June 2, 2021
Chris' Blog: Best Summer Ever
Can I be honest about last summer? In a lot of ways, it was hard. Parades, family get-togethers, weddings, and concerts were all canceled or modified. The 4th of July was different. Travel was restricted. Beaches and campgrounds were closed. Summer just wasn’t the same.
And neither was how we did student ministry. Students were craving more from their relationships, mental health was a struggle, we lacked face-to-face contact. We were excited and grateful to connect with our students via Zoom, but they still needed something more in that moment. As students would say, “Last summer, the vibes were off. No cap!” I think we all understand that to some degree. But we have good news.
Summer for Ridge Students is back in full force this year. Our theme this year is “Summer Vibes” because we have a lot to make up for from the vibes that were lacking last summer. This summer is going to be the best yet. Our team has been working hard over the last few months to provide a summer to remember. We want to keep our summer lineup as much of a surprise for your students as we can, but we want to go ahead and share that information with you (spoiler alert!). Below, you’ll see some of what you (and your students) can expect this summer, as well as some next steps you can take.
1. Encourage your students to attend the “Summer Vibes” kickoff party on June 6th from 6-8 pm. The kickoff is for all incoming 7th-12th grade students (so everyone who just finished 6th grade, all the way up through those who just graduated). The night will be full of games, food, prizes, and our big summer calendar reveal.
3. We’re excited to have Caroline McQueen (a former Ridge student) joining our student ministry for the summer as our intern. She will be with us for a total of 10 weeks. She will help leverage relational outreach and opportunities with middle and high school girls within our ministry and community. We are expecting great things from her presence and efforts this summer.
4. Our parent newsletter is going to be the one-stop-shop for all this, as well as everything else coming up, so be sure to subscribe to the parent emails and like our Facebook pages for middle school parents and high school parents. (Just try not to leak any info to your students!)
I get chills just thinking about what this summer will mean to all of us here at Ridge Students. Relationships will be stronger, and lives are going to be changed. This is going to be the best summer ever. It’s time to reclaim the Summer Vibes and make the summer of '21 one to remember. See you then!
Whatever It Takes,
You can pre-order the “Summer Vibes” t-shirt for only $20! Shirts will be available for pick up at the kickoff. Get yours here.