Here’s the arc for our series in HSM this month. Pretty excited about this series – we always try to hit on some felt-needs or hot topics

SEPTEMBER 15/16 | I AM… A GOSSIP (week 1)
James 3:1-12; Ephesians 4:29
GOSSIP. Everyone has said something about someone or something that they know they should not have. We’ve all felt the sting of being talked about behind our backs. It is taking a look how we talk to and about each other and how powerful what we say actually is. Looking at how we can turn gossip into encouragement and slander into praise.

SEPTEMBER 22/23 | I AM… A HYPOCRITE (week 2)
Matthew 23
Hypocrites. The dictionary definition of a hypocrite is “a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.” We will be looking at what this looks like in our own lives and what that means according to the teachings of Jesus.

SEPTEMBER 29/30 | I AM… A BULLY (week 3)
Bullying has no place in the life of a follower of Christ. We need to stand up for the forgotten and abused. The series will all be pulled together with a reveal that Jesus is the great I Am.

JG

I was excited to learn this week about an upcoming parent seminar from The Protectors at our church next month – they specialize in bullying and helping parents and youth leaders address the issue. Looked over their website and thought it might be something for you to consider as well – or at least give you a few resources to point parents toward at your next parent newsletter/meeting.

Bullying is now the leading concern among parents and students—surpassing illicit sexual activity, drug use and gang activity (Harris Poll 2011). This innovative, peace-making and practical program will help you diminish the cruelty of adolescent bullying, and in the process grow courage, character and leadership for life.

Throughout history, the church has been the tip of the spear defending human dignity in and outside the church, which is a gift from God that He calls us to defend. Join us as we reveal to our community that God is a God of mercy, peace and justice by showing that justice begins on the playground–not in the courtroom.

This often misunderstood and growing form of abuse is not the result of conflict or related issues. It’s the use of superior power to intentionally harm another over a period of time, and the result is heartbreaking. Bullying continues to play a complex role in the suicide of numerous children, and one study of 43,000 students revealed that bullying may be worse in private Christian schools among high school-aged boys.

JG