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Parent Sneak Preview - August 28

Posted on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 under Children Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  Here’s what we’ll be teaching next Sunday in the Big Picture Show.  Take time this week to read it as a family.
 
The Drive-In
 
Bible Story:  Deborah: A Selfless Act (Judges 4 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God’s Power In Me Helps Me Be Selfless!
Bible Verse:  “The One who is in you is more powerful than the one who is in the world.” - 1 John 4:4 NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
 
Bible Story:  Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32 NIrV)
Big Idea:  The Kingdom of God has open hands of love and forgiveness
Bible Verse:  “The Kingdom of God is within you.”  - Luke 17:21 NIrV
Worship:

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Join The Mentor Team!

Posted on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 under Expression 3

Thanks to our School Partnerships, we get the opportunity to invest in students at five elementary schools in Central Kentucky. Southland is making a difference in the cities of Lexington, Nicholasville, Danville and we now have an opportunity in Georgetown! Mentors show up one day a week for 30 minutes to spend time with an elementary aged kid to invest in them, listen and answer questions. It doesn’t require a degree or any special certification. Your life doesn’t have to be in perfect order. But you do need to be present. God will take care of the rest for both you and your student. Your life will be forever changed in the process.

One mentor said, “I walk away each week grateful for the childlike trust that children have. I walk away remembering that my ‘problems’ are not so important. I walk away with a lighter spirit and a greater understanding of why Jesus loves His children.”

There is just no substitute for the gift mentors receive from hanging out with students. There are always more kids than there are mentors willing to step up.

If you’ve been thinking about mentoring, it’s time to step forward. Join us this school year as we eliminate the mentor waiting list! Sign up at our Mentors Page today!

Betty Hawkins
Local Intiatives Leader

#SouthlandStudentsServe

Posted on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 under Expression 3

Truth be told, this hashtag is often lost on some of our students. In fact, many are too busy with #tbh, #blessed, #selfie, and #ballislife to have time to serve. Recently I had the opportunity to see our Middle School Students from the Harrodsburg Road campus live out #SouthlandStudentsServe. During the final week of July, 12 students and 4 leaders gave up a week of their summer to travel up to Cincinnati and partner with BLOC Ministries. BLOC is all about neighborhood revitalization - moving into and transforming the community through building relationships, physically improving the neighborhood, and sharing the love of Christ. They do this by living within their community and raising their own funding through a coffee shop, an art center, a gym, a woodworking shop, and a brand new screen printing shop. Each helps further the ministry as a whole and/or to help teach skills to those trying to break free from a life of prostitution, drugs, or crime. 
 
We were able to join in their mission in several ways. While we were there, our team had the opportunity to:
  • Clear out a back lot full of overgrown weeds and debris
  • Finish building a fence and start another so the neighborhood children would have a safe place to play
  • Play with kids at several of the BLOC after school programs, learning their names and stories, and showing them the love of Jesus
  • Serve at the BLOC Cafe where we helped...
    • Prepare and serve a meal for the “clients” of Price Hill
    • Sort through clothes for their clothes closet
    • Sort and bag groceries for their food pantry
    • Carry bags of groceries upstairs for those we were helping
    • Have conversations and pray for some of those clients who came
  • Serve each other by helping prepare and clean up meals for our team
It was in these settings where it was easy to see our students living out Southland’s Expression #4 to generously extend hope to the poor. 
 
All in all, we had a great week of serving others. As we left, the biggest signs of a successful trip were that the students were fast asleep before we made it to Kentucky (proof that they gave it their all) and the fact that all of them can’t wait to go back and serve again next year. I think I can speak for fellow leaders Shaun, Carrie, and Beka when I say that we were blessed to lead this team of students. They are a shining example of what #SouthlandStudentsServe is all about. I can’t wait to witness what God is going to do through them as they continually answer the call to serve others right here in Central Kentucky.
 
Southland will be taking a one day trip up to BLOC on Saturday, September 3. If you would like to learn more and register for the team, go here or contact Robin.

Daniel Mercer
Middle School Discipleship Leader - Harrodsburg Road

Parent Sneak Preview - August 21

Posted on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 under Children Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  Here’s what we’ll be teaching next Sunday in the Big Picture Show.  Take time this week to read it as a family.
 
