Posts Tagged ‘Student Ministry’

VIDEO (2 of 3): UNITED LIVE – Interactive Glow Sticks

Alright…Here is the second video! This one features our interactive glow stick video that we played. Every student had either a red, blue, green, or yellow glow stick and had to follow the on-screen instructions!

At the end of the video, there are some UNITED LIVE pictures, and part of a song played by our awesome student band! (Unfortunately some of the video feed for the band wasn’t working)

The next video will be the entire message by Aaron Cavin!!!

Do you want the glow stick video?? Let us know and we can make it available for you to use in your ministry or event! The video below is off center, but we can give you the HD full screen version.

VIDEO (1 of 3): UNITED LIVE – A Very Nerdy Perry

Okay…Between today and tomorrow. I am going to be posting three videos from UNITED LIVE this past Wednesday. One will be the entire message from Aaron Cavin. Many people have been asking about it!

I have entiteled our first one here, “A Very Nerdy Perry”. In this video, Perry, one of our awesome adult leaders comes out to promote our next UNITED LIVE theme, which happens to be our Christmas party! (He is not really nerdy in real life!) :)

December 10th is our next UNITED LIVE! What? I thought that December 3rd is the first Wednesday of the month! You are right, but we had to switch it to the tenth of December for reasons outside of our control. :)

The theme for our December 10th Christmas party is…watch the video! No, “watch the video” is not the theme. I mean “watch the video” to find out what the theme is. Work with me here…

***DISCLAIMER*** – Any video posted on here was most likely edited and put together by myself, which means it is extremely amature. They do not in any way reflect the awesomeness of the videos that our church production team puts together. These are not official videos of Northway Church. If they were, then you would be able to tell. haha…Ok? :)  

Pictures: Best UNITED LIVE Yet!

Last night was by far the best UNITED or UNITED LIVE yet! Everything just seemed to flow extremely well and God’s hand was on the night in a very special way.

Aaron Cavin was our special guest speaker and he brought it! We had students flowing to the front at the end of the service to pray with our adults leaders. Many students chose to accept Christ into their life! This is why we do what we do!

Our adult leaders and student leaders are amazing! We are taking Northway Student Ministry to the next level!


I will post a video from last night soon, but here are a few pictures to get us started!

Cool effect…


Got everyone to sign up for Twitter live from the stage…


Did a cool interactive video with glow sticks…

Last night was the best that our student band has ever done! God used them big time!

And of course…Aaron Cavin!

And a final picture to send you on your day…This is what we call “mouse bread”


Questions That Students Are Asking

I am going to be started a new series of posts for my “Question From A Student” category very soon. I recently asked students to submit some more questions that they have about God, the Bible, and life in general.

Below is a list of some of the questions that were asked more than once. (The number represents how many times it was asked) Not all of them are listed. Some students submitted multiple questions.

- Why are we here on this earth? (16) (Also…What is my purpose?)

- Why does God love me? (8)

- Why do bad things happen to good people? (7)

- Once I have found who I am in this life, how do I stay true to God? (4)

-  Why hadn’t God showed Himself to me until this past summer? (4)

- When will God come back? Am I safe? (6)

- Is the Bible really true? (7)

- Does God have a physical body? (3)

- What was God doing before He created the Universe? (2)

- Is it wrong to question God? (2)

- Why did God seem so evident in the Old Testament, but so distant today? (2)

- How long is eternal? (2)

- I am so lost. I do not know where to turn. What can I do to feel like I belong? (5)

- I accepted Jesus, so why am I still scared? (4)

- Why is it okay for God to demand that we worship Him? Isn’t that a sin? (2)

- Why don’t we always feel happy and reassured about our salvation? (4)

- I have tried to listen to God, but He won’t speak to me. What can I do to hear him better? (4)

- Why does God care about me if I am just one of so many people in the Universe? How is that possible for Him? (5)

- Where did we come from? (7)

- Why doesn’t God answer me when my family is in need? (2)

