SPRING THING 2015 – ROOTED (event info)

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Spring is around the corner and so is our yearly Spring Thing event! Each year we join up with youth ministries from arounds the area for a weekend of fun and games, awesome worship and speaking, great youth group times and tons more! And this year, we are hosting!

Here’s some details:

– When: April 24-26, 2015

– Where: North Christian Church, Cheyenne, WY

– How Much: $45 if registered by March 11 (see special pricing below for NCC students)

Here’s what to expect:

This weekend is going to be stuffed full of awesome stuff! Taylor Brown from MIX (CIY’s Jr High Conference) will be our speaker. Students will love listening to him and his artistic and unique way of presenting the Word in a tangible way students understand.  Boise Bible College is bringing down a band to lead our worship times also! We are also finishing up a number of other details that will be announced soon.

Forms are available at the office or in the youth room.

*Special Pricing*

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Please contact Matt Snyder with any questions!

MOVE & MIX Summer Conference 2015 Info

It seems early, but it is that time of year again. Summer will be here before we know it and with that brings our CIY summer conferences. The time is now to begin planning for these events! Each year we attend one conference per age group. MOVE is our entering-9th-grade thru 2015-graduated-seniors event, and MIX is our entering-7th-grade through exiting-8th-grade event. MOVE and MIX are an important part of our programming at NCC because these events come alongside what we do weekly and give us another opportunity to be with students.  EVERY YEAR students are challenged in God’s word to not only let it inform them and tell them who God is, but also to let it change their lives. Students hear relevant teaching from some of the best speakers in the country, lead in worship by amazing bands, and are challenged to grow in their relationship with God and others through the conversations that take place in our small groups.  If you aren’t convinced yet that this is an investment in your child’s spiritual life, give Matt a call, he would love to share with you how his relationship with Jesus started at a week of MOVE!

Registration for these events are open now and early registrations are due to Matt by February 22nd!

Here are some specifics for each event:

Image MOVE is a 5-day high school only event held all over the country (we attend in Durango, CO), designed to amplify the call of Christ on students lives to become Kingdom workers. You not only learn and worship together but also spend quality time with your group. MOVE is an experience! it’s an all-inclusive event providing food, lodging, recreational activities and an amazing program!

Specifics: WHO: Entering 9th grade thru graduated 2015 Seniors. WHEN: Leaving June 27 – Returning July 3 WHERE: Fort Lewis College – Durango, CO HOW MUCH: $304* registration cost / additional cost for food, activities, etc. Additional cost info to come soon! $50 non-refundable deposit and completion of this form (click here) is needed to hold your spot. Space is limited and fills up quickly!! Don’t hesitate to contact Matt with any questions concerning this event!!

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MIX is not designed for hush schoolers or preteens. MIX is specifically designed for 7th and 8th grade students!! You will build relationships with others while being challenged to grow as Kingdom workers through dynamic worship, engaging activities, off-the-chart recreation and small group interaction. At MIX, you can be exactly who you are, while being challenged to embrace Christ’s call on your life!!

Specifics: -WHO: Entering 7th grade thru leaving 8th grade students -WHEN: Leaving July 19 -Returning July 24 -WHERE: Western Colorado University – Gunnison, CO -HOW MUCH: $304* registration cost / additional cost for food, extra activities, etc.  Additional cost info to come soon! $50 non-refundable deposit and completion of this form (click here) is needed to hold your spot. Space is limited and fills up quickly!! Don’t hesitate to contact Matt with any questions concerning this event!!

*Cost is based on registration (deposit and completed form) received to North Christian Church by the February 22 early registration date.  Registrations received after this date may incur a late fee.  Please talk to Matt about questions requiring registrations.

Winter White Wash – Metamorphosis (info)

Interested in Winter White Wash or want to know more?  Here’s the details!

Who’s Invited: Any and all 7th-12th grade students.

What’s Happening: Full day of skiing/boarding, tons of games, ice skating, worship and sessions, and more!!

When it’s Happening: We will leave no earlier than 10am on FRIDAY January 23rd. We will be getting back into town no later than 3pm Sunday January 25th.

