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Update: NightLife Study, SLA Registration, Acolyte Training

NightLife – Joshua Study
This week, we will continue on in our study of Joshua. We will look into what it means to be on holy ground and how we can learn from his strength and courage.
If you missed last week, no worries! You can pick up on this series no matter what we are talking about. Bring $5 for our dinner and we’ll see you on Sunday night at 5:15!

SLA Registration

Spiritual Life Advance (affectionately known as SLA) is our annual fall retreat for youth ministry.  Each November, we escape from our hectic and busy fall schedules and travel to a local camp. This retreat allows us to pause in the midst of our crazy lives to learn, reflect, pray, worship, and study together.  SLA is a favorite event of many of our students. It is always a special and sacred time. We unplug and take a step away from our everyday lives to be still.

Date:  November 2-4, 2018
Early Bird Registration:  September 23, 2018 | $115
Final Registration:  October 21, 2018 | $135
Location: Ocoee Ridge Camp | Old Fort, TN

SLA Registration

Acolyte Training

An acolyte training session will take place immediately following the 11:00 service on Sunday, September 23. If you are new to the youth group, but are interested in serving in this way, here is a chance to learn all about it! This is a very special and simple way to be a leader in our worship services – you can do it!
If you plan to participate, please contact Melanie McNutt (865) 567-9563 or May Atkins (865) 850-7656 in advance. A pizza lunch will be provided!

 

Breakfast Sign-Up

Each Sunday morning, parents provide breakfast for our youth during Sunday School.  If every family were to sign up for one Sunday per semester, we would easily cover the whole year.  Please click the link below for more details and to sign up!

Breakfast Sign-Up

Parent Volunteering
Our youth ministry is SO BLESSED by the outpouring of love and support shown by the incredible parents and family members of our program. We cannot begin to express how grateful we are for that.
As mentioned at the Kick-Off, we are encouraging each parent to volunteer in at least 2 ways during the course of our school year. We particularly need a few more folks who can serve during Sunday school and NightLife.
Please use the link below to express your interest in areas of ministry you want to serve!
M&M Sign-Up
We have a really large Confirmation Class this year – it is so exciting! So, we need a large group of committed high schoolers to volunteer to be their M&M buddies. If you want to be a mentor, please use the link below to sign-up!
P.S. 7th graders – you are getting M&Ms, too!

Student Ministry Team Sign-Up
We are trying something new this year and want to give students the opportunity to use their gifts and talents while supporting youth ministry. Therefore, we are introducing Student Ministry Teams. These will be groups of students who will work together on a specific task that will specifically serve an aspect of our programming.
The teams are: design, hospitality, photography, social media, and writing. Please go to the link below to let us know if you are interested and learn more about each team!
Football Parking
It’s that time of year again! Go Vols and go fundraising! Our only source for youth fundraising is Football Parking. For each UT home game, we sell the parking spots on our campus to raise money for Youth Ministry and Youth Choir.
Here’s how it works…
We ask each family to sign-up 2 people to serve at least 2 shifts. If you have more than 1 student, we ask you to serve another shift.
For example:
1 student = 2 shifts
2 students = 3 shifts
3 students = 4 shifts
There is more information on the sign-up link!
August Focus Verse
Each month, we choose a focus verse to intentionally commit to diving into God’s Word together. Hand Lettering Co. provides free digital downloads of scripture for desktop backgrounds or tablet/smartphone wallpapers. Check out the link below!
Our focus verse for August is Psalm 37:3
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Update: Breakfast Sign-Up, Acolyte Training, SLA Registration

SLA Registration

Spiritual Life Advance (affectionately known as SLA) is our annual fall retreat for youth ministry.  Each November, we escape from our hectic and busy fall schedules and travel to a local camp. This retreat allows us to pause in the midst of our crazy lives to learn, reflect, pray, worship, and study together.  SLA is a favorite event of many of our students. It is always a special and sacred time. We unplug and take a step away from our everyday lives to be still.

