Youth Group

Youth Group

From the Minister to Students and Education  It’s back to school season. Actually, students have already been back in the classroom for about two weeks by now. This is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts. Teachers and coaches will challenge kids to grow academically, socially, and physically this year. As adults, we ought to recognize our own need for growth as…

Volume 68, Issue 4 April 2017

From the Minister to Students and Educations As a youth leader, I sometimes enjoy the privilege of eating like a teenager. Think multiple brownies, handfuls of Doritos, and regular Coke. I can’t do this all the time and get away with it, but I was happy to make an exception for D-NOW.  Our youth had a great weekend of worship, Bible study, and outreach. During the…

Volume 68, Issue 3 March 2017

We advertised it in the bulletin. I announced it to the Sunday school classes.  And still, very little response.  I was becoming a bit anxious.  But as the final days closed in, more and more of you contacted me about attending.  On that first evening of evangelism training, we packed out the choir room with a rambunctious group of 41! And the numbers remained high for…

Volume 68, Issue 2 February 2017

From the Minister to Students and Education As we set out to “Fill the Hill” this year, I would like to suggest three areas for consideration. First, consider your heart. Each of us should examine his or her own commitment to the body of Christ. The Lord has called us to worship and serve him in a loving, faithful family of believers. Family members are dedicated to one…

Volume 68, Issue 1 January 2017

By now you have heard at least something about Fill the Hill. When I think about filling the hill at Winstanley, the idea of church growth comes to mind. Duh, you say. But what might not be so obvious is how we will go about this effort, and what it will require of church members. It would be tempting to launch into a series of methods and strategies to get people up…

Volume 67, Issue 12 December 2016

I have heard something about church mice. But until this month, I had never seen any. It happened on a Saturday morning when the youth were about to head out to complete a little service project. I pulled the church van out of the garage and parked near the front doors of our building. Right as I stepped out of the vehicle, my wife Alison yelled, “Watch out!” I looked…

Volume 67, Issue 11 November 2016

How does a new youth minister determine if he is having any success at all in his position? I’m sure there are many ways we could answer this question. But I must say, he is successful when he sets out with the youth on his first road trip in the church van and returns with all of the youth still breathing. And it doesn’t hurt if he stops at Taco Bell somewhere along the…

Volume 67, Issue 9 September 2016

My family enjoyed a wonderful weekend getting to know you, worshipping with you, and becoming a part of Winstanley. We greatly appreciate the warm welcome we received, along with the many words of encouragement and support. For me, one of the highlights of the weekend was hearing the stories of longtime members of the church. We were surrounded by many who have dedicated…

Volume 67, Issue 8 August 2016

Dear Winstanley Family, As many of you know, I have accepted a youth ministry job at a church in St. Louis, and August is my last month serving with you. Darin and I have been grateful and thankful to have been a part of such a warm and welcoming family over these last two years. You all went above and beyond when we experienced our apartment fire, caring for us in ways…

Volume 67, Issue 7 July 2016

Our summer is now in full swing! We have already had Lunch Bunch, Service days, Wednesday night and Sunday morning Bible studies, our first Friday Night Live; and now we are turning our focus toward camp! While these other activities will continue throughout July, we ask that you begin to partner with us in prayer for all those going to camp July 17-21. Please be in…
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