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Sr High Parent’s Update – May 14th

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

#SELFIE

Week 1 – May 14th 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaders,

There is no “i” in team, but there sure is an “i” in SELFIE.  If you go on Facebook or instagram you will see that selfies are taking over the world!  People love to take pictures of themselves with the perfect angle and lighting and some spend hours to get the perfect selfie.  The truth is that there is so much going on behind that picture that has been taken.  Teenagers are striving to discover who they are and define who they are.  Our prayer is that they would discover those deep truths through Christ rather than buying into the lies of this world around us.

 

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
  • Have you ever taken a selfie?  How many did you take to get the perfect selfie?

 

Dig a Little Deeper…

  • When you take a selfie are you happy with what you see?
    • Are you happy with yourself deep down inside?
    • When you see someone else’s selfie do you wrestle with jealousy?
      • If you do … where do you think that comes from?
      • Have a look at the scriptures below … what do they say about you?
      • Are you defined by what others think of you?
      • Is the life that you portray online accurate to who you really are?
        • Does that matter to you?           
        • Is that life of confidence and healthy self-esteem from God something that you desire?

 

Personal…

  • You could share about how your journey of discovering who you are
  • You could talk about a time in your life when you struggled in this area

 

Applications…

  • Pray with your group
  • Challenge them to build their lives on the foundation of Christ

 

Key Scriptures …

Gen 1:27

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Psalm 139:14

 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Matt 7:24-25

  “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

Jeremiah 29:11

  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

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Jr High Parents’ Update – May 13th

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

 

As we continue on with this series, we continue to recognize the importance of prayer in the lives of our Jr Highs together. Looking back to when we were Jr Highs (if we can remember back that far), we can remember the importance of very practical ways to practice spiritual disciplines. Though some Jr Highs are looking for more depth and complex ideas, most are looking for simple truth that explains why we do the things that we do. Why do we read our Bibles, why do we follow Christ’s commands, and for this week specifically, why do we pray? Last week we talked about the way that we communicate with Christ, and how for each of us it may be a bit different. This week we want to teach our Jr Highs why we communicate with God at all. God wants  to hear the desires of our heart, and He wants us to present our requests to Him, and those are only part of the reason that we communicate with Him. As we explore this issue, don’t be afraid to talk to your students about why YOU specifically pray, and why prayer and communication with God is so important.

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

Question 1: When you pray, what do you find yourself praying for? Are you thanking God for things He’s done for you? Are you asking God to do things for you or your friends/family? Are you just simply telling Him that you love Him?

Question 2: What are the deep desires of your heart? Think deeper than just the small things (good grades, new stuff, etc.). *Leaders, take a second to explain what these “desires” are. 

Question 3: Do you truly believe that God wants to grant us the desires of our heart? Why do you believe that

Question 4: Thanking God for what He does for us, and presenting requests to God are only two small parts of prayer. Do you think it’s important to remember that there are other areas of prayer (asking forgiveness and adoration of God).

Out Key Verse:

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

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

1. That our students would grow to love prayer, and communication with God.

2. That as parents, you would be able to help your students understand what prayer is, and set a good example of how to pray.

Thank you so much for the example that you set week after week.

Josh

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Sr High Parent’s Update – May 7th

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

A Hero’s Journey

May 7th 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaders,

Many people love to watch movies.  They love the storyline, cool graphics, and following the main character along the way.  Our lives are similar to a storyline.  There are things that happen along the way that help to mould us and shape us.  We all need to ask ourselves what our journey will be like and whether we will trust God with our lives.

 

 

 

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
  • If your life were a movie … which one would it be?

 

Dig a Little Deeper…

  • What are some things that you learned from Andrews talk tonight?
  • The call to Adventure
    • What adventure do you see ahead in your life?
    • Refusal of the call
      • Why might you refuse the call on your life?
      • What might you chase after instead?
      • The hero is tested
        • Why are testing times helpful to us in life?
        • Cross the threshold
          • What did you learn from Andrew crossing the threshold?

Personal…

  • You could share about your journey a bit
  • You could talk about how you allow God to lead your life

 

Applications…

  • Pray with your group
  • What are some ways we can help each other in this?

 

Key Scriptures …

 

 

 

Matt 7:13-14

 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

Phil 3:12-14

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.

Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

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Jr High Parents’ Update – May 6th

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

Every year, one of the series that is most requested by students and leaders a like is a series on the topic of prayer. What is prayer? Why do we do it? How do we do it? During this next month we want to do our best to answer that for our students. Both with scripture and practical examples, we should work together to teach our Jr Highs the importance of praying regularly. Prayer tends to be something that some people find very easy, but others find very difficult. We want to encourage our Jr Highs to pray regularly, and understand that prayer is just communication between us and our creator. We can rest in the fact that God encourages us to talk to Him, confess to Him, thank Him, present requests to Him. He wants us to know that we have a constant open line of communication with Him.

