Some of my fondest Jr. high memories were going on the retreats that my church had to offer. Its ironic, I never actually desired to go beforehand. I always needed a push from my parents and the reassurance that I would know at least one other person so that I didn’t feel lost in a sea of strangers. I suppose that’s a fairly common feeling and that even though we are talking years ago, it’s possible that today as you’re reading this you are feeling the same way.
If you have heard about how Bedlam is one of the best trips of the year but are humming and hawing, stalling from signing up, come and talk to Andrew or myself, Krista. Let us know what your hesitations are. Maybe its because mom or dad are working when you need to be dropped off and you are unsure if you can get a ride to the church. Perhaps your piggy bank doesn’t make a sound when you shake it and you know trips like this cost money. Or even that your best friend can’t go… and well things just seem a lot scarier on your own. We can make all these things and many more easier for you. When there is a will there is a way! This year’s Bedlam retreat has a solid lineup of fun, Christ centered events that you will wish would never come to an end. But before you find yourself back at home telling your friends how cool your weekend was we have to get you signed up. Click here for all the nitty gritty details. See ya on the bus!
We are now excepting applications and would love to hear from you!
At Forward Church, we see God presenting us with opportunities to connect with our local communities by serving outside of our walls and creating tangible partnerships with local agencies, schools and neighbourhood associations. Through “The Lighthouse Project”, we are seeking to develop and equip chosen young adult “mentors” to live on mission, by developing relationships and introducing students to Jesus, during a one-year-long internship. In return, our mentors will be given housing accommodations, financial flexibility and intentional discipleship coaching/resourcing, as they live together, serve and connect with their community.
To learn more about this exciting opportunity read the Lighthouse overview. Interested in applying? fill out the application and email to Andrew Nunn or submit in person at Forward Church Cambridge (455 Myers Rd.) by May 25.
Definition: a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and over complicated fashion. Often, these machines consist of a series of simple devices that are linked together to produce a domino effect, in which each device triggers the next one, and the original goal is achieved only after many steps. – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
AKA: Mouse Trap on steroids!
READY, SET, GO… Radiate Students; competition is on, time to show your talents. Tonight each small group will receive a service bell, (you know one of those annoying bells that someone always has to ring… more then once, while at a reception area), you then get one week to build a Rube Goldberg Machine with the end result being the bell has to be rung. Video tape it from start to finish and bring it next Wednesday. We will then hold a vote to see who the winner is. What’s the prize you ask? An ice cream cake from DQ for the whole group to enjoy.
Our annual junior high spring retreat is coming up!
This year we are headed to Camp Widjiitiwin, with a lot of fun stuff going on that we have come to love like swimming, hanging around the campfire, wall climbing, rope course, talking together about God’s story and much more. Click here to register.
Departure: leaving Forward Church Cambridge at 5:00pm on June 8
Return: back at the church by 4:30pm on June 10
What to Bring
Money for dinner on the way up
Pillow and sleeping bag
Modest bathing suit
Does winter have you feeling squirrelly? Time to get up and get moving. If you are in high school make sure you join us and hundreds of others at Snocamp 2018. This year you will be zip lining, skateboarding, tubing, rock climbing, and more. The speaker is Jeff Borton and the band this year is Over Oceans. Both are loved by all. Meet new friends that you will look forward to seeing year after year. Our bus isn’t full until you are on it.
Do you have your ticket yet? Everyone wants one so grab it up before someone else does.
Registration closes on Monday February 26 so click here to get the snoball rolling.
It’s about time we pull on our mitts, wrap ourselves up tight in our scarves and act like we are true Canadians. The cold weather is here to stay, let’s embrace it and get out and play, enjoying this winter wonderland to its fullest. Radiate and Windy Hill Farms have collaborated and put together a Winter Fest for all high school aged students. We are going to enjoy a day of skating, sledding and other winter games and activities. There is no cost to this event, but it’s important that you bring warm clothes, toboggans and skates if you have them. Oh, and bring a friend or two!
Sacred about getting cold? Enjoy hot coco and homemade chilly to warm up in the beautifully refurbished Windy Hill barn.
Who out there has already handed in their Christmas list? Every time I turn on the TV or jump onto YouTube, I keep seeing all these commercials of cool things I want for Christmas. Is that where you get most of your ideas, or are you more into clothes and fashion, where perhaps a walk through the mall is where you are finding your favourite things to put on that list?