Date:  November 2-4, 2018
Early Bird Registration:  September 23, 2018 | $115
Final Registration:  October 21, 2018 | $135
Location: Ocoee Ridge Camp | Old Fort, TN

SLA Registration

Acolyte Training

An acolyte training session will take place immediately following the 11:00 service on Sunday, September 23. If you are new to the youth group, but are interested in serving in this way, here is a chance to learn all about it! This is a very special and simple way to be a leader in our worship services – you can do it!
If you plan to participate, please contact Melanie McNutt (865) 567-9563 or May Atkins (865) 850-7656 in advance. A pizza lunch will be provided!

 

Breakfast Sign-Up

Each Sunday morning, parents provide breakfast for our youth during Sunday School.  If every family were to sign up for one Sunday per semester, we would easily cover the whole year.  Please click the link below for more details and to sign up!

Breakfast Sign-Up

Parent Volunteering
Our youth ministry is SO BLESSED by the outpouring of love and support shown by the incredible parents and family members of our program. We cannot begin to express how grateful we are for that.
As mentioned at the Kick-Off, we are encouraging each parent to volunteer in at least 2 ways during the course of our school year. We particularly need a few more folks who can serve during Sunday school and NightLife.
Please use the link below to express your interest in areas of ministry you want to serve!
M&M Sign-Up
We have a really large Confirmation Class this year – it is so exciting! So, we need a large group of committed high schoolers to volunteer to be their M&M buddies. If you want to be a mentor, please use the link below to sign-up!
P.S. 7th graders – you are getting M&Ms, too!

Student Ministry Team Sign-Up
We are trying something new this year and want to give students the opportunity to use their gifts and talents while supporting youth ministry. Therefore, we are introducing Student Ministry Teams. These will be groups of students who will work together on a specific task that will specifically serve an aspect of our programming.
The teams are: design, hospitality, photography, social media, and writing. Please go to the link below to let us know if you are interested and learn more about each team!
Football Parking
It’s that time of year again! Go Vols and go fundraising! Our only source for youth fundraising is Football Parking. For each UT home game, we sell the parking spots on our campus to raise money for Youth Ministry and Youth Choir.
Here’s how it works…
We ask each family to sign-up 2 people to serve at least 2 shifts. If you have more than 1 student, we ask you to serve another shift.
For example:
1 student = 2 shifts
2 students = 3 shifts
3 students = 4 shifts
There is more information on the sign-up link!
August Focus Verse
Each month, we choose a focus verse to intentionally commit to diving into God’s Word together. Hand Lettering Co. provides free digital downloads of scripture for desktop backgrounds or tablet/smartphone wallpapers. Check out the link below!
Our focus verse for August is Psalm 37:3

Update – Open House, Special Events, Parent Volunteers Needed

Youth Ministry Open House
On Sunday, September 9, we will celebrate the official opening of our newly renovated Youth Area. We are so excited about this new chapter in Youth Ministry at Church Street!
We will have an Open House during the Sunday school hour – 9:45-10:45. Join us for a brief presentation, breakfast, and lots of fellowship!

Events This Week

On Tuesday, we started back with our Wesley House Tutoring! We meet at the Wesley House from 4:15-5:00 to help students with homework! Meet in the lobby next week, and we will head down to the cafeteria together!
On Wednesday, we will be hosting a Work & Worship night to help get our area ready for the Open House on Sunday. Please join us in the youth area from 5:30 to 8:00.  Jenny will be ordering pizza, so please text her if you plan to join! (423) 747-8774
Parent Volunteering
Our youth ministry is SO BLESSED by the outpouring of love and support shown by the incredible parents and family members of our program. We cannot begin to express how grateful we are for that.
As mentioned at the Kick-Off, we are encouraging each parent to volunteer in at least 2 ways during the course of our school year. We particularly need a few more folks who can serve during Sunday school and NightLife.
Please use the link below to express your interest in areas of ministry you want to serve!
M&M Sign-Up
We have a really large Confirmation Class this year – it is so exciting! So, we need a large group of committed high schoolers to volunteer to be their M&M buddies. If you want to be a mentor, please use the link below to sign-up!
P.S. 7th graders – you are getting M&Ms, too!
Student Ministry Team Sign-Up
We are trying something new this year and want to give students the opportunity to use their gifts and talents while supporting youth ministry. Therefore, we are introducing Student Ministry Teams. These will be groups of students who will work together on a specific task that will specifically serve an aspect of our programming.
The teams are: design, hospitality, photography, social media, and writing. Please go to the link below to let us know if you are interested and learn more about each team!
Football Parking
It’s that time of year again! Go Vols and go fundraising! Our only source for youth fundraising is Football Parking. For each UT home game, we sell the parking spots on our campus to raise money for Youth Ministry and Youth Choir.
Here’s how it works…
We ask each family to sign-up 2 people to serve at least 2 shifts. If you have more than 1 student, we ask you to serve another shift.
For example:
1 student = 2 shifts
2 students = 3 shifts
3 students = 4 shifts
There is more information on the sign-up link!
August Focus Verse
Each month, we choose a focus verse to intentionally commit to diving into God’s Word together. Hand Lettering Co. provides free digital downloads of scripture for desktop backgrounds or tablet/smartphone wallpapers. Check out the link below!
Our focus verse for August is Psalm 37:3

