17 // 5-7pm
02.25 // 5-7pm
10.15 // 5-7pm
03.18 // 5-7pm
11.12 // 5-7pm
04.22 // 5-7pm
12.10 // 5-7pm
2018 Wed PM Off-Campus Summer Schedule 06.06 // High School Activity 06.13 // Middle School Activity 06.27 // Middle School Activity
Questions? Please contact Joy Lyle, Student Ministries Assistant at email@example.com or (770) 945-5092.
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