What does it mean to be a somebody?

 
 

During your childhood or adolescence, can you recall somebody who supported you as you grew in your faith? Somebody who was always there for you and cared about what was happening in your life? For those who grow up in the Church, somebody like that often plays a tremendous role in their walk with Christ.

We believe every child and teen needs somebody who knows their name and what’s happening in their life. Somebody who shows up predictably and consistently over time. Somebody who says and does the same things that a loving parent would. When we choose to be a somebody, we create an environment in which children and teenagers feel safe and significant, allowing them to flourish in their faith. When this happens nothing can compete.

Across C4 Church we have hundreds of children and teenagers who need a somebody. Working together, we have the opportunity to ensure every child and teen in our congregation has a somebody.  Will you consider volunteering with C4 Kids or C4 Youth? Will you be a Somebody?

“We dream of a culture in which every child has somebody, other than their parents, they can talk to about the important stuff. Like school. And girls. And parents. And the future. And God. And faith. And their problems.”
— Carey Nieuwhof
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What does it mean to be a somebody to a preschooler?

 
 

3 months - 3 year olds

  • Preschoolers need somebody who will make them feel safe, establish trust, develop their confidence, and cultivate their self control.

  • They need somebody who will help them discover God by blending reality with imagination and engaging their senses.

  • When a preschooler has a somebody, they will know God’s love and meet God’s family!

  • Today, we have 190 preschoolers who call C4 Church home and this number continues to grow. In fact, our preschoolers’ average attendance has increased by 20% in the last year.

  • God has given us a tremendous opportunity to minister to preschoolers and their families but this cannot be accomplished without you! Will you consider joining the C4 Kids Team? Will you be a somebody?

“Kids at every phase need somebody who will show up predictably and consistently, over time.”
— Kristen Ivy
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What does it mean to be a somebody to a child?

 
 

4 - 10 year olds

  • Children need somebody who will have fun with them, give them attention, encourage them, and help them make friends.

  • They need somebody who will help them rediscover God by sharing how things work with concrete evidence.

  • When a child has a somebody, they will grow to trust God’s character and experience God’s family.

  • Currently, there are 355 children who consider C4 their home church and this number continues to rise.

  • In fact, our average attendance for children has increased by 20% since last year!

  • We have been blessed with a great opportunity to disciple many children across our region and we do not want take it for granted. Will you consider joining the C4 Kids Team? Will you be a somebody?

“Every child needs somebody saying the same thing a loving parent would say.”
— Carey Nieuwhof
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What does it mean to be a somebody to a preteen?

 
 

11 - 14 year olds

  • Preteens need somebody who will accept them, assist them in gaining stability, and encourages them to discover their uniqueness.

  • They need somebody who will help them construct new thoughts about God through trial and error.

  • When a preteen has a somebody, they will own their faith and value a faith community.

  • At this moment, there are 175 preteens who regularly attend C4 Church and it only continues to increase.

  • In fact, there are an average of 15% more preteens attending our programming than last year.

  • As a church, we have an incredible opportunity to come alongside with what God has been stirring up with this age group but we need more somebodies. Will you consider joining the C4 Jr. Youth Team? Will you be a somebody?

“Everybody needs somebody who knows their name, and what’s happening in their life”
— Reggie Joiner
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What does it mean to be a somebody to a teenager?

 
 

15 - 18 year olds

  • Teenagers need somebody who gives them freedom, provides them with a sense of belonging, and assists them in refining their skills.

  • They need somebody who will help them discover God’s meaning for their lives and give them an opportunity to process out loud.

  • When a teenager has a somebody, they will keep pursuing authentic faith and discover their personal mission.

  • Right now, there are 80 teenagers who regularly attend our programming and it continues to grow exponentially.

  • In fact, there are 54% more teens attending this year than the previous.

  • God has been doing a great work amongst this group and we want to continue to foster it for many years to come. However, we cannot do that without more somebodies. Will you consider joining the C4 Sr. Youth Team? Will you be a somebody?

“If every child and teen ends up with a somebody, we might indeed be raising a wider, more secure, more grounded, more Christ-centered, more joyful generation than we’ve seen in a long time.”
— Carey Nieuwhof
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