Summer Opportunity for Middle School Echoers

This Summer, we are trying something new. Starting in June, we are offering classes that are designed to be a “next step” for our Echo Middle School students. They will be lead by some of our Echo Small Group Leaders and go for 8 weeks. If you are interested in signing up (or signing up your middle schooler), email me or see the echo info table on Sunday. These classes have been designed gender and grade specific, so pay attention to that. To help our students stay “invested” in these courses, as well as to cover the cost of curriculum and whatnot, their will be a $15.00 per person tuition fee.

1. The Search for Significance – 8th Grade Girls Bible Study – join Rebecca Katzer on a study of a great book this summer. This class will help you discover who you are in the eyes of God and how valuable you are to Him. This class will meet Wed Nights @ the Philbrick’s and the Tunstall’s. This is a fantastic book and could really change the way our young ladies define themselves. If I had an 8th grade daughter, I would cancel her summer activities to make sure she took this course. Seriously.

2. myChurch – 6-7th Grade Girl’s Bible Study – join Jodie Smithson in a 12 week journey through the intersection of the church and your life. This class will be an adventure into what God and “church” are all about. This class will meet Tuesday nights at the church office.

3. Nuts and Bolts of God’s Design – 8th Grade Guys Bible Study – join Max Katzer and learn something about God’s design, and pick up some skills with engines and cars along the way. Time and location TBD.

4. Backstage Pass to the Bible – 6th-7th Grade Guys Bible Study – Join Justin as he digs into the “behind the scenes” details of the bible. You will learn a bit about how to read it, where to start, and get a good introduction to the Bible as a whole, plus you will get to hear some of its craziest stories. Time and location TBD.

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Welcome to the ECHO Parent Forum Weblog

DCC has gone Orange.

Or at least “ORANGE” is the word we are using to describe our philosophy of ministry to families.  We believe that parents want the best for their children, hoping they become spiritually healthy adults someday.  We believe that youth ministry can play a vital role in connecting teens to God and His Kingdom.  When these forces combine, we believe we will see a synergistic increase in ministry effectiveness.  So, with this in mind, it is my pleasure to unveil the Echo Parent Forum Weblog.

Here is what I hope to accomplish here:

1.  Better communication between our youth ministry and our parents. This morning I met with an Echo mom that had never received emails from me.  This is a mom of a very involved Echo Middle Schooler, and somehow, she has been in the dark about communication.  I hope that this blog gives parents a space to hear what is going on with Echo and to talk about it.  I also hope this becomes a place where the heart and culture of our youth ministry are communicated to parents in a clear way.

2. Connect our parents to the teaching/experiences our students encounter in Echo. My dream is to give parents short summaries of teaching series or experiences that their students are covering.  This will provide them with a tool to initiate spiritual conversations with their teens.  I hope to provide some discussion questions that parents can ask at the elusive family dinner or in the car on the way from dance to basketball practice.

3. Engage youth culture with a redemptive voice. As busy as parents are juggling work, home, and family obligations, I am pretty sure they don’t often have the time to check out latest episode of The Hills or the latest Katy Perry CD.  You might not like what they watch or listen to; but it has undeniable effects on their worldview and attitudes.  On this blog, we will engage youth culture through the lens of scripture and suggest ways to talk out these realities with your teens.