Youth Ministry News

Teens and Social Media

Dear Parents,

I wanted to share a great resource you may enjoy.  It’s called A Teen’s Guide to Social Media and Mobile Devices, by Jonathan McKee.  Jonathan does a great job weaving in biblical truth and practical advice.  You can purchase the book here, but I’m also providing a review of the book.

Teen’s Guide to Social Media REVIEW

In it you’ll find a great synopsis of the 21 points. For example,

Tip #1: Love the One You’re With
“Discovering the secret of “social in a social media world is that the smartphone-generation has become so dependent on their phones that they have become anti-social. It is seen through a few things:

1.) Diminished ability to recognize facial expressions.
2.) Lack of empathy.
3.) A decrease in close friends.

Instead of letting a smart phone ruin your social life, put it back in your pocket and really connect with others.

Take a look and let me know what you think!

Kevin

Categories: for Parents

Youth activities preview for AFTER RBC Camp

Youth helpers at RBC Camp will get to take part in some activities AFTER camp each day!

Important information about these activities:

    1. This is only open to youth camp helpers.
    2. We will need some chaperone support – let Kevin know if you are interested.
    3. Permission slip will be available as early as June 10.

So what are the activities?  Tentative schedule:
Monday: Brazilian dodgeball and pizza lunch ($3)
Tuesday: Swimming
WednesdayIncredibles 2 movie…so don’t go see it early!
Thursday: Walk to lunch at Gourmet Asian Bistro

Categories: for Parents, for Students

SCOTUS Cake Baking and Sunday’s Lesson

You may have heard that on June 4 the Supreme Court voted 7-2 in favor of Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop to withhold services based on religiously held conviction.  If your teen is older, I wholeheartedly recommend discussion of this decision, what it means for Americans, and other, finer points of the issue.

Why do I bring all of this up here?

This Sunday, June 10, our youth will learn that God calls us to stand our ground, refusing to compromise when the truth of the gospel is at stake.  Our passage, Galatians 2:11-21, is less about withholding services and more about freely sharing God’s message with all people, regardless of who they are.  The tie in with the Supreme Court decision and our lesson leads to a few observations:

  1. Standing firm on God’s truth means we share the good news with everyone – no holding back.
  2. Our faith leads us to make very real, day-to-day decisions to either do or not do certain things out of obedience to God.  Religious exercise should never be confined within church walls.
  3. Whatever decision we make must be based on God’s truth and convey God’s love.
  4. We can thank God for the religious liberty to operate on our sincerely held religious beliefs while realizing the law may not always make provision for us to do so.

Perhaps you have different observations.  Talk to your teen or pre-teen about our call to stand firm on the gospel.  Here’s a discussion sheet to help.

Categories: for Parents, for Students

Dads and Daughters, Part 1

Hello Dads (and Moms):

A very happy Father’s Day month to all the amazing men receiving this email. Dads, you are serving a holy and special place in the lives of your children. Being a dad to a pre-teen/teen is a whole new level of faith and fun, so you deserve the honor. Whether you are a dad, a grandfather, stepfather, or an uncle, if you are a man in the life of one our students, I applaud you.

This month’s Online Parenting Class, is for those men. If you are mom, you are encouraged to watch too! We know for some of our families, mom is also “dad” too.

This month’s video has a companion video for moms and sons,  and this is all part of a new, parent equipping resource just for you.  This month’s focus is on dads and daughters. What a great encouragement and some simple, but powerful, hints for dads to be able to connect to their pre-teen/teen daughter’s heart.

In our world right now, our pre-teen/teen girls are being overwhelmed with a confusing message. I am excited to see the positive movement to make sure that no girl or woman is abused or treated as second class. It continues to break my heart, however, that at the same time there are still music, movies and even commercials that are NOT reflecting God’s view and value of His daughters.

I hope this short video this month helps and encourages both our dads and our moms to make sure to stay connected to their daughter’s heart during these confusing times. Please let me know how I can encourage you, pray for you, or even add on some additional help to the ideas presented in this month’s video!

Please check out this online parenting class:

https://vimeo.com/parentministry/review/257632682/af60c47729

I’m praying for you.

