Family Ministry Focus: Tribe

Posted October 30, 2018 by Carey Cannon in Family Ministry

Navigating the transition into Middle School can be strenuous at best. The emotional and relational challenges coupled with an increase in academic demands are as heavy as the book-bags our sixth graders carry. On October 5 and 6, Janet and I loaded the car with Caroline to spend 24 hours at Camp Cho-yeh. There, we joined other families as we marked a significant life milestone—adolescence. We…

Family Ministry Focus: Youth

Posted October 28, 2018 by Brandyn Adney in Family Ministry

The word that characterizes the Youth Ministry at South Main is Mobilize. The students grow in their faith and proactively seek to follow Jesus in genuine discipleship as they prepare to make the transition into young adulthood. Each student is nurtured in their faith within the context of intentional relationships in a large group community, a smaller family group gathering, and on an…

A Look Ahead to the Class of 2029

Posted October 15, 2018 by Dolores Rader in Family Ministry

I invite you to look ahead with me to a Sunday morning on May 20th in the year 2029. It's 11:20 and the eleventh toll has just quieted the room to a hush. After a welcome, rousing hymn, and morning prayer, 28 seniors rise and come to the platform... We look over the group of young adults and think back to a similar Sunday in September of 2018, when these kids were just second graders and so…

Sabbatical Reflections by Susan Moore

Posted October 10, 2018 by SMBC in Discipleship

Minister of Administration for Communications is my title at South Main Baptist Church. I, along with my Communications Team, facilitate timely, accurate communication being provided and heard. On a good day, my job supports all other ministries. In addition to my title, my calling to the ministry is all about making connections....connections between congregants and staff, between…

Sodzo Update: Family Strengthening In Kenya

Posted September 28, 2018 by SMBC in Missions

Our recent Kenya adventures led us to the villages of Linjoka, Tiira, and Gekka to hear first hand the stories of success with the family strengthening programs that have begun in these rural villages. The value of the family strengthening program is that it is a prevention method to help keep boys from going to the streets. We learned about the value of table lending, otherwise known as an…

Sodzo Update: Seeing Promise in Kenya

Posted September 11, 2018 by SMBC in Missions

What a difference a year makes in the lives of the Children of Promise at the Watoto Wa Ahadi Rescue Center. The first group of boys have been successfully integrated back into their families, and a new set of boys are now having their lives changed for the best. We visited the farm last month, and saw firsthand how the Rescue Center is positively changing their lives. Each boy is part of a…

Hello, Dolly! Reflections

Posted August 25, 2018 by Carey Cannon in Music, Discipleship

Before I gave the conductor's score one last glance, I turned around to catch a glimpse of who had shown for that evening's performance—and I saw something. I saw two couples sitting next to each other, the Mooneys, longtime members of South Main who now live out of town and the Perrys, who have joined South Main in recent years. They shook hands and began chatting it up. Two couples who didn'…

Alleluia for the Acts

Posted July 19, 2018 by Andrea Hoxie in Worship, Music

Thank you, Andrea Hoxie for the gift of this song to our congregation!

My 527 Tribe Shaw Mission Trip Experience

Posted July 11, 2018 by Kate Arenas in Family Ministry, Missions

I never thought my parents would let me go to Mississippi by myself. But they did and I'm glad they let me go! I learned a lot from the work and people I met in Shaw. When I first got on the bus, I wasn't too excited. I knew it would be a long drive. It turned out to be very fun! When we reached Mississippi, we stopped for dinner in Vicksburg. The food was good, and we were welcomed. Then…

5 Years

Posted June 20, 2018 by Carey Cannon in Worship, Music

In many ministry circles that's an average stint. At South Main, however, it's only a drop in the bucket, as both of my predecessors Thomas Coker and Thad Roberts combined served almost 60 years. What this 5-year recognition offers is a moment to think back to what we've experienced together. We saw the building and installation of a new organ and renovation of a gorgeous Sanctuary building. We…

