MONTHLY UPDATE | November 2021
Student Ministry Family,

It is so exciting to continue to take steps toward a more-normal way of doing ministry together. I'm grateful we've been able to move back to a "masks optional" policy for all our gatherings, and I'm looking forward to things moving more and more into a post-pandemic world! AND I'm so excited our first off-campus retreat in a LONG time (Winter Youth Summit) is coming in January!

A few important things to make sure you don't miss this month:

Winter Youth Summit DEADLINE
Winter Youth Summit is an absolutely awesome event you don't want to miss! SIGN UP by November 15!

Dominican Republic Mission Trip DEADLINE
Want to join our summer mission team headed to the Dominican Republic?
APPLICATIONS are due November 15!

A New SMBS Series
We hope you'll join us for the next four Sundays as we dive into the BIG questions together. More about that below.

The Brook
We have a full month of The Brook ahead with a Worship Night, Mission Night (loading up Perry County thanksgiving supplies), and Fellowship Night - our first-ever Student Ministry Friendsgiving!

It is going to be a fun month with all this and more.
Don't miss out!
All the info you need is below.

As always, if there are ways I or our Student Ministry team can better come alongside your family as we all grow as disciples of Jesus, please let us know. Praying for you each and all.

In Christ,
Upcoming Events & Sign Ups
Winter Youth Summit
January 14-16 | Huntsville, AL

Winter Youth Summit is back! We join other CBF youth ministries from across the Southeast for a weekend of worship, breakouts, and fun. We'll stay at the Embassy Suites and the conference will be hosted at First Baptist Huntsville.
Chelsea & Darian Waites are the conference preachers and Ryan Richardson will be leading worship. It will be an awesome weekend!
WYS is $150. Registration is open now; please sign up by November 15.
Dominican Republic Mission Trip
Tentatively June 1-9, 2022

We are planning for this year's Student Ministry International Mission Trip to be to the Dominican Republic, where we will work alongside MBBC's own Anne Peyton Baker and Kids Alive International at the Casa Monte Plata Children's Home.

We'll be doing light construction and offering programming for the kids at the school and children's home. The trip is open to those who have completed 9th grade by the time of the trip.

Final cost and exact dates are to be determined by number of participants and exact airfare, however you can know that MBBC members' trip cost is reduced by funding from the Missions Committee, and fundraising will offset all/much of the remaining cost. (Simply by proximity this trip will be less expensive than South Africa, for instance.) Also, Kids Alive requires all trip participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the trip.
Mandatory Mission Team Trainings will take place in the Spring.

If you want to be part of this mission team, please submit your application by November 15.
Weekly Programs Update
Sunday Morning Bible Study
Sundays, 10 a.m. | Heritage Hall
New SMBS Series: The Big Questions

Who am I? ... Where do I fit in? ... What difference can I make?

This Sunday we're beginning a new Sunday Morning Bible Study Series, "The Big Questions". This series will spark new discipleship conversations as together we discover Jesus-centered answers to our biggest questions of identity, belonging, and purpose.

October 31
When you really understand who Jesus is, it changes everything.

November 7
You don't have to prove you're enough.

November 14
You belong here.

November 21
You matter more than you think.

Join us as we ask the BIG questions!
Student Growth Groups
Wednesdays | 7-8 p.m.

Join us each week for small group gatherings which help us dive deeper into relational discipleship by reading scripture and being in community with one another.
NOTE: We do NOT meet November 24 due to Thanksgiving holiday.
Sundays | 6-7 p.m.

The Brook is our Sunday evening Student Ministry gathering, which usually happens three times each month. Each week has a different focus: Fellowship, Worship, or Mission. The remaining fall dates for The Brook are below.
Make plans to join us!


November 7
Worship Night

November 14
Mission Night: Packing Perry County Thanksgiving

November 21
Fellowship Night: Student Ministry Friendsgiving

December 5
Mission Night

December 12
Fellowship Night: Study Brook
After School in the CLC
Weekdays | 3-5:30 p.m.

The CLC gym and game room are reserved for students on weekday afternoons during the school year. Come over after school and enjoy A/C, WiFi, TV, snack machines and being together.
Upcoming Opportunities to Serve
Living Nativity (& After Parties!)
December 20, 21, 22

Mark your calendar to join us in the cast or crew of Living Nativity this year! Each night after the final show we'll have an after party - a fun outing for students involved in that night's shows.
Serve on the Stream Team

Would you like to help us livestream our worship services?
There's a spot for you on our Stream Team!
Contact Tim Sanderlin for more info or to volunteer: | 205.789.3976
3 Big Questions that Change Every Teenager

This new book from our friends at the Fuller Youth Institute is a great companion piece for parents to go along with and based on the same research as our new students SMBS series. It is designed to help parents have Jesus-centered conversations leading to Jesus-centered answers to students biggest questions about identity, belonging, and purpose.


About the book:

Today’s teenagers are the most anxious, adaptive, and diverse generation in history—which can make it hard for us to relate. And while every teenager is a walking bundle of questions, 3 rise above the rest:

Who am I?
Where do I fit?
What difference can I make?

Young people struggle to find satisfying and life-giving answers to these questions on their own. They need caring adults willing to lean in with empathy, practice listening, and gently point them in the direction of better answers: that they are enough because of Jesus, they belong with God’s people, and they are invited into God’s greater story.

Based on new landmark research from the Fuller Youth Institute and in-depth interviews plus data from 2,200 diverse teenagers, Kara Powell and Brad M. Griffin offer pastors, youth leaders, mentors, and parents practical and proven conversations and connections that help teenagers answer their three biggest questions and reach their full potential.


If you'd like a copy, you can order one online,
or let us know and we'll be glad to order you one for you!
Your MBBC Student Ministry staff is always here as a resource to help you navigate whatever comes up along the journey of faith as together we raise up a generation to be all God is calling them to become!

Let us know how we can help.
We want to hear from you!

Ben Winder
Minister to Students
205.603.6803 |

Tim Sanderlin
Associate Minister to Students
205.789.3976 |

Fallon Carder
Student Ministry Intern
205.567.3189 |

Nathan King
Student Ministry Intern
407.951.1389 |

Make sure you stay connected with MBBC Students
to keep up-to-date on everything that's happening!