Well Hello BCC,
Coming off the tails of COVID season Summit has been coming back in full swing. There is a familiar comfort and familiarity that is most welcomed. God has been so good this year and Summit has a renewed focus and mission. Last year the students led the branding of our group Summit, this year we went deeper by establishing a motto; a creed if you will. This is to serve to remind us why we gather each time. Summit’s motto and goal is to Know, Grow, and Show God’s love. This is to remind us that we are here ultimately to Know God’s love, Grow in more understanding and freedom because of that love, and then of course not to hold it to ourselves but to then Show it everywhere we go.
Each Sunday students in grades 6 - 12 meet. This year we have been trying something new. Sunday School should always be an addition to our sanctification not a replacement for the Sunday Service. Too often students must choose between attending the service with the entire congregation or going down to Sunday School. For the time being, we are trying something new in that Sunday School is being held twice. One in between the services from 10:30-11 and after the second service from 12:30-1:00. This will hopefully emphasize the significance of being a part of the whole congregation and make Sunday School further discipline. Students also participate in running the service on our 5th Sundays where you can find our Youth Students serving throughout the building. Our students' Summit youth group meets currently on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. If you have or are a student in grades 6 - 12, we want you to know all students are welcome!
Every three years the C&MA (our denomination) holds a youth conference called LIFE. This summer we were able to take a group of students to Orlando, FL for LIFE '22. Click the link below for more information on the conference. The trip was tremendous and incredible movements for the kingdom; not only for the 7,000 students who attended but also for our own BCC Summiters.
Being able to be back to normal we were also able to run our own home-grown Fall Retreat entitled IGNITE. Where the hopes for the weekend is to gather for a concentrated time and emphasis on God and His word. This was accomplished through worship, small groups, and many group activities as well as practicing the challenge of the sermons. This year the theme was on the Spiritual Disciplines that we started for several weeks during our Wednesday nights and culminated at the retreat. Along we being an emphasis on discipleship we partnered with Ridgeway Alliance Church in White Plains, NY, and combined youth groups for the retreat to have the students see the reaches of the gospel throughout Westchester and to help build friendships to know there are allies.
There is lots instore for 2023- more time together in the word of God, more time together, more service projects, more retreats. This Summer there is also a plan to run a missions trip. Whether that is local or potentially international is still in the works, but stay tuned for more information!
From the Emerging Gen Team,
Assisted by: "Papa Ralph" Adrien, Paul Seekircher, Traci Stark & Marlon Adrien