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Welcome to summertime at Peachtree Church Student Ministry. Each Sunday at 11:11 a.m., one of our Summer Fellows will drop a video teaching from our current “Soul Training” series. Check out our YouTube page, subscribe, and turn on notifications so you don’t miss out.


Any easy way to join us and stay up to date about what’s going on in Student Ministry is to sign up for our emails. Links and instructions will be included there.


Weekly and Virtual Gatherings

Every Thursday at 4pm, 5th and 6th graders gather virtually to hang out and have fun! We’ll catch up, play games, and sometimes there’s even a special guest disguised as a “Masked Singer” whose identity you have to figure out! You are encouraged to join us!


Email Leslie Lambert for the Zoom invitation and password.

Middle School

Wes and Amanda are on Instagram Live!

Be on the lookout for posts on Facebook and Instagram as well.


Take a break with your child and catch up with us. Follow us: @peachtreeMSstudents

Please reach out to Wes Nichols or Amanda Hanrahan for more information. We are here for you!

High School

We are here for you and your students! Alex and Mary-Wade are making their rounds via phone calls and facetimes — please contact if you want us to reconnect.

Follow us on Instagram for daily devotionals and interaction:@peachtreeHSstudents

Email Mary-Wade Ballou or Alex Alderman to get a links for Zoom hangouts or just to stay in touch.

Weekly Devotionals

The sudden stop to gathering in person this spring was hard on the parents and students at Peachtree. We miss seeing all of our students in program!


Please see the devotionals below that our student ministry team has put together for students and families. Last spring, we sent out a short devotional on a passage of scripture that has a major question to think about for each weekday as well as a Parenting Pro-Tip or a Family Activity. Please feel free to refer back as we continue to navigate social distancing through the summer.

Week 1: March 16–20

James 2:1–13

This passage talks about how favoritism is forbidden and how we need to look at everyone equally in the same way that God looks at us. In the middle of everything that is happening right now, this message is especially important. How can I look at people and honestly say that I love them when I am also afraid of a virus they could be carrying? I have anxiety about whether or not my loved ones will get sick or my wedding will get canceled.


If I let all of this go, though, the only thing that remains in my mind is God’s love. If he loves me regardless of my sin and uncleanliness, then I shouldn’t cause someone else to stumble and forget God’s love by reacting toward them in fear. Mercy triumphs over judgement. Love triumphs over fear… even from a distance.

Questions to Think About Each Day:


How can you show someone who is different than you that you love them today?


What is one practical thing you can do?


What does it mean that God chose you?


How does it make you feel to think about God choosing us and not showing favoritism?


Read Matthew 18:6–9.

Why is it so important to prevent people from stumbling in their faith?


Why does God care about this so much?


What does it mean that “mercy triumphs over judgement?”


Where do you see God’s mercy in your life today?


Pray Psalm 91 out loud today and through the weekend.


Think about how this relates to the ideas from James 2:1–13.

Parenting Pro-Tip:

Find something fun that you can do as a family inside. Try out the Yoga App and see whether or not it brings relaxation or clumsiness and laughs. Break out of your routine and have some fun doing something outside of the box!

Week 2: March 23–27

James 2:14–26

This passage talks about faith and deeds. We are not required to do “good deeds” to get into heaven, but instead, our lives should reflect our love and devotion to the Lord, which would include an outpouring of love and good deeds towards others.


It has been so encouraging to see the good that is coming out of the pandemic, and the silver linings that people have found. People are getting more and more creative on how to connect while maintaining social distance, but my overarching question for you, is how can you serve while maintaining social distance?

Questions to Think About Each Day:


Read James 2:14–26.

What does it mean that faith without works is dead?


How are faith and deeds intertwined?


Read James 2:14–26.

How can we serve and act on our faith while maintaining social distance?


List some practical things you and your family can do over the next few weeks.


Read James 2:14–26 & Genesis 22:1–19. James references how Abraham almost sacrificed his son.


Who is someone you know who has a strong faith and is living out their faith in visible ways?


Read James 2:14–26 & Joshua 2. 

Read Rahab’s story and discuss how it ties into what James is saying about faith and deeds.


