Youth Ministry News

Upward Sports Needs You!

Yes, you!

The 2018-2019 season of Upward Basketball and Cheer begins soon! We need as many volunteers (adult and youth) as possible to Connect with our community and who are willing to share of themselves and share the love of God through service. Youth volunteers may receive SSL hours.

For more information or to volunteer, contact or

Categories: for Students, Recreation

Register for CBA Youth Basketball!

Christian Basketball Association (CBA) is a Christian league where youth (Grades 6-12) can play competitive basketball and have a better connection with the church. Click Here to register online and for more information!

Contact Rich Carter,, for more info.

Categories: for Students, News, Recreation

Youth OCC Processing Center on Nov. 23


Categories: for Parents, for Students

Tough questions from teens

This past Sunday our 8th-12th grade youth asked us several important questions about Christianity.  Our Sunday School teachers were up front, answering the questions based on what the Bible says.

As we’ve said previously, questions matter.  They help us grow in our faith.  Here are some of the question topics your teens asked last Sunday:

  • How should we think through LGBTQ issues?
  • Can Christians be in certain political parties?
  • If I convert on my deathbed, will I go to heaven?
  • If you deal in a profession that ruins lives, will you go to heaven?
  • How can God create people who will be punished for not believing in Jesus?

This Sunday, our 6th-7th grade youth will have a Bible Answer Man session of their own.  Take time to talk with your student about these important topics.

Categories: for Parents

Sunday School, Oct. 28

This Sunday, 8th-12th grades get to ask us tough questions!  It’s our Bible Answer Man event, when teachers are simply questioned by the students for the entire time.  That’s because we believe questions are vital to faith development.

Is this the only Sunday when students are allowed to ask questions?  Yes.  Just kidding…we encourage questions all the time.  Sometimes, however, it’s smart to set aside a special time for questions, and that’s what Bible Answer Man is all about.

Do you have a lot of Q & A at home?  Do your kids ask a lot of questions about the Bible?  In my home, the questions usually come in spurts.  That means I have to be ready to set aside whatever I think is important at the moment to answer as best I can.

6th-7th grades will have a lesson about Abraham that reminds them God works providentially to bring about His purposes.  Parents, if you’d like a discussion sheet on this, click here.  Bible Answer Man for 6th-7th will be on Nov. 4.

Categories: for Parents

Fuel, Oct. 28

This Sunday at Fuel we will launch a study on apologetics. The purpose of this study is to help our students think critically about why they believe what they believe about God and to learn how to stand firm in their faith amid a culture that will pull them in all directions.

Our first lesson will examine what it means to have a worldview. We’ll challenge our students to think about themselves, what they think, and what foundation they desire to base their life upon. Each of us has a worldview that has been shaped by our upbringing, the environment we grew up in, and our family unit.

Here are some questions that could help fuel great dialogue at home:

  • What are some good, appropriate ways for Christ-followers to respond to our culture’s attitude toward absolute truth?
  • How can Paul’s story of transformation in the Bible encourage you as you interact with people who aren’t followers of Jesus?
  • When do you find it most difficult to follow a Jesus-centered worldview, and why?

We look forward to partnering with you as together we prepare our teenagers for the journey ahead of them by equipping them with the tools necessary to develop a strong, Jesus-centered worldview.

Sunday is also Action Teams night.  Instead of the lesson discussed above, youth who are in Action Teams will meet to discuss their ministry and how they can make the most of it.

Have a wonderful week!

Categories: Uncategorized

Fuel, Oct. 21: God’s Faithfulness

This Sunday we discuss our final session in The Real God – God is worth trusting.  That also means we can always count on him!

Be sure to take advantage of the family devotional –  The companion video is pretty fun:  Closed Circuit.  It reminds us that so many “guarantees” aren’t really to be trusted.

Use this guide to discuss God’s faithfulness.

If you have a free RightNow Media account, you can watch the video there, too.  Do you need to sign up for RightNow Media?  It’s free! Visit

Categories: for Parents

Discuss it: What makes Jesus unique?

During the month of October, the youth have been discussing our CORE BELIEFS in Sunday School.  These are six, non-negotiable elements of our faith.  

YOUR task – find 15 minutes in the coming week to discuss this week’s Core Belief: The Uniqueness of Jesus

One lesson from us doesn’t have nearly as much impact as a heartfelt conversation with your child.  So take some time to talk about it with your teen or tween.  Use our resources page to get some info to talk about.

This Sunday we’ll tackle third Core Belief, the uniqueness of Jesus.  What makes Jesus unique?  Consider his own claim that “no one comes to the Father except through” himself.  Or consider a Jesus who was man but not God, or God but not man.  Could he have fulfilled the task of saving us?  Take a look at those resources, and let me know how the conversation goes!

Categories: for Parents

Youth Action Teams

One of the key involvements we strive for in Redland Youth Ministry is getting students actively serving in a ministry.  Simply put, teens take a stronger ownership of their faith when they actively serve in ministry.

What this means for youth is that we are encouraging them to sign up on a team that serves within the youth ministry during Sunday School and/or Fuel.

What this means for parents is that you will get some information about the team your child signs up for, so that you can be aware of and encourage it.  Sign ups will take place during the month of October.

Categories: for Parents

The Corn Maze event is Saturday. Be sure to register.

Help us out by signing up for the maze event.  That helps us plan for food and get other information out to you if we need to.  Register here.

Categories: for Parents

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