Sad news! Our first in-person CATALYST is postponed until Friday, Sept. 17th because Pastor Ben is sick with a cold (if you can't tell from the picture). We'll see you all on the 17th!
CATALYST youth launches IN-PERSON at Arlington Woods starting Friday, September 10th for teens grades 6-12! While youth officially begins at 7pm we have a drop-in available from 6:30-7pm for teens who want to come earlier to hang out, chat, or play board games while we do our worship band practice. If your teen is interested in being a part of our CATALYST band, contact Pastor Ben at email@example.com. See below for a Q&A about CATALYST in-person:
What COVID protocols are you following?
By attending in-person and signing in when they arrive, each teen is attesting that they aren't sick and don't have COVID symptoms. If teens are sick or displaying any COVID symptoms, please keep them at home. Masks are required for all in attendance and teens must maintain social distancing. We will have seating spaced out. Sanitizer is available for teens to use before handling shared items (like playing a board game or playing an up-front game). When playing board games during the drop-in time, teens are expected to practice distancing around the tables. We won't be serving food/drinks at this time.
Where is CATALYST taking place?
For the first few weeks of September we will be meeting in the kids ministry area at the church. When your teen enters the main doors at the church, they make a right and head downstairs. At the bottom of the stairs they turn right to enter our kids ministry area (washrooms are on the left). When they arrive, they need to sanitize their hands and sign in by checking their name under the correct date on our attendance sheet. We are asking that only teens or leaders come downstairs, so parents can drop their teens off at the door. Our building is still under renovation, but we are excited that hopefully by October we will once again be meeting in the new Creekside Room (the new name for our youth centre in the church). For more details on the renovation progress CLICK HERE.
What will an average youth night look like?
From 6:30-7pm the kids ministry area is open for teens to drop-in, hangout and chat with their friends. During this time, we'll have our CATALYST band practice as well. We're going to start right at 7pm (so don't be late!) for a fun group game! After that, we'll be singing some worship songs together (with masks on!) and then Pastor Ben will give a Bible-based talk. After that, we'll split into smaller groups for a chance for some discussion and to share highs/lows from the week and prayer requests. At about 8:25pm we'll get some teens to help with clean-up. At 8:30pm, we'll bring teens outside to await pickup, so there's no need for parents to enter the building to pick them up. We'll exit out the back doors (where the wooden stairs are at the back of the church).
If you have any questions about CATALYST in-person at Arlington Woods, contact Pastor Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join us, you must be a teen grades 6-12 and be registered as a part of our youth program. Click HERE to register! (You can also register your kids for KIDZONE (our Sunday morning kids program) on the same form.
Parents, we want to assure you that only registered teens and leaders who have trained/screened through Plan to Protect (our church's abuse prevention and protection policy) and have a police check will be working with your teens.
Now is a great time to establish a bit of a routine where you spend time growing in your faith. The best way to do this is to spend a few minutes a day in prayer (simply expressing thanks to God and talking to him about your life), spend a few minutes a day reading from the Bible (using a devotional (devo) is an easy way to do this), and listening to some worship music.
This is how you use a daily devo:
1. Read the Bible passage that's highlighted for that day (some apps/sites will send you to a Bible webpage to read it if you click on the passage).
2. Read the devotional. Usually this is a story or some thoughts based on that Bible verse.
3. Answer or think about the questions at the end.
4. Pray about what you read. How does it apply to your life? How does it challenge you or encourage you? Take a minute to talk to God about it.
Some great online devos to check out:
UNLOCKED DEVO APP OR MAGAZINE
This is such a great way to spend some time with God every day! It features daily Bible verses and great stories that help you understand what the Bible is saying! I highly recommend it! You can download the app for ANDROID, the app for iOS (Apple) or you can subscribe to get actual books sent to you-- the first year is free!
CULTIVATE DEVO APP
Have you ever wondered if the Bible is relevant for your life? Maybe you've tried to read it, but found it boring or even confusing. Maybe you want to read it consistently, but you struggle to make it a major part of your life. If this sounds like you, then the Cultivate App was created for you! It's available as a FREE app on ANDROID/Google Play or on iOS (Apple).
Plan to Protect:
Every one of our adult leaders and volunteers who work with children or teens has submitted a current police check and has been trained in our Plan to Protect policy.
Plan to Protect involves training to create a safe environment for children and teens and an overview of our policies and procedures on abuse prevention and protection.