Sunday, May 16, 2010

our summer SERVANThood Experience

First of all: 
  • Bible Quizzing. We will be placing an order this Wednesday for quizzing materials. If you are definitely wanting to commit to this for the fall, let us know by then!  
    • Coaches needed. We're going to need 2-3 adult coaches for our abundance of quiz teams!  This is a rather low-maintenance job that would require attendance at our monthly quizzes as well as at all (or most) of our weekly practices. 
    • Drivers needed. Our little vehicles simply won't cater to the large number of quizzers we're going to have for fall, so we are definitely going to need parent drivers each month to our quiz meets. 
  • Spring concerts/sports. Keep us posted on your activities. We'd love to be a part of as many of them as we can!
  • School photos. We'd love to start a wall collection of all our awesome teens' school photos!  So bring 'em in!  
  • Cork board/magnet board/dry erase board. If anyone has one of these items or finds one cheap at a yard sale, let us know. We need places to hang photos and such in the youth group. 

Our summer mission trip plans have taken many a turn in recent weeks. As you know, we were planning on attending LifeChangers: Detroit, but after surveying the group of teens, we were saddened to discover almost everyone had major schedule conflicts with the dates of this event. We started brainstorming alternative service project ideas and came up with this plan:

Where? Somerset Beach Campground
When? Family Camp--July 11th-16th
What? Summer Servanthood Experience:
Full time volunteers helping the conference-wide family camp run smoothly! 

About Somerset Beach: SBC is a camping ministry of the Southern Michigan Conference of the Free Methodist Church located on Chicago Rd/US-12 just an hour away from Monroe in Somerset, MI--near MIS. Each July, the camp hosts a conference-wide family camp where hundreds of adults, teens, and kids enjoy a week of activities, relaxation, church services, prayer, worship, Bible study, and all the fun that comes with camping. 

Here's the deal: Our church (Monroe FMC) is having a potluck picnic out at SBC Sunday July 11th where everyone is encouraged to attend! This time of fun will be followed by an enormous baptism service for all of the churches participating. After the service, families will either say goodbye OR set up camp for themselves,  and our participating teens will set up camp on Kevin & Melanie's site for the week. Students will be full time volunteers during this huge camping experience. 

Student responsibilities:
:::help college-aged counselors lead the children's morning VBS services. 
:::be ready and willing to help with any needs that arise during the afternoon 
(cleaning, cooking, assisting where needed)
:::work in the nursery or with children's church during each evening service.

In addition to working, there will be lots of opportunities for fun! Wednesday evening the teens will participate in the HUGE youth service--complete with campground-wide activities and worship.  Throughout the week they will have time for making new friends, enjoying the beach/lake, roasting marshmallows in the evenings at Kevin and Mel's campsite, and more!  

Leaders Needed:  We will need adult volunteers as well!  We would love to have at least one male and one female leader for this event.  Kevin and Melanie will oversee activities and projects, but having another set of leaders to keep tabs of the students would be totally helpful. Please contact us asap if you are willing to camp out with us for week! 

We don't have a quoted cost as of yet from the director of SBC, but we know it will be very reasonable. And we will get that information to you as SOON as possible! 

Click HERE to open the Registration Form or pick one up from Kevin or Melanie. 
Return them next week or ASAP. 

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