Some people don’t dare create a list. Perhaps a mom or dad have lost their job this year and the kids know there isn’t enough money for groceries this week, let alone money for Christmas gifts. Some kids are living with Grandma and Grandpa and on a very strict budget. Some kids don’t even have a home for Santa to come and visit. Some of these kids live in our city, some of these kids live in our subdivisions, and some of these kids live right beside us.
I have a friend who when she was in grade 6 or 7 immigrated to Canada. That same year her house burnt down. With being a part of a large family and with having next to nothing, her parents told her that for Christmas she could have… are you ready for this? She could choose whatever type of chocolate bar she would like and that was her one and only Christmas gift. Can you imagine? I can’t!
This year, let’s make Christmas count for someone who can’t write a Christmas list! We are holding a competition for all Cambridge and Kitchener Ignite and Radiate students and here’s how its goina go:
Talk to the adults in your house and tell them you want to make someone else’s Christmas “one to remember”. As a family, decide how you can best show love. Then once you have had a chance to do it, call us up or tell us all about it in person. We wanna hear all the exciting details! You will then have your name entered into a draw. After Christmas is over we will draw a name out of all the students who have participated and we will announce the winner of the prize the first Wednesday back in January. The deadline to get your name in is January 7th but you can continue to show love all the way through the year. We encourage you to consider helping out more than once, for each way you show love you get to enter your name into the draw.
Here are some fun ways to make someone’s Christmas “One to Remember”:
Play an instrument or sing some carols at a senior’s home
Make up care packages for the homeless and hand them out
Donate warm winter clothes to the foodbank and our local homeless shelter
Put together a Christmas dinner hamper for a local family
Drop off some stalking stuffers to the YMCA, hospital or foodbank
Do some extra chores around the house to raise money and purchase family passes to things like bowling, skating or the movies
Purchase bus passes or train tickets to get someone home for the holidays
Offer a night of free babysitting to a single parent
Donate a Christmas Tree and ornaments to a new refugee family
Create an “evening in as a family” care package with things such as movies, popcorn, board games, crafts, etc.
Shovel a senior’s driveway after a big snowstorm.
You don’t have to choose something from our list, and in fact if you can think of more great ideas let a leader know so we can add it for others to try.
Krista here! I’ve just come on board at the church over the past few weeks and had one of my kids attend Bedlam this past weekend. What a great experience for her.
So, have your kids caught up on their sleep and come down from their sugar high yet?
An incredible time was had by all this past weekend. BEDLAM was a huge success! I have already heard stories of God working in the hearts of this impressionable age group. For that I am extremely grateful and know that many prayers have been answered.
God has reminded me that sometimes it’s all in the little things. We as leaders often find ourselves putting our time into making sure all the large ticket items go off without a hitch. Careful planning of the activities, meals, speakers, you know… the items we have told ourselves will create memorable events for years to come. Because I mean hey, that’s what makes the event… right?
I was snuggling with my daughter yesterday, warm blanket wrapped around the two of us, and she was sharing with me her experiences and favorite memories of her first ever Ignite retreat. She shared about how all the kids on the bus were singing at the top of their lungs, about the sweet girls in her cabin and how she had shared laughs and special moments with them. She burst with excitement when she was telling me that leaders took the time to goof around with her. Experiences as small as those made her feel special, wanted, important, and a part of the group. I adore that she was surrounded by love and likeminded people this past weekend.
I heard the speaker was fantastic, that the meals were great and that they even had roller-skating. This time though for my daughter, it was the little things that stuck out in her mind. She felt the love of God through the laughs, connections and the simplest of moments.
God always takes care of the details doesn’t he! And sometimes it’s in those small moments where he does his greatest work.
This past week we wrapped up our series called “Epic Fail.” We talked about how, at first, the Cross looked like a failure. Now, I have to admit, I think I failed here. I’ve heard from a few people that it was a little confusing to call the cross a failure. What I want each and every one of you to know deep in your bones is that the cross is the greatest victory in history. What I hope you walked away with, was a greater understanding that the cross, and the Victory that comes through the resurrection of Jesus radically reshapes our lives as followers of Jesus.
The cross is victory over sin, it is victory over death, it is victory over hopelessness and it is the hope of new life. It’s a victory that has been won FOR us, not by us.
So, if that was confusing, I am so sorry. I am eternally thankful that His power can be made perfect in my weakness!
We are starting a new series this week! Basically, we are asking the question: if Jesus were in charge of our student ministry (he is, after all!!) how would he want it to look? What clues can we draw from the way that he did ministry when he was on earth? Continue…