November 24: Decorate church for Christmas after services (lunch provided)
It's time to decorate our beautiful worship venues for the Advent season! On Sunday, November 24, we will join in fellowship after church with a meal and a church-wide decorating party! Everyone is welcome to participate and get into the Christmas spirit!
December 14: Jesus Love Never Melts, Advent VBS (Family Life Center)
Come as a family and walk from station to station to enjoy games, food, science, stories, crafts and more about Jesus' upcoming birthday.
December 15: Angels & Elves Shopping Trip, 1:30-6 p.m.
Angel and Elves Christmas Shopping Trip is a time for us to bless our community by buying gifts for less fortunate families in our city. We will get to spend a little bit of time with one of the kids from each family as they help us shop. We will all gather back at the church to play games with the kids, eat with their families, and then take them home to bring the gifts to their families. Meet in the FLC lobby at 1:30pm.
Please register ahead for this event so that our transportation needs are met correctly: https://forms.gle/JERLogZ1aXVzisDL8 (more event information in link as well).
December 18, 5-8pm: Child Care and Gift Wrapping Available for a Good Cause
Have a night out on us. The goal of this event is to help our community through the hectic holiday season!
On December 18, from 5-8pm the community is invited to bring in presents for the youth group to wrap or Christmas cards that need to be addressed.
We will also provide the church facility to provide a night of childcare so parents can Christmas shop that night. Register your child online here: https://tinyurl.com/childcaregiftwrapping
Both services will be in the Family Life Center
Cost: All donations
All donations from this will go to our Angels and Elves shopping trip in which we bless our community by buying gifts for less fortunate families in our city.
December 22, 11am: Christmas Cantata Service
December 22: Youth Christmas Party
Bring a wrapped white elephant gift $5 or less; Last name A-L bring a dessert, Last name M-Z bring a drink. Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater (for our contest), as we celebrate Jesus’ birth and the end of the semester!
December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (Sanctuary), 6 p.m.
All are invited to join us for a time of celebration of Christ's birth.
January 5: C.R.E.W. Resumes with One Word Painting Night
Please wear clothes that can get paint on them that evening.
February 9: Valentine’s Bakesale
Valentine's treats to be sold from 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. (before and after services).
February 21-23: Ignite Youth Retreat at Carolina Creek
Cost: $135 if registered by Jan. 19 and $150 if registered by February 2.
Ignite is our retreat for 7-12th graders where our prayer is that something is sparked in your student's faith. We'll have worship, workshops, small groups, and activities centered around the theme of commencement in ministry.
April 5: The Great Surprise (Easter VBS), Egg Drop, & Egg Hunt
3:00–The Great Surprise—Easter Family activities in the Family Life Center
4:00–Egg Drop—Youth will drop the eggs from the 2nd floor of Family Life Center for the competition
4:30ish–Easter Egg Hunt—Easter Egg Hunt for toddlers through 5th grade (Youth Hide Eggs)
April 17-19: Leadership Retreat in Galveston, TX
A retreat to learn more about yourself and how to lead better with who you are. For 6-12th grade students and adult leaders. Cost: $40. More information to come. Website: https://www.txumcyoung.space/lead-retreat
April 19: District Youth Scavenger Hunt
Join us for a scavenger hunt, food, worship, friends, fellowship with other youth in our district, and more! Hosted by the Wesley Center on Lamar University in Beaumont. Time TBA
Please RSVP by April 12th if you can make this event so we can know how many to plan for transportation.
May 3: Graduate Breakfast
We will honor our seniors graduating that morning. If your teen is graduating, I need a baby and graduation picture of them from you. I can scan them to return to you OR you can bring me copies. I also need lyrics from their favorite Christian song and their favorite Bible verse as well. Also PLEASE RSVP to me by March 29th to ensure an accurate count for the meal. All graduates and their family members are invited.
June 15-27: Texas Youth Academy
The Texas Youth Academy is a is a two week summer experience for selected high school students who are currently in 10th-12th grades to live in an intentional Christian community on a college campus in Texas. They participate in an intensive encounter with Christian life that will leave them confident that God is shaping their future in radical and exciting ways.
Days are patterned by worship, Scripture, study, small groups, service projects, art, and Communion. They will learn about the Christian faith from adult mentors and faculty members from various seminaries. They will practice this faith with other youth from across the state. They will be challenged in new ways to follow Jesus on the journey to Christian living. Texas Youth Academy is unique in its profound confidence of teenagers’ capacities for theological leadership, and a commitment to giving these young people concrete opportunities to put this into practice. Each opportunity cultivates adolescents’ ability to wrestle with thorny theological subjects, giving them confidence in their faith agency. they also encounter a myriad of ways in which others live their lives for God.
View student’s experiences here: https://www.texasyouthacademy.com/videos
For more information, visit: https://www.texasyouthacademy.com/
June 17: Car Wash Fundraiser
Knock down your camp price by joining us Sunday morning prepared to wash cars (swimsuits recommended). We will wash both services as well as during the Sunday School hour. If you own a spray attachment that will go on the end of a hose and don't mind us borrowing it that Sunday, please bring a few, Thanks!
June 26-29: Camp Eagle
Cost: Deposit of $150 is due by Feb 16th ($295 total due before fundraisers)
Next year’s speaker will be leading Camp Eagle through the Pentateuch or Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. We will also have an awesome opportunity to trust God and take leaps of faith on once in a lifetime obstacles while we are there.
You can check out the promo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xmLeauSLJs