Due to weather concerns, the Christmas Party scheduled on Dec 13 has been cancelled.
It has been rescheduled for December 20th at 5:30, at the White House.
Be sure to check out the bottom of the email to be up to date on events.
Please make it a habit to scroll down to the bottom of the emails that lead you here. I do my best to have the next events posted at the bottom of that page. It will be full of information that your student may have missed. Without further belaying it, here are the upcoming events that will get us through the first quarter of 2014. I can’t believe it is almost the new year……..
Christmas Party – Dec 13
“I AM SECOND” Lock-in – Dec 31
Winter Jam – Jan 31
The Well – Feb 21-22
You Got Served – Mar 29 or 30 (weather permitting)
This Sunday morning we had a guest speaker. Breandan was in town for the holidays, and to help Jill pack up and take her to CT with him. She was offered a position with a hospital near where they will live.
Breandan spoke about God’s sovereignty in our lives. He talked about how some of the things that had transpired in the months during their separation, and how they may not have happened if they were together. He spoke of relationships that were built, decisions for Christ that were made, and renewed focus on church dynamics.
With Jill and Breandan being hundreds of miles apart that gave Breandan opportunity to build relationships with people that may not have been made if they were together. Coming home to an empty basement, Breandan was compelled to make connections with people. Since his first Sunday out there, God has nearly doubled attendance!
Breandan’s love for the lost has provided such an inviting atmosphere to share the life changing news about Jesus. Addicts have changed from being a slave to heroine to a zealous servant of Jesus! New England is such a “white harvest” hungry and thirsty for Christ.
Having time to reflect on what God wants for the New England church body gave Breandan new insight on what “church” looks like. The biggest change he spoke of was that every new believer, before they are baptized and raised to new life are given a disciple that serves as a mentor. Someone who meets them once or twice a week to see what God is doing in their life and cover them in prayer. I know that seems foreign to some, but I know it is what God wants for the New England congregation.
Please pray for High Acres Christian Church, but not because of Breandan, but because of what Jesus is doing in CT. God truly is sovereign and His Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Ben here. Just got back from National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC) yesterday. Let me just say how excited I am for what God is doing at Northside. Day after day God continues to reveal His good and perfect Will in my life. I am very certain that God set me in this place of leadership for one purpose. To bring Him Glory. Youth ministry matters to Him. The youth will be the leaders of tomorrow.
The intense studies the team at Youth Specialties presented this weekend were both encouraging and convicting. I attended seminars titled: Your First 2 Years in Ministry, Marriage and Ministry, and Becoming the Leader God Made You to Be. It was encouraging to hear that Bo and I are doing things correctly.
Ministry is all about love. Matthew 22:36-40 tells about the greatest commandment. Love. If we look back in the OT the law and prophets pointed to the greatest commandment. The laws were love applied. God loved us so much that He set laws in place to keep us safe. Much like you parents set laws to keep your student safe.
The main thing I brought home from speakers like Doug Fields, Bob Goff, and Harvey Carey is that youth ministry is important. More often than not, youth ministers seem to focus on the wrong things. We often get wrapped up in the “branding” of the ministry, or the size of the attendance. What I resonated most with is what I stated earlier; that ministry is about loving people. Celebrating the good times and walking with them in the tough times. Being available to parents for resources, and authentic with the students
Hope this makes sense. I’m not very good at blogs, but hope to do more in the future.
This weekend was Big Weekend, during which we attended worship times at First Baptist and had discussion and time to hang out in our host homes. The focus of Big Weekend was “Red Revolution: Seeing the World Through the Lens of Christ”. We will continue leading students down this path of seeing the world with Christ’s eyes by using the same focus for the next 4 weeks.
This week’s lesson emphasized that seeing the world through the lens of Christ will lead one to be an optimist (hopeful) and realist (sorrowful). An essay about the same topic can be found here.
-We have fully begun small groups. 2 female small groups and 2 male small groups have formed. We believe small groups are a great place for students to really plug in, be held accountable, have questions answered, and share life with other Christians. Please contact Ben or Bo if you would like to join a small group.
-Youth group is meeting in the Worship Center from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on Tuesday nights. We play games and just generally enjoy each other’s company. Students are free to drop in at any time throughout the night.
-October 18th: We are going to The Saint Concert Series featuring Christian rappers: Andy Mineo, KB, and Canon. The cost is $18 and we will be leaving the church at 6:30 PM. Either sign up at church or contact Ben or Bo on Facebook, phone, or in person if you are interested in going.
-November 1st: We will be heading to the Collett’s house for Fall Fun Night. We will have a bonfire, games, and possibly a hayride. We will leave the church at 5:30 PM and return at 9:00 PM. Either sign up at church or contact Ben or Bo on Facebook, phone, or in person if you are interested in going.
Everyone have a good week!
This Sunday was our first Sunday after the series “Education God’s Way”. We (Ben and Bo) took the opportunity to share our testimonies. 1) We wanted to do this to further introduce ourselves to the students. 2) We want to encourage students to explore their own testimony. A bulletin for this week can be found here. The homework was to use the space in the center of the bulletin for the student to explore his or her own testimony. Parents, please encourage your students to do this. Students, really think over and write about what your story and what your Christian walk has been like.
-Big Weekend is coming up this weekend! The cost is $50. Contact Ben or Steven, or fill out the form on the web site to sign up.
-See You At The Pole is this Wednesday, Sep. 25th. This is a global event in which students lead prayer at their flagpole. At Warrensburg High School there will be a group meeting at 7 AM. Students at other schools are encouraged to seek out what their school may be doing or even leading a time of prayer.
Everyone have a good week!
On Sunday morning we finished our series “Education God’s Way”. This week’s topic concerned a student’s mission field–her school.
A link to the bulletin can be found here. The lesson traveled through the timeline of the Bible looking at humanity’s mission throughout. We concluded by discussing how we are now, under the New Covenant, a royal priesthood that is to be God’s light to the world. Every Christian is a light wherever they go; students are therefore lights in their schools. An essay written to a general audience about the topic can be found here.
-The sign up list for Big Weekend, which is Sep. 27-29, is at the connection center. The cost is $50. Contact Ben or Steven, or fill out the form on the web site to sign up.
-See You At The Pole is Wed. Sep. 25th. This is a global event in which students lead prayer at their flagpole. At Warrensburg High School there will be a group meeting at 7 AM. Students at other schools are encouraged to seek out what their school may be doing or even leading a time of prayer.
Everyone have a good week!