Archive for Youth

Reflections from KCYF Spring Retreat

Thoughts from your Regional Minister
By: Steve Martin, Regional Minister
April Kansas Messenger

Where is God in the Midst of our Struggles?

That question was the focus of our KCYF Spring Retreat, as Rev. Lara Blackwood Pickrel led 120 youth and sponsors with keynotes and questions.

Her keynotes helped us to examine “the knots:” anxiety and pain, trauma and suicide, and other disruptions which cause us to struggle with life. Surely God doesn’t want us to suffer? Surely God has not left us desolate in these times? Psalm 139:14 provides significant insights into the depths of God’s care for us, for we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Knowing that God has created us and knows us deeply brings an intimacy with our creator.

Lara asked the youth to express their concerns and their understanding of God’s presence through poetry. Throughout the retreat she read their writings; let me promise you, our youth have great faith! She adapted some to fit the tune “My Chains are Gone,” made popular by Chris Tomlin. Her adaptation of this poetry demonstrates God’s love and care in our human struggle.

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
Kansas Youth Poetry Edition, adapted by LBP

We all have struggles, trials and pain.
We’ve hurts Band-Aids can’t cure.
But Jesus helps our wounded hearts –
His bandages are sure.

When life feels like a boulder
teetering on the edge,
if you fall, don’t fear – for God
will help you rise again.

Abuse can scar bodies and minds.
Hold fast and don’t believe.
Instead turn to camp family —
Ask God to help you breathe.

My knots are gone, I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has untied me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing grace (repeat)

If your sweet heart is tied in knots
Know that you’re not alone.
Your story hasn’t reached its end.
God’s presence you will know.
God’s love and grace you’ll know.

 

Camp: Mission Week

KCYF Mission Week
Building Leaders Through Service

Saturday, June 2-Sunday, June 10

2018 Co-Director:

Joe Bullock

2018 Co-Director:

Sharon Bullock

KCYF Mission Week is a seven day, six-night mission oriented camping experience for youth who have completed grades 8-12. The group will travel to Houston and perform service work.

$325 fee includes transportation, meals, lodging, materials and any special events the youth attend. Space is limited, so register early.  A maximum of 32 youth may attend.

Camp pictures will be posted below for download as they become available. See your camp welcome letter, mailed one week prior to the start of your camp session, for your unique camp password or email Jessica Marston, Communications Specialist and Camp Photographer. 2018 pictures will be available until December 2018.

Register online below or download the Camp Registration and Health Form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office.  

NOTE: This charge will appear as some version of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH” on your credit card statement.

Camp: Equestian Camp

Equestrian Camp I & II
(2 events, same dates)
June 17-23

Students will be safe, have fun and learn about the riding and care of horses! Campers will have access to the “typical church camp program” – and will be bused to Derby (13.5 miles) where they will be under the guidance of Wichita Riding Academy. 

 

2018 Director:

BJ Mays

2018 Chaplain:

Bob Gleason

For riding, long pants and boots with minimum 2” heel are required; helmets will be provided. Further details provided once registration is received. The $385 fee covers meals, lodging, program, and priceless memories!  Equestrian I is for grades 4-7; Equestrian II is for grades 8-12

Camp pictures will be posted below for download. See your camp welcome letter, mailed one week prior to the start of your camp session, for your unique camp password or email Jessica Marston, Communications Specialist and Camp Photographer. 2018 pictures will be available until December 2018.

Register online below or download the Camp Registration and Health Form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office. Campers also need  Equestrian Release Form filled out and brought with them on the first day of camp. Maximum of 20 campers in either Camp.

Registeration thub

Equestrian I: Grades 4-7

Registeration thub

Equestrian II: Grades 8-12

 

 

 

 

NOTE: This charge will appear as some version of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH” on your credit card statement.

Camp: Music and Drama

Do you love music? Do you love to act?

Grow in your faith and to learn ways to share the faith with others through music and drama!   Music & Drama Camp is a 7 day, 6 night camp at the Disciples Center, Tawakoni for youth who have completed grades 5-10. Youth with interest in both vocal and Instrumental music are invited! Those with instruments are invited to bring them!

  2018 Director:

John Womeldorff

2018 Chaplain:

Bob Gleason

$275 fee covers meals & snacks, lodging, program, and priceless memories! 

