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Jr High Parents’ Update – September 16th

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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We’ve gone two weeks, talking about sharing our experiences together, both good and bad, and working together to overcome the tough times, while celebrating the great times. 

This week, we Launch together.

The Early Church has guided us through our last two weeks, and this week we look to the book of Acts again for inspiration. But this week we see something truly unique. We see the story of something incredible happening through the leaders of this new movement which is Christ’s Church. 

Amazing things happen when we Launch together, and listen for God’s direction. The Early Church began to see miracles happen constantly through Christ’s power. What will we see together?

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 1 As a small group, how are we going to launch together this fall? How can we do this together?

Question 2: What types of things do we want to see happen together this fall?

Question 3: How can we pray for each other this fall?

Question 4: How can we keep each other accountable to keep sharing experiences, both good and bad?

Out Key  Verse:

9 All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. 10 When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! 11 They all rushed out in amazement to Solomon’s Colonnade, where the man was holding tightly to Peter and John.

Acts 3:9-11 (NLT)

Here are three things you can be praying for this week:

1. That our students would grasp a hold of their small groups and truly rely on their peers through the good times and the bad.

2. That our leaders would grow closer and closer to their students, and develop truly personal, lasting relationships.

3. That as parents, you would be committed to challenging your students this fall, and engage with them each week about what they learned at Jr High.

Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your Jr Highs each week!

Josh

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Sr High Parents Update – Sept 10 2014

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

 

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PURSUE GOD

“Jesus was in a small group”

Sept 10 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents,

What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?  For some, it is friends, education, long-term goals or perhaps it is parents calling you or a dog licking your face.  The bible teaches that our lives should be centered around our relationship with Christ and that should be the number one thing that motivates us.  This month we are going to explore what it means to Pursue God and how that will change absolutely everything!

 

 

 

Main Thing …

 

  • Jesus was in a small group and modeled this type of relationship for us.  Let’s talk through some of the reasons why Jesus set up his church here on earth in this way.

 

Scratch the Surface…

 

  • High’s and lows
  • What would it be like to be in a small group with Jesus Christ?

 

Dig a Little Deeper…

 

  • What do you think it means to “Make Disciples” from Matt 28:19-20?
  • What are some reasons why God would want us to be in a small group?
  • Why do you think it is important to take this seriously?
  • Go through the Small group Questionnaire and set some goals for the year ahead

 

Personal…

 

  • You could share about how your experience with being in a small group
  • You could talk about your own reasons for being a leader this year

 

Applications…

 

  • Pray with your group
  • Go through the Small group Questionnaire and set some goals for the year ahead

 

 Key Scriptures …

 

 

 

Matthew 28:19-20

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Luke 5:11

“Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.”  So they puled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.”

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Jr High Parents’ Update – September 9th

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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A new school year means new excitement, nervousness, great experiences, and new challenges all wrapped up together. As we kick off the new season of FUEL, we need to know that we’re doing it together. Over the next momnth we are going to Launch into this new fall school year as one group of Jr Highs. We’re going to take a look at this new beginning, learn how to share the momentum and ask ourselves: Are we read?

Last week we kicked off our teaching series, talking about what it means to launch together. This week, as we launch together, we need to celebrate together. Even though we experience challenges, we are also experiences great moments of joy, and we need to celebrate these things together as we gain momentum. The Early Church began small, but as they gained momentum, they grew rapidly, constantly celebrating their growth together. Let’s learn from them, and share our amazing experiences together.

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 1Why do you think that it is important to celebrate things together? What are some things that we can celebrate together now?

Question 2: Have you ever tried to celebrate something by yourself? How did that go?

Question 3:Have you ever had something awesome happen, but no one to tell?

Question 4: Why do you think the Early Church in Acts thought that it was important to share their momentum together, and celebrate the growth of the Church?

Out Key  Verse:

46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Acts 2:46-47 (NLT)

Here are three things you can be praying for this week:

1. That our students would grasp a hold of their small groups and truly rely on their peers through the good times and the bad.

2. That our leaders would grow closer and closer to their students, and develop truly personal, lasting relationships.

3. That as parents, you would be committed to challenging your students this fall, and engage with them each week about what they learned at Jr High.

Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your Jr Highs each week!

Josh

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Sr High Parents Update – July 17th

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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Sr High Parents,

Crazy – we are almost half way through summer!  We have been busy around here with day camps and getting ready for another great year of youth ministry.  This year we are doing a trip to Canada’s Wonderland as a way to connect with the youth throughout the summer.  We are going next Friday!

