On Monday, March 23rd, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam closed K-12 schools for the remainder of the school in an effort to curb COVID-19 diagnoses. At EDGE Clubs, we fully support every measure taken to ensure the virus does not continue to spread; we are also deeply saddened at the consequences that come from canceling school.
Seniors won’t get to walk at graduation. Won’t get that fairy tale prom.
Freshmen won’t get to complete their first year of high school.
Students’ grades suddenly go awry and higher education quests are uncertain.
Athletes who devotedly trained no longer have competitions.
Extracurricular activities that were an outlet for so many students are taken away.
Valued relationships between students and teachers, and other mentors are cut off.
Obviously, EDGE Clubs will no longer meet as after-school clubs for the foreseeable future. On-campus ministry will, for now, move to online ministry. Our EDGE Clubs are not over, but they will look different.
We want to ensure we’re doing everything we can to optimize your donation during this time. Over the next several weeks, we want to seize this moment to share the gospel as much as we can to people facing so many different challenges. You can expect to see:
- Increased virtual EDGE trainings for student leaders and coaches;
- Weekly encouragement to students from our Executive Director, staff, and Board Members;
- Individual virtual meetings with youth pastors and youth leaders throughout Nova;
- Move on-campus clubs to virtual clubs;
- Call/zoom with donors, pastors, parents, and others interested in EDGE!
As students are suddenly left with more free-time, we want to be there for them as much as we can. For the students who want to be anywhere but home, we want them to hear that Jesus loves them and wants them to become a part of His family. For the students who lived for that championship, we want them to know that they don’t have to win every race to earn God’s love. For the students whose identities were found in the approval of her peers, we want them to know that God created them, loves them, and treasured them enough to die on a cross for them. For the students who sacrificed relationships, friendships and community to get the best grades, we want them to know that God sacrificed His only Son for them to be in a relationship with Him.
We don’t know what God is doing, but we want to press into this moment in time and meet people where they are: online. God has removed some of the false gods from teenagers right now, and we believe they’re more poised to hear the gospel from a friend now than ever before.
Thank you for continuing to support EDGE Clubs in this season. We want you to know that your money is still being used to accomplish our mission: to connect students to Jesus and the local church. We will continue to keep you updated on how we’re accomplishing this, and thank you for joining us in this unique season of sharing the gospel.