Texas Baptists’ Bounce Student Disaster Recovery program is promoting the Bounce Back Home Day of Service on June 27.
The event provides a one-day, at-home opportunity for churches to engage students in community service projects.
Bounce is dedicated to offering opportunities for students to participate in community service through disaster recovery projects, while also providing worship and reflection time to aid in students’ spiritual growth.
To keep students and leaders safe and comply with state health advisories related to the COVID-19 outbreak, all summer mission trips were canceled. Instead, Bounce is providing resources for churches to host a community mission opportunity locally.
“This is a great opportunity to serve your Jerusalem. We get excited about going to different places and serving there, but there’s so much to do at home too,” said David Scott, director of Bounce. “Even though this is not what we initially planned, we are still making an effort to encourage kids and youth groups to be on mission in their communities. And that’s a big deal.”
Each church selects a local project
Each church will select a mission idea or organization for its youth to assist, and Bounce will provide resources and livestream a worship service to wrap up the day.
Churches will have the best knowledge of their community’s needs, Scott explained. So, leaving the mission project to their discretion allows them to do the most good for their area.
For project ideas, Scott recommended partnering with the church’s mission team, a mission center in the community or a Texas Baptist ministry such as the River Ministry. For additional suggestions, click here.
Bounce will provide resources for the student ministries, such as a suggested schedule for the day and devotional material for the students.
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In the evening, churches can tune in to a livestream worship service featuring Mike Satterfield of Field of Grace Ministries as speaker and Landon Wolfe, a recent Dallas Baptist University graduate who will join Passion City Church in Atlanta, Ga., as worship leader.
A youth group reflection guide will be available for use following the service.
Missions ‘in your own backyard’
The flexibility of the schedule and resources will allow each church to serve its community and enable their students, while also giving the church freedom to comply with whatever health and safety precautions it deems necessary during the pandemic.
Scott hopes student ministries use this opportunity to see the needs in their own neighborhoods and bring healing to their local communities. He also sees this as a unique chance for families to serve alongside their students, and he encourages leaders to consider involving students’ families in the service day.
Bounce events emphasize teaching students the importance of missional living. The Bounce Back Home Day of Service will help students understand living on mission as a daily choice, Scott said.
“We hope that as a result of this, youth will realize that a missional life isn’t just going on a trip, but it’s looking for a chance to reflect Christ right there in your own backyard,” Scott said.
Registration is $25 per church, with an additional $5 per bandana-style face covering. The registration fee covers the shipping and handling fee for face coverings, youth group reflection guide and other resources.