Youth Ministry News

What we’re teaching youth this Sunday, Feb. 14

Love is in the air!  And youth will love what we have lined up this weekend!

Sunday School

All youth will cover the Core Belief of “The Bible,” God’s love letter to humanity.  We’ll learn that the Bible is God’s Word, completely accurate and trustworthy for our daily lives.  See more on our resource page:


Youth will cover separate lessons for middle and high school for the next 5 weeks.

Middle School

This week, our small groups begin a three-lesson series on the changes junior high students experience. In this first lesson, we’re tackling what is potentially the most awkward of the topics – physical changes.

Using Psalm 139:13-16, we’ll talk about how God values our students as people with purpose. As our teenagers go through this intense process of puberty and physical change, God deeply loves the person in the mirror-whether they like it or not. God’s love remains constant no matter what changes are taking places on the inside or outside of their bodies. God’s love is individual, intentional, and intimate.

The passage from Psalm 139 shows us that God put us together with a very intentional purpose. God designed every part of our physical being. God loves us as we are because we are exactly what he wants us to be. God saw us from the very beginning and has loved us since that moment. He knows every part of us and created a plan for us.

I’d encourage you to talk with your teenager about this week’s lesson. Here are some questions you might want to incorporate:

  • How do you feel knowing that God-creator of the universe-created you?
  • What are some of the physical changes that might take place during your junior high “season” of life? Are there any changes you’re really looking forward to-and any that you’re really dreading?
  • Why is it important for you and your friends to have grace for one another knowing that you are all going through some sort of physical change? What might happen if you aren’t graceful?

High School

We’re launching a new six-part study on sex and dating, a critical topic to discuss as we help teenagers understand and experience freedom in Christ.

Our first lesson examines the point of dating, a conversation built around Romans 12. We will challenge our students to examine our culture’s views on dating, where and how they developed their individual views on dating, and how their views can affect whether they experience Christ’s freedom.

I encourage you to find a time this week to talk with your teenager about our group’s conversation. Consider asking these questions:

  • How do you know or decide which ideas about dating are crazy, and which ones might be good or reasonable?
  • How can transformed thinking change your view of dating?
  • How can you build healthy relationships with members of the opposite sex without falling into all of our culture’s attitudes about dating?
  • How can we encourage you to pursue God’s ways in the midst of our culture’s crazy messages about dating and relationships?

Categories: for Parents

RSVP for Superbowl Party!

We are excited about the youth and family Superbowl party on Sunday, Feb. 7!  Can you make it?  Please reply to this email and RSVP – include how many from your family to expect.  Details:

When:  Feb. 7, starting at 6pm
Where:  ROC Foyer
Who:  Youth AND their families
What:  The Superbowl, of course!
What else:  Wings and hot dogs provided.  Please bring something to share according to your last name (see below)

Last name A-L, please bring an appetizer to share
Last name M-Z, please bring a side/salad/dessert to share
Youth workers, please bring drinks to share

SETUP HELP NEEDED! If you can attend the 8:30 service on Feb. 7 and don’t mind helping to do some setup at 11:00, please let me know.  We are coordinating some sofa moving to make the ROC Foyer like a living room!

Categories: Uncategorized

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


ALL activities and ALL buildings at Redland are closed Wednesday, January 27 as we continue the snow removal process. ALL Wednesday evening activities have also been cancelled. Please stay tuned here to see when we will re-open.

Please join Redland for drop-in “Shovel Day”
Wednesday, January 27, 9:00am-3:00pm.
Bring your own shovel (or snowblower).
Come when you can and stay as long as you can. We are hoping that many hands will allow us to clear all of our sidewalks and be ready for full ministry schedule on Thursday.

Questions? Contact Bill Archer, (billarcher at redlandbaptist dot org).

Categories: News

A Hot Mess canceled this Saturday

Due to the coming snow storm, there will be no girls Hot Mess Bible study this Saturday.  A new date will be set in February.  Stay tuned for additional updates for our Sunday activities and be safe!

Categories: for Parents

What we’re teaching youth this Sunday, Jan. 24

Okay, with all the snow coming, the answer could be nothing!

But here is what we are scheduled to teach this Sunday:

Sunday School


Too often we focus on all the things that make us different, an attitude that can cause us to forget all the things that we have in common and that unite us. But that attitude also can keep us from appreciating all the wonderfully unique things that each of us offers. As followers of Jesus, we can find a way to celebrate the ways we’re different and the ways we’re similar.

Our students focused this week on Galatians 3:23-28, which reveals that through Jesus, we are one. When you enter into relationship with Jesus, you enter into a family. And family is about what we have in common, not our differences. We need to reject any attitudes that fuel hatred, prejudice, or bias. And that’s why we need to celebrate ways we’re different and ways we’re similar.

