Over the last few months, we have seen God doing some incredible things in our age-based ministries. Several weeks after our typically large Easter services we continued to see our weekly attendance in MH Kids soar, reaching a nearly 30% increase from the same time last year. In addition, during Kids Week, we partnered with 411 superheroes—aka volunteers—and pointed 668 kids to the real hero, Jesus Christ.
On the other end of the spectrum, in MH College, we have seen God moving to expand our ministry from three college Community Groups to nearly thirty groups in just four years, reaching a large number of college students. But with over 80,000 college students in the Triad, God has birthed an exciting new vision and direction for MH College strategically designed for us to reach hundreds to thousands more college students with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The momentum and excitement being experienced in both MH Kids & MH College is also being felt in MH Students. Last school year, we saw over 250 students come through student ministry at Mercy Hill with Route 56 being one of the fastest growing ministries within our church. In addition, the weekly attendance in MH Students nearly doubled. We were able to see twenty-three students declare to follow Jesus through baptism and sixty-four students had the time of their lives at Elevate Summer Camp. Although we certainly praise God for what we have seen, the student ministry team and I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg.
As God has continued to grow student ministry, he has also refined our vision and mission. For the upcoming school year, student ministry will be rolling out several adjustments that are designed to better reach students at all levels. A few of these adjustments include restructuring MH Students by reducing the age gap between the students gathering in each of our weekly meetings and providing a Community Group styled structure for high school students. And much, much more.
If you are a 7th-12th grader or if you are the parent of a 7th-12th grader—whether you’re new, if you’ve come for years and not tried it, or if you’ve tried it and didn’t like it—I would like to personally invite you to attend the MH Students Orientation at the Regional Campus on 8/12 at 2pm. Both students and parents are invited to come hear the vision, meet the leaders, and learn why all students at Mercy Hill should be a part of MH Students this school year.
-Ronald Redmond (Student Ministry Director)