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What We Want for Your Student

a relationship with God that leads to a transformed life

Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 (NLT)

The staff and volunteers of Brookwood Student Ministries help equip parents as the primary spiritual influence for students. By providing education in learning how to have a growing relationship with Jesus and developing this relationship at an early age, students are better prepared to handle challenging situations and make good life choices. We encourage students and parents to serve in many areas such as: Sunday production, Children’s Ministry, Worship, orchestrating games and leading Small Groups. The Student Ministry environment allows and encourages students to form healthy relationships with peers during Student Sunday Services, Small Groups, camps and events during the year.

Small Groups (learn more)

As a parent, do you want help leading your student to have an authentic faith in Jesus? Would you like a fun, safe place for your child to hang out with other students as they grow closer to Jesus? Visit /studentgroups to learn more and get connected.



Baptism (learn more)

We know students often have questions about baptism.

Why should I be baptized?  •  I've already been baptized, do I have to do it again?  •  Does it matter if you are sprinkled or dunked? 

Answers to these commonly asked questions are found in the Bible. We believe it clearly teaches us that baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment to Christ. Baptism allows a Christ-follower to communicate to the world their heart-felt commitment to Christ.

Visit brookwoodchurch.org/baptism for more information and how to register for a prerequisite class.



Adult Volunteer Opportunities (learn more)

Student Ministry parents, join us! We have a place for you on our team! Godly servants like you can help our students grow in faith and learn to make good decisions centered around Christ. Click here and choose Students from the category list to get the process started.



Leader Info (learn more)
Thank you for serving in Student Ministries. Below are ways we can help keep our students safe:

Responding to Child Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional)
(learn more)

A. Responding to a Child – Stay calm

  1. Listen attentively while the child is talking to you. Active listening is best.
  2. Ask if the child has disclosed to anyone else. If so, who and when.
  3. Do not probe for specific details. Only gather the following information, using open ended questions: who, what, where, when. Do not attempt to investigate or excessively question the child.
  4. Do not remove clothing to examine child’s body.
  5. Do not overreact, or indicate doubt or disbelief.
  6. Tell the child what you will do (i.e. contact authorities for assistance).
  7. Do not give the child false assurances or promises that you will keep the information confidential.
  8. Do not stop the child from talking or leave the child to locate another adult to bring in on the disclosure.

B. Documentation

  1. Document your concerns, including physical and behavioral signs.
  2. Document the child’s statements to you. Try to use the child’s exact words.
  3. Document the child’s demeanor while talking with you. Note any signs of fear or distress.
  4. If you make the report orally, record the date, time and person and agency you contacted.
  5. Be aware that your records concerning the report may be subject to subpoena.

C. Making the Report

  1. Make the report as soon as possible after receiving the information which causes you to suspect abuse.
  2. Try to determine jurisdiction where abuse/incident occurred. The report must be made to jurisdiction where abuse/incident occurred. If jurisdiction of abuse/incident is unclear, call 911 and let law enforcement determine jurisdiction.
  3. Call 911 (for the appropriate jurisdiction). Law enforcement will contact DSS should EPC (emergency protective custody) be warranted.
  4. If abuse/incident occurred out of state, call 911. Local law enforcement will do an “agency assist” and take initial report and will refer to out of state jurisdiction.
  5. If disclosure refers to past occurrences, the same procedures (as listed above) are followed.
  6. Once law enforcement has been contacted and is in route, the Pastor over the ministry, then contact the parents.
  7. The key is for law enforcement to have first access to the child. Do not let the minor leave with the caregiver until law enforcement has arrived to assess the situation
  8. Ensure a ministry leader/pastor is on hand to meet with parents.
  9. In addition to making the report, be sure to inform your Ministry Leader/Supervisor who will then inform the pastor over that ministry and Human Resources.
  10. Have the following information available: child’s name, age, date of birth, address and present location.

D. Follow Up

  1. Your continued help may be necessary.
  2. Be willing to meet with multidisciplinary teams and/or testify in court if requested.