Your partner in ministry,

Kevin Freeman

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Help for Dan’s Eagle Scout project

Dan is working on his Eagle Scout project THIS Saturday. Let’s help him…because helping him is also helping us…because he’s doing work at the church 🙂

Tasks include repairing the Youth House steps AND redoing some mulch beds.

Help him know you’re coming by completing this form:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4aa9aa2fa6f85-danjohnson

Categories: for Parents, for Students

Did you see our sponsor child visit video?

Our visit to see Carlos was wonderful!  We want to continue encouraging him through letters and gifts that will help us connect better with him and his needs.

How you can pray:

  • Godly influences in his life – Carlos has not known his mother or father since he was two years old.  He is now thirteen and lives with his grandmother.
  • Physical needs to be met (food, clothing, shelter) – Carlos and his family may be evicted.  The landowner where they rent wants to sell the property.
  • Spiritual growth

Categories: for Parents, for Students

New Recharge Camp Info is out!

Camp students and parents, in a month we’ll be talking about how great camp was!  In case you missed it, an email went out Thursday with a lot of information about camp, including updated website info (https://ampedministry.org/events/recharge/), our color wars color – YELLOW!, medications and other items to keep you informed.

If you missed it, double check your inbox and ask if you need further help.

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Don’t forget – Church Workday this Saturday, 9am-1pm

Here’s another reminder that you can take just a couple hours and serve at the workday!  THIS Saturday, May 19, from 9am-1pm – RAIN or SHINE.  So why is it a good idea to come out with your kids?

  • Working together brings bonding
  • Lunch will be covered
  • You can play 9 square after it gets mulched
  • Connect faith with works – literally!

So clear out a few hours and come out to help.  You’ll be glad you did!

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Take part in the church workday! May 19

Did you know? Family work projects strengthen parent/child relationships.

We have a church workday coming up on May 19, from 9am-1pm.  And it’s true that when youth and parents work on a project together, good bonding happens.  Here are a few benefits that can come directly from involvement on May 19:

  • Your kids will see you following direction.  You get to come and work on a task, and they get to observe it.
  • You may get to work on mulching the 9 square area and show a way you support the youth ministry, something your kids care about.
  • You can see your kids in a different light as some hidden qualities stand out through working different tasks.
  • You can work side by side and have fun along the way.

So clear out a few hours and come out to help.  Oh, and lunch is provided!

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Have you had “the talk”?

Dear Parent,

Does this note sound familiar?

My shoulders get tight, my palms start to sweat, and I get this weird feeling in the pit of my stomach when I have to deal with this issue. It sounds like I am talking about love or some other deeply emotional aspect. And for many of us, the topic of money is deeply emotional.

Yep, I am talking about learning how to handle money and for many of us it brings up many emotional reactions. Some of us grew up without much and some of us grew up never really even thinking about it…until we had to. And now you have a teenager that needs to know how to earn, spend, save, and handle their money in the right way.

We must first teach them the attitude they should have about money. I believe the greatest lesson we can teach our teenagers is taught by a man who absolutely knew what he was talking about. In Philippians, Paul very specifically tells us to be content! Philippians 4:11-12 says, “I don’t say this out of need for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot.” He then goes on to tell us his secret of contentment! “Whether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need, I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

That seems so simple yet so hard at the same time! If we are content, money can’t control us. If we are content, we can make wiser decisions with the money we have. But please know that contentment does not mean lazy or without drive. On the contrary! It just means you recognize the blessing of where you are and it’s all because of Christ.

Then we teach our teens that they must control their money or their money will most definitely control them. And when money controls us, it limits our decisions and even our freedoms! Whether you believe debt is right or wrong doesn’t change the fact that it is a very prevalent part of our society. We must teach our teens what debt is and how it can affect their lives. Immediate gratification is the birth place of debt for many and our teens need to know what that looks like!

The topic of money can be very arduous or can be very exciting and I am learning it has a lot to do with our attitude towards it!

Check out our Online Parenting Class for this month as we think about how we teach our teens to manage money.

https://vimeo.com/parentministry/review/111735822/9cedcd3f88

Money management is our current Sunday School series for high school.  The series is called Generation Change.

Your partner in ministry,

Kevin Freeman

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