Payton Wurtz | guest writer
Our generation of high school students faces so many challenges, from mental health issues to struggles with interpersonal relationships.
Giving students an opportunity to strengthen their relationship with God is one way that we can seek to help students address those issues.
I joined two other students, Baylie Tharman and Ally Garst, to found a new student club, “Rooted in Christ,” with hopes that girls at Wabaunsee High School, who want to grow in their relationship with God, will join us in trying to make the school a more positive place.
We feel like our school systems desperately need God, and this is one way to bring Him back into the picture. This is also a way for girls to experience God in a practical way outside of a church setting, and hopefully share Him with others at school.
The school does have a faith-based student group already, Fellowship of Christian Athletes. While we appreciate the feeling of fellowship and the diversity of FCA’s membership at WHS, our goal for Rooted in Christ is to dive deeper into God’s word and to make a lifelong impact on the membership.
Ten girls joined our first meeting to talk about some goals and get ideas for fundraisers. It was rewarding to see a strong initial interest in the club, and we hope that grows as more people learn about us.
Our goals include sponsoring the Bibles used at Camp L.I.T. (Living in Truth), a small summer camp for foster teens, go on hikes as a group, do Bible studies, put positive messages up around the school and grow closer in our relationships with God and each other. If you’re interested in getting involved or have any questions, you can contact Payton Wurtz, Baylie Tharman, and Ally Garst! You can also follow us on Instagram @whs.rootedinchrist.
We’re inspired by a verse, Matthew 5:13-16: “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
Our hope is to be the salt and light at WHS, and we hope others will join our mission.