‘Edge’ looks to fill church void for young adults

September 18, 2013 

Every month, college age students have an opportunity to worship and fellowship together at The Edge, a service held for the 18-25 age group.

Coordinated by Scott Kerlin and Jeff Glenn, associate pastor for youth at Shirley Hills Baptist Church, The Edge is a worship service designed to meet the needs of young people regardless of church affiliation. It meets on the first Sunday night of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Shirley Hills Baptist Church.

The evening starts off with food and fun and then transitions into worship time starting with a band leading the group in praise music. The Edge has a guest speaker every month, and average attendance is about 50.

The Edge is starting its third year. Glenn said it was started as more and more college kids didn’t go off to school.

“We began to notice the trend of these young adults staying in Warner Robins and going to local colleges. But there was nothing for them. It became a real burden for me,” Glenn said.

The Edge is not just for college students -- but for any young adult.

“We really have a hodgepodge that attend,” Glenn said. “College students, military, ones that have a job.”

Most churches have an active youth department with plenty of activities for teenagers, but there is a gap in activities for the 18-25 age group.

“We surveyed a lot of churches and found the same thing. There is a need, and we are just trying to meet that need.”

Shirley Hills Baptist hosts The Edge, but it is not just a Shirley Hills endeavor.

“It is open to anybody. We have a lot of different people outside of Shirley Hills, different speakers, different bands.”

Along with encouraging young adults in their relationship with Jesus Christ, Glenn said that the Edge helps to encourage them in other ways.

“We tell them about opportunities to serve and encourage them to consider singing in the choir, working in the nursery, here or at their own church. We want them to get to the point where they are giving back.”

Students are told about other areas of fellowship with Christians, like the Baptist Campus Ministry at Middle Georgia State College and small group studies where they can meet with other believers. At last month’s Edge, a presentation was made about summer staff positions at the Winshape camps.

For more information about The Edge, call Jeff Glenn at Shirley Hills Baptist Church, 478-923-5571.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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