July 27, 2022
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
- Psalm 19:14

Our thanks to Julia Frank for all the new logos and designs you will start seeing for the Student Ministry generally and for Bridge, Journey, and ROOTED groups specifically!

Be on the lookout for T-shirts, stickers,
and other items coming this fall.

"It's Closing Time" End of Summer Party

(7th-12th grade)
at the Ensley's
Saturday, July 30th, 5:30-8 p.m.

We will be grilling and doing hot dogs, brats, and burgers. Bring your favorite Board games. Please bring a side, a snack or drinks, your favorite board game, field game, etc...

Youth Parent Meeting

After Sunday School - Sunday, August 7th.

Please come by the sanctuary for a 15-minute parent meeting particularly useful for parents of 5th grade and 7th grade students.

We will preview the fall schedule, answer questions, and go over what 5th & 7th grade students need to be aware of to succeed in their new spaces on Wednesday nights. Parents of older students may simply want to grab the fall brochure.
Wednesday Night Youth Group

Singing, Lesson, SGs: What Shapes Us? 6-7
Games & Ice Cream: 7 - 7:30

This is our Final Wednesday Night of the Summer!
Student Servant Team:
Next Meeting: August 7th
Come after Church 7-7:50 p.m.

Anyone interested in serving on the Servant team is welcome.
We will go over expectations and goals for the fall.

Homework: Side-By-Side: Chapters 7-11.
Snack Sign-up Reminder

Wednesday Fall Snack Sign-Up:
We need two people per week this fall.
One for 5th-6th and one for 7th-12th.

Email James Ensley to sign up for a date and Bridge or Journey/ROOTed Groups.

July 27th: Buhl/Davis

Fall Snack Dates
August 17th, August 24th, August 31st, September 7th, September 14th, September 21st, September 28th, October 19th, October 26th, November 2nd, November 9th, November 16th (Last Wed.)

This is a timely conference on navigating the current cultural moment from a biblical perspective. Our speaker Dr. Walt Mueller is the founder and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (CPYU)

When: September 17th (Saturday), continental Breakfast 8:15 - 8:50 a.m. | Sessions 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Lunch 12-12:50 | at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Huntsville.
Cost: $10 / person

Who should attend: Students, parents, grandparents, student leaders, parents of younger children, college students, and young adults. (please let us know if you have a question on whether your student should attend).

What: A pre-conference continental breakfast and fellowship time, morning sessions, a boxed lunch (12-12:50 p.m.), and afternoon sessions. 

Walt speaks with an experienced voice on navigating current youth culture, encouraging parents and students to engage in formative discussions on the biblical sexual ethic. 
Our prayer is for this conference to serve the greater Huntsville area by creating a focused environment to think through biblically how to respond to our cultural moment.
We invite you to become familiar with Dr. Mueller and the ministry of CPYU: Center for Parent and Youth Understanding at

If you have any questions please email
Summer Small-Group Book Study

  • Girls will meet Thursday at 7 pm at the Keel's House. Contact Mary Katherine Keel.
  • Guys will meet Thursday at 7 pm at the Buhl's House. Contact James Ensley.

Our last meeting is this Thursday.
Then a break until Fall Thursday nights resume.
Covenant Connection Points:

As a covenant community, our youth are part of the wider body.
Consider these church-wide events as involvement opportunities.

  • Consider having another youth family over for Sunday Supper!
  • Men's Ministry Kickoff: All men and boys (5th grade & up) are invited to attend the Men's Ministry Kickoff event on Saturday, August 27th from 8:00-10:00 am at the church.
UP NEXT Summary:

  • July 30 End of Summer Party at Ensley's
  • August 7th After Church Parents Meeting
  • August 7th Servant Team Open Interest Meeting.
  • August 17 First Wednesday Night Back
  • August 18 ROOTED Guys Bible Study Starts: Studying Ecclesiastes (Th)
  • August 20 Journey Kickoff at Keels, 5:30-7:30
  • August 26 Bridge Home Fellowship (Fri)
  • August 27 ROOTED Pot-providence & game night (Sat)

  • September 17 Navigating Sex & Gender Conference
  • November 4-5 Journey Man / Woman of God Trip
  • January 20-23, 2023 ROOTs

(Grades Promote Sunday August 14th & Wednesday 17th)
Bridge is 5th-6th grades
Journey is 7th-8th grades
ROOTed is 9th-12th grades
James' Recommended Series

We just started the Heidelberg Catechism in the evening service. Here is an excellent very brief resource on each question that would make a great Sunday afternoon family devotional. And a mere 40-page book on forgetting self and living unto Christ.

  1. The Good News We Almost Forgot by Kevin DeYoung
  2. The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Keller

Next Quarter:

  • Summer Sunday School runs through August 7th.
  • Promotion Sunday and Fall quarter begins August 14th

Sunday School
5th-6th Grade Classes

Girls: Modular Building
Classroom 2
with Deb McFadden & Anna Ensley

Boys: Church Office
Assistant Pastor Office with Brian McFadden & Jackson Bryant

G2R Year 1 Quarter 4:

Lesson 9: Standing Up for God

Scripture: Daniel

Click through the above link to the Master plan for lesson summaries, learning goals, and scripture memory.
7th-12th Boys and Girls

  • Lesson 7: What the Bible Says about Sexuality in the NT

  • 7th-12th Grade Girls: In the Parlor with Mary Katherine Keel
  • 7th-12th grade Boys: In the Modular Building Classroom 3 with James Ensley


Follow these Links for the Lessons and Videos

Lessons and videos and participant guide used are available upon request.

*Series recorded in 2016, some elements and cultural context can be updated as it arises*
The Student Ministry team desires to pray for our students. Please contact James Ensley to add your prayer request for the student newsletter and Wednesday night prayer meeting.

  • Pray for what will be shaping your students this fall. School, work, church, friends, family time, social media, pray for God to use habits, people, and the Holy Spirit to form and grow our students this fall.
  • Pray for the ministry team as we plan our fall and spring both lesson and activities.
Fall Setlist
James and Mary Katherine are always eager to talk with any of you and would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out at any time if you have questions, concerns or just want to talk.
James Ensley, Pastor of Student Ministry

Mary Katherine Keel,
Student Ministry Assistant
To God be the Glory!
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