In Mark 10:17-22 we find Jesus having a discussion with a wealthy young man intent on earning his way into the Kingdom. Though this young man had a lot going for him and had kept the law to the best of his ability, here’s how Jesus responds:
“And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Mark 10:21 ESV
Jesus was trying to make a point: that all the young man needed for today, tomorrow, and eternity was Jesus. Instead of trusting in the temporary, Jesus was calling this young man to an eternal relationship with Him. Jesus is Greater.
On the week-end of March 23rd-25th, around 80 high school and middle school students will descend upon Camp Merriwood in Clemmons, NC for our annual Thrive Spring Retreat. Students will spend 3 days and 2 nights with each other as they engage in focused gospel teaching, powerful worship, extended small group time, and a bunch of crazy games and activities. If you’ve got a middle or high school student, this is the one event you don’t want them to miss! The cost for Spring Retreat is only $115 until Sunday (Early Bird Rate), after that the price goes up to $130. Parents can register their students and get more information at our retreat website: http://springretreat.info.
Students, you don’t want to miss Spring Retreat or you might end up like this guy…
Located in Downtown Winston-Salem, the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission ministers to the physical and spiritual needs of homeless and broken men. These men not only receive help with physical needs like food, shelter, and counseling; but are introduced to the true forgiveness and redemption found in Jesus. Many of these individuals go on to find restoration with their estranged families, employment, freedom from addictive lifestyles, and an abundant life found only in a relationship with Jesus.
On Saturday, February 4th, Thrive Middle School students and student ministry staff met downtown to serve in the Rescue Mission’s Thrift Store. The Thrift Store sells donated furniture, books, and clothing, of which the proceeds go to support the operational needs of the ministry at the Mission. Twenty of our students spent several hours working to clean the retail shelving, front storefront, and items on the sales floor. Because the Resuce Mission is a not for profit ministry, the small staff at the store are already stretched in their responsibilities to maintain daily sales and inventory operations. Cleaning shelving on the salesfloor and presentation in a warehouse setting can be difficult to maintain in the middle of everything else. This is where our group was able to jump in with some rags and cleaner and help address a real need. The students worked tirelessly, without complaint, to clean and organize the shelves and inventory with the desire to see more sales to support the ministry there. We had a fun time working together, and based on conversations I’ve had with employees at the Rescue Mission, we really had a huge impact on the staff and the overall appearance of the store.
Hello, My name is Derrick DeLain. I am a healthy 23 year old who enjoys the life that God has given me and I try to bring glory to Him in the things that I do. I have been married for a little over two years to my beautiful wife, Rachel, and this past year, we were blessed to have our first daughter, Tru. I was born in Queens, New York but was raised in the booming city of Hamlet, NC. If you have ever been there, you know that is a stretch. It was all by God’s grace that I grew up with my Grandmother who never hesitated to teach the gospel. At the age of eight, I understood who Christ was and what He did for me, but it wasn’t until I turned sixteen that I accepted that truth and realized that it was only because of Christ that I could be reconciled back to God. The Lord surrounded me with godly people whose influence led me to Winston-Salem, NC where I attended Piedmont Baptist College. I pursued and earned a degree in Bible with a minor in counseling and with that, I wanted to be used by God in any way possible.
Click is a ministry just for 4th and 5th graders that meets at the church office from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on the third Friday of each month. The purpose of Click is to provide a time of worship and Bible study specifically directed to 4th and 5th graders, as well as to bridge the gap and ease the transition from our Salem Kids ministry to our Thrive Middle School ministry. At each Click, we have worship, crazy games, and Bible teaching in a format very similar to how we run things in Thrive Student Ministry. What’s really great though is that much of Click is supported and run by our Salem Chapel High School students. These High School students give up their Friday night to show love and model Christ to the younger Click students.
Thrive Middle School had their annual Fall Retreat this past weekend. The students took time out of their packed schedules to focus on growing closer to Christ and each other. In addition to group teaching sessions, personal quiet time and times of worship; the students also spent time hiking, participating in team activities, and playing an intense game of glow in the dark capture the flag. We are excited for the memories and commitments that were made and we look forward to seeing the fruit of this weekend in the coming months. Thanks for your prayers and support Salem Chapel! Read more about our Student Ministry on the blog or check out our Student Ministry Calendar on the website. Please feel free to contact Mark Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
Thrive High School had their annual Fall Retreat this past weekend. The students enjoyed time away to focus on growing in Christ individually and as a group. We are thankful for the way that the Lord is working in the lives of these High School students and pray that He will continue to grow and use them to glorify Himself. Thank you Salem Chapel for the ways you support our Thrive Student Ministry. Read more about our Student Ministry on the blog or check out our Student Ministry Calendar on the website. Please feel free to contact Pastor Dave at email@example.com if you would like more information.