The Drive-In
 
Bible Story:  Rahab Helps Two Spies (Joshua 2 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God’s Power In Me Helps Me Protect Others
Bible Verse:  “The One who is in you is more powerful than the one who is in the world.” - 1 John 4:4 NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
 
Bible Story:  Workers in the Field (Matthew 20:1-16 NIrV)
Big Idea:  The Kingdom of God is for everyone.
Bible Verse:  “The Kingdom of God is within you.” - Luke 17:21 NIrV
Worship:

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Date Night 2016

Posted on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 under Expression 2

 
Whether you’ve been married for 55 minutes or 55 years, we are excited to invite you to Date Night 2016. The focus is on marriage and this may be the most important date you have all year. Life is hard, but marriage doesn’t have to be. Come laugh, learn and be challenged with us here at Southland. 
  • Date Night -- Friday, August 26, Harrodsburg Road Campus, Theater 81.
  • Tickets $25 per couple. Limited childcare is available for an additional $5 per child.
  • Space is limited so register now!

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

Dump The Club

Posted on Mon, Aug 08, 2016 under Expression 1

Yesterday Chris shared a story of walking in on a young boy dancing alone in the restroom of a Steak ‘n Shake.  After complimenting the boy on his dance moves, the boy acknowledged his own skills and went right back to dancing without a care in the world. That young man had yet to be told that he shouldn’t dance in public restrooms and I hope he never is told that.
 
When was the last time you danced in public without a care?  Why haven’t you? When was the last time you allowed yourself the freedom to totally be who God created?  To admit you like what you like? To do the things you love doing?  You see, God created you to live a life of freedom and authenticity. He already approves, accepts and loves who you are!  However, sometimes our dignity, image, or the approval of others keeps us from being who God created.  
 
Attached you will find a membership certificate to the “Dignified Club”.  Feel free to print it out and then destroy it however you see fit.  If you are really daring:
  1. Video or take a photo of yourself destroying the certificate and doing something you love.  Is it dancing?  Is it singing?  Is it feeding ducks at a pond?  Document it! 
  2. Go do it and post it to social media 
  3. Use the hashtag: #dumptheclub and tag @southlandcc so we can share it as well.  
Now Go! Be who God created and dance through life like a kid in Steak ‘n Shake!!

Bret Foster
Communications Director

Parent Sneak Preview - August 14

Posted on Mon, Aug 08, 2016 under Children Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  Here’s what we’ll be teaching next Sunday in the Big Picture Show.  Take time this week to read it as a family.
 
The Drive-In
 
Bible Story:  Samson (Judges 13, Judges 14, Judges 16 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God’s Power In Me Makes Me Strong!
Bible Verse:  “The One who is in you is more powerful than the one who is in the world.” - 1 John 4:4 NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
 
Bible Story:  Faith Like a Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31-33 NIrV)
Big Idea:  The Kingdom of God is really big within you
Bible Verse:  “The Kingdom of God is within you.” - Luke 17:21 NIrV
Worship:

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

It’s Heeeere!

Posted on Fri, Aug 05, 2016 under Expression 4

 
John 14:12-14 reveals powerful words of Jesus: “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
 
It’s one of the best things we do each year. We throw a party for those who don’t have many parties thrown in their honor.  We dress up and eat, we take pictures, and play games. And we dance. Oh boy, do we dance! We call it Jesus Prom, and it’s that time of year again! 
 
You will notice it’s a little earlier this year -- Friday, September 16, 6-10pm. You will also notice it’s at a new location -- the Richmond Road campus. Other things will remain the same. Like we’ll have a roaring good time hosting these Prom guests! 
 
And this year we’ll be dressing up in full 80s regalia! Big hair, lots of bracelets, and leg warmers. And mullets for the men! Can’t wait to see your 80s spin! 
 
Here’s what we need… YOU! We have thousands of volunteer positions to fill to pull off this night of nights. In all kinds of roles. We’re ready to sign you up, too! We need …
  • Greeters
  • Prom Hosts
  • Food Servers
  • And lots more!
 
Just head on over to the website and pick what volunteer position(s) you want to help with. And put this date on your calendar as well: Monday, September 12 - Training Night for all Jesus Prom volunteers. 
 
We’re so excited to present Jesus Prom 2016 for our special friends and their caregivers. Get online and get signed up today! And get ready to have the time of your life! All we need is you! 

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

New Processes For Children’s Ministry

Posted on Wed, Aug 03, 2016 under Expression 3

I was talking with some neighbors the other day about how much times have changed when it comes to child safety.  Growing up in the seventies and early eighties, we didn’t think much about car seats, seat belts, or bike helmets.  We didn’t carry EpiPens for our allergies and rarely used sunscreen on a hot, summer day.  
 