Read James 2:14–26 & Ephesians 2:8–10. 

These two scriptures seem to contradict one another. How do they actually align?

Parenting Pro-Tip:

If you need a silly break every once and awhile, Fifty6 is posting daily challenges on the Peachtree Student Ministries Facebook page. Hop over and join in on the fun (even if you’re not in Fifty6 anymore!) by doing these challenges: put a costume on your pet; write something with your non-dominant hand; see how many articles of clothing you can put on at one time! Check out the Facebook page for more!

Week 3: March 30–April 3

James 3:1–12

This passage in James is a warning about the danger of our words and their destructive impact due to the fact that we are broken and sinful beings. The writer James uses three common word pictures to drive home the point that, even though the tongue is a small part of the body, its negative impact can be quite large.


The first he mentions is a bit in a horse’s mouth. This is essentially the metal device that is connected to the leather straps that go around a horse’s head where the reins are attached. This device uses pressure or leverage when the reins are pulled to steer or control the horse. In this case a 4–6" wide device can steer a 5–6 foot tall, 2,200-pound animal. I will never forget being ten years old and nervously climbing up on the saddle of a big horse. They told me that, whatever I do, don’t let it go on the pavement because it would be bad for the horse’s feet. Next thing I knew, it bolted down the street with me barely hanging on, and I scream-cried until the horse finally decided to come to a stop. Probably user error on the whole bit and steering thing!


The second thing James mentions is a large ship which is steered by a very small rudder. The rudder is a flat piece which is hinged vertically to the stern (back) of the ship. When I was younger I spent a lot of my time on sailboats. My parents had a 26' O’day for years and then eventually upgraded to a 30' Hunter. I sailed in the Long Island Sound, San Diego Bay, as well as Lake Keowee in SC. The largest boat I ever sailed was on our family friend’s 40' Baba. Forty feet doesn’t sounds that big, but in boat world, especially sailboats, that’s a really big boat. As big as that boat was, I was even able to steer it as a 12-year-old boy by turning the steering wheel which moved a relatively small rudder and guided the massive sailboat through the wind and waves.


The third analogy is of a whole forest set on fire by a small spark. Like many boys, I was and still am intrigued by fire and burning stuff. One time in Miami, I was trying to melt some candlewax onto a curb for skateboarding tricks and accidentally caught some nearby leaves on fire. Good thing a neighbor lady came out running with buckets of water and a hose because what started out as a very small fire grew very quickly. Scarily, there was a gas station on the other side of the fence. We scrambled as fast as we could and eventually got the fire out as we doused the flames with water. It’s in situations like this where you realize just how quickly a fire can spread from the smallest little flame given the right (or wrong) conditions.


After those three vivid examples, the passage concludes with James plainly stating that no one can fully tame the tongue and that it is a restless evil full of deadly poison. He says that with it we praise God and curse men and how that shouldn’t be the case.

Questions to Think About Each Day:


Read James 3:1–12.

What reasons does the passage give for why it is so hard for someone to tame their tongue (or control what words they say)?


Spend some time in prayer asking God to give you self-control this week.


Read James 3:1–12.

What are some of the ways that you’ve personally seen people use destructive words?


Memorize James 1:19 today.


Read James 3:1–12.

Think back to yesterday. Was there anything you said that you wished you hadn’t said? Whether in person to someone, in a text, or a comment/post online? How do you think those specific words made the hearer/receiver feel?


Meditate on Ephesians 4:29.


Read James 3:1–12.

How do the two examples of a water spring and a fruit bearing plant relate to your heart and what you say?


Memorize Luke 6:45.


Read James 3:1–12.

Knowing that it’s hard to control what we say and that God’s Word is our best line of defense, read Psalm 119:9–16 and share what action phrases you find that will help us keep our hearts pure.


Finish this week by praying Psalm 19:14.

Parenting Pro-Tip:

Brainstorm as a family ideas to develop a consistent rhythm of reading God’s Word and praying during this season of new routines. Once decided, do whatever you can to make it consistent. One easy way is to try one of our Grace Habits of “Train at Table”. Every time you sit as a family for a meal, use a devotional like this one and spend some extra time reading and discussing it before you leave the table. Have each member of the family rotate being the one who facilitates the reading and discussion.

