Student Ministry This Week


VSM Fall Retreat Registration Officially Open!

The highlight of the fall semester is our FALL RETREAT! Fall Retreat this year will be at Shocco Springs Conference Center on November 17-19. This is an amazing weekend where our students can get away and focus on taking the next steps in their faith.

Our theme this year is Fearless, and we will be talking about how our faith enables us to overcome fear and insecurity. In addition to participating in meaningful worship and small group times, students will have some awesome recreation options, enjoy time around the bonfire eating smores, and make some lifelong memories.

The cost for the weekend is $85. You can register today by simply clicking the button below!

VSM MIDWEEK Squad Night, Wednesday, September 13th, 6:30-8 PM

VSM MIDWEEK is something your student will not want to miss! We have overhauled the whole experience to combine worship, teaching, Squads, games, events, and small groups into one amazing way to spend a Wednesday night. We are so excited to see how God will use this time to draw our students closer to Him.

This Wednesday night is Squad Night, and we will be looking at what it means to have peace. Squad Night is a night where we open with worship and then meet with our squads for a small group time of discussion and Bible study.

VSM and CityServe, Saturday, September 23rd, 5-8 PM

This year our Student Ministry will be serving our ESL Ministry by hosting a block party for CityServe. The Block Party will be Saturday, September 23rd, from 5:00-8:00 PM. We'd love to see as many students there as possible as we minister to our community! You can sign up on Sundays through the CityServe worship guide insert.

What We're Teaching: Life Groups

We just wrapped up lesson four of our study of Colossians. We’re getting closer and closer to being done, which, based on the great dialogue we’ve been having around the lessons, is something I will be sad to see!

This week’s lesson, lesson four, was entitled “Living Unhindered,” and focused on Colossians 2:8-15. The point of the lesson was that your students would realize the centrality of the Gospel in their lives, and to see the Gospel message as the most powerful source of their life’s purpose.

Next Steps . . .

As you go through your week with your child, look for instances to create some dialogue based on the theme of this lesson. Consider asking the following questions:

  • How do you define the idea of “purpose” in your life. Is this something you think about often, from time to time, or almost never? Why?
  • What are the things in your life that energize you, inspire you, or make you feel fulfilled?
  • As you have thought about these things, where does your commitment to Christ come in? How is your purpose found in His presence in your life?

Continue to pray that this study will impact our students, and that they will begin to develop a passion for a Christ-focused life.

VSM D-GROUPS, Sundays, 5-6:30 PM

D-Groups are off and rolling on Sunday nights. D-Groups are student groups that meet in homes on Sunday nights for a time of fellowship and Bible study. These groups are age and gender specific, and they give our students the opportunity for a more casual environment to talk about Scripture and what God is doing in their lives. Find your student's D-Group below:

Middle School Girls - Crawford Home - Led by Kathy Compton, Amy Miller, Courtney Parrish, Kelsey Bryant. 2533 Marcal Road, Birmingham, AL 35244.

Middle School Guys - Beard Home - Led by Owen Parrish, Lucius Guthrie. 4109 Ashington Drive, Birmingham, AL 35242.

9-10 Grade Girls - Horstmann Home - Led by Jennifer Moore, Blair Holsombeck. 5032 Stone Bridge Lane, Birmingham, AL 35242.

9-10 Grade Guys - Valleydale Church - Led by Ryan Shannon, Matthew Bryant. 2324 Valleydale Rd, Birmingham, AL, 35244.

11-12 Grade Girls - Knierim Home - Led by Jenn Knierim, Leslie Roberts. 4940 Mountain View Pkwy, Birmingham, AL, 35244.

11-12 Grade Guys - Key Home - Led by Eric Roberts, Josh Knierim, Jim Key. 3305 Indian Crest Drive, Indian Springs, AL 35124.

VSM Office Hours, Thursdays, 9-11 AM

This semester we are taking greater steps to connect with student ministry families. One of these steps is to create specific "office hours" where we as a VSM staff will be setting apart a specific time each week to be available to meet with parents. Each Thursday from 9-11 we would love for anyone to come and meet with us, whether it is just for a time of fellowship or to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We are definitely available other times, but we want to be sure to prioritize this time for our VSM families.

Other Important Fall Dates

October 25, VSM Trunk or Treat

Our Student Ministry will be hosting a Trunk or Treat for our preschool and children's ministry.

October 29, Valleydale Tailgate Sunday

This church-wide event will combine worship, grilling meat, and fellowship. It's a no-brainer that you'll want to be there.

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