Middle School Girls’ Bible study has been a consistent activity here at The Bridge for over five years. Dedicated leaders, van drivers, food preparers, and many others have been along the journey to be another friend in the lives of these girls and to show them Christ’s love. Each week, we try to create an atmosphere where the girls know they are wanted, accepted, and loved. It helps in the formation of identity, self-confidence, and builds resilience into each other’s lives. It’s a safe space for all of us to talk about our lives. We’ve laughed together, cried together, asked questions together and celebrated each other’s lives together.
After going through the Empowered to Connect Seminar The Bridge held earlier this Spring, our team tries to incorporate trust activities that build us together as a community that simply does life together through the ups and downs. We meet at a home, known to many as Tulip Center; the atmosphere is cozy and safe. Starting off, we eat a meal together, catching up on each other’s weeks, and hearing about what’s happening at school and home. Then we play a game, sometimes to learn and sometimes just to have fun. Last, we finish the night with a lesson from a DVD series and a group discussion.
“The middle school years are a time of great physical, emotional and spiritual transition. Bodies are changing, new emotions emerging, and spiritual thinking moves from concrete to abstract questioning. Knowing this, Jessica and I strive to create a place of stability, consistency and belonging for our girl’s bible study and a time for all of us to examine and ground our faith in Christ. We have started out our fall looking at the topic or prayer. All of the girls know something about prayer but we desire for them to grow in their understanding of God’s purposes for prayer and share with them practical tools that can help them experience God for themselves through the gift of prayer. God will always be their constant companion and encourager as they journey through their teenage years and into adulthood. We are so grateful that we have the opportunity to join the Lord in the work He is doing in and through each one of these precious girls week after week.” – Shelly Rock, Intern at The Bridge
Written by Jessica Skelton & Shelly Rock