Update – Open House, M&M Sign-Up, Student Teams

Kick-Off Recap
Thank you so much to everyone who came to our Kick-Off event this past Sunday night. It was such a joy to all be together!
I want to give a special thank you to Nancy Smith and Leslie Lischer for coordinating the event, to all of the incredible volunteers who set up and tore down, to our Youth Band for leading us in worship, and to the students who shared with us about their youth ministry experiences. I am so excited for the year to come! I hope you are, too.
M&M Sign-Up
We have a really large Confirmation Class this year – it is so exciting! So, we need a large group of committed high schoolers to volunteer to be their M&M buddies. If you want to be a mentor, please use the link below to sign-up!
P.S. 7th graders – you are getting M&Ms, too!
Student Ministry Team Sign-Up
We are trying something new this year and want to give students the opportunity to use their gifts and talents while supporting youth ministry. Therefore, we are introducing Student Ministry Teams. These will be groups of students who will work together on a specific task that will specifically serve an aspect of our programming.
The teams are: design, hospitality, photography, social media, and writing. Please go to the link below to let us know if you are interested and learn more about each team!

Open House
On Sunday, September 9, we will celebrate the official opening of our newly renovated Youth Area. We are so excited about this new chapter in Youth Ministry at Church Street!
We will have an Open House during the Sunday school hour – 9:45-10:45. Join us for a brief presentation, breakfast, and lots of fellowship!
August Focus Verse
Each month, we choose a focus verse to intentionally commit to diving into God’s Word together. Hand Lettering Co. provides free digital downloads of scripture for desktop backgrounds or tablet/smartphone wallpapers. Check out the link below!
Our focus verse for August is Psalm 37:3.

Update: Hang Time, Smokies Game, Kick-Off Event

Hang Time – Pal’s
Our last Hang Time of the summer is this Thursday – and we are heading to Jefferson City to get some Pal’s!  This will be a little bit longer than our normal Hang Time to be sure we have time for travel & lunch.  So, we will meet in the Youth Lot at 11:00 and will be back around 1:30.  Please let Jenny know no later than Wednesday at noon if you plan to attend!
Smokies Game
We will get the new school year off on the right foot with our annual Smokies Game!  If you signed up at the beginning of summer, please confirm you attendance at the link below.  If you didn’t sign up and want to join us now, it isn’t too late! Just use the same link to let us know you’re coming!
We will meet in the Youth Lot and travel by bus.  You can, of course, drive your own vehicle if you prefer.  Just please let us know if you plan to do that!  You can add it to the “Questions or Comments” portion of the form.  We will depart at 6:00 PM.
Promotion Sunday
Sunday morning, August 12 will be our Promotion Sunday at Church Street! We will meet in the gym during the Sunday school hour with all children, youth, and their families.  Breakfast will be provided!  After a brief program, we will head to the Youth Area.  Confirmation Students will have their orientation that morning – so we want to be certain that they all feel very welcomed!  All other youth will be able to check out the updated area.  This will be a “soft launch” – all construction will be complete.  But not all furniture will be in place and there will be a couple of minor projects being finished up.  We will have an official unveiling of the area on September 9!
Kick-Off Event
We will have our annual Youth Kick-Off event on August 19 at 5:00 in the gym.  This event will be a time of fun and fellowship for the whole family, and we will highlight everything going on in Youth Ministry at Church Street!  Please use the link below to register your family for the event.
Additionally, we need students who are willing to share about their youth ministry experience!  Please use the link below to let Jenny know you are interested and willing to help!  We want to be sure that all of our 6th graders know what a special place this is and that there is a place for them here.

