Youth Ministry News

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:

In Him,
Youth Pastor

Categories: for Parents

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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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.

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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

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