"WE DESIRE TO SEE THE YOUTH OF THIS GENERATION ROOTED AND THRIVING IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST AND ONE ANOTHER"
ROOTED STUDENT MINISTRIES (6th-12th GRADE )
6:30-8:30PM (after party until 9pm)
What is RSM?
The initials “RSM” are short for “Rooted Student Ministries” which is the new name of our Middle School / High School Youth Ministry at GFC.
How is RSM structured?
Rooted Student Ministries is built around three components:
- A large group community that is made up of students (6th-12th) and their leaders that gather on most Sunday evenings to experience and participate in engaging large group worship. It will also include games, snacks, music, and community with tons of friends. RSM Large Group will meet Sundays at GFC from 6:30-9pm and students should eat dinner before they arrive. As parents you are welcome to walk your student in the first night – or you can just drop them off in front of the main GFC entrance. Our Welcome Team will be ready to greet them just inside the main entrance.
- Small Groups which we will call “D-Teams”. The “D” is for Delta which means “change”. D-Teams are comprised of 5-7 same-gender students and at least one adult leader and will be a place for every RSM student to grow in love for each other, for Christ, and for their spiritually seeking friends.
- Retreats and special events, including serving opportunities and regularly scheduled monthly outings with their D-Team friends.
No - while we believe that it is important for our students to interact and worship with older and younger peers who follow Jesus, we are also very aware of the different age/stage issues that students face. Therefore, a much of our evening is spent in gender/grade specific life groups where middle school students can process their season of life and faith with other middle school students and high school students have the opportunity to do the same.
6:30-9pm seems like a pretty long program, why?
We understand that this time frame may seem long. However, it is our desire to see every single student involved in a close knit small group (D-Team). This year we feel that it serves families and leaders best for us to have our large groups and D-Team meetings on the same night rather than two separate evenings. Furthermore, our evening is crafted so that there is some time for students to hang out and enjoy snacks, etc. once D-Team time is over. If necessary, you can arrange to pick up your child earlier (8:30pm) although I expect they will want to stay until the end.
How can my child get connected?
The best way for your child to get well connected at RSM is to email or call our connections director Nicole Domsic (firstname.lastname@example.org) and give her the heads up that your child will be joining us for the first time. From there, our connections team will be very intentional about making connections between your child and his/her peers and also with a well seasoned life group leader.
What if my child has a disability?
It is our desire to have our ministry be fully accessible for any high school student. We are able to accommodate the needs of students who have been touched by a disability and may require assistance during our programs and events. If you would like to connect with us about your child please contact Nicole at email@example.com.
How can I stay informed?
• Monthly main service bulletin announcements
• Our website
• Occasional announcements in service
• Handouts given to students to take home or share with friends
• And you can always contact us! Give us a call at 410-561-8424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.