Week 4: April 6–10

James 3:13–18

In these verses, James focuses on distinguishing false truths we absorb from the world with true wisdom we receive from above. According to James, God’s desire for God’s people is to ignore what the world declares “good” and instead, receive God’s grace and truth as ultimate wisdom. When we do this, our actions should change, and James describes that this will ultimately lead God’s children to a “harvest of righteousness (v. 18).” James challenges us to think about what it would look like for wisdom to not only refer to intellect, or “brains,” but also define our actions and the way we live out our faith in Jesus Christ.

Questions to Think About Each Day:


What does the word “wisdom” mean to you?


Where else have you heard wisdom spoken of within the Bible? Does it differ from ways you’ve seen wisdom depicted in pop culture?


What are some examples of false wisdom, or “earthly wisdom,” James talks about in verses 14–16?


Are there ways you have behaved similarly this week?


James says, “But the wisdom from above is first pure.” What are some other words to describe “pure” actions?


What are some “pure” actions you can practice this week?


Read James’s description of “wisdom from above” in verse 17. 

Now read through the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1–12


What do these passages share in common?


James says peace upon peace produces a “harvest of righteousness.” How can we practice wisdom and cultivate peace in our lives, especially during these current uncertain times?

Family Activity:

This week, practice humility by serving one another within your home. Try partnering up to make a family meal together. Get two people to prepare an appetizer; two people to make the main course; two people to make a dessert; and finally, two people to set and/or serve the table! Share a photo to our Peachtree Student Ministries Facebook page of your table setting and delicious foods!

Week 5: April 13–17

James 4:1–10

In this passage, James highlights turning away from the things of the world and submitting yourself to God. A major turning point in this passage happens in verse 6: “But he gives more grace.” It is sad to read how often we turn our back to God in the first five verses, but it is encouraging to see how the tone turns to assurance in verse 6. The rest of the passage is about the act of repenting. Repenting simply means that when you have walked away from God, you turn your heart around 180 degrees and head back to Jesus.


There are three “I will” statements in verses 7–10 that show how God will be with us when we repent:

  • Resist the devil > he WILL flee from you!
  • Come near to God > he WILL come near to you!
  • Humble yourself to God > he WILL lift you up!


The certainty in these statements is amazing! God does not turn back on his promises. When we repent and turn back to God, he meets us right there!

Questions to Think About Each Day:


What does it mean to ask God for things with the wrong motives?


Is there a time in your life where you asked for things from God for the wrong reasons?


In what ways have you been a friend of the world? (Maybe you went along with something you knew wasn’t right?)


Read the phrase, “But he gives us more grace.” What does that phrase mean in this passage?


Have you ever seen anyone give more grace to someone than they deserve?


Has anyone ever given you more grace than you deserve? (For us Christians, this is what Jesus did for us on the cross! It’s why we celebrate Easter!)


What does it mean to repent?


Has there been a time you have turned your back on God? Maybe you are turning your back on God right now! Now is a great time to turn back to God and repent. God promises to meet us there. Look at the assurance in verse 8: “Come near to God and he WILL come near to you.”


Look at the promise to us in verse 10: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” The God of the WHOLE universe will lift YOU up! I don’t know about you, but I’m glad we have a personal God like this.


Spend this time giving thanks to the Lord for all the wonderful things He has done!


Now read Psalm 8 and give thanks to God for all that He has done. Finish up by playing your favorite worship song!

Family Activity:

There is something so powerful about worshiping the Lord with music. Not every family is musically inclined, mine included, but gather around and sing your favorite worship song or hymn together. The act of worshiping together is powerful and shouldn’t be lost in this time of social distancing. Who knows? You may find the next American idol in your own living room! (Results may vary.)

Week 6: April 20–24

James 4:11–17

In verses 11 and 12, James is reminding us that when we speak against a friend or family member, we are portraying that we do not know our place in God’s kingdom as loving brothers and sisters in Christ. We are reminded that we must humble ourselves and use our actions and words to uplift and not destroy.


