Middle School FL Electives

RYM Middle School Florida Electives


Double Vision: When Worldviews Collide 

You have won a prize. The prize has two options, and you can choose either (but not both). The first option is a year in Europe with a monthly stipend of $2,000. The second option is thirty minutes on the moon. Which option do you select? Why? There’s no wrong answer here, just an opportunity to see how you (and your friends) view the world. How you answer this question– and many others –depends on your worldview. What do you value? What is important to you? In this elective we’ll try to figure out how God views the world and how He wants us to view it as well.

Please read the descriptions below and let us know which electives you are interested in. You will be able to attend three of these electives.

The Power of Story - Joe Deegan

People say you are what you eat, and we consume stories all day long. Movies, music, shows, sports, books, gossip, social media, even our own personal dialogue inside our heads—these are the stories we munch on day in and day out. The question is, what are they doing to our souls? Are they molding us more and more into the image of God, or are they driving us further away from the light of his presence? This week we’re going to consider the power of storytelling and how we can use wisdom to seek out the stories that our Creator wants us to hear.


How to Grow Your Faith - Chandler Machemehl

Have you ever wondered, "How can I grow my faith?" In this elective, we will talk about the gifts God has given us to know his love and grace more deeply - things like prayer, worship, the bible, and the body of Christ. These are called 'the means of grace', and we all need them!  This class will help us all better understand what these gifts are and how God uses them to grow our faith. 


Why Can't We Be Friends? - Cathy Clark

Making friends can be weird and awkward. But we were made for relationships. We were made to love one another, and to be loved. So how exactly do we do that? How do we form meaningful friendships? Let’s chat about the Bible’s answers to these questions! 


Washed Away: Exploring the Difficulty, Beauty, and Necessity of Real Forgiveness - Matthew Icard

This just in — relationships are hard. Just think about it: we’ve all been hurt by people, even the people we love and trust the most! We’re forgotten, used, betrayed, lied about, or even worse. We also hurt the people around us. We struggle with anger, jealousy, gossip, lust, and more. So what do we do with all of the hurt? How should we deal with the difficult and confusing people in our lives? How can we move toward others at home, at school, and at church when we’re all so broken? In this elective, we’re going to be honest about the realities of living life alongside other people in a messy, fallen world. We’re going to discuss confession, repentance, and humility. We’re going to talk a lot about us and a lot more about Jesus. We’re going to look at the difficulty, beauty, and necessity of real forgiveness.


How does the Old Testament Help Us Understand Who We Are Today? - Tyler Kenyon

Life is hard! Being faithful is hard! Being who God has called us to be is hard! And the truth is, it has been hard since our exile out of the garden. Yet, the Bible teaches us that we have hope for today and the future because of what God has promised us in Jesus. In this study, we will look at how the book of Ezra helps us understand who we are as God's new people built upon Jesus. When God brought his people back from exile, they faced adversity and hardship from the people in the land and from within their own hearts as they were to rebuild the temple. Their only hope to fulfill their calling was in God and his promises for them. Doesn't that sound familiar? God was faithful to the people in Ezra. God has also called us out of our exile from sin and is building a new temple founded upon Jesus himself! Find out how we have the same hope as the people had in Ezra.


When "Never Enough" is the Never Ending Battle: The Battle of Shame and the Power of Vulnerability Found in the Gospel - Adam Coppock

Do you ever just feel like no matter what you do you don't feel like you measure up? You constantly feel like you feel like you are not good enough, not strong enough, not pretty enough, not holy enough, not _____ enough. Ever since the Garden of Eden, the presence of sin means we also battle with shame, the feeling that we aren't enough or that we are defined by our weaknesses and failures. Shame affects EVERYONE but perhaps at different times in different ways. But the common struggle is that we tend to live our lives by a shame story in our heads that is counter to the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We will look at the power of the Cross and how Christ Himself came to address your shame. Practically we will also look at the power of vulnerability, how something that sounds like a weakness actually becomes a weapon of strength in our battle against shame.


Please fill out the following interest form for three electives!