South Main Summer 2018 Reading List

Posted June 5, 2018 by SMBC in Discipleship, Pastor

Are you looking for some enriching reading for the summer? South Main's Discipleship Committee has polled our ministers and some fellow congregants to collect this terrific list of books for the upcoming vacation season. You'll find all sorts of picks from the spiritually edifying and deeply educational to the pleasantly amusing and simply entertaining. We hope you'll grab a few of these…

A Tribute to South Main from Steve Scott

Posted May 30, 2018 by SMBC in All Articles

I first walked through the doors at South Main 29 years ago this fall. 18 years old, just a few weeks into my freshman year at Rice, I walked up to the third floor of the Loessner building, where the church offices are now - then education space: painted concrete block walls, tile floors - and into Toni Richerson's Sunday freshman-sophomore Sunday School class.

Sodzo Update: The Horizon is Lifting in Kenya

Posted April 27, 2018 by SMBC in Missions

In April of 2016 thirty-four boys, ages 7-13, who had been orphaned and living on the streets of Kenya moved to the rescue center established by one of South Main Baptist Church's missions partner Sodzo International. The rescue center is called Watoto wa Ahadi Rescue Center which translates to The Children of Promise Rescue Center. While we don't always know what the future will hold we do…

Family Ministry Spotlight: Youth

Posted April 26, 2018 by Nathan Benesh in Family Ministry

We are grateful for the faithfulness and openness of Family Group Leaders, amazing small group leaders who teach, listen, mentor, and love on our 8th-12th graders in the Youth Center every Sunday. In this installment of our "Meet The Family Ministry Volunteer Team" series, Nathan Benesh shares what makes being a Family Group leader so special.

Family Ministry Spotlight: The 527 Tribe

Posted April 25, 2018 by Cindy Hippel in Family Ministry

The Sunday School teachers for the boys and girls of The 527 Tribe are intentional about figuring out exactly what our 5th-7th graders need intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually during this time in their lives. In this installment of our "Meet The Family Ministry Volunteer Team" series, Cindy Hippel shares why she feels so privileged to teach our Tribe girls Sunday School class.

Family Ministry Spotlight: MainKids

Posted April 24, 2018 by Ginger and Jerry Hamilton in Family Ministry

First through fourth graders have an intense need to engage in the church and the word of God. Our wonderful MainKids Sunday school small group teachers do that not just on Sundays, but also on the other days of the week attending the children's various activities and events. These teachers work throughout the week to strive to help our children build a lasting and authentic faith in Christ.…

SMBC is WILD about Families!

Posted April 22, 2018 by Heather Ballard in Family Ministry

South Main planned a retreat to The WILD at Carolina Creek, a resort located on the Trinity River not too far from Huntsville, Texas. This was a beautiful place for our families and kids to gather. Each cabin is themed with the huge 20 foot face of an animal on front and Noah's Ark gym in the middle of it all. We stayed in the Bear cabin. The cabin was complete with bunk beds—the kids…

Lenten Devotional: March 30

Posted March 30, 2018 by Linda Gardner in Lent

I still remember the first time I entered the South Main sanctuary on a Sunday morning about 35 years ago. I was in awe of the beauty and grandeur, and the worship experience touched me. This was followed by warm interactions with ministers and others, and Spencer and I soon felt right at home in this special place.

Lenten Devotional: March 29

Posted March 29, 2018 by Robert Jeffries in Lent

Finding God in the chaos of life often feels daunting and out of reach. Some days I feel God close to me, but more often I have to seek out the connection I desire. Over the years I have found that leaving myself subtle reminders of God's grace and love help me find God where I am. Whether it's the weekly Bible verse on my desk at work, or the words of God's love on my morning coffee mug,…

Lenten Devotional: March 28

Posted March 28, 2018 by Margie Ehlers in Lent

When I looked up the word "find" in the dictionary, I discovered that this word has six definitions. Of the listed meanings, the one I mostly associate with "find" is to locate or recover something that has been lost or misplaced. Honestly, I don't have the greatest fondness for searching for things: the shoe that has been shoved under the bed when we need to be walking out of the door, the…