Why We Chose Sunday Morning To Be Our Only Weekly Gathering This content is restricted to site members. If you are an existing user, please log in. New users may register below. Existing Users Log InUsernamePassword Remember Me New User RegistrationChoose a Username*First Name*Last Name*Address 1*Address 2City*State*Zip*Country*Day Phone*Email**Required field Facebook Twitter Pinterest 10 Comments Gina Abbas on July 11, 2013 at 9:39 pm This absolutely makes sense…especially as a mom (with a middle schooler now!) less is more in my book! It’s really cool you have the freedom and support of your church senior staff to make the move to a once a week program. It allows for much more “organic” ministry between small group leaders and students to hang out mid week if they want to (and campus ministry at schools) without a mid week program busying everyone up. I love it! Kenny Campbell on July 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm Gina you’re absolutely right about more “organic” ministry between small group leaders and students to connect outside of Sundays. We encourage our small group leaders to be more intentional about going to students’ games/recitals/activities since we don’t meet mid week. We also encourage our small group leaders to have hang outs or parties with their groups throughout the year too outside of Sundays. Matt on July 12, 2013 at 10:29 am We have always done a youth group for grades 7-12 on Friday nights. This coming September we are going to try something different, and split into junior (grades 5-8) and senior (grades 9-12) youth groups. Because we are a small church and very limited volunteers, we are going to run both on the same night, one after the other. The junior will start earlier and then end, then we’ll give 30 minutes or so in between for drop-offs and pick-ups, and then senior youth will start. We’re hoping that by having everything on one night it will allow families to drive in, even if they live out of town, and make it easy to schedule! Kenny Campbell on July 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm Matt, great stuff. Is it hard to find leaders to commit to every Friday night? Are there any specific reason you like that night compared to a different night? Matt on July 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm Very hard! We are a small church (around 100) in a small town, and I only have 6 adults who will volunteer with the youth group. These leaders can’t commit to coming every week, and so we have them on a rotation where they come every other week (3 one week, 3 the next). So when we were looking at doing two groups, we needed to keep them both on the same night simply because we don’t have leaders who will commit to 2 nights a week (I also prefer having an extra night at home). We also prefer Friday because we have a fair number of students who live outside of the town on farms, and so if they need to drive home after youth, it’s better then getting home late on a school night. Andy Kuo on July 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm Interesting idea! May I ask how large are your junior high (which i see reaches all the way down to 5th grade!) and senior high groups? How do the parents deal if they have kids in both groups, say, one in junior high and one in senior high? Do they just bring both for the whole night, or do they do multiple runs back and forth from their homes? Matt on July 24, 2013 at 10:04 am Andy, that is something we are going to be testing out this September. Right now our 7-12 youth group averages between 15-20 with a pretty even, and so I expect to have around 10 in the junior and senior groups to start. We’re hoping that this split will lead more students to feel comfortable inviting their peers though! As for parents, we spent a lot of time discussing this possibility, especially since we have a fair amount of farmers who live out of town and we don’t want to ask parents to drive in and back home 2-3 times each week. We are going to encourage kids to go to a family member’s or friend’s house if they need to wait a while for their parent to get them. We’ll see how this goes!!! Aaron Buer on July 16, 2013 at 9:32 am I couldn’t agree with you more. I love this idea and have been arguing for it for a few years. With that said, we’re stuck on Wednesday nights because there is no space in our building for us on Sunday mornings. Campus of 5000 and no youth space…boo. OK, I’m done whining. Great post! Jeremy Bates on October 24, 2013 at 2:45 pm We have been doing this since 2010 as well with great success for all the reasons you stated. The one drawback that we are constantly keeping in mind however, is that it seems more difficult for outreach/bringing friends in that time slot. Our community impact isn’t what it used to be although the group has doubled from the church kids who didn’t attend previously. Our attempt to counter that trend has been a once a month Wednesday night fun/social night for kids to bring friends to and build relationships in another environment. (It helps that our church has a “family sunday” once a month where all the school aged kids stay in the main service to worship with their families. That gives the leader a break on a Sunday and they come out that Wednesday instead!) Great resources from Shine, keep it up! http://www.gtburlington.org Kenny Campbell on October 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm Great point Jeremy. We also do special events throughout the course of the year for students to invite friends to that isn’t on a Sunday morning. It’s important to find the right balance. Thanks for your input, and thanks for the encouragement!