Everything You Need to Know: July 2 - July 8

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NEW ROLE FOR SUSAN ON THE KSM STAFF

After many years of ministry work at the Kirk, we are ecstatic to announce that Susan Needler will be moving into a new role within the Student Ministry. Susan will begin her new role as Associate Director of Student Ministry on August 1st.

Susan has been a dedicated Student Ministry Staff member almost longer than this new rising class of 6th graders have been alive, which is why we are so excited to see Susan take on a role that will allow her to utilize her gifts even more and help oversee more of the Student Ministry that she has been dedicated to over all of these years.

Susan will help oversee a lot of our High School ministry, lead a D Group, assist/train our female D Group leaders, and, of course, continue on with leading our Hospitality Events.

This role is meant to serve as a complementary role of our other Associate Director of Student Ministry, Andrew Schonhoff, and we could think of no one greater to serve in a complementary role than Susan.

Most of you all know Susan, but we hope that you can take the time to share in the excitement with us and welcome and celebrate Susan into her new role!

WELCOME ANDREW TO THE KSM STAFF

We are excited to announce a new hire for the Kirk Student Ministry.  Andrew Schonhoff will begin working with us as the Associate Director of Student Ministry beginning August 1st in partnership with Kirk Day School where he will continue to serve as a part-time 5th Grade homeroom teacher.  


Andrew has been serving with us as a volunteer for the past two years and has been a Kirk Day School 5th and 6th Grade teacher for the past 7 years.  We cannot wait to see what the Lord does with Andrew in this unique role that will help continue bridging the ministries of KDS and KSM.  


Andrew will assist in overseeing a lot of our Middle School Ministry while leading a D Group.  We are also eager to see him continue coaching at Parkway Central, which serves our outreach ministry well, being that Parkway Central is the school district that the Kirk resides in.  

His first duty for us will be finishing up our Missions Trip in Japan where he will start as a volunteer and finish as our Associate Director of Student Ministry...that’s pretty amazing! (Does that give him dual citizenship?)  After he returns, he will jump right into teacher meetings and will hopefully be catching up on sleep. Join us in the next month or two to welcome Andrew to the Kirk Student Ministry staff.


 

REGISTERED FOR RYM?

All the necessary details for our RYM-Florida Conference are posted on our events page. Find trip expectations, packing lists, and itineraries there.  


 
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PARENT MEETING


Sunday, July 14th @ 5pm-6pm will be our Japan Team Parent Meeting. We will meet at the Kirk in the Chapel. We strongly suggest that all team members and their parents are present for this meeting. This meeting should answer all of the final questions remaining before our departure on the 21st. We will send out a specific email to the team and families with finer details about the meeting this week.


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VBS IN JAPAN

We just got word that we will have the honor of creating and working a Vacation Bible School while we will be serving in Japan. This will be one of many ways we will have the opportunity to see and bring God's truth in Japan.

We have felt so loved and excited by the generosity of you all. We are so close to reaching our goal before we leave on July 21st and it is because of God's faithfulness and your willingness to send us out!

If you would like to help push us past our mark, there is still time.


 

WHAT DOES MAKING A GOOD IMPRESSION LOOK LIKE?


SEASON 1 / EPISODE 7 - GOOD IMPRESSIONS



OUT TODAY!


 
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NEW EPISODE COMING SOON! 

Ep. 4 - WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH?

We often confuse the role of the church with the role of culture and the role of school.  There are definitely ways where they cross over and we will talk about those.  We will also address where the church is called to stand out in the life of a teenager.  This episode we bring in Jonathan Jakes to answer this question.  What is the purpose of the church is a loaded question, but we want to address it specifically with teenagers in mind. 


 
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NO SMS FOR THE NEXT 6 WEEKS


Sleep, rest, and periods of breaks are important to a good flow of growth. We hope that you can take this time find that rest.


 

Peace & Joy,

KSM Staff

Everything You Need to Know: June 25 - July 1

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CLOSE THE GAP

We are getting so close to our goal and you all have been amazing in your support throughout the months. If you would like to help close the gap in our last weeks of support raising we would love to have you join us. Here are a few ways we could use your help.

  1. Pray for us! We are so excited to spread God’s word among the nation of Japan, but we are more excited to see how God is already at work in Japan through the Kirk supported missionaries, Brooks & Riva Cain. We cannot wait to serve alongside them in their called mission work.

