Christ Church students wrapped up a busy summer full of Bible studies, fun activities and service. Each week, approximately 30 middle and high school students served rising K-6th graders at Project Transformation in three areas: one-to-one reading, art and sports. In addition, 16 middle school students and six adults spent a week serving in Chicago with Center for Student Missions. The team helped make a mosaic at a local school, fed the hungry at two soup kitchens, worked with children at a summer day camp, completed gardening projects and made sleeping mats for the homeless.

“This trip was a life-changing thing for me,” said Sarah Price. “One thing we got to do for an afternoon was experience what it was like to be homeless. This trip has inspired me to do something more in my everyday life for people who don’t have as much as I do.”

Mackay Lee, Director of Middle School, said he’s seen God work in students’ lives by giving them the passion to serve. “Students want to build relationships with people in our city who might be overlooked,” he said. “Having weekly opportunities this summer to serve at organizations like Project Transformation allows students who have a found a passion for serving and who have been impacted by Christ to have a place to plug in and serve in Memphis.”

Mackay said it’s important for students to serve others because it allows them to gain a new perspective. “The Chicago trip helped our team shift our thinking from making assumptions that we know everything about a situation to the fact that everyone has a story, and we might not know everything until we hear these stories,” he said. “Serving in this way ultimately allowed us to see people as Jesus sees them -– as humans who have a story and who need Christ’s love.”

>>Student Ministry is gearing up for Youth Encounter Weekend, Sept. 21-23. Registration is open for students and leaders. Don’t miss this cornerstone event of the Student Ministry calendar! Register today!


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