What is Bright Lights?

Bright Lights is a discipleship group primarily for maturing Christian young ladies. The focus is on learning about God and His will for us as young ladies. Our Bright Lights group is both very serious and very relaxed–We cover real, deep things;  expecting girls to listen, understand, and apply what we are teaching. We also think that laughter helps you learn, so we make it fun as well. This group is not just a cute little girl’s group–we actually intend to see lives changed through God’s power.

Each meeting we do a different activity. Some examples of possible activities are: making bookmarks, skits, planning meals,  playing games, small groups, etc.

Our theme verse is 1 Timothy 4:12

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word,  in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

Our Group

We meet on second and fourth Mondays at Grace Bible Church (403 Rock­croft Street, Port Char­lotte, FL 33954). The meetings start at 6:00 and end around 9:00. We currently have around 20 girls attending, but more are welcome. 🙂 If you are interested, contact Hannah at: hopefulhannah654 @ gmail . com (spaces added for protection from spam… just make sure to remove them when emailing. :))

A Typical Meeting

We normally start our meeting off with singing. The girls enjoy picking songs and singing them joyfully, so much so that we often have to stop before we are able to sing all the ones we wanted to. 🙂 We then pray, and either Hannah or I will present the message. We like to include stories, illustrations, definitions, practical steps of action, and, most importantly, scripture. We don’t always get to have all of those things in every message, unfortunately. But that’s our idea of a really good message. 🙂  We then divide into small groups of about 5-10 girls, with older girls leading each group. We go into separate rooms, where we either prepare a skit about the message or do some other kind of activity. If we do skits, we then all gather in the bigger room and present the skits to each other and the moms who are there. After the activity comes dessert and fellowship.

About the Founders

For those who don’t know us very well, our names are Carissa Serrell and Hannah Mann. We are 25 and 23, respectively. We are the oldest of the 8 children in the Mann family and we have been home schooled our entire lives. We are devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

Carissa enjoys knitting, photography, writing, raspberries, children, reading, editing, the color green, birds, basketball, peanut butter, nature, sword fighting, guitar and much more. She is married to Peter, living in St. Pete now and unfortunately not able to lead anymore.

Hannah enjoys crocheting, soccer, baking and cooking, grapes, doing hair, riding horses, the color purple, reading, learning harp, and many other things. She is the leader of the group now.

The History of Bright Lights

Bright Lights was founded in 1996 by Sarah Mally. It began as a discipleship group in her living room. She wanted to help prepare young ladies for their teenage years, and encourage them to use their youth for the Lord.

As it began to grow, Sarah started putting together some discipleship materials and praying that the Lord would raise up young ladies to be bright lights for Him.

Since that time, bright lights has seen God’s hand of direction and blessing in many ways. There are now over 500 groups throughout the United states and in other countries!

Benefits of Bright Lights

* Learn Biblical principles
* Learn godly character traits to be strong for the Lord in our youth
* Helps protect from lies, snares, and influences of the enemy
* Provides good fellowship, positive peer pressure, and godly influences
* Provides experience, direction, and purpose in ministry


5 responses »

  1. Carissa and Hannah,
    Great job! What a wonderful idea. You are both such an encouragement to me and to our entire family. May the Lord continue to mold you and may you draw ever nearer to Him through His Word and through His Spirit. And may He grant you strength and wisdom as you lead all these precious young ladies. We all love you!! The Clarkes

    • Hi Miss Carol,

      I’m glad you like it! 🙂 Thank you very much!

      We love you all too! You guys are awesome. 🙂

      Thank you for commenting!


  2. Hi Carissa, that’s a great idea to put this on the blog then everyone can see it! I am so blessed to be the Mother to you both! 🙂 I love you both! Thank you for all you do to help our family and Mann Tile! 🙂 lots of love and prayers to you as we start this next session of Bright Lights! 🙂 Mama 💚💜

  3. It´s neat to find more Bright Lights groups. By God’s grace I´m leading a Bright Lights group in Mexico. We´d appreciate your prayers. I´ll be praying for you.

    Love in Christ,

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