The Rock: Family Impact
A very compelling story from one of our beloved teens, Lorelei Shirey and her mother Michaelyn. The impact of The Rock is certainly tangible as you can see here. A big thank you to all of our staff and volunteers who make this place the wonderful environment that it truly is.Posted by Alice Cooper's Solid Rock on Wednesday, December 12, 2018
In this post, we will be focusing solely on Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation. You’ll notice the interview and the video sharing the story of Lorelei Boo Shirey, a teen attending classes at AC’s Solid Rock. They are both worth the watch. Alice remembers what it’s like to be ‘Eighteen’ and expresses his connection and love for teenagers – then explains why Solid Rock is an important piece of mentoring and loving them. It was great to hear from Alice and his mission for the ministry. However what stuck out most and was very impressive was the quote from Michaelyn Belford Shirey, Lorelei’s mother. She stated that (paraphrasing here), “we, as adults, remember our teenage years and how we felt…but that doesn’t mean we understand how today’s teens or our children feel. Even with all the love and support we can give on the outside, the state of their hearts on the inside may still be lost in darkness.” This was powerful and really encompassed what it seems the Alice Cooper Solid Rock folks are trying to help teens conquer and overcome – the DARKNESS.
Yesterday, ‘Fridays with Alice’ kicked off the 12 Days of ‘Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock’ Christmas. When this blog was first started, we knew Solid Rock and its mission would be a key part of the message conveyed by this project. A good part of Jesus’s ministry was focused on the lost and forgotten. Take a moment and step out of your adult life, think back to that time when you may have felt this way. Struggling to fit in, trying to hold firm to principles you knew were right but didn’t really flow with the waves of the world, etc. Maybe you still feel that way or maybe you are one of those teens reading this post. It doesn’t really matter – what does matter is all individuals deserve the respect and love of one another. We are COMMANDED to offer those things by our Lord (Mark 12:30-31). It’s not an option.
Alice mentions Solid Rock being a blueprint for other cities to follow. This is powerfully good word. There’s no motive behind his actions. His only motivation is to offer these teens a thriving environment free from the vitriol of this world. As a Christian, he feels it’s his responsibility to show that to them. He feels it’s his responsibility to show them grace. Offering them something they may not have access to without Solid Rock.
The ‘Fridays with Alice’ project has been an interesting journey. Judgment and slanderous things have been directed at Alice and our mission with this endeavor – some openly, others in private. However, focusing on the positives – let’s look at this from another viewpoint. It’s one thing to read and quote scripture to children and teens. It’s another thing to live out those scriptures before them. Some of you may remember a song written by the band Petra entitled, “Seen and Not Heard’ – focusing on our actions more than our speak. Stop and ask yourself this question, would you rather be seen living out His Word or shouting at others about what it is they should be doing or how they should be living? Seems living your own life and applying His Word to that is contagious. Look at how many want to join Alice’s cause (some Christians, some not) simply because he chooses to bear fruit and live out Christ’s message – planting seeds along the way. Think again about your life and the seeds that were planted, not by scripture, but by the actions of others. Others you knew were Christians because of their actions – not their meaningless banter about how others should be.
In conclusion, we are honored at the chance to sow into this ministry. One that lives out the call and mission of Christ! For us to LOVE OTHERS as ourselves, in turn LOVING GOD in the process. We hope you consider contributing to Alice’s mission and if you ever get the chance try and tour the Solid Rock facilities. See what they are doing there that works. We all have something we can give back. Money and resources are not always easy to come by – but time and purpose are FREE. Reach out and be that flicker of hope for a teen that is hurting. Show them the respect and love you wish you had been shown. Maybe you were one of those teens that found refuge in a place like Solid Rock. If so, use what you learned and how you were treated to pay that forward. Merry Christmas to you all and much love from those of us at ‘Fridays with Alice’.
NOTE: ’12 Days of ‘Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock’ Christmas’ is under way and will last from December 13th – 24th.
Ocean Floor Ministries, Audra J. Waters Ministries, and God Mode Activated have agreed to collectively match up to $1000 in donations to Solid Rock. We believe in the cause and the everlasting difference they are working to make in the lives of so many teens! To donate please visit our fundraiser at: https://www.facebook.com/donate/320825205188246/
We look forward to Christmas and the celebration of the most precious gift the Almighty ever gave us – his Son. Whatever small amount we can give back, will never be enough, and we give thanks for His Grace and Love. Merry Christmas!
For more information about Alice’s Solid Rock Foundation, you can click the links below and learn more about them:
Started by Alice Cooper and friend Chuck Savale along with an eight member board of directors, incorporated November of 1995.
Solid Rock’s primary goal is to honor Christ by helping to meet the spiritual, economical, physical, and social needs of teenagers and children within our community.
To honor Christ by providing a facility geared toward teenagers that will help them to negotiate through the turbulent adolescent years. The relationally trained Christian staff, of men and women, and the different venues will create an atmosphere which will make it a place where they “hang out”. “The Rock,” the name of the building, will be designed to be a flexible needs structure centered around music. Programs will focus around a multi-use concert hall, coffee house (kitchen/snack bar for concert & other events), indoor basketball/floor hockey court, rock climbing walls, sound room and recording studio, computer/reading/study rooms, game room.
Their goal is to make an everlasting difference in the lives of the teenagers and children they are dedicated to helping.
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