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2018 StudentLife Camp

CAMP IS AWESOME!!  It’s a fun week in student’s lives where they experience a new level of worship and often meet with God in a fresh way and this year.  MZS has reserved a week at StudentLife camp for June 25-29, which is the same week that our children’s ministry will be at their camp.

Most camps require a deposit from churches by Feb 1, StudentLife is no different.   So, we need a commitment from you in the form of a $50 deposit by Jan 28.  (We need a minimum of 15 students to commit to go, if we don’t receive 15 commitments, we will cancel the trip.)

Mount Zion Students never wants to let money keep a kid from an event or activity.  We have generous people here that are willing to help scholarship students and offer them to families with multiple kids.  Please reach out to Donnie if a scholarship would help you get your kids to camp.  God can make it happen!

Check out “Student Life Rec Camp” on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/238782398

Summer Camp for Middle and High School Students.
When: June 25 – June 29.
Where: Wake Forest University, Wake Forest NC
Cost: $329

Submit this form with a $50 deposit by Jan 28 and camp is $299- save $30!
Registration closes on March 28
All balances are due June 10

Cell phone Advice for Parents

Each Christmas parents of teenagers (and emerging teenagers) face the dilemma of buying their teen that first cell phone.  There are lots of questions about these devices and there is no clear cut answer about when is the right time for teenager to have a cellphone. However, I do want to offer you some things to consider if you are in that boat this year.

 

Here’s some guidelines on giving your student a cell phone this Christmas:

 

1) Having a cell phone is an opportunity for your student to earn trust and gain freedom. It gives them lots of opportunities to prove their maturity.

2) It should be clear from the beginning that having a cell phone is a privilege and not a right.

3) You only have one chance to set initial boundaries on phone use. It’s harder to set boundaries once the phone is already being used.

4) It’s a great idea to have them charge the cell phone in your room at night. This prevents them using it through the night.

5) Offer more boundaries early and loosen them as they earn trust and get older. Leave room for you to give them more freedom as they demonstrate trustworthiness. That’s hard to do if all the freedom is given right away 🙂

To help you have open and honest communication and to give your student a sense of responsibility with a cellphone, you’ll find a cellphone contract HERE  that you can download print and sign with your student.

Summer resources for your teens Spiritual growth

This summer MZS is featuring two new devotional journals to our students.  We encouraged them to use these over their summer break to strengthen and grow their relationship with Christ.

The first is “Live Free”, a five week devotional written by Ben Crawshaw and Jared Jones.  It focuses on moving from religion to a relationship with Jesus.

The second is “Wired” by Rodney and Sarah Anderson.  This is a four week devotional that focuses on discovering how you are wired and moving onto a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Both of these resources are available to students for $5 at the Snack Shack.

Parent Resources

Center for Parent Youth Understandingwww.cpyu.org

Walt Mueller heads this organization and its a great place to go to help you make sense of the craziness in our culture our kids are confronted with.

Fuller Youth Institute- www.fulleryouthinstitute.org

Author Kara Powell and the team at Fuller have lots of great articles and blogs on youth culture and youth issues.

Homewardhomeword.com

Dr. Jim Burns at Azusa Pacific University has devotionals, culture updates, parent advice and a marriage newsletter you can subscribe to.

The Youth Culture Reporttheyouthculturereport.com

A good collection of news, entertainment, and articles, focusing on youth culture.

Orange Parent’s Blog “Parent Cue”– theparentcue.org

We are an Orange church!  That means that we subscribe to the philosophy that the church (Yellow – the Light of Christ)  is to come along side the parents (Red – the Love of the Family) in raising children. Our children’s ministry uses Orange curriculum on Sunday mornings and we use Orange resources on Wednesday nights.