Youth Ministry – May 2015

“For everything there is a season,

a time for every activity under heaven.

A time to be born and a time to die.

A time to plant and a time to harvest.

A time to kill and a time to heal.

A time to tear down and a time to build up.

A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.

A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.

A time to search and a time to quit searching.

A time to keep and a time to throw away.

A time to tear and a time to mend.

A time to be quiet and a time to speak.

A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 (NLT).
With graduation just around the corner, a new senior pastor, and the anticipated hire of a permanent youth director, this is a time of change and transition in the life of our church and our youth program. Please take some time in prayer for our graduates, our church, and our students, during this season of change.
Parents’ Tip:
Pass this on to your students as they graduate from High School, from Middle School or from one grade to the next.


Youth Ministry – April 2015

We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders (Pslam 78:4).
What a joy it is to minister to and alongside the next generation of our church. As this year’s program comes to a close, we reflect on our studies. This spring we dove into God’s call on the church to respond to his grace with gratitude and worship. The church, as a whole, is called to do many things as we live out our faith. As Middle and High Schoolers, they don’t have to wait; they can play an active role in the church today. They are the next generation church.
April Calendar:
29:  Last MSYG & Last call for MS Summer Trip – $325
May Calendar:
1:  MS Guys/Girls’ Night
3:  Last HSYG & Last call for HS Summer Trip – $400
10:  No Sunday School – Happy Mother’s Day
17:  Last Sunday School
Parents’ Tip:
As mentioned above, this Spring we looked what the church is and how our students can participate in the greater life of the church today. We have been focusing not only on Sunday morning worship and its various elements, but have been going deeper into letting our faith affect our everyday life.  The article below is a challenging and uncomfortable read. It challenges how I worship, and what I worship. So why put it in the parents’ tip? I hope this article will encourage conversation in your families. Talk to your children about why you do what you do. Consider with your family if this is what worship should look like and what this kind of worship might look like in practice. May all we do, be done to worship our great God.


Youth Ministry – March 2015

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters (Romans 8:28-29).
“Good Luck!” is a phrase commonly heard in times of uncertainty. This phrase is meant to comfort someone as they face a challenge, a test, a transition. Romans 8:28-29 reminds us that our future is not based on luck, but on God’s will, plan, and purpose. What a refreshing thought. We don’t have to wonder about our future, our great God holds it in his hand.
March Calendar:
22:  High School Open Youth Room Night
29:  Due date for HS Chicago Trip – $25
April Calendar:
1:  MS Early Bird due for Summer Trip – $275
5:  No High School Youth Group – Happy Easter
8:  No Middle School Youth Group – Happy Spring Break
12:  High School Open Youth Room Night
19:  HS Early Bird due for Summer Trip – $350
19:  Middle School Fundraiser Dinner
Parent’s Tip:
With all the craziness and fear based news these past several weeks, this article was a helpful reminder for me to keep my eyes focused on the one who is in control of all things. May this be a comfort to you and for your family:


Youth Ministry – February 2015

If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 1 Corinthians 13:3-8
February seems to be a month where love comes to the forefront of our minds. As we consider what love is, let us turn to Christ, the risen word of God, for the love of the father. May He be our first love and may His love be shown through us.
February Calendar:
15: HS Open Youth Room Night (mid-winter break)
March Calendar:
22: HS Open Youth Room Night
Parents’ Tip:
As many of you are aware, the ever popular novel, 50 Shades of Gray, is being released on the big screen. What is the big deal about this movie? And should you/your teen go watch it? This article shares some of the concerns this movie brings to the table:
Perhaps a better Valentine’s movie would be Old Fashioned. I was privileged to see this movie before the release date, and recommend it to you. The movie has a Christian base, and addresses real life situations surrounding the topic of sex and dating in our culture. The movie is rated PG13, so please use your discretion before having your student watch it. I do hope this can be a great conversation starter for you and your student to talk about what sex and love can look like in today’s culture: Trailer:


Youth Ministry – January 2015


Welcome to 2015! Break is over and things are starting up again at Rockford Reformed Church. Tuesday Bible Studies are beginning, Youth Groups are meeting, and Sunday School will resume at its usual time; but its the calm after the Christmas Season, and its too often a time when I go back to my normal routine and forget that we just celebrated the hope for the world. It is my prayer for you and your families this year that this hope would shine in our actions and conversations with those we come in contact with at home, at school, at work, and at church. This New Year holds so many possibilities, may Christ’s light shine in you in a special way this year.

With the New Year comes a new opportunity. On Tuesdays we will still be having our Girls Bible Study (same time and place), and we will be adding to Tuesdays a High School/Middle School Guys Bible Study as well. Rob will be leading this Bible Study and it will meet at the Rockford McDonald’s from 3-4pm. If you would like more information, contact either Rob or Jess.

January Calendar:

February Calendar:

  • 4:  No MS Youth Group or HS Small Groups – meet at Pando
  • 11: No MS Youth Group – retreat prep
  • 13-15: MS Winter Retreat – at Cran-Hill Ranch

Parents’ Tip:

As many of you are aware, there are many harmful apps, websites, etc. that our students are exposed to, and its hard to keep track of what’s what on their phones. Here is an article that I found helpful in learning what some of these apps are, and why they might be harmful.