The community at Norcross First really believes in young people and because we do, we have worked hard to establish, implement and empower Connect Student Ministries. Connect is an excellent, comprehensive ministry for students in middle school, high school and college. We are a fun, meaningful, Christ-centered ministry that is intentional in helping students to develop, deepen and express their relationship with Jesus Christ and others.
Much of what we do is based in scripture from Romans 5:6-8 (MSG) Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.
We are about preparing students to, through faith in Christ; live, love and serve in a world that needs to know the uninhibited, outrageous, scandalous love of God.
Check out the information below for a description of how we operate and what we offer; then, come and check out Connect Student Ministries at Norcross First. It’s a great place to be welcomed, to be understood and to be loved.
For additional information, contact our student pastor, Ric Clark
The Bridge - College Age Community Group
Every Sunday morning, high school graduates meet and study together at 11:00 a.m. Chilling on leather sofas, conversation centers around Jesus and college life. For students who are away at school, if you want to stay connected, we know social media is a gotta have. But, when you’re home, The Bridge is a face to face connection that you don’t want to miss.
Connect Sunday Morning Community Groups
We have enhanced the traditional “Sunday School” model because we understand that students are in a classroom 5 days a week. Our community group model expands past just a classroom experience with food, large group worship—led by students, and plenty of time for catching up in a loosely structured environment. When it’s time for class, our teachers are well prepared and deliver lessons that are more than informational. We stress life application in all we do, because it’s not enough to just know the Bible. We need to live what we know to be truth.
Connect @ 527
On Sunday evening, students get together to eat, hang out and Worship in a relaxed setting. Sometimes, we’re able to make time to get away together; even if it’s just for a few hours. Most of the time we stay at the house and make the most of being together and connecting with each other on a fun, spiritual level that you can’t really get outside Connect.
Connect Small Groups
Small Groups are perhaps our most in depth and transformational Student Ministry offering. Every week, very committed students meet together to talk about real life; the lives they are living every day. Struggles, trials, victories, hopes, dreams… are these are talked about and looked at and through a Biblical lens. Groups are facilitated by caring adults with strong Christian faith and deep Biblical knowledge. This is way more than just a study… students who are involved will tell you that Small Group is like a life raft thrown into a raging sea. Groups are formed by gender and age and meet at a place and time determined by the group itself.
Wednesday Night Bible Study
This is our only large group study offering. Every Wednesday, students of all ages get together to study scripture and look at how to best apply it to their lives. Our instructors are experienced and have a deep level of Biblical knowledge, but the study’s format is more conversational than lecture. We believe that students learn even more when they learn from each other and lean into diverse points of view, so we encourage conversation.
We believe that sometimes, it’s important to just get away; to step out from our surroundings and just listen. A couple of times a year, we’re intentional about going somewhere to re-focus on our faith, on our relationships and most importantly on God. Retreats are a great time to re-establish priorities. Friends and those just checking out the ministry or Jesus are totally welcome. Sometimes things get really goofy and spontaneous; you never know what might happen.
Its important to connect with meaningful tradition because our faith has a rich history that we all need to know about. It’s also important to know about the history of our Methodist roots. Each year, 8th graders who want to learn more about what it means to be a Christian and a United Methodist come together for a structured learning opportunity centered around our Christian heritage, church history and what faith in Jesus Christ really is. Confirmation concludes with a special time of recognition during Sunday Worship and an opportunity for students to be baptized and/or become full members of the church.
During the school year, Fusion Student Choir meets every Wednesday form 7:15pm until 8:00pm for rehearsal. Each year, Fusion goes on trips/tours to share their music with others.