August Focus Verse

Each month, we choose a focus verse to intentionally commit to diving into God’s Word together. Hand Lettering Co. provides free digital downloads of scripture for desktop backgrounds or tablet/smartphone wallpapers. Check out the link below!

Our focus verse for August is Psalm 37:3.

Download August Image

MAD in the City Update 2018

MAD in the City is just around the corner.  We are so looking forward to our time together and with the students at Wesley House!  Click below to get your MAD packing list & general schedule.

A couple of things to take note of…

  • If you have to leave MAD in the City for any time during the week, please contact Jenny and let her know in advance.  We would really prefer if you would stay the whole time to get the full experience!
  • If you are bringing a friend, it is really important that they come with our Annual Release form.  Click here to get the link.

Updates:

  1. The Mirts family has volunteered to host us at their home for our Lake Day!  The address is 2628 Houser Road, Knoxville, TN 37919.
  2. We will not be serving at the Hunger Helper Market this year.
  3. Remember — the youth area is under renovation!  There will be some areas that are off limits where the project has been put on hold.
  4. We will have tasks throughout the week for all students.  It might be helping set up with a meal or transport materials.  We will also need some help on Sunday morning, as the floors of the youth area are being worked on today.
  5. When you arrive at Church Street on Sunday morning (you can still attend worship with your family as usual!), guys can drop off your gear upstairs in the Kay room and girls

MAD in the City Info 2018

MAD in the City is just around the corner.  We are so looking forward to our time together and with the students at Wesley House!  Click below to get your MAD packing list & general schedule.

MAD in the City Packing List & Schedule

A couple of things to take note of…

  • If you have to leave MAD in the City for any time during the week, please contact Jenny and let her know in advance.  We would really prefer if you would stay the whole time to get the full experience!
  • If you are bringing a friend, it is really important that they come with our Annual Release form.  Click here to get the link.

Parents – how can you help?

  1.  The Lake Day location we have used the past few summers is not available for us this year.  We are planning to use the dock & pavilion at Carl Cowan Park in Farragut.
    • If you have a boat or jet ski you could bring there, we could really use some extra!
    • If you have a water location and would be willing to host or help, please PLEASE let Jenny know.
  2. We could use some extra hands on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evening.  If you would like to assist on any of those evenings, please let Jenny know.
  3. It would be GREAT to have a couple of extra overnight chaperones for the project.  If you are interested in helping us in this way, let Jenny know!
If you were unable to attend our renovation presentation, we have a page available now with the images for our plan.  Renovations will begin this week. Please click here to check it out!
 
Summer Schedules
  • Sunday School will be in a different location during the renovation: We will meet on the third floor near the choir room.
  • Wednesday Bible Study will meet at the Chick-fil-A in Bearden beginning this week.  Our intern,  Thomas Stubbs, will be leading this week!
Hang Time

Join us for Hang Time this week in Market Square!  We’ll meet at Market Square and Union Ave (near Tupelo Honey) and choose a place to eat!  We’ll have lunch and hang out.  Join us from 12:00-1:30.  It’s going to be a great time!

Bible Study

This summer, we are following along with the She/He Reads Truth communities for their summer bible study.  We are working through 1 & 2 Corinthians.  We meet at the Chick-fil-a near Homberg Drive on Kingston Pike on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00.  Please join us!  This event is for all grade levels.  Contact Jenny with questions or if you need a ride!

Summer Sunday School

As you know, we are so close to starting on our youth area renovations!   In order to get everything finished by the start of the school year, we are moving youth Sunday school to another area of the church.  You can join us in the Handbell room (across the hall from the choir suite) to start the morning.  We will then divide up middle school and hig

h school and one group will move to room 301 just down the hall from there.  We’re going to have a great summer and look forward to seeing you!

