Why We Believe in Wednesday Nights
By NMC - August 10, 2016
Posted in Adult Ministry, Student Ministry, Children's Ministry, High School Ministry, Middle School Ministry, Stories from NMC
It’s that time of year when pencils and pens and paper clutter many homes. Folders and backpacks and markers are scattered on the floor. School buses are spotted around town, and school parking lots are full. With fall, a family’s schedule changes so drastically that August might as well be New Year’s Day.
At NMC, we are taking on a new rhythm too. After the summer months of IMPACT trips, GO Trips, camps and conversations about discipleship, we are stepping into something new. Next Wednesday, August 17, is Fall Kickoff. Men and women will step into classes, sharing life with one another. Students will come together after being scattered during the summer months. Children will play games and soak in the Lord’s Word.
It’s that time of year again.
Sometimes we can get stuck in “again.” The cycle of our lives can be repetitive. Each season brings something new, but school always begins in the fall and ends by early June. Jobs go through both busy and slow periods, some of which are highly predictable. We celebrate holidays, birthdays and anniversaries each year. Our lives are marked by moments and events that come again and again.
Even church events tend to come again and again, and Fall Kickoff is no different. Each year around this time, our staff plans and puts together the final details. Yet, midweek electives are much bigger than “again.” We deeply believe in the power of Wednesday nights. We believe Wednesday nights feed people and help people grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.
For years, we have done what we call “Table Talk” before Wednesday night classes begin. Individuals and families flood the Aux Gym, grabbing a tray and a plate of food. As people sit across from each other, they learn more about one another. Strangers become friends and friends become closer. This is more than a meal. It’s a time to connect.
“I believe in Wednesday night Table Talk because it gives busy families with young children a night to not worry about what’s for supper while also trying to make sure everyone gets to church on time. It gives friends a chance to gather around the table and talk while they eat. Table Talk’s motto is simple: Where food, fun and fellowship happen. Even the Table Talk team lives out this motto as we serve, and we count it an honor to serve each person who walks through our doors.” –Cathy Miller, Table Talk Captain
From the tiniest of babies to the oldest in elementary school, each child has a place at NMC. Our
KidMin staff carefully plans each Wednesday night; nothing is done without thought. Our staff does everything they can to make sure each child feels safe and cared for. This is conveyed through both words and actions as KidMin provides a little bit of everything to help kids connect with the Lord and each other.
“I believe in Wednesday nights because of the connections made with kids as Christian adults spend time every week listening to, playing with, learning with, worshipping with and mentoring our NMC kids.” –Ben Avery, KidMin Captain
Sometimes middle school and high school students can feel alone in their relationships with Christ. Our Student Ministries staff recognizes this and invests heavily in small groups. Each Wednesday includes some kind of teaching from the middle school and high school pastors, but it also includes time with peers and leaders. Student Ministries’s heartbeat is moving students from religion to relationship to spiritually reproducing, and often, this is accomplished through discipleship relationships.
“I believe in Wednesday nights because worship and teaching is offered in the language of middle and high school students. Wednesdays are when ‘big church’ gets personal through small groups, and our amazing small group leaders point students to Christ. I believe in Wednesdays because there’s something powerful about a Jesus-focused gathering in the middle of a school week. There’s something powerful about students ministering to students through worship teams, prayer, serving and being small group leader assistants.” –Derry Prenkert, Student Ministries Captain
With the chaos of work, family and everyday life, sometimes it can be difficult for adults to truly push the pause button and connect with others. This is why our life development team highly values the groups that meet Sundays, Wednesdays and throughout the week. These groups give people the chance to let down their walls and walk through life together. Wednesday nights include things for men and women, for those who like studies and for those who like discussions.
“I believe in Wednesday nights because it’s an opportunity for each member of the family to grow in his/her discovery of God. It’s an opportunity for some to connect in relationships that can help them live out their relationship with Jesus. It’s an opportunity for some to serve and spiritually invest in the lives of others. It’s an opportunity for some to lead, teach and intentionally disciple others. It’s a regular break during the mid-week that helps us all refocus ourselves on a higher mission than just getting through life purposelessly. –Terry Bley, Life Development Captain
It’s a season of “again.” Fall Kickoff isn’t new. We do it every year, but it’s bigger than new routines and new rhythms. Want to dive in? We’d love to learn and grow and do life with you. Learn more about each area of Fall Kickoff by clicking the links below.