On February 14th, roughly three weeks ago, a shooter walked into Stoneman Douglas HighSchool, in Parkland Florida, and took the lives of seventeen people. Three teachers and fourteen students were gunned down, by a young man, during what was supposed to be
a normal school day.
And from this act of terror, a movement began.
This movement goes by the name “March for Our Lives.”
This act has not been started by parents, or Legislators, Congress, the President, or even Hollywood. “March for Our Lives” was started by the very students who survived the shooting on February 14th.
Students across the country have decided to push back against the current gun laws in America.
And the world is now listening.
When do these Marches begin? They begin this Wednesday, March 14th, with school walkouts. Hundreds of schools across the nation are partaking in a 17minute walkout, that is one minute for every victim of the shooting.
Then, on Saturday March 24th there are marches planned all over the world! Protesting and asking for gun reform in the United States.
Finally on April 20th, the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, another school walkout is planned. This one will be a protest and it could last the entire day, there is no ending time set for this one.
So, what are we to do?
How are we, as Christians and parents, supposed to
respond to all of this?
First and foremost we must pray. We must pray for the students of Parkland Florida, and the students across our Nation. Pray for comfort, for guidance, and for students who know Christ to share Christ.
Second, we must be and stay informed. We cannot effectively pray and offer empathy if we do not know what is being said and done and know who is in the power to make proper change.
Third, talk. Open up a dialogue with your students and your school. Ask your student if they feel safe in school, what their perspective on gun violence, gun reform, and these marches are. Then call your local school and ask them what their plans are for this Wednesday,
March 24th, and April 20th.
Furthermore, as it relates to talking, during Winter Retreat Pastor Joe talked to our students on what it truly means to love each other and to love the “least of these.” This week begin the conversation in your household on what it means to truly love fellow believers and to truly love and care for, those who are not popular with everyone else,
the “least fo these.”
If we truly have the desire to make schools safe and students to feel safe we, as believers, will begin reaching out and caring for others more than we do ourselves.
Fourth, support. Whether you and your student agree or disagree on gun laws, the marches…etc. Consider supporting them in their efforts to understand what is happening.
Finally have empathy and give comfort. After September 11th John Piper wrote an article entitled “21 Way to Comfort Those Who are Suffering.” The article was originally planned for the Columbine shooting but then was chosen to encompass September 11th as well.
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Yes, you read that correctly! Frontlines may be four months away but we are pedal to the medal with planning. We are talking games, schedules, and chapels. We are hoping that this Frontlines will be the best one yet.
With that being said early bird registration is open!
Early bird registration will last from until APRIL 15TH!
The early bird gets the worm…or the cheapest Frontlines registration!
Also that picture above is a #FrontlinesClue.
Many of you have asked us for ways you can get involved and be a part of what is happening in CVCYouth.
The best way for you to help us, right now, is to sign up to bring snacks for Sunday night Impacts!
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sign up for a date to bring a snack!
IMPACT FAMILY TIME!
Last night we heard from LifeGroup leader Ryan Cole as he spoke out of Romans chapter 7. Ryan challenged the students to consider the Law of the Old Testament and how it is supposed to impact our lives today.
Ryan gave 4 different uses for the Law:
1) To Correct Us
2) To Convict Us
3) To Convert Us
4) To Connect To Us
Ryan also gave the students a great picture of the two different ways people can look at the Law.
The first way people can look at the Law is through Legalism. This means that people tend to view the Law as means to get into God’s good grace through their own strength. They view the Law as a list of tasks that once completed, get them to Heaven.
The other view is called, “Anti-Nomianism” which is a fancy way of saying that you just don’t care about what is right or wrong. Rather, it is “best” to follow one’s own beliefs.
Ryan called out both views and helped the students see that neither is correct and that we need to keep our eyes on Jesus and focus on loving Him and sharing His word.
This week, talk with your student about how they view life. Are they trying to do everything under their own strength, are they simply not caring about anything anymore, or are they seeking to love God first above all else?
COLLIDE FAMILY TIME!
This week we heard from the CVCYouth and Missions interns as they helped the students understand that there are many different ways someone can pray, as well as how to pray.
Kyle Cryan began by sharing a few of the ways he enjoys praying. Whether it be journaling, talking out loud, listening to certain music, or going on a run, Kyle made sure to let the students know that you do not always have to sit down, close your eyes and fold your hands. God hears you all the time.
Then Aogu Suzuki showed the students his prayer book. In this book, Aogu writes down his prayers but then he also marks down when God answers those prayers. Aogu also talked about how he calls his best friend every morning and they start their days together in prayer.
Next up, Stacie Brandt shared part of a book with the students called, “Praying Through the Bible.” Stacie showed the students that you can quite simply read a verse and then pray it! The words of scripture were inspired by God so praying them back to Him seems like an incredibly easy way for students to begin their prayer lives.
Finally, Lauren Shepherd taught the students a popular anagram as it relates to “How to pray.”
The acronym itself is P.R.A.Y and it stands for:
This week talk to your student about prayer. How do they pray? Help them figure what way works best for them. Do they need to write their prayers down, do they need to walk around and pray out loud, or do they need to listen to music that helps them figure out what they need to say? The possibilities are endless.