This Sunday we will have the last Wildside Youth Fellowship of the year! At this Wildside we will have a blast celebrating the end of another great year in Wildside! We will have special games and activities and we will also send off our graduating senior with a special time just for them. I hope that your child will make sure to join us for this special time!
With a great school year coming to an end, we now look ahead to a summer calendar full of Bible studies and activities. The key event in July will be our Summer Retreat to Lake Junaluska, North Carolina for our students who are currently in 8th grade and up. Be sure to read about that below and sign your child up soon.
Please check below for everything that we have going on this week. If you have any questions or need anything at all, please let me know by e-mailing or calling (462 4213) anytime.
Big Wedensday—Wednesday, April 30—Big Wednesday is Open House from 3:30 to 5:00, Church Dinner from 5:00 to 6:00, Small Groups from 6:00 to 7:30, and Hangtime until 8:00. Students may get dropped for Open House anytime after school. At Open House students have freetime in the youth area and gym. If your child is going to eat Church Dinner, please send them with $5 to pay for dinner. Small Groups start at 6:00 and end between 7:00 and 7:30 and students may be picked up anytime from those times to as late as 8:00. Please pick your child up no later than 8:00.
High School Small Groups—Wednesday, April 30—6:00pm-7:30pm—Our High School Small Groups will have their final session from their study “The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus”. In this session students will come to see that Jesus’ Resurrection means that the crucifixion was not the end of the story; that in overcoming death, Jesus changed the world’s story forever and that because of the Resurrection, their stories can be changed! Students will see that in the pain of the crucifixion we see the pain of the world; and in the joy of the Resurrection we find our hope and joy. We will use Scripture from John 20:19-23, 1 Peter 1:3, & Romans 12:6-8a.
Middle School Small Groups—Wednesday, April 30—6:00pm-7:00/7:30pm—Our Middle School Small Groups will have their 3nd lesson from their study “Upside Down”. This session is based on the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant found in Matthew 18:23-35. Students will come to understand how important the idea of forgiveness is to God and be challenged to live a life of grace and forgiveness toward others. Other scriptures used will be Matthew 5:23-24, Luke 17:3-4, & 1 John 1:9.
Sunday School—Sunday, May 4—In this week’s Sunday School we start a new study on Paul’s letter to the Romans. We have a great group of students at Sunday School and would love to have your child join us. There are 3 adult Sunday School classes that you could join while your child was in Sunday School with us.
Confirmation Student & Parent Meeting—Sunday, May 4—12:15pm—Our final Confirmation meeting will be this Sunday after the 11:00am worship service (approximately 12:15pm). We need for students and at least one of their parents to attend the meeting. If your child has participated in the Confirmation program this semester, please make sure to attend this meeting. Thank you.
Wildside for EVERYONE IN MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL—Sunday, May 4—6:00pm to 8:00pm—This Sunday we will have the LAST WILDSIDE of the school year. It will be for ALL of our students in grades 6 through 12. Wildside is a teen’s place for fun, faith, food, & friends. At this week’s Wildside we will have a special time to honor our graduating seniors and we will also do our final Station of the Cross; Jesus is Alive! We will also have time for dinner, games, and freetime.
ON YOUR RADAR:
Paintball Outing—May17—8:30am-1:30pm—We will have a paintball outing on Saturday, May 17. This event is open to all students in grade 6 through 12. Cost for the event is $25. That includes mask and gun rental, 500 paintballs, Co2, entry, and lunch. Space is limited and students must sign up ahead of time. Please call or text me to sign your child up (461 4213).
SUMMER RETREAT—July 17-20—Our Summer Retreat will be July 17-20 to the “One Bread, One Body” youth retreat at the United Methodist Retreat Center in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. At the retreat we will join hundreds of other teens from youth groups all over the Southeast for morning and evening sessions which will include teaching from two powerful and challenging speakers, a dynamic worship band, and thought provoking small groups. We will have several fun afternoon activities, including, whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River, swimming at waterfalls, and a mission activities helping to feed the homeless. This is sure to be a great time of individual spiritual growth and deep group bonding. This trip is open to all students that will be going to high school next fall (current 8th grade and up). Cost for the trip, which includes all programming, activities, lodging, and meals (except for 2 meals on the way up and two meals on the way home) is $289 and a $100 deposit holds your child’s spot. Space is limited, so be sure to get your deposit in soon. The cutoff date to sign up is May 28 (or whenever all the spots are full). If you have any questions, please email or call me anytime.
Important Costa Rica Team Dates—
Mandatory Team Meeting—May 6, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Team Building Outing—May 31, 10:00am-6:00pm
Please make sure that if your child makes it to the May 6th Team Meeting if they are on the team, as the meetings are very important for our group’s success!
I hope that your child will find Point Washington UMC Youth a place where they can come and feel accepted and loved just as they are as they explore the issues of God and faith and discover the way that He calls them to follow Him. If there is ever anything that I can do for you or your family, please call or text me anytime at 461 4213.
Director of Youth Ministries
Point Washington UMC
850 461 4213