Youth Ministry News

Don’t forget – Church Workday this Saturday, 9am-1pm

Here’s another reminder that you can take just a couple hours and serve at the workday!  THIS Saturday, May 19, from 9am-1pm – RAIN or SHINE.  So why is it a good idea to come out with your kids?

  • Working together brings bonding
  • Lunch will be covered
  • You can play 9 square after it gets mulched
  • Connect faith with works – literally!

So clear out a few hours and come out to help.  You’ll be glad you did!

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Take part in the church workday! May 19

Did you know? Family work projects strengthen parent/child relationships.

We have a church workday coming up on May 19, from 9am-1pm.  And it’s true that when youth and parents work on a project together, good bonding happens.  Here are a few benefits that can come directly from involvement on May 19:

  • Your kids will see you following direction.  You get to come and work on a task, and they get to observe it.
  • You may get to work on mulching the 9 square area and show a way you support the youth ministry, something your kids care about.
  • You can see your kids in a different light as some hidden qualities stand out through working different tasks.
  • You can work side by side and have fun along the way.

So clear out a few hours and come out to help.  Oh, and lunch is provided!

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Have you had “the talk”?

Dear Parent,

Does this note sound familiar?

My shoulders get tight, my palms start to sweat, and I get this weird feeling in the pit of my stomach when I have to deal with this issue. It sounds like I am talking about love or some other deeply emotional aspect. And for many of us, the topic of money is deeply emotional.

Yep, I am talking about learning how to handle money and for many of us it brings up many emotional reactions. Some of us grew up without much and some of us grew up never really even thinking about it…until we had to. And now you have a teenager that needs to know how to earn, spend, save, and handle their money in the right way.

We must first teach them the attitude they should have about money. I believe the greatest lesson we can teach our teenagers is taught by a man who absolutely knew what he was talking about. In Philippians, Paul very specifically tells us to be content! Philippians 4:11-12 says, “I don’t say this out of need for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot.” He then goes on to tell us his secret of contentment! “Whether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need, I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

That seems so simple yet so hard at the same time! If we are content, money can’t control us. If we are content, we can make wiser decisions with the money we have. But please know that contentment does not mean lazy or without drive. On the contrary! It just means you recognize the blessing of where you are and it’s all because of Christ.

Then we teach our teens that they must control their money or their money will most definitely control them. And when money controls us, it limits our decisions and even our freedoms! Whether you believe debt is right or wrong doesn’t change the fact that it is a very prevalent part of our society. We must teach our teens what debt is and how it can affect their lives. Immediate gratification is the birth place of debt for many and our teens need to know what that looks like!

The topic of money can be very arduous or can be very exciting and I am learning it has a lot to do with our attitude towards it!

Check out our Online Parenting Class for this month as we think about how we teach our teens to manage money.

Money management is our current Sunday School series for high school.  The series is called Generation Change.

Your partner in ministry,

Kevin Freeman

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This Sunday: Overcoming divisions

Our Middle School students are in a series called THE UNIT.  In it we strive to connect as believers, something our church is working on for our “connect” vision in 2018.

This week’s topic is about overcoming divisions.  Parents, consider a story of your own where divisions were a problem.   Me?  I can think of all the cliques in school.  It’s worth a conversation with your student to talk about the change that comes through Christ.

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Free Parent Resource – Dinner Discussions

Oftentimes a simple question can spark great discussion.  And just as often we find ourselves too busy or preoccupied to think of a good question.  So here’s a resource to help jump start the conversation with some basic but helpful questions.

Dinner Discussion Questions – Try to introduce one question each week at dinner and make it last all year!

Why we care about family discussions.

Making disciples among Christians happens first and foremost within the family.  That means relationships matter.  We can’t talk about the things of God with our kids if we haven’t built loving, trusting relationships with them.  In our hectic world, that can sometimes be tough, but strong parent/child relationships matter to God.

This is what was prophesied about John the Baptist:

“He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.” (Luke 1:17)

That quote was lifted from Malachi 4:6, and without it we read that bad things happen!  So parents, be sure to take time to build those relationships with your children.  I hope these questions help!

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Middle School series on community

Middle School youth are covering a three week series on biblical community called “The Unit”.  This is a great way to help students CONNECT with each other as believers.

Week one will begin May 6 and cover the Unity and Love theme of John 17.  Here’s a quote from Gary Burge that helps sum up the session. “The confidence of the church’s mission rests here: If it lives in the Spirit (and thereby in the Father and Son), if it reflects God’s glory and love, if it shows a unity in its ranks born by a shared knowledge of God, its testimony will astonish the world.”

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Youth Finance Series

Starting Sunday, May 6, our high school youth will cover a three week series on biblical guidelines for money management.  The curriculum is called Generation Change and is produced by Dave Ramsey.

Stewardship, we understand, is an important facet of faithful living, which is why we want to help equip students with some financial tools.  But what we share on Sunday is much more effective when it’s reinforced at home.

Parents, if you would like more information about biblical finances, we periodically hold sessions for adults, too.  For now, here is a basic guide that goes along with our series.  We are covering series two: “DO”.


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Parent meeting THIS Sunday, April 29

Parents will get to meet at the Barn this Sunday at 9:45am.  For parents with youth going to Recharge Camp, this meeting is mandatory.  Bring the required documents and deposit money with you, plus medical cards.  Visit for more information.

A chance to connect:

We will also have some discussion time to help parents connect with each other, and there will be some helpful updates related to Family Ministry.

See you there!


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Portrait of a Healthy Church

In the fall of 2017, our staff decided to invite Dr. Randy Millwood from our BCMD staff to help us determine how we might help Redland to become a more efficient tool for furthering God’s kingdom.  Randy suggested the Church Health Assessment—a study he and other faculty of New Orleans Seminary had developed a few years back. We liked that idea so we set the dates. We enlisted the respondents (30 Redlanders carefully chosen to reflect the age, gender, marital status, and length of church membership tenure, etc. of our church). The idea was to assemble a “little Redland” to help us get a picture of the “bigger Redland. The surveys were carefully tabulated, and on April 7 about 60 Redlanders gathered to hear the results and to brainstorm some ways we could use the results.

Here are a couple things the survey revealed:

1.) We have a very healthy church.
2.) The results reflected the vision focus for 2018—our need to do a better job of connecting with each other and the lost in our community.

Our staff will with Randy to get suggestions on next steps, and continues to review the results. We want to accomplish those goals with you, not for you.

Copies of the results were sent out attached to an e-mail and are also available on the table in the back of the Sanctuary, or contact the church office for a copy.

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Fuel Sunday, 4/8: Leadership – the balancing act

This Sunday we will launch a new leadership series during Fuel that focuses on the “doing” side of leadership. This first lesson examines the leadership idea of focus preceding success. We defined this as “maintaining a single-minded focus on the chosen goal in order to experience success in one’s mission.” Focus transforms our lives, blocks out distractions, and creates entire team success. Our students will also examine the story of Noah in Genesis 6–7 and see how his focus helped save humanity. Noah is a great example of a leader who remained focused, even in the midst of great adversity.

Here are some questions you could ask your teenager about this week’s lesson to get some conversation flowing:

  • What kinds of things regularly try to steal your focus and attention away from God?
  • What traits or characteristics or habits define a person who is focused?
  • Why do you think God wants us to be people of focus?

Have a great week!

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