According to their age group, youth ladies will attend all three (3) of the sessions.
i.e. Middle school girls will attend one (1) strategy session on Friday and two (2) on Saturday for a total of three (3).
Middle School Sessions
Girls Just Want to Have Fun—Lexie Tisdale
Class info: Living in a world that is full lies, lust, and sin, is hard. It is even harder to navigate as young Christian girls. We want to have fun, but how can we have fun and love Jesus?
About Me: Hello Sweet Girls! My name is Lexie Tisdale. I am a Junior at JSU, majoring in Secondary Education Mathematics. Yes, I love math and Jesus! I attend First Baptist Hokes Bluff. I have a passion for leading worship, kiddos, missions, and naps!
R-E-S-P-E-C-T –Carlie Shields
Class Info: Through social media we are bombarded with images that influence the way we THINK we should look and act. In this session, we are going to look at what the Bible says about our body, beauty, and value.
About Me: Hey girls, I’m Carlie! I have a heart for young girls your age. I know with all the temptations and struggles; how easy it is to not respect yourself or your body. My desire is for you to know how God sees you and begin to see yourself through His eyes. When I began to do this in my own life, it helped me to respect myself and surround myself with others who respected me.
Our Identity in Christ–Jessica Pope Walker
Class Info: Who am I and Why am I here? What is the true source of the brokenness around us? In this session, we will discover our identity in Christ. Knowing who we are in Christ changes the way we live and helps us have a deeper understanding of God and His Word.
About Me: I am a daughter of Christ, saved by grace. I’m originally from Hokes Bluff and graduated in 2007. I currently live on a farm in Centre, AL. I have been married to Rhett for 7 years and a soon to be momma to Mac Houston. I taught 6th grade Reading at Centre Middle School for 6 1/2 years until I felt the Lord calling me to another position. Scared and afraid I applied for a counseling job at another school and by God’s grace, I transferred in the middle of the school year to Cedar Bluff. Obeying the Holy Spirit and moving schools was definitely scare but it led me to a student who I actually started fostering. So, in March 2016 Rhett and I became foster parents. I missed my middle school kids so badly that God saw fit for a girls Sunday school class to open at church, grades 7-9. After praying and seeking His will, I said YES! I currently teach middle school girls weekly along with another girls small group. I feel at this season of my life I’m exactly where the Lord needs me.
High School Sessions
Made to be Different—Cassie Skaggs
Class Info: In a world where everyone wants to fit in, we as God’s people are called to be set apart. This is extremely difficult for our teenagers in this day and time. We will explore God’s Word together and see how we should be different from the world. We will also look at the rewards God has for us for obeying His Word. When we are not faithful followers of Christ, our lives become broken because we are not walking in the path God designed for us.
About Me: I have been a member of North Glencoe Baptist church for 12 years. My husband, Grant, and I help in the children’s department. We have 3 children and live in North Gadsden. I am a high school math teacher at Gaston High School. I have a passion for helping children and teens be faithful followers of Christ.
Breaking Through the Roof – Carrie Marbut Robinson
Class Info: Social media has allowed us constant access to hundreds of “friends,” yet sometimes we feel so disconnected and alone. Proverbs 18:24 says, “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there IS a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
In this session, we will explore what it means to have a TRUE FRIEND by determining what it means to BE a TRUE FRIEND. As we examine the account of the healing of the paralyzed man in Mark 2:1-12, we will discover what it takes to cultivate true friendships.
Do you have friends whose faith is strong even when yours is weak? Instead of wishing you could find a true friend, seek to become one!
About Me: I was born and raised in Hokes Bluff, Alabama, and I LOVE my “village.” I am a daughter, sister, wife, friend, and mother of three biological children (and a whole community of other children I love like my own.) My greatest passions are reading, learning, talking, and CONNECTING with others. (We were created for community!) I am a recovering perfectionist, people-pleasing hot mess, but I know I am saved by grace. Thank goodness my confidence is no longer in myself! My mission is to invest in people and share with others the hope and freedom only Christ can provide.
Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
The Comparison Trap—Haley Harcrow
Class Info: When you look around do you feel like other girls are prettier, smarter, or more popular than you? Do you ever say to yourself, “WHY HER? WHY NOT ME?” These are questions most of girls ask at some point in our lives. If we constantly compare and focus on others we will be left feeling disappointed, heartbroken, empty, and broken. But…we will find freedom if we focus on God and TRUST that He created us exactly the way he wants us to be!
About Me: Hey Gals! My name is Haley. I was born in Gadsden. My family moved to Georgia when I was an infant. When I graduated high school my family and I returned to Alabama. I live on a farm in Hokes Bluff with my husband Brandon and our two children, Case and Lainey Kate. We are members at First Baptist Church Hokes Bluff. I know how difficult it is to be a teenage girl. It can be easy to fall in to the comparison trap when you look at other girls and question what they have that you do not. I cannot wait to study with you how God never intended for us to compare!