The buses leave North Park at 7am on Friday July 25, 2014 to go to Canada’s Wonderland and buses arrive back at North Park at 11pm. The cost is $60 for a day pass, lunch, and round-trip bus ride.

Please see the attached form and get it in.

Thanks,

Kevin Norcross

 

 Wonderland Permission Form 2014

 

 

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Sr High Parent’s Update – June 11th

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

let it Go

LET IT GO

June 11th 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaders,

Yeah you know the song … you are humming it in your head right now.     In John 12:25, we are challenged to let go of our lives and live in surrender to God.  As we surrender our lives to Christ, we find freedom.  We discover a life that is much better and fulfilling than the life that this world has to offer.  As annoying as that song is … there are some great truths in those few words “let it go.”

 

Goals…

  • To get to know your group and build relationships and have fun!
  • To encourage discussion about what we learned tonight
  • To challenge the students to pursue relationship with God

 

 

 

Conversation Starters…

  • High’s and lows
  • Is that song “let it go” stuck in your head?

 

Dig a Little Deeper…

  • Describe in your own words what it means to “let it go”
  • Talk through the differences between light and darkness
  • What does it mean to run from the light into the darkness?
  • What does it mean to run from the darkness into the light?
  • What would be some reasons why you might keep something in the dark?
  • What is scary about bringing things into the light?
  • How can it hurt you to keep things in the dark?

 

Personal…

  • You could talk about how you live your life for God rather than for yourself
  • You could talk about your own temptation to hide things from God

 

Applications…

  • Pray with your group
  • Challenge them to share with someone they trust the things that need to be brought into the light

 

Key Scriptures and quotes…

 

John 12:24-25

The Message (MSG)

“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.

 

John 3:19-21

The Message (MSG)

“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”

 

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Jr High Parents’ Update – June 10th

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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When reading stories of people used by God in the Bible, the one thing that these stories have in common is that the  main character listened to God. Listening to God isn’t easy, but once you know what God is asking of you, accomplishing God’s plan can be so incredibly rewarding. This week we’re going to talk about the importance of listening for God’s voice. As we send our students into the summer, one of the things that we want them to understand and take hold of is the ability to intentionally listen for God’s voice regularly. This concept must be made practical for our Jr Highs, so as you talk to them, give examples of different moments where God spoke to you, and you listened, following up on what God was telling you or asking you. 

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 2Why do you think it is so hard to listen for God’s voice? Why is the concept of listening to God so hard for us to understand?

Question 3: Have you ever heard God’s voice? What did it sound like to you? Would it have been easier if it was an audible voice? 

Question 4:Why do you think God doesn’t always speak audibly to us? Do you think that it is intentional?

Question 5: What can you do to listen for God’s voice this summer? Are you up for the challenge of intentionally taking time to listen?

Out Key  Verse:

And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!”

And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3:10

Here are two things you can be praying for this week:

1. That our students would grow throughout the summer even without the weekly Tuesday night program.

2. That as parents, you would be investing in the lives of your kids as they engage in their summer activities.

Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your Jr Highs each week!

Josh

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Sr High Parent’s Update – June 4th

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

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#SELFIE

Week 4 – June 4th  2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaders,

To be continued … this week we will be finishing up the message from last week.  In Matthew 22:37 the bible teaches “Love your neighbour as yourself.”  It makes sense to love your neighbour … but love yourself?  Seriously?!?  If your fiends  caught you giving yourself a hug … that would be awkward.  If you constantly take selfies and post them everywhere … that would be prideful.  Scripture teaches you how to love yourself in a Godly way that is neither awkward or prideful.

 

 

Goals…

  • To get to know your group and build relationships and have fun!
  • To encourage discussion about what we learned tonight
  • To challenge the students to pursue relationship with God

 

 

 

Conversation Starters…

  • High’s and lows
  • What would your friends say if they walked in your room and you had a giant poster on your wall of yourself saying “I LOVE ME” … awkward/prideful?!?

 

Dig a Little Deeper…

  • Is it possible to “not be friends” with some one and still love them?
  • What did you learn tonight about “loving yourself”
  • What does it mean to be clay in God’s hands?
  •         Why is that a good thing?
  • How do you think the world defines “your generation”, “you?”
  • Do you feel like you have a healthy view of yourself?
  • How do you fight against developing a Worldly self view?
  • How does your relationship with God compare to doing “push ups?”

