Switchback Student Ministries is a ministry of Faith Christian Fellowship and is for students in grades 6-12. The student ministry is made up of students from all walks of life and backgrounds with two purposes: To love God and to love people. Everything we do as a ministry is geared towards helping others develop a deeper sense of who God is and then living out that relationship in a relevant way to everyone we come in contact with.
We chose the name, “Switchback Student Ministries” because of the path of life. A switchback is a trail that is carved into a mountain for the purpose of all who ascend the mountain to follow for safety and to give direction on how to make it to the summit. There are some when hiking who choose to “trailblaze” and get off the switchback and make their own path. This same premise applies to our spiritual lives…we try to do everything our way rather than follow God’s way. We become upset, angry and bitter towards God because we feel as though He has left us, when in reality it is us who have left “the trail.”
Switchback Student Ministries Gatherings:
“The Canyon” Sundays @ 9 a.m. -This is a time for those students who desire to go deeper into God’s Word and to be challenged in their walk with the Lord.
“Base camp” Wednesdays @ 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.—This is the weekly outreach when many students invite friends. There is always an activity and a topical study as well as small groups.*Students meet together and then are split by age group
“The Trek” – This is the student leadership that meets for in depth study about various leadership topics. Students who are selected to be part of this group also assist in the planning of Wednesday evenings and other activities and service projects. Student Missions-The student ministry does missions trips on three year rotations.Year 1- Location is within 3 hours of Hagerstown, MD Year 2- Location is national Year 3- Location is international
Other Activities Include—Camping Trips, Retreats, Service Projects, Amusement Parks and a variety of other activities throughout the year.
2017 Switchback Mission Trip
This summer, Switchback students will have the opportunity to travel to Clendinin, WV to assist with the clean-up, house repairs, and build relationships with the community that was destroyed by flooding in 2016.
Who: Senior high students and upcoming 9th graders.
Spaces Available: 16 (Must pay $50.00 deposit to sign up)
Important Dates and Deadlines:
- February 8th – $50.00 Deposit must be paid
- March 12th – 50% of total cost due
- May 14th – 100% of total cost due
- May 14th – Individual participation form completed
Please read the Clendenin Information Packet and return the participation form to Lewis Rudy.
Activity Forms (click on the appropriate form):
- Student Info Sheet
- Health History and Medical Authorization Form
- Student Ministries Photo Release Agreement
- Small Group Mentor Accountability Form