Middle School Youth Update 4/27/16

Good afternoon!

Hard to imagine there are only two weeks left of our middle school youth group for the year! It is also so fun to continue to see our middle school students reaching out and inviting their friends to join them on Wednesday nights. 

Mark your Calendars!
Pickerel Lake Bible Camp is going to be here before we know it! Our middle school camp – those who have completed 5th grade – 7th grade – is July 24th-29th. For those who have competed 8th grade, high school camp has come and it will be June 19th – 24th.  For more information on Pickerel please visit https://pllbc.wordpress.com/

This week in Middle school, we started a new two week series called PowerPlay. Power is a good thing. And in most cases, more power is a better thing. We want our phones to be powered up, our cars to be powerful, our laptops to be powered on, and our football teams made of power players. But those aren’t the only places that power is important to us. We all want to have power in relationships too. Maybe you’ve never thought about it that way but chances are you want people to listen to you, to pay attention to you or to care about what you think. 

That’s power. And whether you realize it or not, every relationship you have comes with some power or influence. Every interaction with another person is an opportunity to use your power, even if you feel like you don’t have any. During this series we’re talking about two people from the New Testament who looked at power differently than anyone else: Paul and Jesus. In their stories, we find that, no matter who is in control, there is always a power play we can make on behalf of others.

As we draw near to the end of this school year, please continue to pray for our middle school students. As we continue to talk about their worth and value on Wednesday nights and look at the life of Christ and His example, it is clear our students are hearing God’s truth. Pray they would continue to seek and understand the love God has for them! 

If there are any questions or if you would like more information on our middle school ministry or Pickerel Camp, please feel free to contact me anytime!

Blessings,
Doyle Burnside
doyle@kingofglorysf.org
605-310-2561

Middle School Youth Update 4/20/16

Good morning!

What a blessing this year has been! It is hard to imagine that there are only three more weeks for Wednesday night youth group. With that said it is time to start thinking about middle school pickerel!

Middle School Pickerel – Summer camp will be held July 24th – 29th. It begins Sunday afternoon (we leave shortly after the second service on Sunday the 24th. This year’s theme is “Out of Darkness, into His Light”. For more information you can contact me or visit https://pllbc.wordpress.com/. This is an awesome week of camp fun, learning about God’s word, meeting other middle school students, and the food is even amazing!

The last few weeks our middle school students have been in a series “Wired”. We have been talking about Matthew 22:37-40. The two greatest commandments – to love God and to love people. As we continue to learn of God’s love for us we are also called to respond and reflect that love in our lives! We started off with looking at creation, seeing how God has wired us in His image. As Ephesians 2:10 states, we are God’s Workmanship, or Masterpiece. God has created us and we have a value and a purpose because of the one who has wired us – God! We then looked at how we are wired for community. How many of you have heard the phrase “we got our wired crossed”? How many of you have had your wires crossed (a mix up or miscommunication) with your kid(s). It happens a lot. Yet, we are still wired to live and be in community with one another. The greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God. But the second is much like it, to love one another as we love ourselves. God wants us to love others, even when loving others can be difficult. Our bottom line this week is that we can love God, by loving others.

As we come close to the end of our year, please continue to be praying for our middle school students. Pray that they would continue to learn and understand God’s love for them and how they can respond to that great love in their everyday lives!

If there are any questions or if you would like to know more about the final three weeks please feel free to contact me anytime!

Blessings,

Doyle Burnside
doyle@kingofglorysf.org
605-310-2561

Middle School Youth Update 3/9/16

Good morning everyone!

What a beautiful week! The sun brings a new excitement on Wednesday nights! It feels like the energy is up a notch and our students are continuing to engage and build relationships on Wednesday nights. Last night we had a few new middle school students. It is so fun to see our students talking about and inviting their friends along with them.

Middle School Pickerel Recharge: For those that went to camp this past year, you may have received a post card about the retreat in May. For those students who did not attend camp, you are still invite to attend the Pickerel Retreat. To find our more information about the recharge please visit https://pllbc.wordpress.com/msrecharge/  If your student is interested in attending this retreat, please let me know as I decide on whether or not I will be attending.

