Students led worship at Youth Sunday yesterday, and at The Gathering service at 5:00pm we saw the video of the summer trips!
On Sunday, August 28th, our students will lead us in worship. We are so excited to hear their word for us on Sunday morning! They are leading at all of the services, so come and join us: 9:30am, 11:00am, & 5:00pm
With school starting Thursday, Friday, or Monday (depending on your school district and your grade), we take a little bit of a program break. It allows students and families to get back into the swing of school, while also allowing us to do some planning and breathing before kickoff (on September 11 & 14). But, Sunday school continues, so we will always be in the Loft at 9:30 on Sunday mornings.
And don’t forget a couple of special events that happen during the break: the Sporting KC game on August 20, and Youth Sunday on August 28. Fun times!
The Boundary Waters trip returned home last Saturday with lots and lots of stories. One of the reasons I love that trip is because it presents a unique set of challenges to everyone who goes, but it also puts groups in situations to watch out for each other, and to live/survive together away from distractions (including cell service). In that way it is a hybrid of an adventure and a monastic retreat. In that environment a lot of your usual concerns fall away and you can be fully present with each other, in nature, and with God. And it helps to have GORP.
A few photos from the trip last week…
We are about halfway through the week at Montreat, and so far we have been enjoying the people, the talks, the weather, and the opportunities to spend time together.
This morning we had a chance to hike to the top of Lookout Mountain to see the sun rise…
… hiked down to our usual breakfast, and heard a thoughtful student share during keynote about brave voices in the church who are seeking to love and embrace others.
After small group time we are planning for another hike to a waterfall west of Asheville on our free afternoon.
We can’t believe we only have two more days before we head back home, but are excited for the time we still have to talk, learn, relax, and grow!
Today is the free day on the Omaha Mission Trip! We are going to worship in a couple hours and then will have lunch downtown before going to the zoo!
It has been a whirlwind so far, with opening ceremonies for the College World Series on Friday night, and then our first work day on Saturday. We are working with Rebuilding Together Omaha to do some painting and landscaping – it is hot out there but people are in good spirits!
Here’s a few photos of the trip so far…
This afternoon we finished up our last Youth Week event! We had an amazing week, going all over the city and enjoying some time at Worlds of Fun, Loose Park, volunteering in KCK, and so many other things. Now that Youth Week is finished, we kick off all of our weekly programs, starting THIS Sunday, June 12th. Here’s a list of what we have going on for middle school and high school students all summer long:
Sunday School – 9:30-10:30am
Sunday mornings we are always up in the Youth Loft and have some great discussions and activities planned!
Around the World in 9 Meals – 6:00-7:30pm
The Gathering service is moving to Sunday nights at 5:00pm for the summer. After the service is over we are going to go to dinner together – each week we will go to a different kind of restaurant: Thai, BBQ, Italian, Southern, Mexican, and more! Come taste the cuisine of the world, all right here in town!
Late Nite – 8-10pm
With no school in the morning it’s a good reason to stay out a little later and have some adventures. There is always a fun activity planned for the night, so come and join us!
(Re)Action – 2:00-4:30pm
Each week we will alternate between volunteering and visiting fun spots in the Kansas City area. Will it be awesome? Yes!
Sunday School – 9:300-10:30am – Sunday mornings we are always up in the Youth Loft and have some great discussions and activities planned!
Mission Days – 10:30am-2:00pm
Each week we will volunteer in the community, going to different places and lending a helping hand. It is a great way to give back to the community!
View & Chew – 11:00am-1:00pm
Come enjoy lunch and a movie each Thursday! We’ll provide lunch for you while we watch! It’s a great time to hang out during the heat of the day!
The final day of Youth Week is tomorrow, Thursday the 9th, and we will be here at the church doing some crafting. We will be here from 10am-Noon, the event is free, and anyone who wants to go to lunch afterward is welcome!
Come and hang out and get your craft on!