Youth Ministry News

Empowering Your Teen to Say No (Controlling Schedules), Part 2

Hello Parents and Families:

We are following up on last week’s topic, “Empowering Your Teen to Say No.” It couldn’t come at a busier time!  As I was watching the video, some verses came to mind.  One that continues to stick with me is Proverbs 90:12. It says this,

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

This month’s online parent class is all about schedules and our teen’s time. It is about empowering your teen to say no to controlling schedules. As you watch it, hopefully it will help you do what the verse asks…for God to teach us how to gain wisdom by managing our time (days).

Isn’t that what we want from our pre-teen/teen…to gain wisdom and live a life that is intelligent? Busy schedules, crammed with too many things can quickly overwhelm the most important things and even the most important thoughts. Think about this for a minute…what are your thoughts and your teens thoughts overwhelmed with…wisdom or the next activity on the schedule?

While we feel like we are doing the best things for our child’s future and dreams, are we robbing them of enjoying the present moments?

Watch again and make a list of the helpful hints from the “too-busy” check list and then sit down as a family and pray over your day, weeks, and months. Don’t number them in a way that is packed, but go over your schedule with a red pen, ready to write “No!” on top of a few things.

You are in my heart and prayers!

Your partner in ministry,

Kevin Freeman

Categories: for Parents, Parenting

Don’t forget. Youth Christmas Party is THIS Sunday!

Our annual youth Christmas party is December 9 during the Fuel program, 5:00-7:00 pm.

We’ll have a gift exchange – bring a wrapped gift, $5 or less

Meal – bring a dish to share

  • A-L bring dessert item
  • M-Z bring finger food

Categories: for Parents

Empowering Your Teen to Say No (Controlling Schedules)

Greetings Youth Parents:

This is the most wonderful time of year, and it also might be the busiest! The holiday season from Thanksgiving through to the New Year is supposed to be a time of “Peace on Earth,” but if we are honest, it is busyness at another level. At least it can be unless we learn to say “No!” and teach our children to say “No!” as well.

While we all seem to live with the new phobia, “FOMO”, the fear of missing out, it is time for us as parents to step back and realize we might be missing out on what matters most.

This month’s Online Parenting Class is all about “Empowering Your Teen to Say No to Controlling Schedules.”

As you process this video as parent,s and maybe even sit down and watch it as a family, remember a few key things:

  • We can’t do everything, but what we can do needs to matter for eternity.
  • If we teach our tween/teen to say “No” to busyness, we teach them to learn to say “No” more easily to other things in the future.
  • Saying “No” now will open opportunities to saying “Yes” to other things in the future you might have never known.

My heart and prayer is to help you and your family to “Seek First His Kingdom” and that means with your schedule, too!

Please check out this week’s online parenting class:

https://vimeo.com/parentministry/review/280521817/dc7eead16a

Your partner in ministry,

Kevin Freeman

Categories: for Parents, Parenting

Christmas party is in one week! (December 9)

Our annual youth Christmas party is December 9 during the Fuel program, 5:00-7:00 pm.

We’ll have a gift exchange – bring a wrapped gift, $5 or less

Meal – bring a dish to share

  • A-L bring dessert item
  • M-Z bring finger food

Categories: for Parents, for Students

Help Josh and our church on Saturday, Dec. 1

Josh S. is doing his Eagle Scout project this Saturday, and he needs your help!

Project:     Redo walkway at church between church office and main building
Date:           Saturday, Dec. 1
Times:       8:30 am – 5:30 pm (Drop by any time)
RSVP:        Josh S., star.roasting@gmail.com
Other:        SSL hours are available
                    Breakfast donuts provided,
Lunch pizza provided
When you RSVP, Josh may ask about equipment and supplies you may have available                           (gloves, shovels, etc.)

Categories: Uncategorized

“A Night of Carols!” December 16 at 4pm

Come join us in celebrating the music of the Christmas season as the Worship Ministry of Redland Baptist Church presents A Night of Carols! on Sunday, December 16 at 4pm featuring Kids for Praise 2 and 3 Children’s Choirs, Waves of Grace Youth Choir and Handbells, Celebration Bells, RBC Orchestra and Sanctuary Choir.

Childcare is available for three years-old and younger during the presentation.

A “Tasting Party” reception follows, featuring Christmas treats prepared by the RBC Family.

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Discuss it: Joseph’s coat, jealousy, and God’s plan

This Sunday we cover a fairly familiar story.  Joseph was one color in Jacob’s eyes: Golden.  His brothers turned a different, envious shade: Green.  There are many more colors to this story, reflected in Joseph’s coat.

After being sold into captivity by his brothers, Joseph had to ask a key question: Has God forgotten about me?

Here’s your chance to do a fun activity and bring the question home (literally) by discussing ways God has helped your own family during disappointments and hard times.  You may also want to discuss the impact of jealousy.

Either way, here’s a discussion sheet to get you going.

Categories: for Parents

Christmas gift suggestion

In addition to all of the cool electronics and other things your teen or pre-teen may get this Christmas, consider giving them a gift that will help them become the man or woman God has called them to be.

For that, I’ll recommend an easy-to-read book.  Consider either…

  • The Smart Girl’s Guide to God, Guys, and the Galaxy: Save the Drama! and 100 Other Practical Tips for TeensLearn more and purchase here…OR

  • The Guy’s Guide to God, Girls, and the Phone in Your Pocket: 101 Real-World Tips for Teenaged GuysLearn more and purchase here.

These books are fun to read and written “devotional style,” just a couple pages for each tip.  They have good advice and Scripture to solidify the message.

Categories: for Parents

Inclement Weather

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.

Categories: News, Uncategorized

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

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