This passage in James speaks into a lot of what we have been faced with through the disruption from the virus. I, like many of you, love to plan. It brings me excitement to plan out a trip, a friend’s surprise birthday party, or an event. We have all experienced heartbreaking news of exciting events in our lives being canceled or postponed. We have lost our sport seasons, plays, recitals, graduations, weddings, spring break trips, mission trips, and the list can go on and on.


In verses 13–16, God reminds us that He is the one who paves the path for us. He will lead us with his desires when we turn and lean into Him for guidance. James reminds us here that it is our attitude around planning that really matters and that we must have an attitude of humble submission to God. It is in that tension of when things don’t “go our way” we have to lean into God’s will even more to begin to find peace with the situation.


The book of James calls us to put its teachings into action as Christians. Take a look at this James Bible Project Video to refresh on what we have learned so far in the book of James. Let’s see what ways we can put the teachings into practice this week.

Questions to Think About Each Day:


Have you ever been tempted to “speak against one another” — a friend, brother, or sister?


Memorize, write out, or meditate on Philippians 4:8–9. Practice these thoughts next time you are tempted to judge someone.


How can you enjoy the gift of today without focusing on what the untouched tomorrow may bring?


Pray Psalm 23.


What do these verses say about our plans and God’s plans?


Memorize one or all of the following verses, write them out, put them on your mirror or wall:


How does it make you feel to be compared to “a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes?”


How can this encourage you to live in the now and present time in God’s will?


Reread verse 17, how would you put that into your own words?


Choose a GrACE Habit to lean into today.

Family Activity:

Dinner time around the world! Collect ideas for different country theme dinners. (E.g., Italy can be pasta night, Japan can be ramen night, etc.) As a family, look up country facts and traditions and collect them all on paper or poster board and hang around the house. Use inspired music as well! Bon appetite!


While at the dinner table this week through Memorial Day, pray out Psalm 23. Encourage each other to memorize the scripture and have a different family member pray a line going around the table. Also, see if you can make a video (or TikTok), paint the words out, write the words out on the dinner menu. Creativity points win!

Week 7: April 27–May 1

James 5:1–12

This is a weird week. We are living in quarantine, something that automatically causes us to question everything, and now are in a state of confusion with politicians, community leaders, parents, and friends about what our world should look like and whether our state should be opening up businesses. I can feel the whisper of fear and comparison creeping into my mind. What is really right? James 5:1–12 is packed full of good answers to this question, but there are three main ideas that stand out to me for this week:

  1. Be grateful for what you have
    The first part of this passage makes me uncomfortable. I don’t naturally see myself as rich or privileged, especially in quarantine. In reality, though, I have so much more than 90% of the world. James calls us to be thankful for what we have rather than trying to hoard resources or to fixate on scarcity.
  2. Don’t compare yourself to others
    It’s tempting to look at how others are acting or what others have right now and complain about our circumstances while comparing ourselves to others. I really struggle with this, but God makes it clear that we have more than enough in Him, so it doesn’t matter what others have or what they do.
  3. Let your yes be enough
    James challenges believers to let their yes be yes and their no be no. This is an important lesson because, as Christians, we have a responsibility to stand firm in what we say and do rather than acting hypocritically. The biggest “yes” I ever said was when I said “yes” to having Jesus as my savior many years ago. I can’t flip flop on this belief in Jesus. I have to be consistent with the choices I make and the way I treat others. Jesus must be more than enough for me.

In short, God is enough for us and we have to let Him be enough for us. What would your quarantine experience look like if your “yes” to God was enough for you?

Questions to Think About Each Day:


Read James 5:1–12 and pay attention to whether or not anything stands out to you in the passage. What are the main ideas that you see?


Pray this passage by reading it out aloud and letting God speak through the words of scripture.


Read the passage again and think about the idea of being grateful for what you have. Do you struggle with feeling like you are missing something right now in quarantine?


Write a list of three things that you are grateful for. Spend time praying that those things will be present in the lives of others who do not have them.


Read the passage again and think about the idea of comparing yourself to others. Do you do this? If so, how; and if not, how do you see others comparing themselves to others right now?