Yet most of us who grew up like this would never dream of being so careless with our own kids’ safety.  Why?  Because now we know better.  Times have changed.  As a society we’re continuing to learn more effective ways to care for our children.  
 
The same goes for us here in Children’s Ministry.  When it comes to safety we are always trying to learn from others, evaluate what we do, and refine our security practices to provide the safest environments possible for our Big Picture Show kids.  Times are changing, and we’re adapting along with them. 
 
That’s why Sunday, August 7 we are making a few changes to limit traffic in our Children’s Ministry environments. If you have Children in the Big Picture Show, please make sure you’re aware of the following changes:
 
1. We will close down Children’s Ministry Check-In 15 minutes after the beginning of the 9:30 and 11:15 services.  That means all children must be checked in by 9:45 and11:30.  No children will be allowed to check in after that point.  Children who arrive later than this will get to attend the adult service with their families.  
 
2. Children’s Ministry doors will remain locked until 5 minutes before the end of the adult service.  Anyone wishing to pick their child up early will need go to see a Children’s staff person (in a black Big Picture Show shirt) for assistance.
 
We recognize these changes will be less convenient, but like car seats, bike helmets, and sunscreen, we think they’re worth it because they will help us to take better care of our precious Southland kids. 

Shannon Colwick
Children's Ministry Leader - Danville

How To Help Your Grieving Friend

Posted on Mon, Aug 01, 2016 under Expression 1

It can be tough to know how to help best when someone we care about loses a loved one. Our Care Team wants to help you feel more free to be there for your friends at this critical time in their journey of life. While it might feel scary or difficult to step in and be a good friend to someone who is grieving, by keeping a few simple things in mind, you can be a huge source of support and encouragement in the midst of a dark time. 
 
In the midst of any emotional situation, there are no real “rules”... it might not play out according to any convention since everyone grieves differently. Even so, there are a few helpful guidelines that might help you love your friends well in the face of loss... 
  • You’re there to support, not fix. You can’t fix this. You just can’t. Run from giving hurtful advice like: You’ve got to be strong for… the kids, your husband, your friends, etc. You’re young - you’ve got your whole life ahead of you.
  • Show up and bring it up. It’s fine to give a bit of space if your friend needs it, but make sure you intentionally show up whether it’s at their door, on the phone, or via text. Don’t wait to be asked or invited. Initiate conversation and talk about their loved one by name. You may bring tears to their eyes, but that’s not a bad thing, contrary to what many believe about it. You will eventually find that tears and smiles come close on each other’s heels as you reminisce and open the door for them to share stories that bring back wonderful memories of their loved one. 
  • Acknowledge the pain, that it hurts. Don’t try to remove the pain. Run from the temptation to share trite truisms that make you feel better for saying something but don’t really help them at all. A few examples to avoid: This is God’s will. They’re in a better place. Time heals all wounds. There’s a reason for everything. I know how you feel. 
  • Your presence is greater than any words. One of the most freeing things to realize is that nothing you say is going to take away the pain. Translation: You don’t need to say anything. One of the most important things we can do for our friends as they walk through loss is simply this: Be there. Simply being a steady presence in the midst of an uncertain time is powerful. If you do want to say something, try these on for size: “I’m gonna be here.” “I love you.” “I’m praying for you.” Replace the urge to ask, “How are you?” Instead, lead with, “What’s today like for you?” 
Grief doesn’t expire or simply go away. There comes a point of real need after the funeral is past and the sympathy cards have been sent, when it seems people’s care and concern has simply dried up and disappeared. That’s when to really lean in and love well - and be the arms of Jesus wrapped around your friends in their time of need.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - August 7

Posted on Mon, Aug 01, 2016 under Children Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  Here’s what we’ll be teaching next Sunday in the Big Picture Show.  Take time this week to read it as a family.
 
The Drive-In
 
Bible Story:  The Baby in the Basket (Exodus 1, Exodus 2 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God’s Power In Me Helps Me Have Faith!
Bible Verse:  “The One who is in you is more powerful than the one who is in the world.” - 1 John 4:4 NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
 
Bible Story:  Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Give and It Will Be Given to You
Bible Verse:  “Give, and it will be given to you. A good amount will be poured into your lap. It will be pressed down, shaken together, and running over. The same amount you give will be measured out to you.” -  Luke 6:38 NIrV
Worship:

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor


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