Many prayers and blessings to you during this complicated and tough times. I hope that you have all been able to make the most of a difficult situation and have managed to stay healthy.
As we mentioned in our most recent email, we have been working to be as creative as possible over the last couple of days to be able to offer some fun and valuable ways for students to connect with us, each other, and Jesus while staying committed to not gathering in person for the time being. So! Let's jump in to what we're planning as of right now. We're excited about it!
1. Weekly Meetings on Instagram Live!
-This will take place every Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday nights from 6-7pm, we will be hosting an hour of games and ways for students to connect with each other through the abide instagram account (@abidestudentmin). This will include a kahoot (which the students are used to playing on a weekly basis), where students will log on on their computer and compete against each other to answer questions about a range of (mostly nonsense) subjects. We'll also use instagram livestream to play other games from the student center. So, Tuesday's are game nights.
-On Thursday's at 6pm, we'll host a short meditational, reflection time where we talk through some biblical themes and stories, and answer questions, etc. as well. We'll also likely do a couple of worship songs. This will last around 30-45 min.
*This will begin NEXT week, on March 24 & 26.
2. 25 Day Daily Devotional Available NOW!
-Interestingly, I had the idea a few months to start working on a devotional series for our students that they could download either daily or as a whole. Little did I know that it could be of such use to our kiddos at this time! The entire thing is available for download on our website, abidestudentmin.com , on the front page. Students will also have the option to sign up through the abide instagram to go through the daily devotional with abide staff members and have daily check ins with us through a group message or facetime's. Anyone is welcome to download it at anytime! Feel free to share it with anyone.
Here's a LINK that shows you the table of contents and Day 1, so that you can look through it if you like.
3. Instagram Giveaways
-We'll also be doing some instagram giveaways with stuff like custom abide stickers, bracelets, and more. We'll post info about that on the instagram.
I do recognize there are some students who don't have instagram, and that complicates this. Unfortunately it's by far the most accessible avenue for us, so we hope during this time that students who are not on instagram could borrow their parents' with supervision, or something like that. If that's an issue for your student and you'd like to dialogue about it, just let me know.
4. HOPEFULLY a Virtual Presby Cup!
-Details are not yet available but Stephen (the youth pastor at GPC) and I are brainstorming some ways to play for the cup remotely. :)
5. "Songs of Abide" Playlist on Spotify
-A compilation of all of the songs we've been singing in Abide the last few months, in one playlist. It's also on the abide website front page, or you can click this LINK
6. Confirmation Class via Zoom.
-We're working right now on setting up a video conference way for us to continue our confirmation class. We should have that up and running this week, and if your student has participated in that class then you'll receive an email from me soon on how we'll move forward to that.
That's what we have planned for right now! If you have any ideas as to what else would be helpful, please let me know. We will probably have more options as the days go on and we think of new things... but we're always open to your ideas and suggestions.
LCPC is praying for you and your family during this time. The church is also putting together a ministry that delivers groceries and necessities to those who are unable to leave the house (particularly those 65+), so if you know of someone who is in need please let me know and I'll send you more info on that.
Never forget friends, that ours is a God of redemption and grace and He cares deeply for everyone who is afraid, everyone who is hurting, and everyone who is in need. We may not understand why horrible things happen, but we know that in the middle of difficulty, He is with us.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
-2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Abide Student Ministries
La Crescenta Presbyterian Church
These are the 3 essentials to ABIDE Student Ministry at LCPC:
is one of the most important aspects of life, let alone our ministry! We worship a God who is bigger, better and more praiseworthy than anyone or thing on this earth. At Abide, worship both in song and in lifestyle are essential; you’ll hardly attend a service without one!
is one of our favorite words. Really, it just means fun - and we try to have fun in almost everything we do at Abide! Jesus created the church to do life together, and at Abide we try to have fun doing that. Whether it’s through games, drama, or something else- we do awesomeness!
is one of our favorite parts of being a part of LCPC. No matter where you’re at in life, there is someone at Abide who wants to get to know you, listen to you, and be your friend. We would love to buy you coffee, froyo, or just hang any time. We do life together at Abide.