This year just as school began, our oldest student ministry students washed the feet of the incoming sixth graders. This ceremony, something our students do every year, never fails to be a beautiful and powerful symbol of love. It's an assertion from our high schoolers that they're not above or better than these younger kids and that they exist to serve them, to serve as examples and as big brothers and sisters, including them in the life of the group.
Ava Collins, a sixth grader, wrote the following words about what the ceremony meant to her. She said, "As seven high schoolers walked out to wash my and six other new sixth graders' feet, I felt kind of excited and kind of nervous!"
Ava shared that they'd studied about Jesus washing His disciples' feet in love. She wrote, "The high schoolers were going to wash our feet to show us that though they are older than us, we are all the same. When they knelt down to wash our feet, it felt strange and kind of awkward, but it was very special."
Congratulations to all our new student ministry kids! We're praying that the next seven years shape you in powerful ways, leading you closer to Christ and closer to His people.