E. Confidentiality

  • Ensure the information disclosed to you is kept confidential and only shared with those listed here.


Responding to Suicide/Self Harm Disclosure (learn more)

A. Responding to a Child – Stay calm

  1. Listen attentively while the child is talking to you.
  2. Ask if the child has disclosed to anyone else. If so, who and when.
  3. For suicidal threats, try to ascertain if minor has a plan for self injury/suicide and if they have lethal
    means to complete plan (on their person or elsewhere).
  4. Do not overreact, or indicate doubt or disbelief.
  5. Tell the child what you will do (i.e. contact authorities for assistance).
  6. Do not give the child false assurances or promises that you will keep the information confidential.
  7. Do not stop the child from talking or leave the child to locate another adult to bring in on the disclosure.

B. Documentation

  1. Document your concerns, including physical and behavioral signs.
  2. Document the child’s statements to you. Try to use the child’s exact words.
  3. Document the child’s demeanor while talking with you. Note any signs of fear or distress.
  4. If you make the report orally, record the date, time and person and agency you contacted.
  5. Be aware that your records concerning the report may be subject to subpoena.

C. Making the Report

  1. Make the report as soon as possible after receiving the information which causes you to suspect self
    harm/suicide. No student with risk of suicide/self harm may be sent home.
  2. Call local 911 immediately.
  3. Once law enforcement has been contacted and is in route, contact the Pastor over the ministry, then
    contact the parents.
  4. The key is for law enforcement to have first access to the child. Do not let the minor leave with the
    caregiver until law enforcement has arrived to assess the situation.
  5. Ensure a Ministry Leader/Pastor is on hand to meet with parents.
  6. In addition to making the report to law enforcement, be sure to inform your Ministry Leader/Supervisor
    who will then inform the Pastor over that ministry and Human Resources.
  7. Have the following information available: child’s name, age, date of birth, address and present location.

D. Follow Up

  1. Your continued help may be necessary.
  2. Be willing to meet with multidisciplinary teams and/or testify in court if requested.

E. Confidentiality

  • Ensure that the information disclosed to you is kept confidential and only shared with those listed in
    this document.

Get Involved in a Student Event!

DateEvent/LocationWhoCostRegister By
Apr
23
Sunday
• October 2-May 29, 2017.
• Meeting dates and times TBD.
Where: Brookwood
Students (Grades 5-6) April 30, 2017
Register Now
Apr
23
Sunday
• October 2-May 29, 2017.
• Meeting dates and times TBD.
Where: Brookwood
Students (Grades 7-8) April 30, 2017
Register Now
May
13
Saturday
• Saturday, May 13.
• Sunset Park: 204 Fowler Circle, Mauldin.
Where: Off-Site
Students (Grades 7-8) May 12, 2017
Available spots: 118
Register Now
May
28
Sunday
• Sundays, August 2016-May 2017.
• Serve during Switch services at 9 or 11 am.
Where: Brookwood
Students (Grades 5-6) May 28, 2017
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May
28
Sunday
• Sundays, August 2016-May 2017.
• Serve during Axis services at 9 or 11 am.
Where: Brookwood
Students (Grades 7-8) May 28, 2017
Register Now
May
28
Sunday
• Sundays, August 2016-May 2017.
• Serve during Crave services at 6 pm.
Where: Brookwood
Students (Grades 9-12) May 28, 2017
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Jul
10
Monday
• Monday-Friday, July 10-14.
• Wilderness at the Smokies, Sevierville TN.
• $415 per student.
Where: Off-Site
Students (Grades 9-12)$50.00May 22, 2017
Available spots: 3
Register Now
Jul
20
Thursday
• Thursday-Sunday, July 20-23.
• Awanita Valley Camp, Marietta SC.
• $257 per student.
Where: Off-Site
Students (Grades 5-6)$50.00June 25, 2017
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Jul
25
Tuesday
• Tuesday-Saturday, July 25-29.
• Crowders Ridge, Gastonia NC.
• $299 per student.
Where: Off-Site
Students (Grades 7-8)$50.00April 24, 2017
Register Now
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