Battling temptations in high school

By Ragan Crosby, Sophie Reinhardt, Alexandra Kakouras, and Jaclyn Simmons - For The Tribune
Fellowship of Christian Students Sign Language Group includes, back row, from left, Beth Russell, Mary Claire, Emily Lane, Emilee Major, Samantha Martin, Emma Swaim, Katie Sidden; front row, Caroline Owens, Madison Lane, Leara Riddle, Dara Simpson. - Sophie Reinhardt | EHS

“I always picture every day of high school and life as a battlefield — good vs. evil. Winning over a temptation is a small victory in the huge war that God has already won for us!” said Mary Claire Hooper, student leader of Fellowship of Christian Students, FCS.

Temptations come to everyone differently, depending on one’s weaknesses. Facing temptations is difficult for everyone, but with support it can be made easier. At Elkin High School, FCS was created for the support of Christian students.

FCS provides support and comfort from other Christians who are going through the same struggles. Hooper said, “FCS has given me a community of like-minded people who I can be myself around and learn from.” The club has about 35 members, which is more than there has been in the past.

Chase Swisher, FCS adviser, has been in charge of the club since he first became a teacher at Elkin in 2009. Swisher said, “As long as I have taught at Elkin, it has been a club. This year FCA was changed to FCS to broaden it from athletes to students.” FCS does have outreach events to bring more students in throughout the year.

One outreach event that FCS has been doing for years is The Fifth Quarter. The Fifth Quarter is a worship service including music and sermon. The Fifth Quarter, called GLO party (Go Live Out) this year, is held after a football game and invites students from both schools to worship together.

Every year FCS tries to find things that the students would want to get involved in, in an effort to bring more students into the club. It is not always easy to keep up a relationship with God, attend club meetings and classes while also doing homework and sports.

Many times in high school a student can lose sight of what is truly important. Whether in honors classes or not, homework and studying can pile up and take up a lot of student’s time. Hooper said, “This year is my junior year, and at the beginning I was really stressed. I was finding it difficult to find personal time to spend with God because of homework and hard classes.”

High school can be tough at first, but FCS was created to put the focus on God back into a student’s life. Hooper said, “When I start to be overwhelmed, I remember that I am a Christian who is a student, not a student who is a Christian, and Satan wants to use stress and lies to distract me from letting God use me.”

FCS helps many students remember who they are, and helps them realize that they are not alone is this big world called high school.

FCS is an important club to many Christian students. FCS acts as a support group for Christian students dealing with temptations and the pressures of high school. While FCS is a group to support Christians, it also provides opportunities to further the relationship with God by weekly, student led Bible studies, and also lets students have the possibility to volunteer to teach the study one week.

In times of adversity everyone wants friends to lean on. That is what FCS is, a group of friends to lean on, that can direct a person back to what is significant and true.

Ragan Crosby, Sophie Reinhardt, Alexandra Kakouras, and Jaclyn Simmons are English students at Elkin High School.

Fellowship of Christian Students Sign Language Group includes, back row, from left, Beth Russell, Mary Claire, Emily Lane, Emilee Major, Samantha Martin, Emma Swaim, Katie Sidden; front row, Caroline Owens, Madison Lane, Leara Riddle, Dara Simpson.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_language-formatted.jpgFellowship of Christian Students Sign Language Group includes, back row, from left, Beth Russell, Mary Claire, Emily Lane, Emilee Major, Samantha Martin, Emma Swaim, Katie Sidden; front row, Caroline Owens, Madison Lane, Leara Riddle, Dara Simpson. Sophie Reinhardt | EHS

By Ragan Crosby, Sophie Reinhardt, Alexandra Kakouras, and Jaclyn Simmons

For The Tribune