Youth Ministry News

Fuel, Oct. 7: God’s Justice

This Sunday we discuss the truth that God will make everything right.  That also means we want to be right with him!

Make use of that family devotional – it has a video to watch that accompanies this lesson.  Oh, and it’s a FABULOUS VIDEO:  Closed Circuit.  It shows how God doesn’t miss the injustices in our world.

Use this guide to discuss God’s justice.

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 rightnowmedia.redlandbaptist.org.

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Ocean City summer mission trip – Family style

Attention families, we are working to put together a mission trip to Ocean City Baptist Church on August 3-10.  Begin praying about making your “vacation” a powerful family mission experience this summer.  Beach time included!  More info coming soon!

Discuss it: How did we get here?

During the month of October, the youth will discuss our CORE BELIEFS in Sunday School.

“What are ‘Core Beliefs’?” you ask.

They are six, non-negotiable elements of our faith.  We teach them every year – three in the fall and three in the spring.

Where YOU come in.

One lesson on God our Creator doesn’t cut it, but conversations with your child will take it MUCH farther!  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 that first Core Belief, Creator God.  We may have different understandings about the time scope involved.  Those make for interesting conversations (and are worth having), but they can often distract from the purpose: God made us, and that has HUGE implications for how we live and how we ought to live.  This is the bedrock of it all.

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Helping Your Teen Handle Money, Part 2

Greetings, Moms and Dads!

I hope you are enjoying the start of October and the new routines that hopefully have normalized by this point.  Be sure to take and make the time to spend time together as a family. Even during these older years, time together is valuable.

We want to continue to keep connected with you and your family. We want to consistently send things to encourage and empower you. This month is no different, so we have another great Online Parenting Class about “Helping Your Teen Handle Money”. I am sure you will love it, it is a great one.

What do you think? There were some good, solid thoughts in there for parents and families to consider.  We are looking into a possible biblical finance class early spring, by the way.  But for now, here are the points from last week’s video.

Encouraging Work Early. Is your tween/teen ready to take on a job? Even during the school year, could your child pick up a few hours at a local business on the weekends to make a little money but also learn some responsibility?

Open a Checking Account and Get a Debit Card. Even if you are not sure about opening a full checking account, would a pre-paid debit card work to teach your child how to better manage money?  I’ll admit, my kids are still on a cash system in our house.

Don’t Pay for Everything. Have you had a talk about the difference between “needs” and “wants”? Are you paying for everything, including the new version of things your child already has? What is that teaching them about money management?

Teach Generosity and Saving Early. When was the last time your child saw you stop and help someone in need? What conversations have you had about tithe and offering?

I am praying for you. Let me know how I can help and encourage you even more when it comes to the topic of money and stewardship in your family!

Your partner in ministry,
Kevin Freeman

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Helping Your Teen Handle Money, Part 1

A Happy Fall Hello!

Can you believe we about to finish September? Sometimes it’s mind-boggling to see how time flies!

I hope you and your teen had a great summer. I have heard some of the students talking about summer jobs and making some money over the summer months. That makes this short, Online Parenting Class perfect! It is about “Helping Your Teen Handle Money.”

It is that time of year when you probably feel the pinch of all those registration fees coming in.  Students need to begin working through wise financial management, too.  That may come through helping your child handle the money they made this summer or thinking through how to manage the money your family is going to spend on groceries or other supplies. It is a perfect time to have open and honest discussion about money.

Each of the four hints are spot on to help you and your family think about the topic of money connected to your teenager. I hope it helps you and is some quick inspiration to create a philosophy and approach to money.

Please check out this week’s online parenting class:

https://vimeo.com/parentministry/review/257625025/2f6afefc9d

Your partner in ministry,
Kevin Freeman

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Fuel, Sep. 30: God’s Wisdom

How do we gain wisdom from God?

That’s what we’ll discuss this Sunday during Fuel.  Don’t forget that we have a family devotional for you to watch that accompanies this lesson.  Here’s a video preview that will launch your discussion at home:  Frozen Moment.  This is thought-provoking and may bring up how God’s wisdom relates to our own painful moments.

Use this guide to discuss God’s wisdom.

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 rightnowmedia.redlandbaptist.org.

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Discuss it: For whom do you build?

Sunday’s lesson (Sep. 30) in Youth SS is about the Tower of Babel.  Do you remember the epic way God confused that building project?  In a fallen world, we know that sin drives people to seek greatness for themselves instead of God’s glory.  Hence the question, For whom do you build?  Our lives can be built for ourselves, others, or the One we should seek to glorify.

Use this sheet to drive discussion about this topic, and see how the conversation goes!

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Fuel, Sun., 9/23: God’s Holiness

What is holiness and what does it have to do with us?

That’s what we’ll discuss this Sunday during Fuel.  Don’t forget that we have a family devotional for you to watch that accompanies this lesson.  Here’s a video preview that will launch your discussion at home:  The Arrow

Use this guide to discuss God’s holiness.

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 rightnowmedia.redlandbaptist.org.

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Discuss it – the mess sin makes

After sin came into the world, God was grieved by its effects on the human race – so grieved that he decided to start over through Noah.  We probably all know the story of Noah’s ark, but have you ever talked about it in terms of God’s judgment or Noah’s godly characteristics?

Here’s a discussion sheet to help you go further with this week’s Sunday School lesson.

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Don’t forget to register for the October 6 Family Fun Day!

We can’t wait to see you at our Family Fun Day event!  Anyone can come, but signing up helps us plan for snacks.

Register here.

The farm is known for its corn maze and has dozens of other fun activities, including zip line, hayrides, trike track, apple cannon, petting zoo, giant slide, and more!

Stay as long as you like and stop in to visit with fellow Redland families at our bonfire space from 2:30-7:30 pm with free hot dogs and s’mores! Other concessions are available.

Look for a family discussion sheet to have a faith talk on your way there.
Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for kids, 4′ tall or less.  Pay at the gate and get $1 off per ticket by mentioning you are with the Redland Baptist Church group.

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