  2. Let us serve you using any of our gifts. Hire all of the team or any individuals to serve you in whatever you may need help with. Any donation for any job goes a long way in raising the support we need.

  3. Attend any fundraisers we may be holding. Look out for details about upcoming opportunities. Our current fundraiser has details below.

  4. Pray for us!


 
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GRAB AN ENVELOPE

We have a fundraiser going on right now that is incredibly easy to participate in and will go a long way in supporting the missions team. If you make your way to the Commons at the Kirk, you will find a board filled with 100 envelopes. Each number on each envelope corresponds to the amount you would like to commit to the team. Each envelope reveals ways your money will directly support the team.

You could support us in purchasing supplies for our Vacation Bible School we will be running. You could purchase our train tickets to and from venues where we will be able share the Gospel. Whatever you feel comfortable giving there is an envelope for you from $1-$100.


 

WHOSE IMAGE ARE YOU BEARING?

SEASON 1 / EPISODE 6 - CHOICES

CHECK IT OUT TODAY!


 
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EVERY 5TH SUNDAY

The Student Ministry is asked to serve as the Hospitality Team. This Sunday, June 30th is the 5th Sunday in June, so we are tasked with many great opportunities to serve the larger church and community that loves us so well. Gather in the Commons at 9:45am this Sunday to find a way that you can serve the Kirk or come to the Sunday School hour and we will delegate jobs before dismissing our classes. We need people to serve as the Welcome Desk, Greeters, Ushers for Bulletins, Ushers for Offering. If you are a student, 6th-12th Grade, we would love to have you serve with us this Sunday.


 
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LAST WEEK OF GOSPEL LYRICS

We will investigate all of our favorite worship tunes through the rest of May and June. The goal of this series is to give deeper meaning to the songs that we sing in a worship setting. We have asked all of our teachers to bring their favorite worship song/hymn and dissect it among the group so that we can see how that song encourages us to worship and explain why it is worshipful.

We are taking our summer break from Sunday Morning Sessions beginning next week all the way through mid-August. We hope to see you for our last SMS for the season this Sunday!


 

DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE A PLACE ON THE STUDENT MINISTRY PAGE WHERE YOU CAN SUBMIT YOUR PRAYER REQUESTS?


 

Peace & Joy,

KSM Staff

Everything You Need to Know: June 18 - June 24


 

TAKE A MOMENT & PRAY

Pray for your student. Pray for all of the people that surround your child. Pray for their growth and their relationship with Jesus. Summer can be so busy and so distracting that it is important for us to remember to go to our Lord in prayer constantly and consistently. We ask that you pray for the Kirk Student Ministry. Our prayer list seems endless and we always love and appreciate your partnership in the ministry of prayer that combats the work of the enemy.


 

WHAT CAN NOAH & THE ARK TEACH US TODAY?

Season 1 / Episode 5 - Water

Out Today!


 
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WE ARE JUST A FEW WEEKS AWAY

For all of those that will be attending RYM-Florida with us, we will have details posted on our events page very soon. There you will find an itinerary, packing list, and trip expectations. For those that are unable to join us this year, we hope that you take the time and pray for us as we prepare for this amazing week in God’s creation, hearing from His Word, and being with His people.


 

HOW CAN WE SERVE YOU?

We want to know how we can serve you as a group or as individuals. We leave in just over a month and we are hoping we can serve anyone that we can. Our group consist of some very gifted and willing people. We are capable of yardwork, babysitting, technology help, sports lessons, etc. We want to serve in any capacity that we can prior to our departure. In return, all we ask is that you take the opportunity to be one of the many people that will send us through prayer and/or funds. Pray for our team and go to our Japan page to see the faces of who is going and how you can support us by clicking below.


 
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GOSPEL LYRICS

We will investigate all of our favorite worship tunes through the rest of May and June. The goal of this series is to give deeper meaning to the songs that we sing in a worship setting. We have asked all of our teachers to bring their favorite worship song/hymn and dissect it among the group so that we can see how that song encourages us to worship and explain why it is worshipful.


 
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WE WANT TO SEE YOU MIDWEEK

Please contact your D Group leader on details for this week’s meeting.

If you are looking for a way to connect more in the Student Ministry and wanting to grow in your relationship with other students and Christ, think about joining a D Group. Connect with our leadership to see what your D Group is doing.


 

Peace & Joy,

KSM Staff