RESOURCES and events

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sign-up HERE

This is a fun, two-fold event coming up!

Middle and High Schoolers come hang out together for a pool party, sports, grill and preview what’s to come in Sunday School!

Parents, drop off the kids and then go on your own outing including lunch in Fredericksburg and bowling. This is a great opportunity to get to know each other, discuss parenting a teen and just have fun together!


When: Saturday, August 11th from 11am-4pm
Where: Stafford (carpool can be arranged)
RSVP:  Thursday, August 9th

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raising modern monastics

With the rise of Roman persecution, ancient Christians fled into the Egyptian desert to set up alternative communities centered on Jesus. These believers “did not believe in letting themselves be passively guided and ruled by a decadent” culture, so they started new ones. 1,800 years later, not much has changed. We still find ourselves in the midst of a culture seeking to mold us and our children into its own image. Our kids aren’t being killed for their faith, they’re being distracted to death...

Read the rest of the June 29th issue of the Culture Translator HERE and don't forget to sign up to get their weekly newsletter to gain weekly insight into how pop culture, technology, and media are influencing your students.

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want a quick family day trip?

Check out Northern Virginia magazine's article on 104 day trips that you can take with your family.  Choose your adventure by land, sea or sky and make some memories!

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NOT SURE WHAT TO DO WITH THE KIDS?

Check out this list of summer camps, festivals, fairs, concerts and reading programs.  You can even filter by age and city.  Have fun!  

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make the most of this summer

Younger couples are experiencing near miracles every day, but they often miss them because these "miracles" become so familiar and common, and they feel like they will last forever.
 
But they don't.  Learn how to seize this season.


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Journeys for Jesus

Go, go, go share Jesus with everyone you know, know, know!

In this unit, Jesus tells all His friends to go into the whole world and preach God’s Good News. Everyone needs you to share Jesus with them, everywhere you go!

Download Bible App for Kids so you can check out these stories with your kids.  They can follow along in the story and have fun bringing the characters to life.  Also, check out the Adventure Book we send home with your kids each week so you can help them review the verse and the question and answer that we hope they learn each week.  

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LISTEN to this month's song and download the lyrics HERE


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CONVICTIOn

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Filled with ways to carry over the lessons at home

Standing Up for What's Right Even When Other's Don't

 


"Don't Ever Get Tired of Doing the Right Thing."

2 Thessalonians 3:13
 

This month, we will be teaching kids to be REAL LIFE SUPERHEROES and always stand up for what's right even when others don't.

We will be studying the first 6 chapters out of the book of Daniel and how Daniel always showed conviction even if it meant prison, being burned in a fiery furnace, or being thrown to the lions. He only cared about what was right.

 

 



 

  

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SUMMER PRAYER CHALLENGE CARDS

 

Daniel is infamous for getting on his knees in prayer even when the deed was considered against the law!  It is truly this habit that gave Daniel the strength to stand in conviction no matter what.
 
So… this summer we will have a personal prayer challenge for our kids as well.  We are challenging the kids to find at least one day per week to read a Bible passage and do an Agpeya prayer. One day per week – that’s it!  The weekly prayer challenge cards will have 4 days per week to choose from.  The cards will have a Bible passage and a short question / activity to help our kids pray.  After they complete the card, they also have to complete one hour of Agpeya Prayers sometime during the week (ideally the same time). 
 
Every time they bring back a weekly Prayer Challenge Card completed (with at least one box completed) they will win a prize!  

Please encourage your kids to participate and maybe you can even use this to refresh your family prayer time.  Check out the prayer cards for each week below. 

     JULY 8                 JULY 22               JULY 29


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MIDDLE & HIgh SCHOOL

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This summer we are spending 2-months (July and August) diving into a really important topic we are calling “The DOUBT FACTOR.” 

It is normal to have doubts about our faith – in fact we will constantly be challenged about our beliefs, so it is important to be honest with our doubts and bring them to God.  We hope to help our teens do that in an edifying way this summer. 

We will be spending the summer on Apologetics – answering some tough questions about the Christian faith. 

July 1:  Is it Wrong to have Doubts about our Faith?  (An Intro to Apologetics) Check out this video

July 8:  Does God Exist? Check out the PARENT HANDOUT HERE.

July 15: SPECIAL EVENT  

July 22:  If God exists, Why does He seem so Hidden? Check out the PARENT HANDOUT HERE. 

July 29:  Why would a loving God allow suffering/evil in the world? Check out the PARENT HANDOUT HERE. 

August 5:  Is being a “good person” (without believing in God) – good enough? 

August 12: Who is Jesus, and what proof is there that He rose from the dead? 

August 19:  Can we really trust the Bible? Check out this video and then the PARENT HANDOUT HERE

August 26:  COMPETITION-At the end of the summer, we will turn the tables on our teens and ask students to convince us, the volunteers, of a timeless truth.  

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TOUGH QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

In this book, you will find insightful and concise answers to 35 tough questions about God, Christianity and the Bible, such as:

Who created God?

Why did God create people knowing they will end up in hell?

Why is there so much evil in this world?

Can I live a good moral life without God?

It is the culmination of 15 years of Christian Apologetics (defending the Christian faith) and youth ministry.

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Can you really pray ALL the time?

How can we follow St. Paul's command to "pray without ceasing."? By chanting the Jesus Prayer ("Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me"), an anonymous Russian peasant of the nineteenth century attains a greater intimacy with God. Generations of readers, including Christians of all persuasions, have benefited by reading of the pilgrim's attempts to discipline his mind toward a constant awareness of God's presence as manifested through Christ's mercy.


Have any questions, comments or suggestions? We'd love to hear from you! Email smattar@stsachurch.org