- When I read the Bible, where do I start? (2)

- How do I figure out God’s will for my life? (6)

- Did God really create us? (4)

- Is there a way to become more devoted to Jesus, when I have so many distractions? (6)

- Am I going to heaven when I die? (4)

-  How can I make my dad love me? (2)

-  I have so many options after school for college. How do I choose? (2)

-  Is hell a real place? (3)

- What can I do to help at church? (3)

- How do I know that my boyfriend really loves me? (2) (Also girlfriend)

-  What advice do you have about dating? (8)

Anyway, this can give you an idea of what is being asked. I love it when students ask questions! There are many others that I didn’t post.

My biggest concern is that I’m afraid that so many students are going to the wrong places to find their answers! We need to do our part as leaders and parents to find out what they are asking, and then give them answers from God’s love letter to us – the Bible!

DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT GOD, THE BIBLE, OR LIFE? Whether you’re a student or adult, feel free to leave a comment. You can put “ANONYMOUS” as the name. You can also make up an email address as well! :)

Students and Media (1 of 2)

brian-head-on-multitask-image-copy.jpgI read a great definition of media this week:

“Media is the means or instrumentality for storing, communicating, and widely disseminating information to the public.”

Every parent knows that if you really want a fight on your hands then take away your students media. I have been reading up on this a lot lately because this generation is saturated with media. Media can be one our best tools in ministry, but media can also be one of the most harmful things we can let in personally. Working in student ministry, I know that if I want to understand students and who they are, then I need to comprehend media and the role it plays in their lives. Make sense?

Students are still using the traditional “old” media forms of television, radio, movies, and magazines, but they’re using them in new ways. Radio can still be heard on the AM and FM dials, but more and more people are accessing the medium through satellite and Internet hookups. Movies can be viewed anywhere and anytime through computers, iPods, and even cell phones. What used to be an entire record or cd collection (which I still have, by the way) can be digitally downloaded into a “portable listening device” the size of a credit card, lipstick, or pen. And although magazines are still printed on paper and show up in the mailbox, most can also be accessed on the Internet, where visitors are able to interact with even more content that can be read, heard, and watched.

The bottom line is that media has literally changed the face of the world and how today’s students live in it. Media is not only at their fingertips; it’s woven in and through the fabric of who they are. Many are trying to label this generation – Generation “M”. (M for Media)

I AM NOT FOR A SECOND AGAINST MEDIA! I use media every day! I’m just trying to grasp the affect it has on students both positively and negatively.

Here are some of the latest statistics:

- Students ages 8 – 18 are spending an average of nearly six and one-half hours a day (6:21) with media.

- During that period of 44 1?2 hours each week, students are spending 26 percent of the time using more than one medium. In other words, they might be listening to music, instant-messaging friends, and reading a book for school all at the same time.

- One-third of students (30 percent) say they either talk on the phone, instant message, watch TV, listen to music, or surf the Web “most of the time” while they’re doing homework.

- Another third (31 percent) say they do so “some” of the time.

- Students between the ages of 12 and 17 multi task more than any other age group, with girls multitasking more often than guys.

These numbers are staggering when you consider the same study found they only spend two hours and 17 minutes “hanging out with parents,” one hour and 25 minutes in physical activity, and one hour pursuing hobbies or other activities. What about their time spent with God?

I will wrap this up tomorrow!

(Yes, that is Brian in that picture. No, I did not ask him for permission or have him sign a waiver first. No, of course he won’t be upset!) :)

Question From a Student (# 12)

(Click HERE to view the other questions)


QUESTION: My parents only let me listen to “Christian” music. Is there really anything wrong with “non-Christian” music?

I first need to make one thing clear. Whether you agree with your parents or not, you need to obey your parents rules. Unless they ask you to blatantly go against the Bible, you need to just respect and obey their rules. I know it may seem like an eternity, but you will eventually be old enough to get out and make your own decisions.

Okay…so about the whole Christian music vs. non-Christian (secular) music thing…

Whether we like to admit it or not, music affects how we think, act, and talk.

