One feature The Pine Needle is looking to share with readers answers the question, “What is there for students to do in Rapid City?” Emily Burk kicks off the feature with a look at “Radiate” at Bible Fellowship Church.
by: Emily Burk
Painted on one of the colorful walls, “Don’t just go against the flow, work to turn the tide” is one of the first things that catches the eye when walking into the youth room at Bible Fellowship Church. The aroma of candy and pizza sweeps by and draws attention to the Snack Shack at the back of the room. Then the sound of laughter peppered by music fills the room. In the far corner there is a group of people battling it out on rock band. As beaming faces graciously approach and welcome the new body in the crowd to Radiate, the Sunday night youth group begins.
Sunday nights consist of worship, games, and a Bible devotional. In September the theme was based on the movie, To Save A Life. Pastor Kyle, the youth director, informed and helped the youth to become a light for God in our high schools and to deal with the daily peer pressure in teens’ lives.
Another prospect that comes with joining Radiate is the option to join Clusters. Clusters are small groups, divided into male and female, which meet either on Tuesday or Wednesday nights from six p.m. to eight p.m. There are six or seven teens in a group. Clusters are very beneficial because the teens become very close to each other within their groups, have a place of repentance and acceptance, and will forever have secure relations.
Throughout the year there are also activities outside of Sunday nights such as high school lock-ins where the teens stay up all night at the church and play games, watch movies, and hang out. The youth will also have the opportunity to go on mission trips, go to the Central District Youth Conference, as well as the National Youth Conference.
Joining Radiate or any youth group in Rapid City is a great and positive way for teenagers to spend a couple hours of their time every week.