Our Summer Outreach Program will begin June 5th. Students have been divided into teams that will compete all summer long for a prize to be determined. This is our outreach program, so the most points will be awarded to students that are inviting friends to attend. We will have a game time from 6:15 to 7:00, and then will have our normal service from 7:00 to 8:00. Please notice the time change for the summer. We will begin at 6:15. There will be weeks where the students will be getting wet. We will inform them in advance of these nights so they can dress accordingly. We will end the summer with a big COLOR WAR evening. Encourage your students to come and participate and invite their friends.
After service on Wednesday nights join us for a time of fellowship at the snow cone shack.
Snow cones cost $3-$5 depending on what you get. Parents are welcome to come as well.
Sunday June 2nd the 6th graders promote to the Jr. High Class for Sunday School.
Go to neoknyi.com to register for youth camp
Payments for camp should be made out to Regency Park NYI. Cost is $225.00 See Pastor Darren if you need to know how much your student has in their youth account.
This is our first meeting for our newly elected NYI council. We will meet after the morning service at Regency Park.
We need help hanging door hangers for VBS in the Regency Park Neighborhood behind the church. Students and Parents that want to help, please meet at the church at 3:00. We will divide into groups and walk the neighborhood and hang VBS flyers on all the doors. Each group will be given a map of with a section of the neighborhood to cover. This should take about an hour to an hour and a half depending on how many students and parents we have.
This years theme is Sacred Spaces. Monday and Tuesday - Sacred Spaces remind us of the Presence of God with Us. We will look at the Tabernacle, Temple, and the Ark of the Covenant, Wednesday - Sacred Spaces remind us of the Love of God for Us. Looking at Jesus as the Temple, Jesus full of Grace and Truth, Jesus not coming to condemn but to Save. Thursday - Sacred Spaces remind us of the Mission God has for Us. Digging into the church as a sacred space, the church (students) being a visible presence of God in the world)
Please encourage your students to attend camp. This is a great opportunity to get away from the distractions of the world for a week and focus on God.
Many parents look for the latest parenting fad to help their kids grow into mature adults. Yet one key component for building kids' lives is right in front of them: investing time, energy, and a commitment to "be there" for their kids. A regular, one-on-one 'date night' with each of your teenagers is a great place to begin intentionally investing in the overall health and growth of your child.
Here are five tips for having a great 'date night' with your kids:
1) Choose to do something your kids want to do. Sometimes, when parents want to do something together with their kids, they'll select an activity that they have interest in, but their kids do not. If you really want to create a positive "date night" culture where your kids want to hang out with you, try doing things that the kids are interested in. And remember, "date nights" don't have to be complicated! They can be as simple as taking your child out to get an ice cream cone or throwing a Frisbee around in the yard.
2) Communicate. Be sure to engage your son or daughter in conversation during your "date night." Don't start by talking about your "list" of concerns you have about your child. Instead, talk about anything and everything. Ask your kids about their interests, opinions, and feelings.
3) Listen. Don't dominate "date night" conversation. Communication is a two way street, so be sure to work at listening. Listening is the language of love. Through listening, you demonstrate that you value your kids. When you take the time to really pay attention, show empathy, and listen---you are taking a key step in connecting with your kids. When kids know that their parents will really listen (instead of immediately "correcting") they will be more willing to talk.
4) Display affection. Even though teenagers are in the process of becoming adults and separating from their parents, they still need your affection. In fact, sexual promiscuity in teenage girls can often be traced back to a desire for (and lack of) affection from their fathers. Dads, be sure to offer your kids genuine affection through loving words, affirmation, encouragement, small gifts, and appropriate touch.
5) Never embarrass your kids in front of their peers. A "date night" activity might take you onto your son or daughter's "territory" -- to a place where they may run into some of their peers. Gentle teasing is one thing, but embarrassing your kids in front of their peers can destroy all of the connection you are working to build with your teen. Show respect to your kids and they'll be more willing to hang out with you---and your "date nights" will be much more enjoyable as well.