Student Ministry

Student Ministry

We are a group that is active in the community, spreading the Word, while being respectful to our neighbors

and helping them where we are able. Actions are more powerful than words!

 

 

While Covid-19 restrictions have limited our ability to serve our community, we are using this time to strengthen our relationships with God and with each other, so that we are even better prepared to share the Good News as we seve others when conditions improve.

 

High School Night is Sundays at 6:30 PM at Immanuel

Middle School Night is Mondays at 6:30 PM at Immanuel

 

Summer 2021 Mission Trip

Our student ministers will spend a life-changing week serving the Lakota people of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in Mission, South Dakota; enjoying the wild beauty of the land where the Sicangu Lakota, “Burnt-Thigh Nation,” live.

The Rosebud Reservation is filled with rolling grassy hills and deep, tree-lined creek bottoms—similar to the scenery in the movie Dances with Wolves. For centuries, these prairies were ruled by the proud horse culture of the Sioux, who roamed and hunted buffalo from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains.

Today various bands of the Sioux Nation live on reservations across several states. The Rosebud is one of the poorest counties in the United States. Many here face a harsh choice: leave the reservation, family, friends, and the culture they love—or stay and live in shocking poverty, where up to 80 percent of them cannot find work. Life is especially hard on the elderly, whose sons and daughters move away to find work, leaving them either alone or left to raise their grandchildren.

 

How We’ll Serve

Our group will demonstrate Jesus’ love and compassion in tangible ways, serving real people in need while working on projects like building wheelchair ramps and handrails, weatherizing homes and trailers, reconstructing sagging porches, significant painting projects, interior and exterior carpentry, and other home repair projects that the homeowner cannot otherwise complete. 

Together with other student ministry groups, we will work to provide safe, decent, and healthy homes for their seniors. Perhaps we’ll add a sturdy new entry porch to a home where the Tribe has just repaired plumbing that hasn’t worked in years, or add a wheelchair ramp as the finishing touch on a house being remodeled to accommodate a handicapped resident.

 

It's About Transformation               Worth It               An Experience Like No Other

Schedule

A typical day at Group Workcamp involves serving others, God Sightings, daily devotions, and interactive worship programs.

Every year, the Group Mission Trips team dedicates extensive time and energy to creating a new Jesus-centered program experience through morning and evening programs, crew devotions, and youth group devotions. Programs are designed so that our students don't just look to a stage, but look to Jesus. Our students are also invited to serve by leading parts of each worship program through music, drama, Scripture reading, and other hands-on experiences. 

This summer our students will experience a fresh look at the idea of worth through the parable of The Prodigal Son. Through each powerful, transformational mission trip experience, these young adults will see how Jesus wants each of us to know we are valuable, loved, accepted, and worth it to Him.

 

Funding

This valuable experience of service and growth naturally comes at a cost. Each student pays $468 to attend this service experience; not including travel expences.

Our students will provide various fundraising opportunities throughout the year, the first being the evergreen trees, wreaths, and centerpieces sale, which takes place during the month of October.

Orders can be placed before and after outdoor services in October or online at giftitforward.com and entering fundraising code Immanuil003. [Please Note: the fundraising code spelling is correct. This is the way our account is set up.] Questions? Please contact Matt Cassidy, Student Ministry Director, at 630 879 7163 or mcassidy@immanuelbatavia.org.

GoGrants are another way to help these young people experience the joy of serving others and further deepening their relationship with their Lord. Details on GoGrants are available here.