Be Salt and Light in the World!
The goal of Illumin8 Student Ministry at Calhoun First Baptist is to have our students develop an authentic relationship with Christ. We want them to reach the point where they are confident in following Christ’s command from Matthew 5 to be the Salt and Light of the World. Illuminat8 Student Ministry focuses on individual student relationships with Christ as well as student’s relationships with fellow believers and non-believers. Messages, activities, music, and fellowship all revolve around Christ and how He would have students live and act in their schools and communities. CFB Ilumin8 Student Ministry occupies the Refuge located on the 3rd floor of Calhoun First Baptist’s 3-story office building.
Sunday School (Refuge) 9:45 AM
Sunday Worship (Sanctuary) 11:00 AM
Devotions and Donuts (Refuge) Sunday Evenings 5:45-7:00 (snack dinner), 6:10 small groups
Wednesday Night Illumin8 (Refuge) 5:30 Hang Time (dinner in CLC), 6:45-7:30 Worship in Refuge
Sunday School meets every Sunday at 9:45. Students are led by adult teachers using Lifeway’s Bible Studies for Life Curriculum. Bible Studies for Life give students Bible foundations for dealing with everyday challenges in their lives. Bible Studies for Life is grounded in the Word and the students use scripture lessons every week in order to be covered by the Armor of God in today’s challenging world.
Devotions and Donuts
Devotions and Donuts is our Sunday evening small group time. Students from grades 6-12 are led by young adult volunteers in various Bible Studies every week. Male and female students meet separately. The students meet weekly except for the last Sunday. The last Sunday of each month is reserved for one of our high school students to lead a devotion as we travel to a local coffee shop for the evening!
Wednesday Night Illumin8
Wednesday nights we gather with all students, 6th-12th, for our large group worship time. The evening starts with dinner in the Christian Life Center or Hang-Time starting at 5:30. Students are welcome to eat in the CLC or bring their dinner to the café area of the Refuge on the 3rd Floor of the main 3-story building. Fellowship is an important part of developing as a Christian and as a group. Hang-Time gives the students a chance to relax after a long day and spend time with others in games, music, or just hanging out. Worship starts at 6:45 and goes through 7:30.
Vacation Bible School/ Youth Vacation Bible School
Each year our students lead the way in volunteering for Vacation Bible School. CFB’s VBS runs from 9:00-12:00 each morning of the selected week. Students work in various areas for VBS from snacks, to music, to missions. Students assist adult volunteers in supervising kids and showing the kids how much God loves them. Each evening (Monday-Thursday) of Vacation Bible School, adult volunteers return to CFB to give our 6th grade- 12th grade students their very own VBS. Students have dinner, games, and lessons every night. This time is a way for CFB to say THANK YOU to all the students who pour into the children at VBS.
CFB Illumin8 Student Ministry takes the Great Commission seriously. Our most recent mission trip was to Cincinnati, Ohio where we worked with the North American Mission board to identify a church or area of our country where a need was present. We worked with Revive City Church in Cincinnati to host over 120 upcoming 6th graders in a series of sports camps. These students were part of a bridge program who had been identified by their local schools as kids who needed some extra support before moving into 6th grade.
Winter Xtreme in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is always a fun-filled worship experience for Illumin8 Student Ministry. This 3-day trip is a great opportunity for the students to grow together, worship together, and get away together during the long winter months. This is usually one of our largest trips each year, as we regularly bring over 70 students and chaperones.
Other Activities as Needed
As with life, not all activities are planned a year in advance. Sometimes you just need a trip to Taco Bell, or Starbucks, or Six Flags, or the Braves game. While these activities are communicated well in advance, sometimes they are more spur-of-the-moment in nature. Most times these ideas come from the students. “Hey Pastor Steven, we need to go Bowling next week” is often the planning process. Students are always welcome to come up with ideas (understanding that Pastor Steven reserves veto powers).