Community Youth: Ladies Loving the Lord and Boys, Basketball, and Bible

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Gabby Bingaman, Seth Barnes

Sheila Moore does TikTok dance, Renegade, with the students that attended LLL. While Coach Micah Sheppard interacts with the boys who attended the event. These groups meet on the third Sunday of every month.

On the third Sunday of each month, the First Christian Church of Blue Mound (FCCBM) puts on a community youth night. The youth of the FCCBM join with other area youth split into the girls and the boys so they can focus on issues unique to their gender.

Youth Pastor, Colten Day, and youth sponsor, Sheila Moore, teamed up to create and run BBB (Boys Basketball and Bible) and LLL (Ladies Loving the Lord).

“I thought the girls might like a chance to speak about girl issues without guys around. A time where we could speak about the issues they face in their daily lives, find community with one another, and have these same ladies to lean on when they face issues at school,” Moore said.

Day runs BBB at the Pleasant View Community Center in Blue Mound, and Moore and volunteer, Christy Wherley, often lead the group together either at FCCBM or Moore’s home.

“I have tended to stick with trying to find local people [speakers], that our boys know and look up to. Allowing the boys to see the faith side of these role models, that they cannot always see in a school setting,” Day said.

High school football coach and athletic physical education teacher, Micah Sheppard, a follower of Christ, spoke at this month’s BBB and did a devotion with the boys.

“As influential athletes in the school, they need to learn to show others the good in their hearts and not be ashamed of doing the right thing due to peer pressure or being afraid of what ‘friends’ might think,” Sheppard said.

While the boys focused “on people in the world viewing our outside appearance but that God sees our heart,” the ladies focused on awareness of sin in everyday life like gossiping, lying, being ungrateful to God, dishonoring parents, and negativity, and how to cut these sins out of their life.

“We talked about ways to overcome sin that they struggle with, naming something specific they could do for each sin. Finally, we put each of their struggles/ways to overcome to motion… So, we used all their ideas to make our own version of Renegade,” Moore said.

Many of these students feel comfortable within these groups because they know the faces of not only the other students who attend but also the speakers and group leaders, knowing them from the high school/middle school.

“I felt the need to speak to the boys because I think it’s important for our youth to see leaders in the school and community share how strong they are in their faith,” Sheppard said. “And how having a relationship with Christ has an influence on how they live their lives.”

If you would like to know more about the community events and/or location you can talk to Riley Day (BBB) or Gabby Bingaman (LLL).