Youth Ministry News

A verse a week to help your family grow strong

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”  Psalm 119:11

By learning and living God’s truth, we are enabled to please God and be successful.  Families are the best environment to learn and live God’s truth.  So parents, we have a resource for you.  There are 52 Bible verses for you to discuss – 1 per week – with your family.  Help each other learn it.  Discuss it together.  Let it be a theme for each week to live out as a family.

If your kids have phones, text them the pictures each week, too.

Here are some ideas to make the most of these verses:

  • Cover one verse per week (52 weeks in a year)
  • Put the verse of the week on your fridge.
  • Offer small rewards, like privileges, for anyone who memorizes the verse (adjust length for younger family members)
  • Talk about the verse at the beginning of the week – what it means and how you can live it out.
  • Refer to the verse when its message comes up in daily life.
  • Pray for the message of the verse to take root in you and your family.
  • That’s it!

RYM 2019 Spring Youth Retreat

Printable Retreat Information Sheet

All youth, grades 6-12 are invited to join in an exciting weekend retreat!

Key information

March 29 at 5:00 pm through March 31 at 10:45 am
Early bird price of $99 per person (sponsorships and sibling discounts available)
Held at Camp Bennett (20501 Georgia Ave, Brookeville, MD 20833)
Parent info meetings Sunday, March 3, at 10:00 am (youth barn) and 5:45 pm (youth house)
March 3 non-refundable deposit deadline to guarantee space and early bird pricing
March 24 final balance due
No registrations available after March 24

Retreat Description

The goal of our youth retreat this year is to invite students toward greater depth in their faith and relationships with each other.  We believe shared experiences help build strong relationships, and strong relationships fuel spiritual change.  The weekend will take place at Camp Bennett, with a couple excursions off-site for fun activities.  While at the camp, our sessions will be led by guest speaker, James Walker, who will engage youth in discussion about the book of Ruth.  Youth will become aware of the depth of Ruth’s relationship with Naomi (and later Boaz and God) and the mutual impact God brought to the community through deepening relationships.  We are stronger together. We are stronger for God together.

Registration, Forms, and Information Meetings

Registration.  Registration is done online.
Register and pay by check
Register and pay online

Sibling discount.  Second and following siblings each receive a $10 discount ($89 early bird, $105 regular).  If paying online, enter promo code “2nd kiddo” (no quotes) to receive the discount…codes 3rd kiddo and 4th kiddo for subsequent siblings in the same family.

Informational meeting.  An informational meeting will be held on Sunday, March 3, at 10:00 am (youth barn) and 5:45 pm (youth house).  This meeting is designed for the parents.  At the meeting, we will cover the basics of the retreat, answer questions, and allow you to pay a deposit (or full balance).

Forms.  All participants must complete and have notarized a Health & Consent form.  When turning in the form, please also include two copies of your health insurance card.

Housing and Chaperones

Housing.  Housing will take place in bunkhouse style cabins at Camp Bennett.  Cabins will be divided for males and females, as many cabins as needed.

Chaperones.  All of our adult chaperones will be background checked and approved through our Family Ministry child protection training.  We strive for a 1:5 adult to student ratio, and at least 2 adults are present with minors.  Adult chaperones on youth retreats are typically volunteers from our youth ministry already and are high caliber individuals.

Activities and Locations

Our weekend will involve several activities and game options, including some off-site.  Off-site activities (ex. Laser tag) are included in registration cost, along with transportation, provided by chaperones.  There is an option of paint ball while at Camp Bennett.  Other activities include the available resources at Camp Bennett.

Included in Registration

Retreat registration includes

  • Housing and meals at Camp Bennett
  • Activities during retreat
  • Off-site activities and transportation
  • A stylish, comfy tee shirt
  • Guest speaker fees
  • Retreat materials

Meals, Meds, and Allergies

Meals.  Meals include Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast.  These will most likely be prepared on-site at the camp kitchen.  If so, this will happen through a person certified in food safety.

Food allergies.  Please inform us in writing of any food allergies well in advance of the retreat.  Allergy needs will be reviewed so that we can determine how best to meet dietary needs of all participants in consultation with parents.

Medications.  All medications – including over the counter medications – must be given to a designated chaperone at check-in on Friday.  To maintain safety, youth cannot be in control of their medications.  When turning these in, please be sure to place meds in clearly labeled containers inside a zip-top bag.  Include student name and listing of medication and dosing frequency.

Other allergies.  If a youth has any allergies, please make us aware of them in writing.  Youth who need emergency items, such as epi-pens or inhalers, will be allowed to carry those with them, but they will need to be responsible for them.

What to bring

Participants should pack a Bible, pen, notebook for journaling, bedding (for bunk beds), toiletries, clothing that can get messy, close-toed shoes, bed clothes, a jacket/coat, and a positive attitude.  Do not bring any weapons, illegal substances, clothing that is immodest (shirts should have sleeves) or promotes a negative message or has profanity.

Drop off and Pick up

Drop off is on March 29, any time between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm.  Drop off will be at Camp Bennett (20501 Georgia Ave, Brookeville, MD 20833).

Pick up is on March 31 at 10:45 in the Barn at Redland Baptist Church (6922 Muncaster Mill Rd, Rockville, MD  20855).

Behavioral expectations

We plan to have a fun, dynamic weekend!  To ensure this, all participants need to come with a teachable spirit and a positive attitude.  Adult chaperones will be encouraging and positive as well.  There will be some basic rules to follow, including a rule to show respect to all others, elevate group needs above personal wants, and coming to adults when conflict arises.  If any participant chooses to continually violate the rules, it may result in dismissal from the retreat.  We cannot provide refunds in this instance.

