Thursday October 6th will be our first big Junior High Youth night OFF CAMPUS. Unless we get 10 inches of snow before next week we are going to THE KRAAY FAMILY FARMS CORN MAZE in Lacombe, AB.
Meet at the church next Thursday at 545pm. We will be taking a bus from CrossRoads Church that will leave at 6pm sharp. YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE to take advantage of the Group Rate we’ve been given. It is $20 to take the bus from church and join for this awesome event. Make sure we have a signed parent waiver as well!
Register online at www.CrossRoadsChurch.ca/ComingEvents!
For those parents who wish to drive their student(s), please meet at the Corn Maze at 630pm. You still must register online to take advantage of the Group Rate we have been offered. For those students who are getting a ride to the Corn Maze, the cost is only $10.
We ask that students dress warm (for whatever the weather) and to bring a flashlight to explore the maze. If you would like to purchase snacks at the Corn Maze, please bring extra money to do so.
We look forward to all Grade 7 & 8 students joining for this fun night off campus. If you choose not to come to the Corn Maze with us, there will be no other Youth Group that night.
What a great night to eat ice cream, pickles and cookies!! 16 lovely ladies, all expecting new arrivals, came to meet each other and enjoy some adult convo! We found out who was expecting when, who knew what they were expecting, and who did not know and would be surprised! Fun was had by all… God Really does think these moms are BIG DILLS!
This is a reblog from Axis.org’s
Vol. 2, Issue 36 | September 9, 2016
Three Things This Week
- Discipling through Doubt
What it is: The Fuller Youth Institute says it isn’t doubts that drive students away from faith, but rather the silence and fear from parents and teachers who refuse to talk honestly about their own doubts and questions about God.
Why it’s important: Fuller’s research revealed that over 70% of students have serious doubts about their faith, but those who felt they had a safe place to openly discuss those doubts with adults tended to have a stronger, more lasting faith. Our students need us to be real about our own struggles with faith, as well as unafraid to listen to and work through their questions with them. It’s not certainty that makes good leaders; it’s vulnerability. Because quite often, “doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.”
- The Final Frontier
What it is: Apple’s Keynote on Wednesday revealed the specs for iPhone 7, including that it’s splash and water resistant, following in the footsteps of its competitor, Samsung Galaxy.
Why it’s important: Form matters, and phones are being created more and more to be unignorable and ever-present. The more dependent on them we become, the more likely we are to keep purchasing the next model. Making them water proof/resistant only increases our dependence because we can use them in more places, including the shower. With every waking hour being bombarded by notifications from our phones, modeling wise technology boundaries to teens is becoming that much more important.
- Chance the Rapper
What it is: Last week, we mentioned Kanye’s reference to Chance the Rapper as the future and a thought leader, so this week, our Senior Team Director and an intern took some time to analyze his influence.
Why it’s good: 20 minutes of listening to this podcast will help you better understand the artist, his work, his influences, his faith, and ultimately how his ideas are influencing the next generation. Many of the questions they ask are also great conversation starters for teens who are fans, getting them to think deeper than the sound or beat.
Finding One’s Calling
The wildly popular blog Wait But Why created a fictional character named Lucy as a caricature of today’s emerging adult. Lucy is what the blog called a “GYPSY” (Generation Y Protagonist and Special Yuppy). Poor Lucy is destined to be unhappy because, from her earliest years, she’s been told she’s special, that she can be whatever she wants to be. Not surprisingly, GYPSYs like Lucy struggle with a sense of entitlement. Where Baby Boomers wanted to live “the American Dream,” GYPSYs want to live their own personal dream.
Ultimately, for Lucy and our students, this is a recipe for unhappiness. Reality will never match the dreams GYPSYs have been told to expect.
Christians are also guilty of inculcating false expectations. For at least a couple generations, Christian colleges, with the noble intent of communicating the biblical concept of “calling” as more than just full-time ministry jobs, have taught students to look at their own giftedness as the key to discovering “God’s will.” Of course, it’s true the Lord has gifted us in unique ways to serve Him and that we can discover these gifts through our passions and use them for His glory. But while the biblical picture of calling and vocation includes our talents, it also includes things like sacrifice, persecution, and dying to self. Jesus said those who follow Him carry crosses, not crowns.
It’s really only Christians in the West, especially the US, who’ve had the luxury of dwelling on the question, “What has God made me to do and what is my calling?” The Protestant Reformers understood calling to be not so much about passion, but about faithful commitment to God in whatever station we find ourselves. It may be that your calling right now is to be a student or a parent or a minimum-wage employee barely eking out a living. Whether directly connected with our passions or not, God calls us first and foremost to do each thing well, with all of our might, even if it is as mundane as digging a ditch or doing the dishes.
