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FUSION STUDENT MINISTRY

HISTORY
The Livonia Church of Christ has a rich history of student ministry, with formal staff and structures in place to support this activity for more than 30 years. The current work of FUSION builds upon a rich legacy of student ministry leaders established in conjunction with a myriad of involved families and church leaders. Our current youth minister is Dave Blanchard, serving the Livonia church since 2008.

WHY FUSION? Ours is a student ministry, not a youth group, as we value ministry to and through students over recreation and activity for its own sake. Likewise, we call our ministry FUSION with great intentionality. When two distinct metals are heated and melted together, the distinct qualities of each metal combine into one new, recognizable quantity. This process of merging two into one is called FUSION. In our student ministry, the goal is to see students become one with Christ, enabling their own distinctive qualities to meld with the character and commission our Lord and Savior. Toward this end, we challenge our students to be the hands, feet and mouthpiece of Jesus to the world in which they live.
 
FUSION SUPPORTS A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES to promote spiritual growth and Christ like service among our students. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts.
BIBLE STUDY ... Every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM. Typically, these studies are textual in nature, working through portions of scripture on a chapter-by-chapter basis. Occasionally, we will conduct a topical study, always using the Bible as our guide.

"SANCTUARY" ... Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM during the school year. This mid-week gathering is designed to provide a time of worship, reflection, and peaceful serenity for our students. Often, we sing for the hour, other times we pray, share, confess, or simply practice silence as we refocus hearts and minds for the rest of the week.

SUMMER SERVICE TRIP ... Every summer FUSION assembles a team to participate in some form of off-site domestic service. Recent efforts include community outreach in Escanaba, MI, grounds improvement at The Shults-Lewis Children’s Home in Valparaiso, IN and tornado cleanup in Joplin, MO. Both location and nature of service are fluid, allowing flexibility for needs-based service as well as opportunity for a diversity of experience.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ... This opportunity is open to students in high school, selected through a formal application process. SLC members meet bi-weekly throughout the year to explore leadership principles and coordinate ongoing activities within our ministry.

MASTERPIECE THEATER ... Monthly, typically during the school year. This activity provides students opportunity to broaden relationships with families in our congregation. Typically, a family will open their home to host a silly movie, providing food and refreshment.

WORK AND SERVICE DAYS ... These efforts occur sporadically throughout the year, often during summer months and over school breaks. In the past few years, FUSION has volunteered at urban soup kitchens, neighborhood food distributers and community clothing agencies. Internally, FUSION continues to canvass neighborhoods to promote all-church outreach functions, and in recent summers, FUSION has completely remodeled three rooms in our education wing.

RETREATS ... FUSION participates in three off-site, overnight retreats each year: Illuminate at the Rochester Church of Christ, Revive at Michigan Christian Youth Camp, and Winterfest in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Each of these retreats provides times of worship and inspiration, in addition to a special time of relationship-building for our FUSION students.

SEASONAL EVENTS ... Three events, in particular. Each October, students construct and operate a kid-friendly spooky maze as part of our annual church-wide Trunk of Treat outreach. In November, FUSION students help sort and distribute food boxes to the local community as part of our local benevolence efforts. Additionally, every December FUSION enjoys a holiday progressive dinner in the homes of our members. During this activity, students collect money and purchase gifts for families in need.

MILESTONES ... Every fall FUSION celebrates our incoming 7th grade class with a formal Bible presentation. At this time, parents are given resources, and the church family issued a charge to support these incoming family units. In the spring, we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating seniors with a church-wide, formal graduation fellowship program. In addition to the entries and exits from our ministry program, we regularly celebrate baptisms, as students make their personal commitments to Christ.


For more information about FUSION Student Ministry, please contact Dave Blanchard by e-mail: dave@livoniachurch.net or phone: 734-427-8743