Where’s it Happening: Skiing/Boarding at Snowy Range Ski and Rec Area, Sessions and games at Gryphon Theatre in Laramie, Housing in a  hotel in Laramie.

Why it’s Happening: We like hitting the slopes, we like hanging out together, we like hearing about Jesus. Why not do it all the same weekend?

Ok, I hear ya. You want more info.  Here’s the specifics.

Registration forms and early bird fee (pricing outlined below) are due to Matt by December 3rd. ANY registrations received after this date will incur a higher cost and will not receive an event hoodie! Registration forms are available at the bottom of this post, on the church website or at the church.

We rent skis/boards locally from Rock On Wheels (900 E Lincolnway) for a couple of reasons. 1) We get fitted before going to the event, ensuring that our equipment fits properly.  2) We get to avoid the long lines at Snowy Range waiting to get rentals. 3) We like George at Rock On Wheels and like supporting his business. These advantages come with an additional $5 cost to the total registration cost (pricing outlined below)**. Matt will let you know when you need to get fitted for your rental, approx 10 days before the event, and Matt will also be sure your rental gets to the mountain and back home safely.

If you wish to rent a helmet or goggles, George at Rock On Wheels would love to help you out. You will be responsible for paying for this gear separately.

We will be leaving for this event on January 23rd no earlier than 10am. This is a Friday which means you will need to plan on being out of school that day. We make our way to Laramie and eat lunch there (you cover this meal). After this, the weekend begins! We head out of Laramie at 12 noon on Sunday January 25th, eating lunch on the way (you cover this meal), and will be back to the church no later than 3 pm.

The theme for this weekend is ‘Metamorphosis’. Mark Scott, professor at Ozark Christian College will be our speaker. The Matt Estrin Collective from Journey Christian Church in Greeley, CO will be leading worship again this year.

Here’s a look at how the financials work for this event:

Early Bird Registration Costs: (All forms and early bird deposit received by Dec 4)

-$125 if early bird deposit ($60) and forms are received by 12/3

-$165 if early bird deposit ($60) and forms are received by 12/3 AND you want a ski/board lesson

Late Registration Costs: (Forms and payment received after Dec 3)

-$155 if registered after 12/3 (no hoodie)

-$195 if registered after 12/3 AND you want a ski/board lesson

*There are additional discounts if you own your own equipment, have your own lift ticket or don’t wish to ski/board

**Our prices are different from you may hear or read other places, because we rent equipment locally.

There is a lot of info in a short amount of space. Please free to get ahold of Matt with any questions about this event. I pray you join us for this awesome weekend.

Attached below is a registration letter and packet.

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Matt Snyder – 307-632-2331 – youth@nccheyenne.com

Winter White Wash – Awake (info)

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Interested in Winter White Wash or want to know more?  Here’s the details!

Who’s Invited: Any and all 7th-12th grade students.

What’s Happening: Full day of skiing/boarding, tons of games, ice skating, worship and sessions, and more!!

When it’s Happening: We will leave no earlier than 10am on FRIDAY January 24th. We will be getting back into town no later than 3pm Sunday January 26th.

Where’s it Happening: Skiing/Boarding at Snowy Range Ski and Rec Area, Sessions and games at Gryphon Theatre in Laramie, Housing at Ramada or Days Inn.

Why it’s Happening: We like hitting the slopes, we like hanging out together, we like hearing about Jesus. Why not do it all the same weekend?

Ok, I hear ya. You want more info.  Here’s the specifics.

Registration forms and early bird fee (pricing outlined below) are due to Matt by December 4th (HUB Night). ANY registrations received after this date will incur a higher cost and will not receive a event hoodie! Registration forms are available at the bottom of this post or at the church.

We rent skis/boards locally from Rock On Wheels (900 E Lincolnway) for a couple of reasons. 1) We get fitted before going to the event, ensuring that our equipment fits properly.  2) We get to avoid the long lines at Snowy Range waiting to get rentals. 3) We like George at Rock On Wheels and like supporting his business. These advantages comes with an additional $5 cost to the total registration cost (pricing outlined below)**. Matt will let you know when you need to get fitted for your rental, approx 10 days before the event, and Matt will also be sure your rental gets to the mountain and back home safely.

