Youth Ministry News

Auschwitz, Abortion, and Adolescents

Twice a year our youth Sunday School hour is used to teach six foundational beliefs to the Christian faith.  We call these Core Beliefs because they are so central to our faith.  So why is this worth sharing?  Consider this:

  1. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a complex of camps designed to confine and exterminate over a million people, 90% of them Jewish.  Over 7 million people died in what is now known as the Holocaust.
  2. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 saw the annual March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., marking 42 years since the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision legalized abortion.  Over 57 million abortions have been performed since this decision.
  3. On Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 students will again be taught the biblical view of humanity.  It is only a biblical understanding of this doctrine that enables our adolescents to decry both of these.  Understanding that man is made in the image of God establishes the atrocity of these actions; understanding that man is fallen in sin explains the existence of these actions.

Put simply, Core Beliefs help train our youth to think biblically and to apply that thinking to real issues today.

Parents, review the Core Beliefs on our resource page so you can interact with your youth and teachers.  Below is our schedule for the Core Beliefs we are covering each week:

  • Man – Feb. 1
  • Bible – Feb. 8
  • Trinity – Feb. 15
  • Bible Answer Man – Feb. 22.  This is a Q & A session, when our youth ask a panel of our teachers any questions.

No Fuel on Sunday, Feb. 1

This is just a reminder that we will not have our Fuel meeting on Feb. 1, 2015.

Youth can join us the following Sunday, Feb. 8, at 5pm for Fuel.  We will cover our final disciple – Thomas – before jumping into a new series.

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Dare 2 Share “Fearless” event registration is up!

Register today by clicking here.

What is Dare 2 Share?

It’s a dynamic evangelism conference that will train students to share their faith and awaken a passion for them to reach their friends for Christ!

Our youth ministry will again be attending the Dare 2 Share (D2S) conference April 10-11 this year.  Last year’s conference was excellent, and I look forward to seeing God’s hand continue to impact our youth at this year’s conference.  Training is a huge part of students’ lives. Whether it’s basketball, soccer, speech, band, drama or whatever, they’re committed. They spend hours practicing, training, rehearsing, and pushing themselves to excel.

This year we want to encourage our students to invite unchurched friends to come!  If you are taking a vacation over spring break, consider returning in time for this event.

Location:   Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge, VA

Dates:        April 10-11.  Drop-off is at 11:30am on Friday (stay to pray with us!).  Pick up is Saturday at approximately 10:00pm.  We’ll call with a more exact pick-up time on the way home.

Cost:           Early bird pricing (register by Feb. 15):  $60 per person

Feb. 16 – March 29:  $75 per person

Sponsorships are available; contact Kevin if you have financial needs (Please do so as soon as possible).  A second sibling discount ($10) is available through March 29.

Housing:      We will stay overnight at Occoquan Bible Church (about 15 minutes from the conference center), where we stayed last year.  Guys and girls will sleep on separate floors.

Meals:        Cost includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday.  Youth are responsible to purchase one fast food dinner during travel on Friday.  We’ll also mention some snacks to bring at the pre-trip meeting.

Ministry:    For a few hours on Saturday, we will participate in a ministry project that involves very light work (picking up trash, doing prayer walks, etc.), which will be outside.  Be sure to wear good shoes and warm clothes.

Bring:         Change of clothes, basic toiletries (no shower facilities), sleeping bag, pillow, Bible, pen, good attitude.  Don’t bring:  headphones/earbuds, bad attitude, pencil shavings, or obvious stuff (weapons, drugs, etc.).

RBC Health & Consent Form, 2015

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Website:     Visit to access the conference schedule, a parent letter, drama guide, and other information.

A mandatory, pre-trip meeting will be held on Sunday, March 22 during the Sunday School hour (9:45am) for all youth – AND their parents – who are attending the conference.  This meeting should be brief, and a notary will be present to notarize forms.  All forms and final payment are due at the meeting. If you would like more information on the conference, feel free to contact me.  You can also visit the youth website at

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Register for ReCharge Camp! Camp is June 28 – July 3

ReCharge Camp registration is up!  Sign up here today.  This is an excellent camp for our youth who have completed grades 6-12.  To learn more, visit the ReCharge Camp page.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ALL day-time activities for Tuesday, January 27 have been cancelled due to inclement weather.  The Church Office is also closed.  A determination about evening activities will be made later this afternoon, please check back here for updates.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

ALL evening activities for Monday, January 26 have been cancelled due to inclement weather.  Stay warm and safe!  Enjoy the snow!

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Ignition Meeting this Tuesday, Jan. 27

Ignition meets Tuesday, January 27 at 7:00 in the Youth House (we go until 8:30).  Youth, cSlide2ome join us to not only learn leadership skills but also put them into practice in the youth ministry!

We will have snacks, too :)

We are covering the third of the 5 practices of exemplary leadership that we learned from The Student Leadership Challenge:  Challenge the Process.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

All evening activities for Wednesday, January 21 have been cancelled due to inclement weather.  Stay warm and safe!  Enjoy the snow day!

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Special Fuel night this Sunday, Jan. 18

This Sunday, January 18, we will have a special Fuel night.  Our order will be a bit different, with a fun lesson time early on.  Then we will go to the ROC for pizza and games.  It makes for a nice night to bring friends.

Pick up will be in the ROC. Drop off is still in the Barn.

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Upcoming Youth Events

Take note of what is coming up in the youth ministry:

MoCo Youth Event on Jan. 31.  A great time for youth from several churches to come together for worship and service!  Register online here.

No Fuel on Feb. 1.  Most will be watching the Superbowl, so we like to take the night off :)

Dare 2 Share Conference, April 10-11.  This happens over spring break, so make plans now to be a part of this awesome evangelism conference!  Registration up soon.

ReCharge Camp, June 28 – July 3.  $250 per person when you sign up before Feb. 15!

Ocean City Mission Trip, July 18-25.  (Finalizing these dates now).

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