Mission Trip

The middle school and high school students have the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Newport, Tennessee. Here is a summary:

Our Trip

We will leave very early on Sunday morning, July 25th (6 am). We will travel to Newport, Tennessee which is in Eastern Tennessee. The trip with breaks will take 9 – 10 hours. We will have a get-acquainted time on Sunday evening. We will work/serve Monday – Thursday. On Friday, we will depart. We will spend Friday relaxing and then travel home on Saturday. Below, you will find information regarding demographics, ministry, and activities (from YouthWorks)


Majestic mountains, sparkling rivers and scenic wilderness are the backdrop for the 7,449 residents of Newport, Tennessee. Located in eastern Tennessee’s Cocke County, Newport is approximately 50 miles east of Knoxville. The Pigeon River and Norfolk/Southern Railroad run parallel to Newport’s Main Street, where you can enjoy shopping and dining. While this town has a low cost of living, there still are residents who struggle to make ends meet, often because of the lack of educational and employment opportunities. Only 60 percent of Newport’s residents have a high school diploma, and the unemployment rate hovers near 8 percent. Twenty-nine percent of the population lives in poverty, including almost 48 percent of children under age 18. Visit Newport and be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to this peaceful community.

About the Ministry

Participants serve in a variety of ways during a YouthWorks mission trip. Students may spend all week at one ministry or switch between ministries during the week. Ministries that your students may participate in are Kids Club and Work Projects. Kids Club is a hands-on program led by your youth offering high-energy games, crafts, skits, songs and interactive lessons all designed to help kids learn about Jesus. Whether we’re painting houses, performing minor home repair, cleaning up debris, volunteering in community gardens or other projects in the community, the projects students work on will serve as our way of blessing people in need. We cannot confirm until all groups arrive exactly what ministries your students will be a part of during the week. We ask that you come with a willing and flexible spirit!


Evening activities during a YouthWorks week are designed to give participants insight into the lives of local residents and the culture of the area. A list of possible evening/cultural activities include: going on a hike; attend a bluegrass concert; attend a local church service; and attend a community cookout. These are examples of what your group might partake in during your mission week. These examples are subject to change due to weather or availability. In case of change, suitable substitutes will be provided.

The deadline to register to guarantee spot is Sunday.


Youth: Balloon Boy


On Sunday night, October 25th, the youth are going to be taking a look at The Balloon Boy story and looking at the Gospel Lesson on Mark 10:46-52.  The one aspect that we are going to take a look at is the following:

We can trust that God does hear us. God answers

Youth, once again, we are asking you to join us for big group time which is 6:00 – 6:40 and then we will go to the youth room for our discussion. We are looking at extending youth for the entire time – 6:00 – 7:30 and that is some of the things that we will be discussing during the night.

House: Loving Difficult People




On Sunday Night (October 11th) at Sunday Night Live, the youth are going to take a look at the tv show House and take a look at a few bible stories and see if we can combine the two and figure out how we can deal with difficult people. Below is the ‘House” banner and the intro to the lesson:


Imagine this as a frightening vision of hell—spending eternity locked in a room with Dr. Gregory House. Sure, Dr. House is a fictional character on a television show, and we can turn him off at will. But for those who watch the Fox drama House for the young doctors working for this insufferable mentor or for the patients and colleagues unfortunate enough to be targets for the doctor’s verbal and emotional abuse.

House (Hugh Laurie) is a brilliant diagnostician, a medical Sherlock Holmes who solves life-or-death cases that no one else can crack. But for someone whose job it is to heal, House is also a giant pain. He’s brutal and acerbic to those hoping to learn from him. He can be unbearably insulting to patients. He’s rude to his boss, Dr. Lisa Cuddy, in ways that would get most people fired. He routinely disobeys direct orders and violates hospital rules.

And he’s just as difficult for the one person who is willing to be his friend—Dr. James Wilson—as he is for his subordinates. If it weren’t for House’s unsurpassed talent as a doctor, it’s probably fair to say that few, if any, of the characters on the show would want House around. And it’s not that they can’t sympathize with him at some level.

House has a medical history that left him unable to walk without the aid of a cane and wracked him with chronic pain. Under those circumstances, most people would be       pretty grouchy.

Obviously House is an extreme case. But all of us encounter difficult people at some time. For young people, who are developing a sharpened sense of justice and fairness, having such a person in their lives can be quite challenging (especially if this person is a teacher or other authority figure).

Fortunately Scripture is filled with examples of difficult people and offers us help in dealing with them. In the beginning Adam and Eve rebelled against God, choosing to gotheir own way. Cain murdered his brother Able and then lied to God about it. Jacob cheated his brother, father, and uncle and even wrestled with God. Not long after God miraculously delivered them from slavery in Egypt, the Israelites, while in the wilderness, abandoned God by building an idol in the form of a golden calf. The prophets struggled with kings who acted contrary to God’s will. Jesus chose as his disciples twelve men who often were clueless and who denied him, in his hour of need.


Jesus also deliberately sought out tax collectors and sinners, people who had a reputation for being difficult. Few people would fault God for giving up on such people. But God doesn’t give up. Instead God seeks out difficult people. (See, for example, the parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15:1-7.) In fact, every person is a sinner, and every person is sometimes difficult. But God loves us all anyway. Paul writes, “In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us” (2 Corinthians 5:19). God shows grace and mercy to all of us, though we are difficult people, and gives us the responsibility of extending grace and mercy to the difficult people in our lives.


Offering grace and mercy to someone in a spirit of Christian love doesn’t mean we have to like that person or accept everything he or she does. Instead, it means that we are concerned for that person’s well being and that we never close the door to the possibility of relationship. It means, most of all, that we recognize that others are fellow children of God, even if they are difficult.

Youth: Civility

On Sunday, October 4th, we are going to be taking a look at civility. There has been a few instances in September that has led to conversation regarding civility in American culture and we are going to tackle that issue on Sunday night while looking at a few different scriptures.

Civility is also an important part of Christian discipleship. Loving our neighbors as ourselves often means setting aside some of our interest and showing restraint and respect. Come and join us as we have a discussion on civility not only in America but in our Christian culture.

Youth: Shark Tank

On Sunday, September 20th, we are going to use the new reality tv show “Shark Tank” as our backdrop for our lesson.



The Show

On ABC’s new hit reality game show owners pitch their companies and product ideas to a team of successful venture capitalists (the Sharks) in hopes of raising capital. The Shark panel includes five venture capitalists, each of whom has made a name and a substantial fortune in the business world. When contestants enter the “Shark Tank,” they pitch an idea and offer the Sharks a percentage of equity in their company in exchange for a specific cash investment. For example, a contestant might offer the Sharks 15 percent equity in exchange for a $350,000 investment in the business.

The Gospel Lesson




Two Masters: Matthew 6:19-21, 24-34

No one can serve two masters; for a slave  will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. — Matthew 6:24


Come on out and discuss “serving two masters” on Sunday night.