If you wish to rent a helmet or goggles, George at Rock On Wheels would love to help you out. You will be responsible for paying for this gear separately.

We will be leaving for this event on January 24th at 11am. This is a Friday which means you will need to plan on being out of school that day. We make our way to Laramie and eat lunch there (you cover this meal). After this, the weekend begins! We head out of Laramie at 12 noon on Sunday January 26th, eating lunch on the way (you cover this meal), and will be back to the church no later than 3 pm.

The theme for this weekend is ‘Awake’. Mark Klingler from Seattle, WA will be our speaker. The Matt Estrin Collective from Journey Christian Church in Greeley, CO will be leading worship.

Here’s a look at how the financials work for this event:

Early Bird Registration Costs: (All forms and early bird deposit received by Dec 4)

-$125 if early bird deposit ($60) and forms are received by 12/4

-$160 if early bird deposit ($60) and forms are received by 12/4 AND you want a ski/board lesson

Late Registration Costs: (Forms and payment received after Dec 4)

-$145 if registered after 12/4 (no hoodie)

-$180 if registered after 12/4 AND you want a ski/board lesson

*There are additional discounts if you own your own equipment, have your own lift ticket or don’t wish to ski/board

**These costs are different from what is on the forms due to us renting locally. See explanation above.

There is a lot of info in a short amount of space. Please free to get ahold of Matt with any questions about this event. I pray you join us for this awesome weekend.

Attached below is a registration letter and packet.

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Matt Snyder – 307-632-2331 – youth@nccheyenne.com

INSIDE THE TEENAGE BRAIN – Webinar Review

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to take in a webinar presented by a guy named Mark Oestreicher. Mark has been involved in youth ministry in different roles for decades. He currently is founder of The Youth Cartel, specializing in encouraging and challenging adults who minister to youth through holistic professional coaching, strategic consulting, transformational events, and inventive resource development that advance youth ministry. He still meets weekly with a small group of Jr High boys in his home every week.

I’m not even going to try to touch on everything that was talked about. There was a TON of info communicated in the 45 minutes, and so I’m going to write on what hit me the most, hopefully it’ll be beneficial to you also.

This webinar talked about the cognitive changes that are taking place during the teenage years. Yes, there are physical changes that happen, and yes they are important to understand, but there is little talk of the changes that take place mentally during these years. You are going to see my basic notes from the session, hopefully a organized and explained enough to make sense. I’m not siting sources, I trust his sources are good. So here we go…

The cognitive change that happens during the teen years leads to some other changes that are easy to spot.  1) Emotional Change – includes abstract thinking and understanding information. 2)Relational Change – they start seeing themselves in the 3rd person perspective, being friends with others because they have similar interests, not because they are geographically close (as is during the childhood years primarily). 3)Spiritual Change – Changing from the black and white understanding of  faith. Beliefs are questioned and challenged now. They usually respond one of three ways: 1-This doesn’t work and I reject it. 2-This doesn’t work but I have nothing else so I will stay (legalistic believers). 3-This is real and I want to grow in it.

It is our job (parents/youth ministries/involved adults/etc) to help them wrestle through these questions. Doubt is ok, and possibly essential to development. They have to wrestle through the faith of their childhood, and we need to help with this.

The implications of abstract thinking are that they begin to see the world or people from a different point of view and they begin to speculate, asking ‘what if’ and ‘why’ questions. They are not good at it, and they tend to go back and forth between abstract and concrete thinking.

12-ish years ago the medical/scientific community began really learning about the teen brain. They believed it was unethical to study them until the invention of machines such as MRI’s. Since then, they have learned some things.

Teen Brains are not done growing. Before these advances, it was believed that brains were full grown by age 6. Now, they know that brains are not fully developed till 25ish.

There are some important parts of the brain that are not done growing or even there during the teen years.

– Frontal Lobes (behind the forehead) – This is the brain’s CEO – handles decision making, wisdom, priorities, impulse, control, planning, empathy, organization, focus, etc. This does not mean they are not capable of these things, its just limited. This is why it is easy for this age to test, push and risk.

