For those of you who I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, my name is Euan Dunn and I have been a part of the youth now for about 4 years, and I’m going on my 5th. Except for my first year in the youth, I have been to camp every summer and it’s easily one of my favorite times of the year. As many of you know, this past June, we went to Crossings and this took place at their Cedarmore campus. If I’m being honest with you, I was very hesitant about going to Crossings this year. I didn’t believe that this place was somewhere that would provide our youth group with a proper experience that would! I also wasn’t prepared to go to my first summer camp without our former Youth Pastor Matt Joiner, who is one of my mentors and one of the most powerful influences that I’ve ever had in my life. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect, my brain was just oddly wired to the point, where it was only telling me that this wouldn’t be a healthy experience. Boy was I wrong.
As soon as we arrived, I felt so welcomed and so wanted. It’s a feeling I’ll never forget, people were greeting us and praying for our week and it was so genuine. I wasn’t completely ready to swallow my pride but then we arrived at the opening night/ celebration, where I would be introduced to our speaker, Pastor John Nix. He stole my attention right off the bat with his substantial enthusiasm and passion for the gospel. The whole week, he tackled so many difficult questions and guided us through our theme for the week, which was what’s it’s like to be an outsider, and a citizen of Heaven, not the world. He inspired me to form better habits in my spiritual life and it’s really been awesome learning to enjoy all these different blessings that God has bestowed upon us, such as prayer, reading our bibles, worshiping, fellowship, all of which were highly put into practice at Crossings.
One of the many high points of each day was the time where we would come together as a Church and discuss a variety of things, from how our day was going to how God was working in us throughout the week. This allowed us to get closer as a youth group and want to spend time together outside of Fusion on Sunday Nights. It was also really awesome to see different age groups constantly mingling whether we were eating a meal, having free time, or were in our rooms in the evening.
At Crossings, I also witnessed some of the most powerful worship that I’ve ever seen. The band was so talented and they were so excited to worship which is something that the youth as a whole started to do as the week progressed. It got to the point where some people lost their voice! This will forever stand in my eyes as one of the most amazing experiences that a group of kids like us can go to. A place where we can be ourselves, feel loved, accepted, and build friendships that will last forever. Glory be to God for allowing us to be apart of Crossings 2017 and I could not be more excited for what the future holds in this youth group.
Grace & Peace,
Renown will replace Reborn this year as our In town Retreat. Here is what the event promo says about it:
Have you ever asked the question: What is the purpose of the Christian life? Jesus described this life in Matthew 5:13-16 as represented by two elements: Salt & Light.
Salt represents usefulness, healing, and the ability to change things for the better, while light speaks to prevailing over darkness as a shining beacon of truth for the gospel. But in the same passage Jesus warns that salt can become tasteless and light can be hidden. When these things happen, both elements are useless.
How can a Christian remain useful to Jesus Christ the king? Renown: Salt & Light is a conference designed to help middle school and high school students understand their purpose as Christians in serving as useful elements in the service of God. Join us as our speakers Albert Mohler, Dan Dumas and Eric Geiger help guide students toward the Scriptures in order to gain an understanding for their life’s highest calling; Bringing the light and changing power of the gospel to men and women in need of reconciliation to God.
We are headed back to Crossings Camps Cedarmore in Summer 2017! It is going to be a great time of worship, fellowship, fun, and making memories that last a lifetime. This event is for both middle and high school students.
Date: June 18th-22nd
Cost: Early Bird Special $300. The price of camp will rise to $325 after February 10th. $75 deposit is due February 10th.
Registration & Payment: Do both HERE.
Contact: Matt Joiner firstname.lastname@example.org
Our 7th annual Perfect North trip is here and it is for the entire family! It is a perfect excuse to break away with your loved ones for a fun filled day of skiing and snow tubing. I hope to see you and your entire family on the slopes soon!
Date: January 28th
Cost: Lift Ticket only (required for skiing and tubing) $39. Rentals $17. Helmet $5
Travel Details: Please arrive at Springdale Community Church at 6:45am to check in, eat breakfast (probably donuts and fruit), and for final instructions about the day. We will depart from Springdale promptly at 7:15am. We will Ski until 5:30pm and depart from Perfect North at 6pm. Please bring money for lunch and dinner. They have a cafeteria on site or you can pack your food to save money. I recommend you bring $20-25 for food. We will also stop on the way home for dinner (fast food). We will get home around 8:30-9pm. If you are not on the trip we will have your child text you an updated time when we are in route.
**Please let me know if you plan on driving separately. In the past I have rented too many vans (which are very expensive) for the group. So please let me know your travel plans as soon as you make them.
Registration: The last day to register for this event is January 24th. Register and pay HERE.
Contact: Matt Joiner email@example.com. (C) 815.651.7367
We are doing something fresh and exciting for this year’s Youth Christmas Party! The middle school and the high school students will each go to 3 different houses to participate in a Progressive Dinner. At each respective house there will be one course of a home cooked meal and a fun Christmas activity. After the 3 course meal and the activities then we will all meet back at the youth building to end the night singing Christmas songs. It is set to be a blast! This is a FREE event but, to come, each student MUST SIGN UP. You can do so HERE.
This event will begin from 5pm-8:30pm. Hope to see you all there! And parents you are welcome to come and worship with us at the end of the night! Once your child has signed up you will receive emails with more information.
Rooted, our annual Fall Retreat is almost here! This event is for all 6th-12th grade students.
Rooted will be at Crossing Camps (the Jonathan Creek Campus in Hardin, KY) this year. Springdale will have the entire site to ourselves! We will have 4 services, several camp fires, bazooka ball, laser tag, team building exercises, and so much more. We will focus on how our lives need to be rooted in living out the gospel in practical everyday life. It is always good for teenagers to get away from normal everyday life and focus on their relationship with God and others. This is set to be an awesome fall retreat!
Date: October 28-30th
Cost: $120 per student
Travel Details: We will meet at Springdale Community Church at 4pm on Friday October 28th. We will be getting back by 4pm Sunday October 30th.
Register: Here Deadline to register is October 24th.
Once you have registered you will begin receiving informational emails as the event gets closer. If you have any questions before then you can email Matt Joiner at firstname.lastname@example.org.