Organization gives students safe haven, support

Every Thursday after school, journalism teacher Rebecca Dominy meets with a group of students in room 6160. They don’t work on the newspaper or edit the yearbook, but instead meet for a weekly devotional. The group, Cord of 3, began last year when several students approached Dominy and expressed an interest in participating in an after-school Bible study.

The group derived their name from the verse Ephesians 4:12 which says “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of 3 strands is not quickly broken.”

“We chose the name Cord of 3 for our group because it mirrors what we wanted the group to be,” Dominy said. “It is our hope that the group supports each other, and then meets in His name to create a special unbreakable bond.”

The groups direction has been student-driven and evolved along the way.

“I really wasn’t sure what it would be at first,” Dominy said. “I wanted it to meet the needs of students and not be some hard or rigid set of study.”

With that idea, the group morphed over time from discussing seven verses a week chosen by a student or Dominy to the current plan of going through a Max Lucado book, chapter by chapter.

Although the weekly focus is always on studying some part of the Bible, meetings are also very important to group members as it serves as an environment conducive to sharing struggles, emotions and everyday life.

“Cord of 3 is welcoming, very loving and a supportive environment of great people who have common interests,” junior Andy Ramirez said. “Getting to build a personal relationship with others who have been through the same hardships of life that I have is my one of my favorite parts, and getting the group’s love and support, and mainly having a safe place to worship and get to know God is great.”

When the group first started, about ten students attended on a regular basis. The number has increased to over 25 students this year and continues to grow.

“Cord of 3 has helped me become stronger in my faith,” senior Elizabeth Adcock said. “It’s also a lot of fun to be surrounded by my friends while studying God’s word.”

The group has adopted ‘See You at the Pole” this year, a nationally recognized event. Students met at the flagpole in front Silver campus to pray and recite verses as a public demonstration of their faith and their desire for God to protect the students and teachers at BHS. The group plans to continue “See You at the Pole” to next year and increase the number of students in attendance.

“We had a really good turnout at ‘See You at the pole’,” junior Robert Morgan said. “We had a lot of leadership show up, along with others. It was really interesting to just get a different demographic than the Cord of 3 group. Speaking at ‘See You at the Pole’ was really interesting to me and it really helped me prepare for a leadership role, maybe in the church if that’s what is in God’s plan for me. It was also really nice to just come together and worship God.”

Cord of 3 is open to all students and meets on Thur. from 4-5 in room 6160.