The college students are coming!!! Every year the month of August just appears after a long (but not long enough) summer and we are reminded to get ready for the students. A new year of college ministry programming begins at the end of August. Our church has been so enthusiastic about ministering to our college students in the past. We want to offer several ways you can prepare with us to minister to them.
Introduce yourself in worship
This might seem unnecessary to mention, but not everyone who walks into our sanctuary is warmly greeted. When we notice a young person attend worship we can simply shake their hand and welcome them to our church. This church has been known to be very friendly and we hope our student visitors feel welcomed each time they come to church.
Invite them to the College Sunday Bible Study class in Room 301
Many of our first time college student visitors walk through the front entrance of the church. Most of the students have never ventured beyond the sanctuary walls, and thus never know where to go for Sunday Bible Study. The College Bible Study class is located in Room 301, one floor above the office. If you have the time, you might even walk the student up to the classroom to help with introductions.
What do we do in this classroom on Sunday mornings? We start off with coffee and drinks, a light breakfast and fellowship. We enter into a time of prayer and then Bible study, led by wonderful teachers.
Prepare a Meal
Speaking of breakfast, we like to feed our college students. Eric runs by Walmart every Sunday morning to pick up the essentials. Each week during the school year, church members prepare a warm meal for the students. These meals can be anything, such as: casseroles, muffins, sausage biscuits, monkey bread, etc. If you are interested in serving a meal to our students one week, you can be in touch with Lea Ann Brummett. She coordinates the meal schedule for each week. This is a great way for individuals or groups to serve our students.
Encourage Students to Fill Out the Welcome Card
You probably hear us each week during the announcements encouraging visitors to fill out the welcome card. This is a great way for us to know who is visiting the church and for us to formally welcome them. Unfortunately, most visitors do not fill out the card. When you get a chance to introduce yourself to visitors, you can go one step further by having a welcome card in your hand to ask visitors to fill out. This gives you an opportunity to remember their name and for the ministerial staff to send follow up correspondence.
Join us for any of these outreach events to college students. Be in contact with Eric Hasha if you would like to help with any of the following events.
International Student Luncheon - Thursday, August 24 at 12:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall
The “new” international students entering Carson-Newman this fall will be hosted for lunch in our Fellowship Hall. We are expecting approximately 50 students plus some family members, as well as the Global Education staff. We are asking church members to prepare and drop off dishes of food for the lunch. Students especially enjoy vegetables, rice, chicken, casseroles, and fruit. Desserts are welcome too. Please avoid preparing pork dishes. If possible, please bring your dish to the Fellowship Hall by 11:00 am and have your name on your dish if you would like it returned. Our Mission, Evangelism, and International Student ministry team appreciates your assistance.
Carson-Newman Freshman Move-In Day - Friday, August 25 at 10:30 am in Butler Hall
Several church members, including Eric Hasha will help unload the vehicles of new students and move their things into the dorm room. This is a very brief interaction with the students and families. We will wear a First Baptist Church t-shirt.
BCM/Area Churches Welcome Center - Tuesday, August 29 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at the MSAC
Each year campus ministries and area churches are invited to promote their ministries to university students. We will have a table to shake hands, pass out church brochures and get to know students. If you are interested in representing our church, we would love your help.
Hotdog Snack Lunch + Games - Tuesday, August 29 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm in North church parking lot
In addition to the church welcome center, we will offer a snack lunch to students in our parking lot. This allows us to make a better connection with the students in a relaxed atmosphere. We are seeking members to have conversations with students and to serve the students the snack lunch.
Welcome Back Picnic - Sunday, September 10 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM
We welcome all church members and Carson-Newman students to our annual picnic on the front lawn. We will have pulled pork BBQ sandwiches and drinks. We ask members to bring side dishes, desserts and lawn chairs. Expect yard games and inflatable bounces to add to the fun.
For those who would like to help set up before the event, we will begin at 3:30 pm.