For the past few years, we have tried to create a Camp Experience for high school kids that has meaning and impact. We spent the last year listening to parents, campers, and youth workers and combined it with our rich history of pulling off great summer camps to provide an even better experience. This year, we are offering a three-day experience specifically designed for students in grades 9-12.
This camp is 5.5 days, 5 nights and a full week of crazy, fun adventure! Campers get to spend the week enjoying all of our awesome camp activities, such as our Splash Park, water slide, pool, Blob, Gaga ball, Night Strike, theme nights, basketball, volleyball, zip line, disc golf, and so much more. Meanwhile, campers get to hear an amazing speaker and experience God like they never have before in this immersive camp experience.
This year for our Christmas Party we are going to be having a Las Posadas Celebration.
What is Las Posadas?
Las Posadas is Spanish for lodging, or accommodation, which in this case refers to the inn in the story of the nativity of Jesus. It uses the plural form as the celebration lasts for a nine-day interval (called the novena) during the Christmas season, but for us... we are going to only celebrate on December 13th.
This story has grown in significance with the Latino Christian community due to many immigrant families seeing themselves in the story of Mary and Joseph as they traveled to a foreign city only to be rejected, but through the pain of this rejection comes the birth of a Messiah.
That is why we are going to celebrate this story. Not only does this unique Christian celebration have meaning as an old tradition for protestant and catholic latino families, but for almost 1/3 of our students... they see themselves in the story. It speaks to them.
What's the Plan?
Just come as usual to youth group, and we will have food, games, and drinks prepped and ready to go! We will also be doing three big traditions that have roots in Las Posadas:
- We will be having a pinata. This is common in a Las Posadas.
- We will be having a traditional Las Posadas cake.
- We will be passing out cookies to the neighborhood.
How do cookies connect to this?
This is actually my favorite part, and it takes a little imagination. In a traditional Las Posadas the kids of the church community lead the adults through the neighborhood as they walk to the church. The children will carry a baby through the neighborhood and all the way to the nativity scene at the church. As they go they will have a house actually play the Inn keeper and will play-act the inn keeper rejecting Mary and Joseph. The church community, lead by the children, will continue on to the church and gather around the nativity scene as they place the Christ-child in the manger.
We will actually start our night with this celebration.
We will meet up at the church, but the doors will be locked. Our students will have to gather outside and wait. At 7:05pm we will pass out the cookies the church has brought for our neighbors and walk throughout the neighborhood passing them out. We will eventually walk to the church where we will have a reading, a prayer, and a meal.
Since we moved in to this neighborhood, we have asked ourselves what it means to be a good neighbor. In lieu of a Christmas party or pageant, we have decided that we will invite our neighbors to both Redemption’s & Via de Esperanza’s Christmas Eve Services. With the invitation, our youth group will be delivering cookies to thehomes. To help make this happen, we’re asking everyone to bring 2-3 dozen cookies on Sunday, December 10th.
Ladies, this Friday December 1 at 7pm, we're gathering to celebrate together. We will share our favorite Christmas "Life-hacks", so bring your easiest, shareable snack or treat. We’ll also have a gift exchange game. Gifts should be wrapped and something you enjoy or like to give that is $10 or less.
Come ready to play, laugh & share stories & ideas!
Come out on November 18th from 9AM - 1PM.The church needs help doing different maintenance projects. This is a great opportunity to bring your family and help serve. Do not forget that lunch will be served. It will be pizza. Bring your family to come eat and work!
The Enneagram is a system of personality that describes nine distinct ways of thinking, feeling, and acting in the world. This class is ideal for those who desire to better understand the unconscious patterns that operate in their lives and the lives of others. Consider taking the class with your small group or friends.
Our next men’s event is Friday, September 15th at Lakeside Speedway in Shawnee. Cost is $12 for adults; $6 for kids 7-12, and 6 and under are free. Meet at Lakeside speedway at 6pm. Racing starts at 7:30pm. Bring your own drinks and sides. We will provide the burgers, hot dogs and grills.
July 30th at 5pm is our first annual golf scramble. We will be raising money for the 2017-2018 youth ministry year. We will be playing the Prairie Center Park Frisbee golf course. This event is for all ages, and is a great idea for a fun family outing!
Come join us for our 4th annual neighborhood soccer camp. This event is always a great time with kids from our church and our neighborhood coming together to play and enjoy the summer weather. Our camp is not intended to prepare the next Messi or train the next Ronaldo, but instead we think our kids want to have a safe space to play. Therefore, we are seeking to create a week of fun and games for our kids built around the world's sport of soccer.
Youthfront Camp is perfect for elementary, middle, and high school age students! We are passionate about bringing youth into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, so we do camp in a way that allows authentic discovery and growth for each camper. We do this using three primary values:
If you have a student who is graduating from 6th grade and going into 7th grade then we invite you to let your student participate in our Club 56 graduation ceremony. After this special Sunday your new 7th grader is invited to join all 7th - 12th grade youth group activities during the summer, but if they would like to stay in Club 56 instead, that is ok too!
All students must graduate to their new grade on Promotion Sunday on August 20th.
If your child is going into the 5th grade or older they are invited to join us for our Reading Club this summer. Reading Club is every Wednesday until July 19th.
What is a Reading Club?
This club is an hour of collectively reading classic stories, modern stories, and finding amazing adventures through storytelling.
No pre-registration needed. Just come and register.
If your child is going into the 5th grade or older they are invited to join us for our Maker's Club this summer. Maker's Club is every Tuesday until July 18th.
What is a Maker's Club?
This club is an hour of making all sorts of things. It's an open time of collaboration and learning skills to build, weld, engineer, and even code.
No pre-registration needed. Just come and register.
Redemption Church, we are going to be gathering together Saturday morning April 22nd to get a few things done around the building and grounds of the church. These work days are essential to maintaining the building. We will start at 9:30am and will end at 1:30pm. Lunch will be provided. Check out more information here:
The youth group of Redemption Church is going to be taking a trip to Memphis, TN from March 11 - 15. This is not a missions trip or a service trip. This will be an experience trip. We are crafting an experience that we hope will help them to discover the Mission of God in their life.