Posted in Community Life | By Shades Staff | Posted on Mon Feb 16, 2015
Before working at the Christian Life Center at Shades, I would have probably told you that I didn't like working with kids. I now have almost 4 years of experience working with kids and I haven't regretted a single moment. I know that this is where God wanted me to be, which is extremely evident when I think back to how I got the job that first summer in 2011. I had seen the announcement to apply for Kids Kamp in the church bulletin, but I was hoping to get a summer job back home and didn't think twice about applying for camp. The deadline passed, but I eventually got a call from the Camp Coordinator who offered me the job because someone had referred me to her. I didn't think much of it then, but now I can see that God had a plan for me to work with the kids at the CLC because I didn't even apply and I got the job. I thank God for His divine sovereignty in that situation.
Posted in Uncategorized | By Shades Staff | Posted on Thu Feb 12, 2015
Posted in Missions | By Shades Staff | Posted on Wed Feb 11, 2015
Posted in Missions | By Mark Jenkins | Posted on Wed Feb 11, 2015
Our lives changed in January 2010 when we met a group of men living around a fire barrel under I-65. We began to spend time with them, eat with them, and learn about their stories. Genuine friendships were developed and we began walking with several of them through the long and messy process of rebuilding their lives.
Posted in Missions | By Jay Watson | Posted on Wed Feb 11, 2015
Nolensville, TN is a small town still close to everything. Growth closed in upon it and it has had no choice but to respond. Hundreds of people move into this small town for their children to go to be a part of a great school system. They want to play sports, shop, and be in community where they live. When new families move to Nashville for work or other opportunities, Nolensville is one of their top choices around the big city.
Posted in Uncategorized | By Shades Staff | Posted on Thu Feb 5, 2015
Posted in Caring | By Shades Staff | Posted on Fri Jan 23, 2015
Posted in Children, Adults | By Stephanie Hartsell | Posted on Fri Jan 23, 2015
We cannot always control what happens to us in our lives, especially when we are children. Unfortunately sometimes the things that happen to us as children wind up defining the rest of our lives. Sometimes people give up and give in to the lie that because of the things that happened or were done to us, we can never be whole.
We say, "I'm like this because of ______.
I can't change because of ______ that happened to me."
You fill in the blanks.
For most of my teens and early 20's I believed this lie. Satan wanted me to believe my legacy was one of addiction, depression, anger, mental instability. It was not until I came to SMBC that I heard for the first time, that this was truly a lie. God sent Jesus to die on the cross for my sins and to make a way for me to have a relationship with Him. Through this relationship with God, He gave me a new legacy. I became a new creation in Christ. My new legacy is freedom, peace, joy and grace.