What is Discovery?Discovery is a spiritual formation experience for middle school youth (7-8th grade) that is led entirely by our high school youth (9-12th grade). The goal of this weekend is for our middle school youth to experience Christ in new and exciting ways. We hope this experience will be an incredible time of praise and worshiping God not only for our middle school youth but for all those involved in leading the experience too. The theme for the weekend is “Discovering God’s Love” so every element of the weekend is an attempt at helping our middle school youth experience God’s deep and unconditional love.
.The weekend consists of worship that is lead by high school musicians and speakers. After each worship session, we break into Discipleship groups, or “D-Groups” where our high school youth lead the middle schoolers in discussion about the talk they just heard. There will also be a mission opportunity on Saturday as well as games during the day (and maybe Roman Soldiers too!) Meals are provided by Sunday School classes or other groups in the church willing to support the weekend. Middle school youth will stay the night at the church on Friday night, but high school youth will go home to rest and come back for breakfast on Saturday.
When and Where is Discovery?Discovery will be held at Franklin First United Methodist Church August 9th-10th, 2019
Who is Discovery for?Discovery is for everyone! There are ways for ANYONE in our church to be involved in some way. Below you will see descriptions of the many ways to serve. When you find the options you are drawn to, please use the links to register and indicate your interest. This registration will help us to plan and know who is available to help in what ways. You are not committing yourself to anything but merely signing up to as interested. Please note most of the available service options will include time spent both prior to the event as well as during the weekend.
Middle Schoolers can register to attend Discovery HERE (Link will go live at a later date)
Ways for High School Youth to Lead: Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interestedDiscipleship Group Leader: The role of the senior highs in the D-groups is to ask the questions, guide discussion, and be the energy of the group. Their job is to be a friend and to make sure each middle schooler is included in group fun and activities. One senior high makes sure the group has all needed supplies. You can only miss ONE d-group in order to be a d-group leader.
.Pit Crew: This team sets up the space before each activity. They will also help after the activity to reset the room and make sure everything is cleaned up. You are the muscle of Discovery!
.Worship Team: This team leads worship through reading scripture, prayer, art, and more. They work alongside the speakers and other team members to prepare powerful worship experiences. This group may create skits or videos to enhance the worship experience. Worship team includes youth who want to plan behind the scenes and youth who want to be upfront leaders.
.Tech Team: This team runs the slides, computers, lights, and sound. They make sure all microphones and sound equipment are properly working and that all those helping lead in worship have the sound equipment they need as well as the slides loaded on the computer.
.Photographer/Videographer: Team members take photos and videos of all aspects of the event. You can serve as a photographer or videographer even if you cannot be present for the entire event.
.Get it Done Team: This team takes on organization and administrative tasks. They make sure supplies are where they need to be, assist with check-in, help stuff envelopes, assist in restocking D-group materials, etc.
Ways for Adults to Lead:
.Check –in: This team assists with checking all participants and volunteers in, and making sure all youth have the proper forms turned in.
.Clue Coordinator: Small clues are given throughout the weekend to help participants discover God’s love. This person works with the Sunday School chair to see what clues need to be ordered or collected. During the weekend the coordinator helps distribute the clues.
.Supply Leader: The supply leader’s biggest job happens before the weekend. They will be responsible for checking with a leader from each area to get a list of supplies, and will purchase the supplies.
.Letter Coordinator: Letters written by parents, church staff, family, friends, school friends, and others are given to each student during the weekend. The coordinator contacts parents to give them plenty of time to collect letters for their child. This person organizes the letters and ensures each participants gets a letter.
.Meal/Snack Chairperson: The meal/snack chairperson recruits people to prepare the meals for the weekend. They are also responsible for setting up, replenishing, and cleaning up after each snack break. The snacks are provided by small groups and Sunday school classes within the church, so this person works with the Sunday School chair to know which classes have been asked to help.
.Prayer Team: This team is responsible for praying with each of the speakers, setting up an area that can be used for prayer, and assisting in setting up for the prayer service.
.Tech Team: These volunteers work with the youth to run the slides, computers, lights, and sound for worship.
.Pit Crew: This setup and cleanup team works before and after each scheduled activity so areas are ready before they are used and cleaned afterward. The leader of this crew creates a plan for setup and cleanup and oversees the work of the crew.
.Discipleship Group Leader: The role of the adult in the disciple group is one of a gentle leader who helps organize the group time, helps keep the focus, maintains discipline, and helps the middle school youth work through any questions they may have. The role of the adult D-group leader is to support the Senior High D-group leaders. The adults go to their own home at bedtime and return to the church for breakfast.
.Overnight Leader: The overnight leaders stay the night are the ones responsible for making sure the youth are settling down when it’s time for lights out. They also help in waking everyone up in time for breakfast.
.Photographer/videographer: This person is responsible for taking pictures and videos throughout the entire Discovery weekend and for getting these pictures to the youth staff.
.Security/Safety Coordinator: This person is responsible making sure doors are locked, and will periodically walk the grounds to check for safety concerns throughout the weekend.
.Clean Up Crew: This team of people is responsible for making sure the building is ready for church the next day. This crew specifically serves only on Saturday evening by re-setting the youth space and making sure all other spaces are left clean and set-up for all church programs.
.Medical Team: These people are responsible for taking care of youth who may not be feeling well. This job mainly consists of treating minor headaches and stomachaches. The medical team are also the first responders if there is a medical event.