 

Personal…

  • You could share about how tonight’s message impacted your life personally
  • You could talk about your own journey to developing a personal healthy self view

 

Applications…

  • Pray with your group
  • Challenge the students to love themselves by Pursuing God

 

Key Scriptures and quotes…

 

Matthew 22:37-40

 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.   This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.   All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Psalm 103:12

“As far as the east is from the west,

so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

Isaiah 64:8

Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

Ephesians 4:14

“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.”

 

 

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Jr High Parents’ Update – June 3rd

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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Hey everyone! Tonight were kicking off our last series before the year ends. The series is entitled “Wrapped Up.” It is going to be a recap of all the themes and topics we covered this year for the purpose of preparing the kids for their own growth over the summer months. Tonight our Intern Andrew is going to be talking about Following God, and more specifically why we follow God even when it isn’t the easiest or coolest thing to do. 

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 1:What are some rules you think you have to follow when you follow Christ?

Question 2: What do those rules prevent you from doing?

Question 3:What do those rules protect you from?

Question 4: What do you think a rich and satisfying life looks like? Do you think it’s all about money and fortune?

Out Key erse:

6 Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, 7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

John 10:6-10

Here are two things you can be praying for this week:

1. That our students would grow throughout the summer even without the weekly Tuesday night program.

2. That as parents, you would be investing in the lives of your kids as they engage in their summer activities.

Thank you so much for reading,

Andrew

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Sr High Parent’s Update – May 28th

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

#SELFIE

Week 3 – May 28th 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaders,

Most of us have an electronic device that we can choose the home screen picture.  We have the choice of what picture we choose and it gives a bit of an insight about who we are.  Scripture teaches us that Christ needs to be central in our lives and that we need to build our lives on Him as the firm foundation.  If we were to compare our spiritual lives to the home screen of a device, then what we choose to make as the home screen is a very important issue.

 

Goals…

  • To get to know your group and build relationships and have fun!
  • To encourage discussion about what we learned tonight
  • To challenge the students to pursue relationship with God

 

 

 

Conversation Starters…

  • High’s and lows
  • Show us your home screen … why did you choose that pic?

 

Dig a Little Deeper…

  • What folder is your relationship with God in (cool stuff, okay stuff, lame stuff)?
  • If you made Christ your home screen … how would that shuffle around everything in your life?
  • Some people may call you a “mediavore” … how can you use your screen to help make Christ central in your life?
  • What did you learn tonight about “loving yourself”
    • See yourself the way God sees you
    • What is good about being clay in God’s hands?
    • Do you feel like you have a healthy view of yourself?
    • How does your relationship with God compare to doing “push ups?”

 

Personal…

  • You could share about how you work to make Christ central in your life
  • You could talk about why this is tough sometimes for you to do

 

Applications…

  • Pray with your group
  • Challenge them to have Christ as their home screen … what are ways that we can do that?

 

Key Scriptures and quotes…

 

Matthew 22:34-40

The Greatest Commandment

 

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.  One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.   All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

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Sr High Parent’s Update – May 21st

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

#SELFIE

Week 2 – May 21th 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Leaders,

In a world of hashtags, selfies, instagram and self promoting social media; God calls us to be humble.  We have the opportunity to stand out in this world and to be different.  Scripture teaches us to be humble and live for a purpose that is higher than ourselves.  Let’s look into the life of Gideon and see how he lived out this challenging truth.  Even though Gideon did not have the ability to take a “Selfie” we can still learn a ton from his life.

 

Goals…

  • To get to know your group and build relationships and have fun!
  • To encourage discussion about what we learned tonight
  • To challenge the students to pursue relationship with God

 

 

 

Conversation Starters…

  • High’s and lows
  • Is it possible for you to be really proud of yourself for being humble :)

 

Dig a Little Deeper…

  • Your generation is referred to as the “iy” generation … do you agree with this label?
  • What does it mean to you to step out from the crowd and be different?
  • God called Gideon to protect his city … what is God calling you to do?
  • “Humility is not a card that you play” … what does that mean to you?
  • You are defined by what God says about you … how does that work?
  • Where do many teenagers find their identity in?
  • How do people use social media to boost their ego?
  • What is tempting or damaging about using social media to mask insecurity?

Personal…

  • You could share about how you battle selfishness
  • You could talk about why you think a life of humility is a good thing

 

Applications…

  • Pray with your group
  • Challenge them to see humility as a lifestyle

 

Key Scriptures and quotes…

Judges 6:1 – 7:25

Judges 6:12

When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

Proverbs 3:34

He mocks proud mockers, but shows favor to the humble and oppressed

 

Saint Augustine

“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.”

James 4:10

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up

Jesse Jackson

“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.”

Psalm 25:9

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

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