When I reflect upon what my life was like as a high school student, the most pre-dominate emotion that floods my memory is fear. I was afraid most of my adolescence because I placed my value and self worth on what everyone else thought of me. I was (and still am to a degree) a people pleaser because I always fear rejection. I suspect I’m not the only one.
A high school student can go through a gambit of emotions in the matter of days (if not minutes!) One second they are on cloud nine and the next they are distraught. I know I was. Truthfully, I am not quite sure how anyone tolerated me in high school. I was an emotional wreck. I looked endlessly for acceptance anywhere and everywhere I could find it. As time went on, this thought hit me like a ton of bricks overwhelming me to the point of tears. I felt deep within the recesses of my soul, God reassuring me, “Eric, you are worth it. I love you more than you could possibly imagine. I am all you need.”
Despite all the ups and downs of my emotional rollercoaster that was my adolescence, I always felt at home here at FPCB and at SNL (our High School Youth Group). I had people who poured tirelessly into me and loved and cherished me for who I was. Coming to youth group was the highlight of my week. It became an anchor to my soul, a home away from home. SNL was a place where I could be my truest self and in spite of all my failings, beloved. This is what I want for every single high school student. To know that they have a place where they are welcomed, loved, and have people who are willing to pour into their lives. I want our students to know that no matter what life brings you or no matter where you are on your faith journey, there is a place here at FPCB where you have an anchor for your soul.
As a church, we are incredibly blessed by so many people who are willing to give of their time and energy to pour into you. To help you realize that this is a safe place and to remind you that you are a child of God. More importantly you are intimately and infinitely loved. Whether as a volunteer or parent, your involvement is critical to the faith formation of hundreds of people. Thank you!
In case you weren’t aware here’s what SNL is:
Sunday Night Live (SNL) is our weekly high school youth group which meets Sunday nights in the Kirk Center and is open for all students in grades 9-12. There is worship which is led by students for students, a life applicable lesson, fellowship time with small group Bible studies to go deeper. Don’t let the storm of life overwhelm you; at SNL you have an anchor for your soul.