Questions

Feel free to contact Kevin Freeman if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to an exciting retreat!

Categories: for Parents, for Students

OC Mission Trip information meeting

Dear Families,

We are VERY excited about the upcoming Ocean City Mission Trip, Aug. 3-10, 2019!

This trip will be open to the church but focused on families.  We invite you to join us for an information meeting to learn about the trip details, activities, cost, and deadlines.  There will also be a need to determine some of our ministry activities, which is dependent upon who shows.  So come and make your voice heard at this meeting!

What:  Ocean City Mission Trip information meeting
When:  Sunday, Feb. 24, after conclusion of 11:00 am worship (about 12:20)
Where: Held in the ROC Foyer at Redland Baptist Church
Who: Anyone interested in the trip – family units are encouraged to attend
Meal:  Pizza and drinks will be provided

No RSVP needed

Youth Fuel resumes with new series

On Feb. 10, our youth will return to Fuel and begin a new series on the book of James.  We’ll enjoy some videos from Francis Chan, and we’ll begin to explore this book together in small groups (starting Feb. 17).  Parents, the book of James is an immensely practical book.  In this coming week, review the James 1:1-12 with your youth.  You can even use this discussion guide to help guide the conversation with open-ended questions and application ideas.

Categories: for Parents

Family Ministry Overview: Come hear how we help your family thrive

At Redland, we want every family to discover how they can enjoy great relationships and passionate faith that fills the home and spills out from it.  Simply put, we are passionate about families enjoying God’s best for them.  That’s why I’m so excited to invite you to hear about an upcoming opportunity.

We are holding three, one-hour sessions that give you an “overview” of our strategy to come alongside families and help them thrive.  Our family ministry team has worked hard and developed a plan to help you succeed as a parent and pass your spiritual DNA on to your children.

Join us and hear how we are coming alongside you.  Choose from three meeting options, all at Redland Baptist Church:

  • Sunday, Feb. 17 at 9:40 am in the Chapel
  • Sunday, Feb. 17 at 5:30 pm in the Loft
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 pm in the Barn

You’ll sense our passion for your family’s success along with our plan to help you achieve it.  This is for parents/guardians of children at all stages of development or for anyone interested in starting a family or helping families succeed.  No RSVP necessary.  Just pick which event you’d like to attend.

Your partner in ministry,

Kevin Freeman

 

Discuss it: How can we trust the Bible?

Students will meet in Sunday School on Feb. 10 to answer an important question that every Christian must ask: How do I know I can trust the Bible?  We will learn that the Bible is God’s inerrant, inspired Word that tells us how we should live.

But here’s the kicker:  One lesson doesn’t cut it.

If our youth are going to understand that the Bible guides our lives, then they’ll have to see it day in and day out.  I’m including some notes on the Bible so that you can talk with your youth about it, but I encourage you to ask your family a question. “How well do we as a family live out what God’s Word teaches us?”

As a follow up question, you might ask what your youth think helps you live it out so well, or what you can do to improve.

Let me know how it goes!

Categories: for Parents

Discuss it – the freedom God brings

Have you ever considered that when God was freeing Israel from slavery, he was freeing them from another bondage?

This Sunday we’ll discuss the ten plagues against Egypt, which God used to bring his people out of captivity.  They had been held captive not merely physically but also spiritually, held in bondage to the spiritual beliefs of their day.  Are we in a similar bonage?

The ten plagues revealed God’s power over any other god or belief.  Take some time to talk about this freedom God brings.  Use this sheet as a guide.  Paper copies are available in the church foyer.

Categories: for Parents

Youth Fuel series in January

Starting Sunday, the youth will cover a series on spiritual beings!  This week’s topic is angels.  We will look at what the Bible says about angels.  We will also discuss how we can be more aware that there is a spiritual world around us.  Colossians tells us to “set our hearts on things above, not on earthly things.”  A lesson about angels helps remind us of the unseen world that is nevertheless very real.

Oh, and thank you to one of our youth for her original artwork for this series!

Categories: for Parents

Discuss it: Burning bushes and changed lives

Moses’ burning bush experience changed him forever.  
God used him for big things after that.
He can use you, too.

The youth cover Moses’ encounter with God this Sunday at 9:40 am.  God’s brightness burned brightly through Moses as Moses decided to be used for God’s purposes.  God’s plan to end human suffering among his people happened through people.  God still works through those who are willing to be used by him.  Your family can burn brightly for God in a dim world.

Join in what we are learning and use this discussion sheet to follow up with your teen.

Categories: for Parents

GOOOALS! Helping Your Tween/Teen Win in the New Year

Gifts are opened, and school is out.  The New Year is coming, and it’s a great time for setting goals.

I have a goal setting resource for you, and it contains practical advice for parents to help teens make good goals with ways to measure them.

But first, what does God’s Word say about setting goals?

 

 

 

 

 

Plan well.

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” Luke 14:28

Commit your goals to God.

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3

Keep eternity in perspective.

“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” John 6:27

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:14

I suggest asking this question about each goal we set: How will accomplishing this goal help me bring glory to God and have lasting impact for him?

 

Can the goal of a better math grade bring glory to God?  Yes.  A good student is doing “all to the glory of God,” and is preparing for future success.

With this eternal perspective in mind, download the Goals Resource so you can help your teen set effective goals for the New Year.

Categories: for Parents, Parenting

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