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

Question 1: What are your thoughts on the fact that God WANTS to hear directly from us? Do you believe it?

Question 2: What are some ways that you can work our your prayer life this week?

Question 3: What are the struggles that you have with praying? How do they affect your relationship with God on a daily basis?

Question 4: How do you feel about praying out loud? Do you find it intimidating or do you find it easy? Why?

Out Key Verse:

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

1. That our students would grow to love prayer, and communication with God.

2. That as parents, you would be able to help your students understand what prayer is, and set a good example of how to pray.

Thank you so much for the example that you set week after week.

Josh

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Sr High Parent’s Update – April 30th

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

Outloud

Week 5 – April 30th 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents,

Have you ever tried to put something together without using the instructions?  Sometimes it works out, but most times it doesn’t.  As we look at the early Christians, they were in a place where they had to figure things out.  Jesus died, rose again, spent time with them, and then ascended into Heaven.  The early Christians wrestled though how to live out their faith in this new reality.  The cool thing is that Jesus did not leave them without instructions.  He told them to go to Jerusalem and pray, and He promised to send His Spirit.  Lets see how many of the lessons learned by the early Christians apply to us today.

 

 

 

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
  • Have you ever put stuff together without the instructions … Please share

 

Dig a Little Deeper…

  • Let’s look at some of the questions the early Christians would have asked and talk through …
    • How would they answer it?
    • How would you answer it?
      • How do I develop a relationship with Jesus when He is not here anymore?
      • What do we do next?
      • What does it mean to be a follower of Christ?
      • Do I live as a Christian in secret, or do I let people know?
      • How should my relationship with Jesus affect the way I live?

 

Personal…

  • You could share about how you pursue relationship with God
  • You could talk about some challenges that you face in living this out

 

Applications…

  • Pray with your group
  • What are some ways that you can experience God’s presence

 

Key Scriptures …

 

Matthew 5:14-16

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

 

Luke 24:49-53

am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” 50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

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Sr High Parent’s Update – April 23rd

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

In The Face of the Cross

Week 4 – April 23rd 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Leaders,

It is so exciting to reflect back on the Easter weekend, knowing that the cross is empty and Jesus is alive!  In the face of the Cross, we are reminded of how much God loves us and what He did for us so that we could repent of our sin, and have relationship with Him.  The problem is that there are so many things that pull our attention away from the Cross.   Many times we miss out on that deep level of relationship, intimacy, friendship and daily interaction with Christ because of those distractions.

 

 

 

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
  • Did you have a good Easter? Did you eat lots of chocolate?

 

Dig a Little Deeper…

  • In the face of the Cross …
    • Throughout your day; what are the times when you think about the Cross?
    • What are some things that “distract” you?
    • What are some things you can do to focus on the Cross more?
    • Nathan’s Testimony
      • What were some things that you found interesting about his testimony?
      • What is different about Nathan’s story compared to the message that media gives about that lifestyle?
      • What did you learn from Nathan about battling sin?
      • What differences do you see in Nathan’s life between now and then?

 

Personal…

  • You could share about how you focus on the Cross throughout your day
  • You could talk about some challenges that you face in living this out

 

Applications…

  • Pray with your group
  • What are some ways that you can help each other focus on the Cross

 

Key Scriptures …

 

 

 

Luke 24:32

“were not our hearts burning within us” while he talked with us on the road and opened the scriptures to us?

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Jr High Parents’ Update – Apr 22nd

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

With this past weekend being Easter Weekend, mourning Jesus’ death, and celebrating His resurrection, we will carry this attitude into our night tonight. We have gone through Jesus’ triumphal entry, the Last Supper, and His arrest, and now we will explore both His death and resurrection, and how it is the cornerstone of our faith. Tonight, we want our students to feel the weight of this great sacrifice, and understand why it is so crucial to our relationships with Christ. As we finish up the book of Luke, together lets show our students the importance of this moment in the Church’s story, and why it gives us the opportunity to live solely for Him. I’m going to keep our discussion questions short this week so that our small groups can really dig deep into these questions, and take the appropriate time to chew on them.

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

Question 1: What does Jesus’ death and resurrection mean to you personally?

Question 2: How has your life changed because of what Jesus did for us?

Question 3: Why do you think we need reminders of what Jesus did on the cross? Why is it so important for us to celebrate Easter?

Out Key Verse:

Key Verse:

Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! 