MAD in the City
MAD in the City is just a few weeks away!  It is always a special week, and I am so looking forward to it!  Be on the lookout for an email and blog post later in the week with everything you need to know about MAD.

June Focus Verse

Each month, we choose a focus verse to intentionally commit to diving into God’s Word together. Hand Lettering Co. provides free digital downloads of scripture for desktop backgrounds or tablet/smartphone wallpapers. Check out the link below!

Our focus verse for June is 1 Timothy 6:11.

Download June Image

Summer Schedule, Operation Backyard, Jenny Out-of-Office

If you were unable to attend our renovation presentation, we have a page available now with the images for our plan.  Renovations will begin this week. Please click here to check it out!
 
Summer Schedules
  • Sunday School will be in a different location during the renovation: We will meet on the third floor near the choir room.
  • Wednesday Bible Study will meet at the Chick-fil-A in Bearden beginning this week.  Our intern,  Thomas Stubbs, will be leading this week!

Jenny Out-of-Office

Today, Jenny will be having her gallbladder removed.  It should be an outpatient procedure and she should be home today, too.  If you have anything you need to communicate with her about this week, please go ahead and email her – she will get back to you as quickly as possible!

Operation Backyard

For those of you participating in Operation Backyard, you should have received an email with all of the details for the weekend.  Please let Jenny know if you did not!

Summer Sunday School

As you know, we are so close to starting on our youth area renovations!   In order to get everything finished by the start of the school year, we are moving youth Sunday school to another area of the church.  You can join us in the Handbell room (across the hall from the choir suite) to start the morning.  We will then divide up middle school and high school and one group will move to room 301 just down the hall from there.  We’re going to have a great summer and look forward to seeing you!


June Focus Verse

Each month, we choose a focus verse to intentionally commit to diving into God’s Word together. Hand Lettering Co. provides free digital downloads of scripture for desktop backgrounds or tablet/smartphone wallpapers. Check out the link below!

Our focus verse for June is 1 Timothy 6:11.

Download June Image

Acolyte Breakfast, Summer Sunday School, Operation Backyard

If you were unable to attend our renovation presentation, we have a page available now with the images for our plan.  Renovations will begin this week. Please click here to check it out!
 
Summer Changes

Summer is here!! We are looking forward to a great time together.  Our weekly summer events start next week — the week of June 3!  We will have Hang Time and Bible Study!  Both of these activities are open to all ages and friends!  Contact Jenny with any questions.

  • Sunday School will be in a different location during the renovation: We will meet on the third floor near the choir room.
  • Hang Time & Wednesday Bible Study will begin the first week of June.

Acolyte Appreciation Breakfast

We want to say thank you to the all of the students who lead us in worship as acolytes throughout the year.  So, we are hosting a breakfast for them this Sunday, June 3, during the Sunday School hour.  

Below, you will find a link to bring something for them.  Food can be delivered to the handbell room (right across the hall from the choir suite on the third floor).  Please contact Melanie McNutt or Mary Atkins with questions.

Operation Backyard

Operation Backyard is next week!For those of you who are participating, we are making a small change in our plan.We will be roofing on Friday and plan to finish the project in one day.On Saturday, we will be working on a decking project for Erin & Lindsey Johnson.As you may remember, Chuck Johnson, their dad, passed away right after Christmas and left an unfinished deck at the house.Wewould like to complete that for them!Please let Jenny know if you have any questions.

Summer Sunday School

As you know, we are so close to starting on our youth area renovations!   In order to get everything finished by the sta

rt of the school year, we are moving youth Sunday school to another area of the church.  You can join us in room 301 (down the hall from the choir suite) to start the morning.  We will then divide up middle school and high school and one group will move to the handbell room just down the hall from there.  We’re going to have a great summer and look forward to seeing you!


June Focus Verse

Each month, we choose a focus verse to intentionally commit to diving into God’s Word together. Hand Lettering Co. provides free digital downloads of scripture for desktop backgrounds or tablet/smartphone wallpapers. Check out the link below!

Our focus verse for June is 1 Timothy 6:11.

Download June Image