September 2019
Student Ministries Newsletter

I'm really excited about the event we have coming up in just 3 days- the Back to School Bash! This Sunday, September 8 from 5:00-7:00, Middle and High schoolers will be taking over the Crossroads Lawn for a bunch of fun games, grilled picnic foods, an ice cream sundae bar, and the pièce de résistance, a massive slip-n-slide down the hill! It's our best attempt to welcome in the school year without totally losing the joy and silliness of summer. Be sure to wear clothes that can get wet and pack a towel. This is a free event open to any students 6-12 grade, so invite a friend and register here.

Connection Events like this one are a great opportunity to meet new people, check out new programs, and make new memories. If your student is skeptical about trying a Sunday morning gathering or Small Group, Connection Events can help ease them in to Student Ministries programs by bringing a friend, having a parent volunteer, and/or just experiencing the energy of the group in a relaxed, happy, and welcoming way!

For me, fall doesn't come until I can wear sweaters and crunch leaves, so I'm holding onto the summertime spirit with an iron fist. Can't wait to see all the students there!

(703) 229-3649 (call or text)

Back to School Bash!
Sunday, September 8, 5:00- 7:00p at CUMC

A celebration is necessary after making it through a week and a half of school! Join us for a giant slip-n-slide, ice cream sundae bar, picnic, and lawn games to reminisce on summer and look ahead to a great new year!

Any Middle and High School students welcome. so bring a friend!

Register here. Free.

Parent and adult volunteers are needed to run fun event! Please email Erin if you can help with set up ahead of time, food service, or games
Taco Tuesdays for
Middle Schoolers
Tuesday, September 10, 6:00- 7:30p at CUMC
The 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month

*Note: Time has changed since last year! Delicious tacos, exciting group games, friendships new and old, and small group discussion on a relevant theme. Silliness and laughter guaranteed!
Any 6th graders through 8th graders welcome, so feel free to bring a friend.

Register here for each session. $5/student
High School Night
Saturday, September 21, 6:30p-midnight at CUMC

9th- 12th graders are invited for an awesome night of fun and craziness at Crossroads! This event will include pizza, snacks, Nintendo Switch on the projector, games, Church-wide Hide and Go Seek, and a group outing TBD. (Examples of group outings include Laser Tag, Rebounderz, arcade, bowling, Escape Room, etc!)

Register here. $15/student

Weekly Intersect
Intersect High in the Evening
Starting September 15-
Every Sunday, 6:30-8:00p
in the CUMC Basement

We are launching a new weekly program for High School students! Students 9th-12th grade are encouraged to attend the 10:00a service with their parents then join their peers Sunday evenings for a shared dinner, group games, and meaningful teachings and discussion connecting their lives to God's story. Sign up to provide a meal here!
Intersect Middle in the Morning
Starting again September 8-
Every Sunday during the 10:00a Service
in the Discipleship Room

Middle Schoolers are invited to join us Sunday mornings for breakfast snacks, games, service projects, and learning about Biblical truths that can transform our everyday lives!
Serve with
Student Ministries:
Program Spotlight
There are many ways parents and adults can serve students in the Crossroads community! Through our Volunteer Page , you can express interest in repeated or one-time roles, behind the scenes or with the students, and visionary or boots-on-the-ground programming.
Every act of service is deeply valued, seen, and appreciated!

This week, we are highlighting serving as a Intersect Middle Guide with our Intersect Team and students 6-8th grade on Sunday mornings. One of our guides, and a parent of 10th and 8th graders, Steve shared this about his experience leading monthly:

"What I enjoy about leading Intersect is engaging the students and drawing out their thoughts and opinions. Some may be reserved in speaking. I hope by engaging the students, they see the group as a safe place to offer their thoughts without being judged.

My participation at church gives my children an example of how contributions of our time can benefit our community. I've told them that if each of use can volunteer or contribute our time and skills, it will make our World a better place to live."

Serve as an Intersect Middle Guide one Sunday a month- No biblical expertise needed! Materials and comprehensible curriculum provided with games, service project, centering time, and main teaching connected to the everyday life of a young teen. It doesn't have to be the same Sunday each month (ex. 2nd Sunday of the month), schedule requests are sent out halfway through the previous month.

Save the Date!
Full Descriptions of all our Fall and Winter Happenings for Students can be found here

High School Nights: Saturday, September 21 and Tuesday, November 26, 6:30p-12:00a at CUMC

Middle School Candy Swap + Movie Night : Friday, November 1, 7:00-9:00p at CUMC

Warming the Homeless SERVE Mission: Sunday, November 3, 11:30a-1:30p, transportation to DC provided and/or families can serve together

Christmas Pajama Party: Sunday, December 15, 5:00-7:00p at CUMC
A Milestone Passage
for High School Students
Confirmation 2020
Confirmation is a passage that guides students to personally owning their faith and living in the way of Jesus in their everyday lives It provides resources to deepen their love for God, others, and self through questions, service, and the ongoing support found in Christian community. All High School students are invited to participate.

Retreat Weekend:
Saturday, January 11- Sunday, January 12

Group Gatherings: Sunday, January 26 and Sunday, February 2, 11:30a- 2:30p at CUMC

Confirmation Sunday:
February 9 during the 10:00a service

Email Erin or Cathy to learn more!