Luke 24:5-6

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

1. That our students would know who Jesus is, and understand the weight of His sacrifice.

2. That as parents, you would be able to teach the importance of remembering Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Thank you so much for the example that you set week after week.

Josh

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Sr High Parent’s update – April 16th

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

Wanted Dead or Alive

Week 3 – April 16th 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Leaders,

Have you ever bit into an apple that was rotten inside?  It is gross and disgusting.  Out of the death of that apple, there is life inside it through the seeds.  In order for that seed to germinate and sprout into a new apple tree there needs to be death before there is life.    As Jesus hung on that Cross and died, He bore the penalty of our sins, and He was the final sacrifice.  He calls us to live our lives as a living sacrifice.   Every day, we have the opportunity to die to the sins of our flesh and find life through what Christ did for us on the cross.

 

 

 

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
  • Have you ever eaten something rotten? Please share …

Dig a Little Deeper…

  • Talk through what Christ did for us on the cross … what did he go through?
  • What does it mean to “Die to Sin?”
    • Why is it tough to do this?
    • What does it mean to be “born again?”
    • What does it mean to “die to Self?”
      • How can you live this out on a daily basis?
      • What does it mean to be “alive in the spirit?”
        • What is good about living a life like this?
        • What are some practical ways to live this out?

Personal…

  • You could share about how you live this out to the best of your ability
  • You could talk about a time in your life when you struggled in this area

Applications…

  • Pray with your group
  • Challenge them to Read Romans 8:1-11 every day this week

Key Scriptures …

1 Peter 2:24

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

Romans 8:1-11

8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b]God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[d] because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[e] his Spirit who lives in you.

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Jr High Parents’ Update – Apr 15th

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

This week we continue forward with our Encounter series, giving our students an opportunity to Encounter Jesus through the account of Jesus’ death and resurrection in Luke. This week is Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday yesterday, Good Friday this coming Friday and Easter coming up this Sunday. From praising Christ as He road into Jerusalem on a donkey, to eventually calling for His crucifixion, we know that the people who knew Jesus, saw His miracles and were apart of His story changed their minds rather quickly. This also reminds us that the people in this story were only human, just like us. This week we want to remember Jesus’ perfection and blamelessness as He was arrested in the garden. Like last week with the Last Supper, we’re setting up the death of Christ, and eventually His resurrection.

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

Question 1: Have you ever gotten in huge trouble for something that you didn’t even do? How did it happen?

Question 2: Do you think it would have been hard for the soldiers arresting Jesus, knowing that he was completely innocent of the charges laid against Him?

Question 3: How would you have defended Jesus if you were in the same situation as the disciples? Would you have raised you swords to fight, or followed Jesus’ instruction to not lay a hand on those who were arresting Jesus?

Question 4: Knowing that Jesus was arrested, to eventually die for our sake, what is one thing you can do this week to honour Christ’s sacrifice for us?

Out Key Verse:

Key Verse:

23 But the mob shouted louder and louder, demanding that Jesus be crucified, and their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded. 

Luke 23:23-24

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

1. That our students would know who Jesus is, and understand the weight of His sacrifice.

2. That as parents, you would be able to teach the importance of this Holy Week, and the weight of Easter.

Thank you so much for the example that you set week after week.

Josh

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Jr High Parents’ Update – Apr 8th

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

 

We’ve gotten to the end of the book of Luke, and as we approach the easter season, we’re going to finish off with a series about the death and resurrection of Jesus. The goal if this series is to allow for our students to Encounter Christ though His story over the next four weeks. We’ll look at the last supper, His arrest, His crucifixion and His triumphant raising from the grave. This content is so important to our faith, and it will be my incredible honour and privilege to share these stories with our students. This week we start the series off with a look at the last supper. This story presents some neat opportunities for us to join together as Christ’s Church and remember Him as He asks us to in His word. Tonight we’ll take a look at the story, break it down for our students and then partake in the meal together through communion.

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

Question 1: What is it about food and meals that brings people together? Have you ever had a meaningful meal in your life? What made it so meaningful?

Question 2: Have you ever taken communion before? What was the experience like? Was it meaningful for you?

Question 3: What was your experience like taking communion together tonight? What emotions and thoughts went through your head?

Question 4: Why do you think it’s important to remember Christ as we take communion together? What do you think the purpose of remembering Him is?

Out Key Verse:

Key Verse:

19 He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”

20 After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.

Luke 22:19-20

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

1. That our students would know who Jesus is, and understand the weight of His sacrifice.

2. That as parents, you would be able to teach the importance of the last supper, and remembering Jesus’ death for our sake.

Thank you so much for the example that you set week after week.

Josh

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