This week we introduced our new series – Wired. God has created us and wired us to function in amazing ways. From how our bodies function to on a daily basis, heal itself, fights off harmful bacteria and on and on. And it is not just us as humans. Taking a look at the earth and how it has so many beautiful, powerful, and almost unexplainable ways in which the earth works. To say it easily, there are a lot of things that we cannot see or fully understand, but we know them to be real. We know them to be here. We cannot see the air we breathe but we trust that every time we go for a breath our lungs will be filled.

In a somewhat similar manner, the same is true about our God. We do not see God, however we do experience and see the power and work of what He has done. Through the beauty of creation – the mountains, seas, sunrise and sunset – we can see the work of God. Along with this, we also can experience God through others. The love, patience, forgiveness, kindness caring hearts of the people around us. God has wired us to have a connection with Him!

Along with this introduction, we went back to the gospel. Going through the Creation, Fall and Redemption through Jesus Christ! We are loved by our God and we see that love through the life and death of Jesus. We ARE LOVED by God!

As we now continue to talk about how we are wired by God, we can go forward reminded of the good news that the Word of God has for us! Please continue to pray for our students with this truth in mind – God loves them! He has given His life so that we too may live. With this truth in mind, we now can respond and live as witnesses for God.

If there are any questions or if you would like more information about the middle school ministry, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Doyle Burnside
doyle@kingofglorysf.org
605-310-2561

High School Youth Update 3/9/16

Good morning!

This week we had all of our high school students here for the first time in a while. It was fun to reconnect and come together as a whole group again! It was also perfect timing as we do have several big events coming up!

Fundraising is here. The hy-vee sales have been going well. Please continue to encourage people to buy their gift cards from church to help support our youth going to Jamaica! Along with this, Psalm Sunday is just around the corner! The high school youth are asked to be here from 7:30-1 as we prepare, serve, and clean up for the Pancake fundraiser! I am excited to see the outcome of the fundraiser as we can then have a good idea of where we will be for our goal!

April 15th will be here before we know it as well! We talked about some of the plans and way our murder mystery will go for our second fundraiser. We had some great ideas at staff to help get those going to Jamaica interacting with those coming to support them! We will be doing a run through of the murder mystery for the first time in the next few weeks so that the youth can experience the fun of the mystery together, and then prepare for the acting at the actual event!

This week we finished our Basic’s series by Francis Chan. The series ended with a teaching on prayer. Francis goes through some of these ideas – “Is it possible that our prayers go unanswered because we are praying out of a sense of obligation or maybe for the wrong things? Are our prayers supposed to be a list of things we want, or are they really intended to be an ongoing dialogue with God about the things He wants? Maybe if we align our prayers with God's mission, we would see God answer our prayers in supernatural ways that we could never imagine.” There is power in prayer because we are praying to the God of this universe! The Author, Creator, Lord, King wants to bless us! At the same time, we are reminded that scripture, prayer and the church is not about US. As we pray, would we pray as Jesus taught us – asking for God’s will to be done.

This series has challenged and strengthened my way of thinking about the Church. Now that we have finished, it is my prayer that our students would continue to grow in their desire to be a part of God’s Church for those around them. As Acts 2:42-47 describes the Church – people will notice and be pointed to Jesus when we as followers live out God’s desire for the Church!

We have a good, good Father who desires to see His children succeed!

Blessings,
Doyle Burnside
doyle@kingofglorysf.org
605-310-256

Middle School Youth Update 2/24/16

Good afternoon!

Save the date: On Friday May 6th we will be hosting a family event here at King of Glory. If you remember or participated in our Go for the Gold event, this will be slightly similar with a new theme. As we get closer to May 6th keep your eyes out for more information!!

 We took a break from our series on prayer this week and Stacia lead our middle school group in a few activities and games as they continue to build relationships with one another in the group. Along with this, students also wrote down questions they have had about Christianity. Pastor Rich will be doing a “You Asked It” series coming up and we are asking the kids and youth to add some questions. I went through some of the questions and am excited to share them with Richard as well. Alongside Richard’s series, we will do some follow up conversation/teaching on questions asked by our middle school students. This is an awesome opportunity for them to continue to grow in their faith through some questions they are having.

 Please feel free to contact me anytime if you would like more information about what we are doing on Wednesday nights here at King of Glory.

 Blessings,

Doyle Burnside

doyle@kingofglorysf.org
605-310-2561