Short of this awareness, we risk “Christianizing” entitlement. Instead of asking students “What is God’s will for your life some day?” we should be asking them, “What does God want you to do well today?” Our calling is to live fully engaged in this world, regardless of the particular circumstances. As William James reminds us, “The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
“Finding One’s Calling” is Adapted from an article originally published on Breakpoint.org.
With a specific transitional part of Senior High Ministry for Grade Twelves only starting up this year, we figured it would be best to start with a BANG! Pastor Jordan will be taking the Twelves to the Hillsong Young & Free concert in Edmonton to begin a weekend getaway retreat at Sylvan Lake.
There are a very limited number of tickets, so if you’re heading into Grade Twelve this year and are interested in joining for a weekend retreat Sept. 23-24 at a cabin on Sylvan Lake, contact Dallas or Jordan immediately. This event is only $60 for the whole weekend.
Get in your money and signed waiver to secure a spot!! Then meet at the church Sept. 23 at 5:00pm.
We had several bright and not so bright Wednesdays for Story time in the park! We were only rained out once!! Several families were a part of these events… with as many as 51 children in attendance at one time!
Pete the Cat was a huge hit with the children as well as several books I hand picked for reading! The children also enjoyed puppets, bubbles, rhymes and finger plays!
Here are a few pics from the last day……
In a few months I will be putting my daughter on a plane to China. For. One. Whole. Year.
One whole year of missed holidays. One whole year of two-women-in-a-kitchen arguments averted. One whole year of lost hugs and quick pecks on the cheek. A whole year.
And worse yet, she expects to make a habit of this travel thing. So how do I let go in the wake of her tidal wave of giddy expectation? After all, this is the girl who it seems that just yesterday couldn’t cross the street without holding my hand. How do I prepare her for being as far away as she possibly can be?
1. Remember My Past Prayers
I have been praying for years that I would be the kind of parent who would let go when the time was right. The kind of parent who could rejoice at God-given opportunities rather than one who selfishly clings and clutches, begs and whines for her children to stay close.
I have been praying for God to open and shut doors. Now it’s time to trust that he has heard those prayers. After all, like Hannah with Samuel, I gave my children for his service many years ago. I do not possess my children. They do belong to him for his purpose.
2. Don’t Assume I Know It All
As your children begin to make decisions on their own, before you give unsolicited advice, ask them what they know about a situation. You might be pleasantly surprised! Many times your adult children have done ample research and know a lot more about the subject that you may have expected.
Even if you do have lingering concerns, be careful how you express them. Use phrases like, “Have you considered…?” Try to stick to discussing facts rather than your emotions. If you’re overly emotional, your observations will be passed off as hysterics rather than sound wisdom.
3. Leave the Rest to God
After stating my thoughts about the matter, it is now my job to trust God. We are commanded to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). This means that we stop worrying about all of the details and we leave God in charge of sorting out all of the details.
4. Pray Without Ceasing
I am confident that this passage of Scripture is about to come alive to me in new ways! God can do in a moment what I cannot in a lifetime. Therefore, prayers will be offered both for my daughter and for myself as I allow God to show me how to rely upon him in a new and deeper way.
Usually I wish I lived in a different and simpler era. I love history and can romanticize any time period as better than this one. However, in this case, I am very grateful to be living now in this time. I am grateful for Skype, Facetime, and other ways to communicate instantly and at great distance. It doesn’t replace a hug, but it sure does beat a letter full of antiquated news!
As you prepare your children for God’s plans for their lives, he will be faithful to guide you into a peace that passes understanding as well. The word “training” suggests an upcoming event. We are to train up a child, preparing them for going out and practicing all that they have learned. This is an exciting time for both you and your child! Embrace the new season and enjoy it for what it is.
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Just like its beginning, Teen Camp ended with flop (or should we say, “a slop”). Cabins collected points all week from the games and activities and cleaning their cabins and the cabin with the most points got to choose a leader to “schmuck” on the last day! Leader Chad Nixon was chosen to be covered in shaving cream, head to toe, and then doused with icy cold water.
The teens loved this and eventually convinced Pastor Jordan Cavanaugh to join as well.
Pastor Amy Miller from Living Stones Church wrapped up the week of camp with a great illustration during chapel about Giant Redwood Trees.
The seed represented an experience with Jesus. Most students described a moment they had with God during the week that was new or memorable. Amy reminded students that the seed is only the beginning, and that after one experience with God we should not just stop there.
In order to become a Giant Redwood, the seed needs to grow. Amy explained that these giant trees don’t just get giant overnight. Giant Redwoods can live up to thousands of years. Like the Christian Faith, these giant trees require a lot of time and a process to become as tall as they do and grow as strong as they do. Amy described a great recipe for growth:
1. Soak in the Son-light. Every seed needs sunlight to start growing and keep growing. The Son – Spend time with Jesus. Get to know His voice, talk to Him, listen and wait to hear from Him.
