Youth Ministry News
Due to the snow and ice, there will NOT be a youth Christmas party tonight. We do plan to reschedule, so please stay tuned for that new date.
Want to connect on a deeper level with your teen? Download this sheet and talk about life’s storms with them. We all go through storms. It’s those who are prepared who can stand strong through a storm. Jesus taught His disciples a powerful lesson as he calmed a terrifying storm: He is in control.
I have been impressed with these devotional handouts. They are interactive, easy to follow, and they go hand in hand with our Sunday School lessons. Better still, when you use them, you’ll often get to go deeper with your teen. Let me know what you think.
The form is available here, or in the Barn and Info Board at church. Get yours and have it notarized right away, and you can be ahead of the game for the year!
Attention all youth: We are looking for some helpers for A Festive Christmas!
You can earn SSL hours for serving (this is an event specifically for our community)
If you are in Waves of Grace, you are already participating, but many outside of WoG have yet to sign up. Here are the details: … (more)
Actually, it’s more like a Christmas-party-with-breakfast-desserts-pajama-contest-Christmas-tree-decorating-competition-and-gift-exchange, but that’s tougher to say. But all youth are invited to join in the fun from 5-8pm in the Barn this Sunday night (12/8/13). Here is what you should bring: a dessert or drink, a wrapped gift ($10 or less), and wear your pajamas (optional). We will have a special “breakfast dinner,” enjoy some games, and have a gift exchange. See you there!
All youth are invited to join us for a Taco Thanksgiving in the ROC on Sunday, Nov. 24. This will take the place of a normal Fuel night. Food and drinks are provided. Please bring $3 for the meal. We will also play games in the ROC and have another youth ministry with us. Afterward we will head to the Community Thanksgiving Service together. Parents, please come to that service and plan to pick up from there. Permission slips are required and should be turned in by Nov. 20 if at all possible.
Drop off is at 5:00pm at the ROC. After food and games, youth will be driven to Mill Creek for the service. Parents, please plan to come to the service and pick up from there.
Redland will experience our third year as a Collection Center for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) November 18-25, 2013! Please contact Karen Freeman at occkaren at yahoo dot com for more information and if you can help.
Monday, November 18 from 10am-2:30pm
Tuesday, November 19 from 10am-2:30pm
Wednesday, November 20 from 10am-2:30pm
Thursday, November 21 from 10am-2:30pm
Friday, November 22 from 11am-8pm
Saturday, November 23 from 8-11am and 3-6pm
Sunday, November 24 from 1-4pm
Monday, November 25 from 3-8pm
According to research conducted by Lifeway, 7 out of 10 young adults will leave the church within a few years of graduation. A fair number do return over time, but the figure is still alarming and leads us to ask the all-important question, “Why are they leaving the church?”
A great article on the site marc5solas.com gives 10 reasons why students leave the church. If I were to condense the article, it centers on churches delivering a watered-down version of Christianity that eventually is exposed as ineffective. But it’s all the students know, so they simply move on to something different.
Our goal is and always will be to develop gospel-centered followers of Christ, based on the foundational truths of Scripture (as I like to tell people, I only have one playbook: the Bible). We work hard to do this on the students’ level, but we never want to sacrifice our ultimate goal or foundation.
In addition to giving students this foundation – this biblical framework for life – we need to get them active in their faith. That’s the goal of the latest Fuel series, “Hands-on.” Youth have chosen ministry projects that they are doing. Without an active faith, it isn’t their own faith. I’m thankful for the ways our youth are well-grounded in their faith, and I’m excited to see what they plan!
Youth Thanksgiving Dinner – Taco style
All youth are invited to join us for a Taco Thanksgiving in the ROC on Sunday, Nov. 24. This will take the place of a normal Fuel night. Food and drinks are provided. Please bring $3 for the meal. We will also play games in the ROC and have another youth ministry with us. Afterward we will head to the Community Thanksgiving Service together. Parents, please come to that service and plan to pick up from there. Permission slips are required and should be turned in by Nov. 20.
Youth Shoebox Packing Fuel event
On Sun., Dec. 1 (note the date change), youth can come to the Barn for a special Fuel night. Our goal is to pack 500 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The event is free; just bring $3 for dinner. Youth may also get 3 SSL hours for this event. Times are 5:00-8:00pm.