I encourage you to keep the conversation going with your teenager this week. Here are some questions you might want to ask:

  • Do you find it easier to focus on the things you have in common with others or the things that make you different from others? Why?
  • As followers of Jesus, how do our differences make us stronger? make our church stronger? make the entire body of Christ stronger?
  • What’s the long-term impact of an “us vs. them” mentality?
  • If we are filled with hatred, prejudice, or bias, how does that keep us from experiencing true freedom in Christ?

Thanks for all your prayers for our students and our ministry. Have a spectacular week!

Categories: for Parents, for Students

Youth/Family Superbowl Event, Feb. 7

Youth and their families are invited to a great night of football, featuring great family time and tasty food.  The ROC Foyer will be transformed into a giant living room, complete with couches!

Wings and hot dogs will be provided

  • Last name A-L, please bring an appetizer to share
  • Last name M-Z, please bring a side/salad/dessert to share
  • Youth workers, please bring drinks to share

There will also be some fun contests.  Feel free to bring some things to keep the little ones occupied (even sleeping bags and blankets if you want!), and stay as long as you like.  We could use some setup helpers and some tear down helpers, especially for moving couches back.

Categories: for Parents, for Students

Helpers for Sweetheart Banquet on Feb. 12

The Men’s Ministry is hosting a Sweetheart Banquet for couples on Feb. 12, and we are looking for youth who are willing to help with childcare.  SSL hours are available.  Childcare takes place at the church from 5:30-8:30 on Feb. 12.  Contact Peggy Peak to sign up or get more information.

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Inclement Weather

RBC Closures Due to Inclement Weather
The church office and all daytime activities will follow Montgomery County Public Schools when it comes to delayed openings, closures and early closures due to inclement weather. For evening activities, the Minister or Director of the activity will make a determination and the information will be available by 4pm of the evening in question. All of these changes will also be reflected on the church website (top right rotating picture) and on the office phone message for special announcements.

Categories: News

What we’re teaching this Sunday, Jan. 17

Here is what’s on for the lesson schedule this Sunday, Jan. 17

Sunday School


“Escaping the Darkness of Depression”

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 11 percent of adolescents will have a depressive disorder by the time they are 18. Thanks to advancements in technology, we know more about depression today than we ever have. What we’re learning is that depression is treatable, and we want to be a part of that healing for our students.

That’s why this week our students will be talking about the prophet Elijah, who also seems to have suffered from depression. We’ll focus on 1 Kings 19 to see what led to his condition and how God restored his health.

This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around these questions:

  • How can fears and anxiety cause you to feel overwhelmed or depressed? And how can the truths of Scripture help you confront those fears and negative thoughts?
  • When has another person’s pain or suffering helped you through a tough time—or how have your experiences helped another person?
  • Tell us about a time that good, Christ-like friends—or maybe just one particular friend—supported you during a hard, difficult season of life. What did you learn from that experience?

If you’re concerned that your teenager may be suffering from depression, you can learn the warning signs here:

Please let me know how I can be praying for you and your family. Have an amazing week!

Categories: Uncategorized

What we’re teaching the youth this Sunday, Jan. 3

Here’s what’s in store for this Sunday:

Sunday School


Journey to Freedom:  Secret scars of self-injury

Self-injury might sound like an unusual topic for a youth group to talk about, but research shows that self-injury rates for adolescents are around 20-23 percent (2 out of 10). That same research suggests the age of onset for self-injury is typically 13 to 14 years old, with increasing numbers among 18- and 19-year-old young adults.

This Sunday, our students will look to Scripture as we dig beneath the surface of self-injury into understanding our innate value, identity, and purpose. We’ll explore Psalm 139 to uncover important truths: God intimately knows everything about us, God will never abandon or forsake us, and God has rescued us and set us on a mission to help other people who are hurting.

We’ll also look at Mark 5, where Jesus encountered a man who experienced tremendous suffering. Jesus did not overreact to this man but instead entered into his suffering and offered healing. It can get messy when addressing complex problems like self-injury, but Jesus proved that he is more powerful than anything that ails us.

This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Fuel your conversation with these questions:

  • What causes behaviors like self-injury?
  • What challenges do we face when the only voices we hear are filled with discouragement and negativity?
  • What are the rewards of having another person truly know you—who you are, what motivates you, and what struggles you face?
  • In light of your group discussion this week, what common lies do you hear from God’s enemy regarding your identity, value, and purpose?
  • What’s the best way to help if you’re tempted to self-injury?

If your child has struggled with self-injury or if you want to know more about this behavior, you can read about it here: “A Parent’s Guide to Recognizing Self-Injury” (available for free at

Please let me know if there is any way I can help you or your family this week. Thanks for all your prayers for our students and our ministry!

Your partner in ministry,


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