Take a piece of paper and write down as many things that you can think of that you compare about yourself with others. Wad that paper up and throw it in the trash can to symbolize giving those things to God. Say a prayer afterwards.


Read the passage again and think about the idea of letting your yes be enough. Are there areas where you struggle to let your yes be yes and your no be no? Pray about how you can work on that.


Have you said yes to Jesus? If so, think about what that means to you. If not, then that is completely fine! I challenge you to think about what that might mean and ask someone who had said yes to Christ what it means to them. Make it a conversation!


Spend time praying for people who don’t know Christ and for your heart to hold true to its yeses and nos.


Read James 5:1–12 a final time. Is God enough for you? Why or why not?


Read Matthew 27:45–56 and Matthew 28:16–20 and think about how Jesus said yes to us on the cross. Why would he do that? What would it look like for God to be enough for you in this time where people want answers and clarity about what is happening in our state?

Family Activity:

Talk about the devotional as a family each day and have each family member choose someone in their life to write a note or a card to. In this note or card, write three things about the person that you are thankful for. This is an exercise in remembering gratitude, letting go of comparison, and sharing the love of Christ.

Week 8: May 4–8

James 5:13–20

This week’s passage is short but rather complex. It’s the kind of Bible passage that, as you read, your mind creates those question bubbles over your head. You most likely shoo them away and don’t answer them unless, of course, you take the challenge to dive deep into God’s Word. That challenge is filled with asking tough questions and searching for answers through reading and studying the scriptures in order to gain more wisdom and knowledge. In these eight verses, James touches on big topics such as responding to God, confession, forgiveness, healing, repentance, and apostasy ($10 word — look it up). He also reminds us of the Old Testament story of Elijah (1 Kings 17–18). Take these deep complex topics and simplify them: what is the common thread in all of these teachings? Prayer.


Prayer plays a critical role in our relationship both to God and others. So for this week, may we turn to prayer first and often as we go throughout each day.

Questions to Think About Each Day:


Read James 5:13–15. 


In what kind of circumstances should Christians pray?


What types of prayers do you see demonstrated in these verses?


In your own life, do you find yourself praying in similar circumstances or ways? Why or why not?


Read James 5:16a.


Why is it important that we confess our sins not only to God, but also to other actual people?


Is there any wisdom in who we confess our sins to? Why?


What does prayer have to do with confession?


Read James 5:16b.


What does the term “righteous” mean?


What is it that makes a person righteous?


Read James 5:17–18 and 1 Kings 17:1–7, 18:41–46.


What does this story of Elijah have to do with prayer?


Why did God specifically use Elijah as the example to imitate?


Read James 5:19–20.


How can we as Christians help our friends who have turned away from God turn back towards Him?


Why is this important for us to do?

Family Activity:

Look for opportunities this week to pray with and for one another. Consider taking your prayer life to the next level by trying some of these practical ideas:

  • Have a family member try praying out loud that normally prays silently
  • Pray before or after meals thanking God for the food as well as anything else you are thankful for
  • As students, take one night to pray aloud specifically for your parents — for their jobs, friendships, relationships, marriage
  • As parents, intentionally set aside time one night after the kids go to bed to pray for one another
  • Try one of our GrACE Habits of “Praying the Scriptures” and take a Psalm and simply pray the words aloud to God.
  • Try praying with and for someone who you have never prayed for before
  • Pray for someone over the phone
  • Try starting and ending your day in prayer
  • Commit a normal activity to intentionally using it to pray — maybe on your walk, run, or bike ride
  • Pray aloud The Lord’s Prayer as a family each day
  • Try kneeling on the floor while praying as a humble and reverent posture


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GrACE Habits

Our congregation is continuing to embrace GrACE Habits. What a wonderful time to start those conversations with your families and make these habits a part of your family.


Keep a list

Set it aside

Own your stuff

Train at table


Turn it off

Light a candle

Take a knee

“Drop in” ready


Read a book

Set a goal

Pray the scripture

One level down


Share a meal

Believe the best

Find a guide/Be a guide

Beyond comfort zone