Here is a direct quote from MTV: “At MTV we don’t shoot for fourteen-year-olds, we own them.”

For me, I don’t think it’s an issue of “Christian music” vs. “non-Christian music”. I listen to both. I think it’s more about positive music vs. negative music.

It’s the lyrics that cause people to label a song either “Christian” or “non-Christian”, right? There are plenty of songs out there that don’t talk about God, but have fine lyrics. There are plenty of songs out there that don’t talk about God, but talk about violence, lust, and other things that would go against the lifestyle that God has planned for us.

Let me throw out a few questions to you:

- As a Christian, are we called to live differently?

- Are we supposed to put the “old life” (the way we were before we accepted Christ) aside, and feed the “new life” (the life as a Christ-follower)? (Read Galatians)

- Did you personally answer “YES” to the above questions?

- If you said “yes”, then why do we turn around and fill our minds with negative music…music that promotes the “old life”?

Here are some final thoughts:

- Read Psalm 1:1-3…When you feel down, where do you turn for “counsel”? Do you go to the Bible? Church? A friend? Do you just put on head phones and listen to music? What kind of music are you turning to?

- The things that come into our eyes and ears, are the things that feed our thought life! Our thoughts affect our heart. What are you letting in?

- We can’t say that we want God to capture our heart, but then turn around and feed garbage into our lives. So many people wonder why they don’t have that connection that they are looking for with God, but they are feeding more negative than positive into their lives!

- If you like a certain style of music, but you are finding it to have a negative affect on you, then I can guarantee you that there is a positive alternative to that music style. Ask me, and I’ll find it for you.

- The Bible says to fill our minds and hearts with positive things.

- Here are some verses to check out on your own: Psalm 1, Romans 12:2, 1 Peter 5:8-9, Philippians 4, 2 Timothy 2, Galatians 3

Again, I am not against non-Christian music, but I am against music with lyrics that goes against everything that God wants for us. In fact, sometimes I like “non-Christian” stuff more than I like some “Christian” stuff! Yes…I just said that! :)

Just remember to respect the standards that your parents have set for you. If you can listen to whatever you want, then be willing to make the right decisions about filtering what you let into your life.

I will blog about this stuff again soon!

(Check out Air1: The Positive Alternative. FM 93.7 It’s what I have playing in my car non-stop! Check them out online for news, good articles and to listen live! Shameless plug!) :)

30 Hour Famine (4 of ?)

nwaz_02_img0188.jpgWe are almost nine hours into the famine and I AM STARVING! I would love to have a big burger (no cheese), super-size fries, and a super-size diet cherry coke (no lemon!) right now!!! I think that I’ll be okay, though!

Seriously though (not that I wasn’t before)… I am excited to be a part of this famine! After going through this physical hunger for 30 hours, I am guaranteed to not forget about the people in this world that are experiencing this hunger on a permanent basis…even to the point of death. My heart breaks for those people.

I am a big believer in the fact that one person CAN make a difference! The students that are doing this famine CAN make a difference!

Here is a video about how students all across America have what it takes:

(This blog post is all over the place, but I guess it’s because I’m SO HUNGRY! More to come!)

Video Blog: A Walk Through UNITED

We had our last UNITED event of the school year on Sunday! It was a great first year of this event! Our adult leaders and student leaders were awesome at making this event successful! We had the best band (they should make a cd)! We had some of the best speakers (Pastor Buddy, Brian, Aaron Cavin, etc…)! We had the best production team behind us (Thanks Dave, Sam, and team)!

Northway Student Ministry will be going full force this summer, but for now, we are done with UNITED until the Fall! We have the 30 Hr famine, Camp(s), and tons of other stuff this summer to look forward to!

Check out this video that “kind of” walks us through the whole day of UNITED! It get’s better as you go! I promise! :)

Huge UNITED Announcement!!

As you probably already know…

 UNITEDis this Sunday night at Northway Church – Clifton Park! This will be the last UNITED of the school year, but it’s going to be HUGE! 

