As the mother of three millennials and stepmother of two more, Tina Toomer has seen firsthand the struggle many young adults go through, searching for direction in their lives.
She said most churches have programs for kids through high school, but when a teenager graduates and goes off to college, there's not much available as far as Bible study groups.
"You're just kind of left out there, and there's nothing for you except to go sit in Sunday service," Toomer said. She said there's so much more to having a relationship with Christ than attending church on Sundays. People have to choose to spend time with him by reading the Bible.
A core leader with a local chapter of the international, nondenominational Community Bible Study for the past four years and a participant for the past 12 years, Toomer knows the power of Scripture and wants to make sure young adults don't miss out on that.
To Toomer's delight, CBS started a Bible study for millennials a few years ago and now has classes in Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Charlotte, N.C. Toomer, whose family owns the Bluffton Oyster Company and Toomer's Family Seafood House, heard about this and felt God was calling her to start a local class for that age group.
So she took on the role of young adult director and hopes to begin classes for that segment of the local population in September.
Toomer said most people don't get far in the Bible because they don't understand it. CBS helps them make sense of Scripture through daily readings, homework and group discussions.
Participants are encouraged to attend even if they have not done the homework. Toomer said no one will be called on to answer questions. There will be no discussion of politics, church affiliation or authors.
Since most young adults work during the day, Toomer is looking for a meeting place for a nighttime class in Bluffton.
CBS will host an ice cream social from 3 to 5 p.m. July 16 at Bluffton Oyster Factory Park for young adults who are interested in joining the group.
The millennials group, as well as the women's, teens' and coed groups, will begin a 31-week study of Genesis in the fall.
Cost is $35 for the year and includes a workbook. Scholarships are available, and childcare will be available. Register at www.youngadultcbs.net or www.facebook.com/BlufftonYoungAdultsGroup/.
Toomer said she wants young adults to know "There is somebody who loves you more than anybody could ever love you, who cherishes you, who puts you on a mountaintop. ... You are loved and adored by the King of kings."
Amy Coyne Bredeson of Bluffton is a freelance writer, a mother of two and a volunteer with the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.