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Hello from RISE Student MInistry! We pray this finds you well and anticipating summer which is less than a month away! It’s crazy to see another school year has already come and gone; what a year it has been. And now we are ready to get this summer in ministry started!


We have a few things going on this month, the biggest of which will be a end of the school year/summer kick-off party. Open to all 6th-12th graders, this is similar to our Back-to-School Bash in August. Tell your students to invite all their friends for good fun, food, games, inflatables, and a look at how they can be involved in our youth community this summer!


Summer small groups will begin the last of week of school. Students thrive on intentional discussion and conversation of Scripture through small groups. We’ll be offering guys’ and girls’ options for all 6th-12th grades. This is one of my favorite things about youth ministry, because some really deep, meaningful relationships are formed among students!


HOTPO! No surprise here, this is our weekly “meet-&-eat” every Tuesday. Each week we’ll meet up at a different restaurant and enjoy a meal together. No frills, no fuss…just good food and fellowship. As always, open to all 6th-12th graders!



If you have a student who is interested in becoming a part of our ministry but is a little nervous about the prospect, I’d love to meet them and connect them to one of our other students who would welcome them in! Summer is a fantastic time to get your feet wet in youth ministry. We’d love for you and your students to be a part!



Peace in Christ, 


Zack Pittman