Dear MSM Parents,
Welcome to our February Newsletter! Hopefully all of you are feeling like you are back in the swing of things by now! We are pumped to share all of the fun stuff that we have coming up this month with YOCF! If this is your first time receiving this Newsletter, welcome! We send out an update to the parents at the beginning of every month to keep you in the know of all things YOCF. You can access our Newsletter through the email in which you received this or through our OCF website.
We meet On Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30pm for youth group. We kick off our nights with some upbeat games, follow up with a lesson, and break-off into small groups for some discussion. This month we are going to be taking our students through "None Of Your Business: A series on sex." You can find more information below! Make sure to take a look at our Parent Cue thats attached. It is a great resource to start the conversations about what your student is learning. I would also highly recommend downloading the Parent Cue app to find ways to engage with your student and guide them toward a deeper faith throughout the week. In addition, we meet on Sunday mornings at the 11:15 service, except every 4th Sunday when we share communion with our church family. Our Sunday morning teaching typically lines up with what is being taught in the main adult service. However, this month we are going through the Beatitudes in YOCF.
Both Ryan & I feel honored to share in being apart of your students growing to know and love God more. As we come along side you we are praying that we can model how we should be seeking God. "You will seek me and you will find me, when you seek me with your whole heart." (Jeremiah 29:13) Let us choose to focus on this verse this month and live it out well.
With Much Love,
Middle School Winter Camp 2020 was a success! The weekend was filled with some good messages about how we can focus on following Jesus in the midst of worry. You can find pictures from the weekend on our YOCF Facebook page!
Signups for Hume are still open! We're heading up to camp this year from Aug 2 - 8.
The total for camp this year will be $740. You can pay in full or in 4 month payments of $185. The monthly payments are due in December, January, February, & March.
The first 5 students to be signed up that pay in full will receive a payed for coffee or milkshake each day up at camp!
To reserve your spot for camp you MUST pay the first payment as a non-refundable deposit, and submit the form online. Once all the spots are filled up we will start our waiting list immediately!
You can find the form on our website!
2 - Beatitudes 3 & 4
9 - Beatitudes 5 & 6
16 - Beatitudes 7 & 8
23 - Communion (NO YOCF)
We are starting a new Series None Of Your Business, a 3 week series on sex
5 - None Of Your Business
12 - None Of Your Business
19 - None Of Your Business
26 - OLYMPICS
As parents, we deeply desire our children to have a healthy God-given view of their sexuality, and we want them to know that thinking about their sexuality is very common. But if we keep silent about sex or approach the subject with a negative attitude, we send majorly mixed messages to our children. We are the ones who must help them see that everything from their changing bodies to their changing thoughts is normal.
Parents are also in the best position to show our kids how living by the Purity Code is normal, healthy, and God-centered. It's important to know that it is not just about sex and saving yourself for marriage.
In following the Purity Code, students are asked to make this pledge: "In honor of God, my family, and my future spouse, I commit my life to sexual purity." It encourages making a lifetime commitment to:
- Honoring God with your body
- Renewing your mind for the good
- Turning your eyes from worthless things
- Guarding your heart above all else
You will be the one to help build the foundation your kid will need to make this commitment - a foundation of healthy sexuality that is based on Scripture and strong enough to withstand the forces of secular culture.
You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:20). This Scripture passage identifies the first area of our child's life that should be committed to God: Honor God with your body. Not only should we encourage our children to not participate in sexual sin, but they should keep their body healthy in every way.
The second part of the Purity Code is to renew your mind for the good. This is based on Romans 12:2: "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." No matter what age, a person who lives by the Purity Code needs to tune out the "bad" in culture and tune in the "good."
The third part of the Purity Code is to turn your eyes from worthless things. This truth comes straight from Jesus, who said, "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light" (Matthew 6:22).
The final part of the Purity Code is to guard your heart above all else. This is based on Proverbs 4:23, which says, "Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life" (NLT). What a great summary of the lifelong benefits of living by the Purity Code from as young an age as possible.
A consistent pledge to sexual purity is a road to true freedom for your children and for you. The Purity Code Pledge may be a good first start for you to help lay a strong foundation of sexual integrity with your own child.