Camp pictures will be posted below for download. See your camp welcome letter, mailed one week prior to the start of your camp session, for your unique camp password or email Jessica Marston, Communications Specialist and Camp Photographer. 2018 pictures will be available until December 2018.

Register online below or download the Camp Registration and Health Form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office.  Minimum of 15 campers is required; maximum of 25 campers.

NOTE: This charge will appear as some version of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH” on your credit card statement.

Camp: CYF-Omega

CYF Omega: July 9-14

CYF Conference is a six day, five night, camping experience for Youth who have completed grades 9-12.  Check in begins at 1 p.m. on the first day of camp and closing worship and departure is at 10 a.m. on the last day of camp.

 

2018 Director:

Kent Dorsey

2018 Chaplain:

Cristine Warring

The registration fee covers meals & snacks, lodging, program, and priceless memories! Register before April 30 for $295.  Registrations received after April 30 pay the full price of $335.

Campers will have the opportunity to go on the high-ropes course. A Challenge Course Permission Form needs to be signed and turned in to your camp director prior to participation on the ropes course.

Camp pictures will be posted below for download. See your camp welcome letter, mailed one week prior to the start of your camp session, for your unique camp password or email Jessica Marston, Communications Specialist and Camp Photographer. 2018 pictures will be available until December 2018.

Register online below or download the Camp Registration and Health Form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office. 

Maximum enrollment is 60 campers per session.

 

 

NOTE: This charge will appear as some version of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH” on your credit card statement.

Camp: CYF Alpha

CYF Alpha: June 18-23

CYF Conference is a six day, five night, camping experience for Youth who have completed grades 9-12.  Check in begins at 1 p.m. on the first day of camp and closing worship and departure is at 10 a.m. on the last day of camp.

2018 Director:

Stephanie Switzky

2018 Chaplain:

Natalie Dixon Crewell

The registration fee covers meals & snacks, lodging, program, and priceless memories! Register before April 30 for $295.  Registrations received after April 30 pay the full price of $335.

Campers will have the opportunity to go on the high-ropes course. A Challenge Course Permission Form needs to be signed and turned in to your camp director prior to participation on the ropes course.

Camp pictures will be posted below for download. See your camp welcome letter, mailed one week prior to the start of your camp session, for your unique camp password or email Jessica Marston, Communications Specialist and Camp Photographer. 2018 pictures will be available until December 2018.

Register online below or download the Camp Registration and Health Form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office. Maximum enrollment is 40 campers.

NOTE: This charge will appear as some version of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH” on your credit card statement.

It’s About the Campers!

Curious about how you can get involved in the summer camp program? If you are a leader in our summer camp program or want to be one, this is for you! 

“It’s About the Campers!”
6 p.m. – 2 p.m.
January 5-6
Disciples Center at Tawakoni

 

Instead of the traditional “director’s training,” the Camp Program Team is bringing together current and future camp adults and those who are curious about whether they might fit into the program, to share their wisdom and learn from others about best practices in various leadership roles:

  • directors and chaplains
  • counselors
  • nurses
  • camp interns
  • counselors-in-training
  • maintenance volunteers

There’s something here for everyone who cares about summer church camp ministry, to learn more about how the pieces fit together and how each person contributes to the whole. Don’t assume–come and find out!

Michael Davison from the Oklahoma Region camping programs will keynote. Michael is an ordained minister serving as Associate Regional Minister in Oklahoma and has served as keynote speaker for KCYF Spring Retreat.  He knows youth, and knows camp as well!

Register early and save big! Register by Thursday, November 30, and the registration fee is $20. Beginning Friday, December 1, the registration fee is $45. Register online below or download the registration form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office.

In case of inclement weather, a snow date is set for Jan 12-13.

 

International Affairs Seminar 2018

High School Juniors and Seniors who are actively involved in their local Disciples of Christ congregation are invited to International Affairs Seminar March 16-24. 

Come with us and…

  • Meet people from other cultures, learn to appreciate their gifts and understand their concerns for peace and justice.
  • Visit the United Nations in New York City, and witness its many influences in world affairs.
  • Discover how Christians have involved themselves in influencing the course of history, as together we consider issues of justice.
  • Visit Washington, D.C. and share with elected officials your concerns. You will see the role they play in determining laws that affect our lives.

Fee – $1,750 (possible $75- $150 surcharge depending on airfares at time of booking.)