– Temporal Lobes (in frond of the ears) – handles emotional understanding and interpretation. Guys are naturally behind in this area anyway. Teens don’t always know, because of this, what is appropriate in certain situations. We need to act as emotional tour guides, helping navigate these situations.

-Neuron Proliferation and Winnowing –  A couple years before puberty, neuron pathways are created and growing. During the next fourish years many of these are then cut away. What determines which are kept is how students use their brains, and these habits and tendencies effect them for the rest of their lives. If they are big gammers in the adolescent years, they will most likely be for many years following. This brings up a question of stewardship: How do we spend the time we have with the kids? We need to help them wrestle with what a follower of Christ looks like, just just giving us the right answers.

 

My takeaway – We need to be very intentional about how we spend our limited time with teens. We only have a few hours at best with them per week, and so we need to make the most of it with them. They are in a hugely changing season of their lives, we have the opportunity to challenge them to think truth out and seek out what a Christ follower really is.  Parents have such a greater influence because of the greater amount of time they have with their kids.

Spring Thing – Superhero! (info)

Spring will be here soon and so will our spring event, Spring Thing! Out of the events that we attend each ear, this event rotates locations each year. Within a couple years we will be hosting it here in Cheyenne.

This year’s theme will be ‘Superhero’, challenging everyone in what it means to be a hero of the faith. The event will be at Central Church of Christ in Gering, NE.  The speaker will be Terry Leathermon from Clifton, CO. Worship will be lead by musicians from the Scottsbluff/Gering, NE area.

Other than exciting sessions and youth group times, this weekend will also include:

– Bowling

-Paintball Tournament (see below for additional details)*

-Lip Sync Contest (cast prizes!)*

-Superhero Themed Banquet (best costume prizes!)

 

Here are some details:

Who: Any and all 7-12th grade students!

When: May 3-5, 2013 – Leaving after school on the 3rd and returning early afternoon on the 5th.

Where: Central Church of Christ-Gering, NE – Housing provided by families in Scottsbluff and Gering.

How Much: $45 if all paperwork and registration is to Matt by April 3rd (includes free t-shirt!). Late registration is $65.

Let Matt know if you have any questions. Paperwork is available below or at the church.

*see Matt for additional details on these activities.

Registration

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Paintball Release

Schedule

CIY Summer Conferences (info)

It seems early, but it is that time of year again. Summer will be here before we know it and with that brings our CIY summer conferences. The time is now to begin planning for these events!

Each year we attend one conference per age group. MOVE is our entering-9th-grade thru 2013-graduated-seniors event, and MIX is our entering-7th-grade through exiting-8th-grade event. Here are some specifics for each event:

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MOVE is a 5-day high school only event held all over the country (we attend in Durango, CO), designed to amplify the call of Christ on students lives to become Kingdom workers. You not only learn and worship together but also spend quality time with your group. MOVE is an experience! it’s an all-inclusive event providing food, lodging, recreational activities and an amazing program!

Specifics:

WHO: Entering 9th grade thru graduated 2013 Seniors.

WHEN: Leaving June 30 – Returning July 6

WHERE: Fort Lewis College – Durango, CO

HOW MUCH: $289 registration cost / additional cost for food, activities, etc. Additional cost info to come soon!

Fill out this form and turn in to Matt or the office + $50 deposit by February 6th to reserve your spot! Space is limited and fills up quickly!! Don’t hesitate to contact Matt with any questions concerning these events!!

Permission slip – MOVE

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MIX is not designed for hush schoolers or preteens. MIX is specifically designed for 7th and 8th grade students!! You will build relationships with others while being challenged to grow as Kingdom workers through dynamic worship, engaging activities, off-the-chart recreation and small group interaction. At MIX, you can be exactly who you are, while being challenged to embrace Christ’s call on your life!!

Specifics:

-WHO: Entering 7th grade thru leaving 8th grade students

-WHEN: Leaving July 14 -Returning July 19

-WHERE: Western Colorado University – Gunnison, CO

-HOW MUCH: $279 registration cost / additional cost for food, extra activities, etc. Additional cost information coming soon!

Fill out this form and turn in to Matt or the office + $50 deposit by February 6th to reserve your spot! Space is limited and fills up quickly!!  Don’t hesitate to contact Matt with any questions concerning these events!!

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