Simply Awesome Retreat

ImageThink of everything that is Simply Awesome.  Go on, think about it.  Right now you are thinking of (in no particular order), Sharks high-fiving gorillas, the sound of the fox, Matt Higginbotham, unicorns, rainbows, robotic vacuum cleaners, and the iPhone. Right?  But you should be thinking of the Simply Awesome Retreat!

The Simply Awesome Retreat (aka: Fall Retreat) will be taking place the first weekend in November (1-3) and will be hosted right here at Kingwood Bible Church.  We will be doing all sorts of awesome things (bonfires, games, practicing good hygiene) and we will be learning the simple truths of the Christian life.

Structurally this retreat will be similar to a lock-in and Disciple Now weekend mixed together.  Students will be grouped together into small groups and will be led in discussions and games by an awesome small group leader.  Students will be spending the night at KBC.  There are plenty of amazing ways for you as a parent to be involved in this weekend, so be ready to serve (from meals, to showers, to providing transportation).

The cost for the weekend is $40for KBC regular attenders.  Friends are able to come for just half of that ($20).  Included in that cost is a Simply Awesome T-Shirt, lots of food, and some life changing teachings and conversations.  Make sure your student is there with a gaggle of their friends!

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You Are Not Alone

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Much like the teenagers who I now minister to, I grew up in the suburbs of Houston.  I attended a large middle school and a larger high school.  Also, like the youth I minister to, I attended my church regularly and was really involved in the youth group activities. My youth group was big (150 or so kids) and I truly enjoyed my time there as it gave me an opportunity to grow in my faith, in a safe nurturing environment.

However, out of the 150 kids in my youth group there was less than a handful of them that attended school with me.  So when I would walk the halls of my high school I would feel somewhat isolated as one of the few Christians who attended my school.  I honestly couldn’t have named 20 faithful Christians in my school.

This changed one year in a dramatic way for me when I attended See You at the Pole.  On this particular year there were over 200 kids standing around our school’s flagpole praying together.  As I walked up to the circle of teenagers praying, I recognized for the first time that I was not alone at my high school as a believer.  I realized that the church was much larger than my church.

See You at the Pole has the ability to be one of the more influential experiences for your child at school.  I strongly encourage you to get your kids out to See You at the Pole THIS Wednesday.  Typically the prayer time begins about 30 minutes prior to the start of school.  I will be going to at least one high school and one middle school to pray alongside our teenagers, and I would love nothing more than to see your child there: standing and being counted as student who has faith in Jesus Christ.

See You at the Pole is this Wednesday, September 25.

How about you? Did you feel overwhelmed at the bigness and lostness of your school?  Did you know many believers outside of your church family? 

Mission Kentucky Recap

Home dedication

Home dedication

The youth ministry took a week long mission trip to Manchester, KY from August 10-17.  Twelve youth along with three adults went to Kentucky and cooperated with a youth mission trip and leadership team from LeaderTreks.  LeaderTreks specializes in developing leadership skills in teenagers, and over the course of the week each of the students who went were challenged and grew in their leadership capabilities.

A normal day began with a small group of youth waking up at 6:15 AM to cook breakfast for the team.  Following breakfast students had a 45 minute devotional and prayer time that walked them through the life of Elisha.  Then the group headed out to the construction site to work on a man’s home that was in total disarray at the beginning of the summer.

For 9 weeks different groups of students from around the country worked on repairing the home.  Our group had the privilege of being the final group to work on the home and were able to see the project completed.  Our team focused primarily on siding the house and doing the finishing touches on the trim work.  At the end of the week we had a dedication of the home with a local church pastor.  We would work on the home until 3:30 PM at which point we would clean up our mess and head over to a local park to run a VBS for children who live in some apartments in Manchester.

Siding the Home

More Siding

Our students did all of the work of making the VBS a success.  They led in music, crafts, Bible Story, and games.  Over the course of the week at least 3 children made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ!

The week was truly exceptional and I thank everyone in the church who supported the mission trip both financially and through prayer.  One of the neat things about this trip and KBC is that your regular tithes and offerings go to help make this trip possible.  In fact, a substantial amount of money that was in our Growing In Faith line item was used to help make this trip affordable for the teens.  So, in short you are helping students serve Christ across the country!

VBS Craft Time

VBS Swings

I asked the students to write out how the trip impacted them.  Here’s a few things that our students said about the trip:
“This trip changed me.”
“Now I will be a leader for Christ and stand up for Him, tell people about His word, and learn more about him myself through reading my Bible each day.”
“I had fun and grew closer to the people in youth group.”
“Strive for excellence.”
“Everyone was so kind, encouraging, and fun. Because of them it makes me want to encourage people more.”
“No matter how hard life gets always put God first, others second, and myself last.”
“On this trip I did things that were extremely uncomfortably; because of this trip, I now have a different perspective for stuff.”
“I have now committed to exercising my faith, deepening my relationship with God, and increasing my knowledge of His Word.”

VBS Splash Pad

Back on the Grind

Confession: I sort of let the blog fall into disrepair. With all the other stuff going on in the youth ministry it just got shifted down in the pile, but no longer! I am recommitted to at least twice weekly blogging. So, are you ready?

What’s going on?
First, the weekly outreach ministries have begun again! Frontline is our high school only event and it meets every Wednesday night from 7-9 PM (NEW TIME). I love Frontline! It is a wonderful night with games, lots of laughter, and some great worship which is being led by Mike Cahill. BASH, our middle school only outreach, takes place on Friday nights. We have a great group of volunteers working each week helping to coordinate games and team building activities. BASH is basically a competition between middle schoolers with a pizza party to be held at the end of the semester. Also, we have a wonderful Bible lesson mixed in as well.

Second, youth small groups will begin in just a few weeks. We will have a kickoff party for all the groups that will be held at the church on Sunday, September 29 from 6:30-8:00. Small groups will meet every Sunday after that at different homes around the Kingwood area. If you have questions about small groups be sure to ask me.

How can you help?
As always, I love to have youth parents helping out at all of the events. If you would like to volunteer to help out in any way, please contact me. Thanks for letting the KBC invest in your students life!