 Why? Well…because UNITED is always huge, but there is something even HUGERER going on!

Ok, I’ll just tell you!  

Aaron Cavin is coming to speak at UNITED!

Who is Aaron Cavin? He was our High School Lift Camp speaker last year that helped spark the REVOLUTION (watch this video) in our students! So much of the incredible stuff that has taken place at Northway in the past year can be traced back to 18 high school students that went to camp last year! Aaron was who God used to help start that.

Well, we are really excited to have Aaron here with us this weekend! He is speaking at our High School Lift Camp again this year! We already have about 100 students going to camp this year! If you haven’t yet signed up, make sure you do it this weekend!

We want every student at Northway to make sure that they are there this Sunday night!!! We want to pack that place out with over 300 students! Parents, please make sure your student doesn’t miss this special night!

Question From a Student (#10)

CLICK HERE to view the other questions.


QUESTION (PART 2): How can I have a better “self-image”?

There are so many people for us to look up to! There are the people on the front of magazines, people in movies etc… that we sometimes feel like we have to look like in order to be accepted. Some people in the movies are so “perfect” that we think we can never live up to that! When we take these thoughts, and we add to them the harsh remarks people have said about us, or even just the things about us that we are not satisfied with, it creates this black cloud around us called poor self-image!

How we look at ourselves, our “self-image”, largely determines how we look at everything else. It filters our thoughts on everything, and determines whether we will react bravely or timidly. It determines if we will initiate our own activity or criticize the efforts of others. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything that you do.” How we view ourselves is so important in our search for the answers to life issues.

Have you ever been around someone that is just always positive, cheery, and confident? That is all primarily produced by a positive self-image. Our self-image affects our attitude (Proverbs 15:13), our physical health (Proverbs 17:22), and influence the attitude of our peers (Proverbs 18:14). It also leaves us vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy (Proverbs 27:8).

Since so much of our life an be affected by our self-image, how do you make sure we are okay?

Start with this question: Where do you find your identity? 

“I am my job”     “I am what I look like to others”

“I am the experiences I’ve had”     “I am what I’m good at”

“I am what my parents are”     “I am how I look at myself”

The list could go on and on! Having thought like that can lead to a lot of discontentment in your life. Because your job isn’t always going to be glamorous, and you’re not always going to look just right, and MOST of the time your experiences don’t resemble a movie—they’re just ordinary and everyday.

We all have an idea of what “cool” is,  what a “tough guy” is, what a “cute girl” looks like or acts like, and we think that if we don’t act or look this way then we are worthless! No one can live up to the guy in the movie who after 40 takes looks perfect with all the right make-up on and the music in the background, but we tend to compare ourselves to that anyway! Even that actor can’t compare to that in real life!

How much do you think media affects your self-image:  _____ Not at All     _____ Some     _____ A Lot   You can try to tune out all of the garbage we get fed in this world, but still feel empty because of the way you look at yourself! When you let God invade your heart, you can then begin to see exactly how God looks at you. Only then can begin to piece together the amazing image that God sees when He sees you!

Are you willing to believe what God says about you and your worth and image?

On your own, read Psalm 139:13-18. This tells us that before we were ever born, God formed us and put us together! What an amazing thought! God spent a lot of time working on you because He wanted you to be exactly as you are! God can’t make junk or garbage!! Whatever God makes, He makes it awesome. It doesn’t matter what other people say about you. All that matters is God’s opinion of us, and He says that He loves us the way we are.

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” God has a plan for your life. The question is, ARE YOU LETTING SELF-IMAGE GET IN THE WAY OF WHAT GOD WANTS FOR YOU? DO YOU TRULY FIND YOUR IDENTITY IN GOD? God wants the very best for us. Keep reading God’s Word and be willing to tune out the stuff that the world is screaming at you!

I encourge you to look up and read the verses above, and ask God how you can have a better self-image, so that you can fully do what God has for your life.