2. Drink deeply from scripture (truth). Every plant needs water to grow and keep growing. We need to dive into scripture for living water. God’s truth will remind us of His love and His plans for us, even when we may not feel Him near.
3. Grow together. Did you know Giant Redwood Trees can get up to 400ft tall? Yet the roots of these giant trees only go 4-10ft down into the ground. What keeps them from being my blown over and uprooted in the storms? These giant redwood trees grow together via their roots intertwining. Without the strength of support of another giant’s root system, these redwood trees are susceptible to falling over and dying. Amy reminded students that the storms of life WILL come (John 16:33) and that is important to be rooted in Christ with other believers. During those tough times, other believers will remind you of God’s goodness and His promises and His plans… They will help you stay rooted and grow strong.
Following this great message, students were sent to spend time in their cabins to discuss what this could mean for once they get back home.
One student told me, “I was really encouraged by the friendships I made this week and feel like school will be great with strong friends to help me get through.”
It was such a great week out at Rivers Edge and many are looking forward to next year already!
We’re so grateful to our many sponsors who made the week a huge success!
Central Alberta Youth Unlimited sponsored our paintball activity.
This is a reblog from Axis.org – August 5, 2016
Every year around this time, our teams hit the road and begin speaking to over 25,000 students across North America. And each year, they report an observation: There is a dichotomy between the sacred and the secular at many Christian schools. This compartmentalized view of life and education says all things spiritual are sacred, and everything else is secular. We see this mentality everywhere: in work (“ministry” is sacred, accounting and pharmacy are secular), in education (Bible classes and chapel are sacred, history and English are secular), and in art (Kirk Cameron movies are sacred, Spielberg movies are secular). When we view the world this way, it reduces Christianity to a tiny slice of life that happens only on Sunday or in Bible study, while most of human existence plays out in the ordinariness of everyday living. And in so doing, our students begin to think of Christianity in terms of events (chapel) or places (church), instead of having a holistic view that all of life is under God’s authority. The early Church faced this same kind of thinking (Gnosticism) and deemed it heretical. So how do we reclaim a broader view of life, education, work, and entertainment that recognizes God’s presence everywhere?
For starters, God, in His merciful goodness, created a good world where the eternal and the spiritual play themselves out in the physical. Everything has the potential to be sacred since God has the uncanny ability to show up in the ordinary–a feeding trough, bread and wine, or a stormy sea. Walter Brueggemann calls this “the scandal of the particular”; it’s an incarnational view of the world that recognizes that matter really matters to God, that concrete, everyday things are a doorway to the divine. Once we realize that God is with us in the ordinary things of life (homework, mowing the lawn, or reading a book), everything becomes an occasion for worship and revelation.
This is especially true for education. Charlotte Mason said, “God, the Holy Spirit, is Himself the supreme educator of mankind.” All truth is God’s truth, and all beauty is God’s beauty. Therefore we shouldn’t classify certain aspects or areas of education “Christian,” because that would imply the possibility that other aspects of education are secular. As Christians, we understand that all education is divine, that every good gift of knowledge and insight comes from above, and that ultimately the culmination of all education is the personal knowledge of and intimacy with God. And that knowledge, or revelation, can come just as much from Shakespeare as St. Paul.
Our task as parents and educators is to be in divine cooperation with the Holy Spirit in the discipling and teaching of our students by helping them “lift the veil” of revelation to uncover the good, the beautiful, and the true in all things, reminding them that we really do inhabit a sacred universe. And revelation need not only come from distinctly Christian sources. Truth and beauty are revealed in the novels of Thomas Hardy, the poems of Robert Frost, and the scientific discoveries of Albert Einstein.
Ask yourself and your students:
1. Do you have a favorite movie or song that isn’t necessarily “Christian” that still reveals truth? How?
2. How does having a Christian worldview impact how you view/study history, science, sociology or psychology?
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Family Ministries exists to help and inspire families. And what better place to start than at the beginning or when you are beginning again! This is why we are excited that Chris and Stacey Contenti have decided to bring their passion to invest in new marriages with the help of the Prepare-Enrich Program – to help and inspire you in the journey ahead.
Here’s what they have to say:
Just over five years ago we were invited to train as Mentors in the Prepare-Enrich Program. After talking together and praying about it we decided to sign-up and truly haven’t looked back since. Marriage has always been something we value greatly and we felt the Lord leading us into a ministry where we could help couples start their marriage on a solid foundation with many of the tools already in place to succeed in their relationship together.
We have met…
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