What is the Blender all about?
In 1 Corinthians 12:24-27, Paul tells the church that "God has BLENDED together the body... Now you are Christ’s body, and each of you is a member of it." We know that students each have different gifts, strengths, frustrations, and joys. This is the reason that we are called the Blender. We are designed to be a place where students in 6th-12th grade do four things: live life together, learn about Jesus, encounter God, and serve others.
What does Sunday night look like?
The Blender meets every Sunday from 6-8 p.m. Students meet at the church to connect with God and one another. These gatherings are high energy, with exciting games, a full meal, and solid Biblical input. We break into affinity based groups for small group for high school students and age/ gender based small groups for junior high. These groups create a positive and challenging place for students to grow in their faith and relationships. Students grow closer to each other, learn and apply what the Bible has to say about life, and discuss issues students wrestle with on a daily basis.
Here's a normal schedule:
6:00 - All students arrive. JH students will go directly to small groups that are age/ gender divided while HS students go to the main Blender room for the chat.
6:25 - 7:00 - Students assemble together in the main Blender room for a game or music, a meal, announcements, and other activities that need the entire group of students together.
7:00 - HS students leave for small groups that are based on affinities and interests (some are co-ed) while the JH students stay in the main Blender room for their chat.
7:20 - JH chat is finished and JH students will participate in the Blender Bible Blitz. This is a game show type activity where students are broken into teams and compete in games and quizzes designed to reinforce the teaching as well as confirmation teaching. While students don't have to be involved in confirmation to do well, since there will be students on their team who are in confirmation, it is an advantage to those students who are participating in it. If you would like more information on how your student can get involved in confirmation, click here.
7:53 - Encounter God moment. We all gather in the sanctuary for a single, acoustic song and a few minutes to reflect on how we will take the teaching into the week. Our goal is that students are different on Monday because of how God met with them on Sunday night.
What's going on with small groups?
Our small groups are led by a group of Rockstars each week who invest in your lives. They are adults who desire to be there consistantly to help you move through the struggles you find.
What about Sunday mornings?
While Sunday evening is when we have our main Blender programming, Sunday mornings are also very important for the development of our students as they become fully devoted followers of Christ. One of the ways that we do this is through the confirmation program for 6th and 7th graders. This program is doing a great job helping students learn the full picture of Scripture in a systematic way. This will absolutely continue but will be moved to room 2 (the main Blender room) so they have sufficient space.
We fully believe that Grace is best when we are intentionally multi-generational in our approach. Thus, on Sunday mornings, students who are in grades 8-12 are encouraged to participate in full adult service at Grace. This may look different for different students; some students serve in the children's ministry or the tech team, other student join together to go to service while some experience the music and teaching of worship with their family.
Grace is blessed with students from a variety of high schools on the Northwest side, including Basis, Canyon del Oro, homeschool, Ironwood Ridge, and Pusch Ridge Christian Academy. Middle School students come from Basis, Wilson, Casas, Cross, Coronado, Tortolita, and Pusch Ridge Christian.
The youth staff is headed up by Chris Roberds, who is joined by a number of dedicated individuals who want to see students have fun and grow in their commitment to Christ. For more information, email Chris.
The easiest way to stay up to date with what is going on with the Blender is through social media. We are on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat using @tucsonblender. You can also find us on Facebook at /blendertucson.
If you would like to help with the Blender, check our Blender volunteers page here.