Crave: Living on a Prayer

Well we had a great start to term 2 last week and we’re hoping to continue the momentum this week as the weather gets a little bit chilly. Our topic will be prayer; a pretty fundamental one for Christians but also often misunderstood. We’ll try and demonstrate what the bible actually says prayer is and also bust a few myths we’ve heard that simply don’t match up. As usual there’ll be dinner and loads of fun thrown into the mix as well.

The Event:

  • April 26th
  • 6:15 -9pm at St. Johns
  • Cost: $5
  • Food: Dinner provided

For Home:

Every now and then I read a survey that suggests that pretty much everyone in the Aussie population has prayed at least once in their life. Whether they continued it as a regular habit or not is less clear. I’m not sure how much prayer goes on at your house but and whether it’s a public or private things. Whatever the case, you might like to talk about who prays, why they pray and how they pray. If you pray for you kids it might be a real encouragement for them to hear that and hear what sort of things you talk to God about on their behalf.

How is Camp Crave Shaping up?

Very well actually, thanks for asking 🙂 You can already register by visiting our youth group website. We’ll have flyers coming out soon as well as letters to your family and an official camp webpage. I’ll post details on this blog as soon as they become available.

Kirk

Crave: Term 2 Launch

After three weeks off over the holidays the Crave team is ready to get the ball rolling here in term 2. We were pleased with term 1 and so are seeking to grow our momentum in the coming weeks; we hope to avoid the end of Autumn blues 🙂 As a leadership team we are hoping to increase the opportunities our youth have to grow in relationship with each other on a Friday night. We will still have heaps of fun activities but thrown into the mix will be more opportunities for the youth to talk about what’s going on in their lives and how that relates to what they believe.

Our first teaching series will be about Spiritual Discipline. The bible teaches that to have a successful relationship with God and with other people, we need to be disciplined in engaging those relationships. They won’t just happen. So it will be quite a practical series that we hope equips and inspires our young people to embrace discipline in their lives and not treat it as a dirty word.

The Event:

  • April 19th
  • 6:15 -9pm at St. Johns
  • Cost: $5
  • Food: Dinner provided

For Home:

A great chance to talk about what things your family finds easy to be disciplined in and what you find difficult. Every family will be different. For example, in my family we are very disciplined with our calendar; we rarely double book ourselves and make sure we always have time for family, friends and church. When it comes to eating healthy… we’re not so good. Who knows, you might learn some important things about where your family members are at if this became an honest dinner table conversation 🙂

Is the Women’s Ministry Event a clash with Crave?

The St. John’s women’s ministry team are running an event at the same venue as Crave this Friday. We have organised to share the site with them so we anticipate no dramas. Of course, if you’re a mum, you might like to come along. Here’s a link to our church newsletter which has some extra details (it’s on page 2 near the top):

http://stjohnsdiamondcreek.org.au/sites/default/files/2013,%2004%20-%207th.pdf

Psychs, Students & the place of Spirituality

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Last year Mustard ran an excellent session for parents of teenagers and it was such a success that they’re doing it again in term 2. The same session is repeated twice and I highly recommend getting along.

Visit this website for more details and to book your spot: http://mustardroundtable.eventbrite.ie/

Kirk

Crave: Easter Special

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It’s our last event before the Easter holidays and so we’ve decided to have a special Crave event themed around the events we remember at Easter. On a night that will be a bit different to a regular night, we’ll be taking the youth through the final hours of Jesus life before his death on the cross. Our intention is to teach people who don’t know the story well, why and how the cross happened; and for those that know the story already, to deepen their appreciation for what Jesus did.

The Event:

  • March 22nd
  • 6:15 -9pm at St. Johns
  • Cost: $5
  • Food: Dinner provided

For Home:

  • Why did Jesus die?
  • Why was a sacrifice necessary in God’s plan?
  • How do you feel about what Jesus went through?
  • How does it effect the way we live today?

Crave will return on April 19.

Crave: Cradle to the Grave

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This week we’re going to theme the entire night around the different stages of life; from birth to death and everything in between. The idea is that we get our youth to think about life as being more than just “right now” and then teach on how the good news of Christianity is not age specific. You don’t have to reach a certain age before you can become a maturing Christian, it can happen anytime between birth and death. We hope it will encourage an attitude of generosity towards other generations and a sense of long-term purpose in people’s day-to-day decisions. We will look at Moses (old) and Timothy (young) as our case studies.

The Event:

  • March 15th
  • 6:15 -9pm at St. Johns
  • Cost: $5
  • Food: Dinner provided

For Home:

This topic might be a good opportunity to talk about the elderly or recently passed members of your family. A chance to fondly remember the good times and reflect on what your family might have learnt from them, good and bad. It’s also a chance to talk to your children about the future. What sort of a person do they want to be in ten years time? Do they perhaps hold a negative view of older people that needs to change? They will after all be old themselves some day. Maybe they’re not even acting their own age? You could chat about what steps forward they need to make in order to become more mature.

Crave: Banana Split – March 8th

Whoops. This one failed to post last week so we’ve removed the details but kept the summary and questions in.

We’re back from VCYC and so on Friday we’ll hear a bit from the people who were there and then we’re going to split the junior and senior students up so as to spend a bit of time with people closest in age. There’ll be food, a panel and a talk by our Assistant Youth Minister Bel Wilson.

For Home:

Here’s some questions from Bel that you might like to throw around the dinner table at home:

  • How are people excluded at school/home/in public?
  • How are we all the same?
  • In what way does God see us as all the same?