At Lifepointe, we believe giving reflects the heart. When it comes to generosity, we have an “I get to” mentality, not an “I have to” mentality. What we give, through our time, talents and treasure, is an indicator of our level of gratitude for what Jesus has done for us. When you give, your generosity makes an ETERNAL IMPACT through a variety of ministries and activities within our church, local communities and beyond!
This December, we’ll be sharing stories of impacts made in 2017 through your continued generosity, like this one from our Student Ministry…
Lifepointe Students All-Nighter
All night long is exactly how long the fun lasted at our LP Students third YMCA All-Nighter in November.
For one night, 190 students were given the opportunity to forget their schoolwork and play together. As we highlighted during our Better Together Message series earlier this Fall, “PLAY TOGETHER” is one of Lifepointe’s LifeGroup CORE VALUES. And, these days, the time young people have to have fun and play together is rapidly decreasing.
“Education continues to climb, and kids feel more pressured early on,” Pastor Nate said. “We shift from playing and enjoying life to just worrying about producing.”
To live Fully Alive, we must learn to Play Together. To that end, our LP Students Ministry partnered with the YMCA in Baxter to give students an opportunity to relax and have fun with their friends in a night filled with food, games, and swimming. But, it’s definitely not ALL about playing.
“It’s a connecting point,” Student Pastor Josh said. “The emphasis is for students to invite their friends who aren’t saved.”
Pastor Josh took the first 10 minutes of the evening to set the tone and briefly introduce Lifepointe to everyone attending… who we are and what we believe. Then, the rest of the night was devoted to building and strengthening relationships with each other and the church through play.
The event serves as a catalyst, allowing young people, maybe for the very first time, to see Jesus and the church as a force for good in the community, through their friends, in a neutral and familiar location.
“In today’s busy, scheduled world, we often need to take advantage of captured moments and meet our youth where they are,” said Teri, one of the adult Impact Leaders. “And that is what we did at the All-Nighter! We had kids who made a good choice to be safe and loved on, and we were able to sneak a little of Jesus in as well! It was a home run!”
Josh said that his time spent volunteering at his local YMCA when he was in college inspired him to host this type of event, and that he was delighted in the YMCA’s ability to give young people a positive, faith-based environment to come together.
“It was so much fun and I lost my voice,” said Jessie, a new Student. “I’m going to start coming regularly on Sunday nights!”
Students are also invited to join a Student LifeGroup on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 8:30pm, especially those who may have gone to the event, but are not yet sure about church.
As Pastor Nate says, “There’s a part of God that we can only experience when we are connected with one another… You can belong with us before you believe like us.”