We aren't meant to do life alone. We thrive when we felt heard and understood even in the midst of our questions and doubts.
Epworth's youth ministry provides a safe space where students are nurtured, challenged and most importantly, loved for who God made them to be.
The original 12 disciples, plucked from boats, beaches and tax booths, had tons of questions for Jesus. They were curious, passionate followers but they didn't always understand what Jesus was up to. We're really not much different from them.
So our name - DUH!SCIPLES, is a tongue in cheek nod to those very first followers who hungered to understand and learn how to be more like Jesus, but who at their core were goofballs like us.
We are a tight-knit community of students who are learning what it means to follow Jesus. Part of growing in our faith is being able to ask those tough questions and dig deep to find answers. It's ok to express doubts and confusion ... we don't have to have everything figured out to be faithful followers.
"Do good stuff" is one of our battle cries for a good reason ... we try to do a LOT of good stuff. We find ways to put ourselves out there for our neighbors and take care of each other ... no strings attached. Teaching students about servant leadership gives them the confidence and compassion to live out their faith in their everyday lives.
The most influential people in a young person's life are their friends. Period. When we have friends that have our backs and our best interest at heart, we're going to thrive. We are here to lift one another up, share each other's burdens and celebrate our victories.
Sunken Couch Theology (formerly DUH!SCIPLES on Sunday) will meet on selected Sundays at 4:30pm to spend time with each other and in the Word. Friends are always welcome! Make sure you've got a Bible you're comfortable with or download a Bible app to your phone.
We'll begin Sunken Couch Theology on Sunday, Sept 17.
We stay engaged in LOTS of serving and outreach; following through on that command to "love our neighbors." Serving on Saturday typically meets the second Saturday of the month to head out and "do good stuff" for folks like yard work, odd jobs and minor construction projects. SOS is open to ANYONE; no special skill sets required.
The Breakfast Club is the art of hanging out over a stack of pancakes with friends (it is also arguably one of the finest 80s John Hughes films).
We'll meet throughout the school year (teacher workdays, random Saturdays) to grab breakfast and talk life. Your friends are always welcome ... even the weird ones.
While youth ministry is where we find our niche, it's also important that we support and connect with our Epworth congregation as part of the Body of Christ. Students are encouraged to be involved in the life of our church as leaders, organizers and active participants. Your voice matters and we welcome your ideas.
We celebrate EVERYTHING!
Romans 12:5 | THE MESSAGE