Youth Ministry News

Thursday, February 26, 2015

All day-time activities for Thursday, February 26 have been cancelled due to inclement weather.  More snow?!

All evening activities, EXCEPT ESL Classes will proceed as usual.

Enjoy your snow day!

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

All Sunday activities have been cancelled for February 22, 2015 due to inclement weather.

But… get your families out to enjoy the snow!  In fact, we’re having a church-wide contest!  E-mail us at the Church Office the best family snow fun picture (building a snow man, sledding, snow ball fight, making snow ice cream, or whatever fun you can dream up).  A prize of an all expenses paid family ice cream outing will be awarded to the winner!  Have fun!

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“Who Am I?” – Fuel, 2/22

Our students are continuing through their series on three big questions that we must ask as we journey toward greater freedom in Christ. This Sunday we wrestle with the big question of “Who am I?” We talk about our immeasurable value to God and how our faith in Jesus gives us the undeserved privilege of experiencing God’s goodness. We talk about the meaning of salvation and how we all need the rescuing power of Jesus in our lives. We also talk about how all followers of Jesus receive spiritual gifts from God to use for his glory.

I encourage you to keep the conversation going at home this week. Here are some questions you might want to ask:

  • Tell me about this big question “Who am I?” that you talked about this week. What big ideas really impacted you?
  • If you believe that you truly matter to God, how will that change you? your priorities? your daily activities?
  • What does it mean that we are “God’s masterpiece”? Why don’t we always feel like God’s masterpiece?

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Dare 2 Share Conference

Dare 2 Share, April 10-11

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When science conflicts with the Bible…

That question just came up again last Sunday.  Youth ask it a LOT!  How do we answer it?

Our Core Belief for Sunday is the Bible.  One of the key truths we teach your students this Sunday is that the Bible is authoritative.  It makes claims that I must take to be true, and it gives commands that I must obey.  So when it comes to the question of science and the Bible, consider the following:

  1. The highest form of truth is revealed truth – what God has revealed to us in his Word.
  2. Science operates on principles of reason.
  3. We can thank God for our ability to reason, but we must admit that our reasoning is often flawed and leads us to wrong conclusions.
  4. Sometimes we make the wrong conclusions about what the Bible means; at other times, we make incorrect interpretations from scientific data – neither results in truth.
  5. Whenever we get the understanding of science and the Bible correct, they will both agree completely!

This is just one of the items we teach about the Bible.  What else will we cover?  See for yourself!

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 in the Barn) 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.

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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