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JOURNEY THROUGH LENT WITH US
To help you enter more fully into the Lenten season, we developed a variety of opportunities for you to engage with in a group or on your own. Join us on Feb 18 for special Ash Wednesday services at 6:30am or 12noon, read our new Lent Blog at lent.marshill.org, or grab a Lent calendar for daily invitations, prayers, and reflection. Then be sure to join us on Fridays, beginning Feb 27 to walk through the Stations of the Cross as a community.
Groups + Classes
Journey with others in our community while exploring your story, learning how your past has shaped you, and how you might live into your future in light of what God’s been doing in your life. Have questions? Meet the leaders in the Shed after the 9am and 11am Gatherings on Sunday, Jan 15. Thursdays, Jan 22-Apr 2 | 7-9pm | Room 501
Adoptive Families, let’s get together for some fun and fellowship at our next Adoption Family Potluck Dinner. Bring your own drinks, a main course dish to pass + dessert or salad, and join us on Dec 8.
Monday, Dec 8 | 5:45-7:30pm | Room 501
We’d use names but that got a bit confusing, and pretty awkward for the parents of “that one kid” after about the 5th time... so parents, be sure to know your wristband number[s] and keep an eye on the posts around the Shed platform in case they pop up. That means we need you to join us in the Kids area.
Take part in our Kids Ministry by joining our volunteer team! Here are a few open roles:
- 9am 3rd Grade Room Leader
- 9am Security Team
- 9am + 11am Welcome Team Members
- 11am Shepherds
First Sundays help 5th-8th graders get a taste of what our student ministry is like by experiencing a little bit of Sunday night on a Sunday morning. In past Gatherings, we've sat in the Shed together and played “Shed Bingo.” Students had the Scripture text and a list of possible words Kent might say during the morning teaching. Each 28bingo won students some candy and high fives. Join us on the first Sunday of each month during the 9am and 11am Gatherings. We meet in the Student Room, which is on the north end of the building.
Because RELAtionships matter more than programs at Mars Hill, once a month we cancel Sunday evening programs so students and leaders can hang out together and do something fun. We call these nights—RELA nights, and our next one is March 1. On these special nights, Students will do something extra awesome with their LifeGroup, like visit Skyzone, go sledding or bowling, watch a movie, play capture the flag in the dark, go on a scavenger hunt, etc. Not in a LifeGroup yet? Anyone in 5th-12th grade can sign up anytime by showing up at Mars Hill Students on Sunday nights. Check out marshill.org/students to learn more.
Could you ensure that Mars Hill is a safe place for our 11am Gatherings? Anyone with police and military service, or a security background is invited to apply to join our Security Team at marshill.org/security
LifeGroup leaders walk with our students as they seek to live the best kind of life— the life God intended for them. Could you journey with a group of middle schoolers for the rest of this school year? We’re currently looking to fill a few specific positions:
- 1 Female Leader for 5th/6th Grade Girls
- 2 Male Leaders for 7th Grade Boys
- 1 Male Leader for 8th Grade Boys
Since HQ opened its doors on Dec 1, youth have to come from all sorts of different places: angry, hopeful, motived, disconnected… yet no matter where they started, we’ve seen movement. Movement from sitting alone with their headphones in all night to engaging staff and other youth in great conversation. A few have enrolled in college and are using our address as a safe place in which to send their books/financial aid information. They’re signing up for health insurance for their children, shaving for job interviews and washing their clothes/showering after finding out that where they had crashed the night before was infested with bed bugs. Overall, HQ is proving to be a place of hope and peace. Almost every day, we hear that the reason they come to HQ is because they feel safe and accepted. These first weeks were far from easy, though. We grew faster than anticipated, our average attendance jumps significantly every week, and we are learning more and more each day. Pray that we can apply these learnings and grow in our ability to meet the needs before us in the best way possible.
You’re invited to our next 2 filter building parties on Mondays, Jan 12 + 26 from 6:30-8:30pm at Mars Hill. With your help, we’ll assemble SAM 3 water filters for hundreds of people in need of clean water in Rwanda. Sign up yourself, your family and your friends now at 20Liters.org/filterbuild