  •  $250 deposit due November 1. Minimum $100 monthly payments. A fund-raising plan is fine!
  •  Full fee must be paid by March 1.
  • This fee is subsidized by a generous grant from Kansas Bible Chair.

The total balance is due March 1.  

            Fee includes everything: airfare, train, ground transportation, all meals, hotel (shared rooms; housed in DC on church floor), seminar program fees, two Broadway shows and a “who done it?” comedy at the Kennedy Center – everything except your souvenirs!

To Register …

Please send the following to the Topeka Regional Office, 2914 SW MacVicar:

  • Name and high school grade level
  • Postal address
  • Email address
  • $250 deposit. Make check to CCK, with IAS in memo
  • 2 reference letters: 1 from your pastor; 1 from school counselor/principal
  • 250-word essay on “Why I want to attend IAS”

The International Affairs Seminar is sponsored by the Christian Church in Kansas (DOC). Regional Minister Steve Martin is director/coordinator. Adult sponsors, one for every five youth, come from the communities from which youth are enrolled. For additional information, contact Steve Martin at 800-737-8130 or smartin@kansasdisciples.org.

IAS Travel Itinerary & Overview
This is approximate and may vary with circumstances. 

Friday/

Saturday

Group assembles Friday evening in Kansas City
Saturday Morning (early) Depart for New York City.
Arrive and settle into Hotel Penn
Sightseeing NY City as the group becomes acclimated

Sunday

Worship at Riverside Church
        a historic congregation with a strong witness in the city and the world

 Afternoon: Harlem, 9/11 Memorial, and/or Central Park

Evening: Broadway Show!

Monday

Seminar: Human Trafficking & Modern-Day Slavery: How Christians can make a difference!

Afternoon: Staten Island Ferry (view Statue of Liberty)

Evening: Dinner in Chinatown

Tuesday

Seminar continues

 Evening: Dinner and second Broadway Show

Wednesday

Early morning AMTRAK to Washington, D.C.

Afternoon: Settle into housing at National City Christian Church
                      visit Holocaust Museum

 Evening: dinner at Ben’s Chili Bowl – favored by President Obama!

Thursday

Seminar: Speaking to Legislators

Afternoon: visit Museums / Monuments

Late Afternoon: Kennedy Center – Shear Madness

Dinner in Georgetown after the show

Friday

Seminar: How to make a difference in the world!

Afternoon: visit Museums / Monuments

Evening: Dinner & Final wrap-up

Saturday

Return flight to KCI.

 

 

 

 

Kansas Youth Convention

The Kansas Disciples Youth Convention for youth grades 6-12 is November 10-12 at the Atrium Hotel & Conference Center in Hutchinson.

Travis Smith McKeeTravis Smith McKee, pastor and musician, will bring the keynote message and assist with worship.  Travis serves as co-pastor with his wife Kassie at Fairview Christian Church in Gladstone, MO.  Before moving to Missouri in 2014 Travis served as camp intern and counselor as well as pastor of several Kansas Churches.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Activities include two service opportunities, challenges, games, energizers, and inflatables.

LODGING: Hotel rooms at the Atrium Hotel & Conference Center are $81 per night.  Call 800-362-5018, ext. 270 to reserve your room.

Registration—$55 per person (youth or adult)  includes: Program, t-shirt, meals (Sat. lunch, supper. Hotel breakfasts included.)  Register and pay online below or download the KDYC Registration Form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional office.

SAVE!  Register before October 23 and receive a $10 discount.

 

Pre-High Camp 2017

ATTENTION:

As of June 7, Pre-High only has room for girls because of housing space.

 

*******************************

 

Pre-High Camp: July 24-29

Pre-High is a six day, five night, camping experience for youth who have completed grade 8.  Check in begins at 1 p.m. on the first day of camp and closing worship and departure is at 10 a.m. on the last day of camp.

The registration fee covers meals & snacks, lodging, program, and priceless memories! Register before April 30 for $287.  Registrations received after April 30 pay the full price of $327.

Register online below or download the 2017 Camp Registration and Health form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office. Maximum enrollment is 30 campers per session.

Campers will have the opportunity to go on the high-ropes course. A Challenge Course Permission Form needs to be signed and turned in to your camp director prior to participation on the ropes course.

NOTE: This charge will appear as some version of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH” on your credit card statement.