Youth Ministry News

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RBC Closures Due to Inclement Weather
The church office and all week day daytime activities will follow Montgomery County Public Schools when it comes to delayed openings, closures and early closures due to inclement weather.  For week day 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.  For weekend activities, the Minister or Director of the activity will make a determination and the information will be available at least 2 hours before the event begins. 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.

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Fuel Sunday, Nov. 18

Our teenagers are living in unprecedented times. They face a staggering cultural and spiritual onslaught, and our students are challenged daily with pressures that seem to be overwhelming. Trying to raise Christ-following young people in this culture can feel daunting, but together we can  invest in the lives of these students and give them a strong foundation of faith that will last a lifetime.

Parents of 11th-12th grade students

Remember, you are invited to join us in the Youth House starting at 5:45 pm this Sunday to discuss graduation and how to guide 11th-12th graders toward post-high school life.  You’ll also get to hear how we are partnering with you in the process.

Fuel topic

This week, our group finishes an introduction to apologetics (led by one of our youth!) by talking about the importance of being confident in sharing what we believe. Many people fear sharing their faith for fear of not saying the right thing or not knowing enough. Some are afraid of looking foolish or are uncertain about stepping into a difficult conversation. Our students will cover topics about…

  1. Why we need to share our faith
  2. How we can be prepared to explain what we believe
  3. How our personal stories of faith are so powerful.

Here are some questions you might want to ask this week to keep the dialogue going:

  • When do you feel most confident talking to other people about your faith? When do you feel least confident?
  • What does it mean to shine your light for people to see? What might this look like in your sphere of influence?
  • What would give you greater confidence in sharing your faith boldly?

Thank you once again for allowing us to partner with you in preparing the next
generation of Christ-followers. Have a spectacular week!

Categories: for Parents, for Students

Becoming the Adviser Your Teen Needs, Part 2

Hello Parents and Families:

We are back again with another fresh Online Parenting Class for this month! It is a good one that I am sure you are going to love. It all about “Becoming the Adviser Your Teen Needs.” It explains the shift that should be happening in your parenting style and your home as your teen gains more and more freedom.

As your teen grows up and matures, there is a shift that should be happening in the role you play in your child’s life. You go from “controller” to “adviser” as they are earning more and more freedom and independence.

Give this month’s video a watch, and then consider a few additional reflections I have added below:

  • Is my parenting approach shifting and changing from when my child was younger? If not, why?
  • What are the ways that you are allowing your teen freedoms in order for them to learn Godly independence?
  • How do you see your parenting going from controller to adviser?
  • Have a conversation with your teen and ask them in what areas of their life they would like you to be less of a “controller” and need your advice instead?

Please let me know how I can help you as you consider your parenting styles and as you make this necessary transition in your family.

My door, email, and phone are always open to you as parents. As always, I am in prayer for you and your family.

Your partner in ministry,

Kevin Freema

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Register for CBA Basketball

The Christian Basketball Association (CBA) is a great league for youth to play competitive basketball and gain a better connection with the church.  Three teams are available for students in Grades 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12.  Cost is $95 per player, jersey is included.  Scholarships are available. Learn more.

Registration:

Registration for 2018-2019 CBA League is available online November 1, 2018 through December 1, 2018.

Click HERE to register Grade 6-8.

Click HERE to register Grade 9-10.

Click HERE to register Grade 11-12.

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Don’t forget: OCC Processing Center on Nov. 23

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OC Mission Trip – Family Style: Aug 3-10, 2019

More details are coming, but here’s what you can expect:

  • Family-style mission trip:  Youth, children, parents, and other adults are encouraged to join in! (Minimum age TBA)
  • Construction projects
  • Kids Bible projects
  • Sports ministry
  • Outreach to internationals
  • Time for family outings
  • Great relational depth
  • Cost is TBA, likely $200-$250 per person

Consider making this your family vacation.

Schedule your vacation and set aside August 3-10 NOW!

Fuel Sunday, Nov. 11: Gear up for Gratitude

On Sunday at Fuel, we’ll have a youth-led lesson on thankfulness.  Priya will share some truth from God’s word, and we will be reminded how important – and how hard – it is to be thankful.

We’ll also have a great game or two and a tasty taco bar 🙂

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Becoming the Adviser Your Teen Needs, Part 1

Greetings Youth Parents:

I truly hope your month is going well and you are getting into a good pace now that you are into the full swing of the fall schedule. I love the fall season for sure, with the changes in weather and fall activities. God is so amazing as he gives us seasons of weather and of life.

The season of parenting you probably now find yourself in may not feel so amazing some days. There are changes and shifts happening around your home, I am sure.

One of the changes that happens in this new season of your family is what your teen needs from you. It is a time where you are changing from a season of control to a new season of advice. As your child turns in to a teen, they are becoming more independent and confident.

This is not a bad moment of life, but it is something to think through. That is why I am excited to share this month’s Online Parenting Class. It is all about how parents can make the shift from being in complete control to being a Godly adviser for your teen.

Give it a quick watch. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions. I would love to help you walk through this process and season of life.

Please check out this week’s online parenting class:

https://vimeo.com/parentministry/review/280520423/c49e7ea609

In Him,
Youth Pastor

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Discuss it: God shows mercy to misfits

Youth Sunday School on Nov. 11 is about God’s mercy to Jacob, who was quite the trickster.  It is amazing that God still shows mercy to misfits and includes them – us – in his plans to build his kingdom.

Discuss with your teen or pre-teen the short cuts Jacob attempted to get the blessing he desired.  Here’s a sheet to guide that discussion.

Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week

Redland is again a collection center for Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, November 12-19, 2018! OCC makes it possible for millions of children to experience God’s love through shoeboxes filled with gifts. These shoeboxes open doors for presenting the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Collection Center Hours are:

Monday, November 12, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Tuesday, November 13, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Wednesday, November 14, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Thursday, November 15, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Friday, November 16, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday, November 17, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, November 18, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Monday, November 19, 12:00pm – 8:00pm

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