Friday, April 19, 2019  | 
 


 

Hey Parents - the video below was made by some people who make youth ministry lessons, videos and mission trip resources. 

 

While the teaching theme they show in this video is different than our theme for Illuminate, the video is a great snapshot of what a weekend like Illuminate is all about.  Watch it. (and maybe even imagine it being your son/daughter in the last scene)  Enjoy!

 

 


(The info below is copied from the Illuminate webpage)


 

It's back, for a third year of awesomeness! And we are so excited.   

llluminate is part retreat, part service project, part friend weekend, and completely awesome.  It's HIGH SCHOOL + MIDDLE SCHOOL.  It's in town.  It's friends.  It's Bible study.  It's worship.  It's serving others.  Come and be a part of Illuminate 2019!

 

Here are the details:

  When: April 26-28 

  Where: At our church building, in our community, and at host homes

  Who: 7th-12th grade students - plus our awesome interns and some great AFC students

  Cost: $30

  Sign-up Deadline: Wednesday, April 17

 

Okay, so those are the main details, here are a few additional things to know.  And to help your day go better, the information appears in question and answer format.

Why are we doing this?  Illuminate is happening as an after Easter event to give each of us an opportunity to grow in faith and in our relationship with God.  It's for all MS and HS students.  Spring can get busy...school can get hard...and it's awesome to get to spend some time really growing in faith as you head into the final month of school.

When does it start? When does it end?  Everything will start on Friday night at 7:00pm and end on Saturday night at 8:00pm.  A special "encore" will happen on Sunday morning when some breakfast foods will be provided before classes and then our classes will focus on the same topics of Illuminate.

What if I have a special event on Saturday night?  We know a few schools have their prom/spring banquet on Saturday, April 27.  We tried to schedule Illuminate on a different weekend because of this, but with Easter, TAMU's Family Weekend, the Family Campout and final exams at TAMU, we did not have another good option.  So here is the plan...around 2:00pm on Saturday we will head out to service projects.  At that time (or a different time if you prefer) any students who need to go get ready for their school's event, can do so.  Illuminate will continue with some service projects, some afternoon activities, a special event for supper and a closing activity.  Please know: We want to make sure everyone who has a school event on Saturday night knows they are welcome to do Illuminate and leave when they need to. 

Where do we sleep on Friday night?  Students will stay in host homes.  Everyone will be grouped by grade and gender.  There will likely be a total of six host homes:  7th & 8th girls, 7th & 8th guys, 9th & 10th girls, 9th & 10th guys, 11th & 12th girls, 11th & 12th guys.  

What will we be doing?  It's sort of a mix between a retreat, a service project, and a youth conference.  So...you can expect fun, time to get to know other students, worship, Bible study, some big-group activities, some small-group activities, a service project, and a few surprises along the way.

Will it be boring?  Well, it's been said that only boring people get bored...so...well...    How about this: If you come ready to have a great weekend and enjoy being with other students, we think you're going to love it.

Will the concession stands be open during Illuminate?  No, our church doesn't have concession stands.  Sorry. 

Will the all you can eat buffet be open during Illuminate?  No, our church doesn't have an all you can eat buffet.  Sorry.

Will the Zip-line from the cross tower be open during Illuminate?  Come on, are you kidding?  Why do we have to answer questions about things we don't have?  (on a side note, if someone would like to donate a whole lot of money to build a zip-line from the cross tower, we wouldn't argue, ha.)

Can we bring friends?  Yep.  That would be awesome.

Can we bring pickles dipped in ketchup?  No, please don't.

What if I have a conflict because of a game or extra-curricular activity?  We would like for students to be with us for the entirety of the weekend.  It is hard for us to plan small groups and activities when students are constantly coming and going.  However, if you have a game or activity, you can leave and return as needed.  

What is covered with the $30 registration cost?  Everything you need for the weekend, including a shirt, a workbook, snacks, 3 meals on Saturday, supplies for a few activities, and all the left-over peeps we can buy as soon as they go on sale after Easter. (Actually, no, we're not buying peeps.  Okay, now you can respect us again.)

Do we need anything other than the $30?  Yes, sleeping bag, clothes for each day, work gloves for our service project (and maybe a few yard tools if you have any that you could use during our service project.)  

What if I can't afford the $30?  Let us know.  We have a limited number of full and partial scholarships available.  We do not want anyone to miss this weekend because of financial reasons. 

What do you call a fake noodle?  An impasta

What else do I need to know?  Phones - This will be a technology-free weekend.  If you bring a phone, we'll have envelopes for you to turn in phones when you arrive on Friday night.  They'll be returned on Saturday night when Illuminate is over.  You are always welcome to call your parents or talk to your parents at anytime during the weekend.  We don't go tech-free to keep you from talking to your aweome parents.  We just get tired of people being on their phone non-stop and ignoring everyone around them.  That's it.  So we're asking that Illuminate be a non-phone weekend.  

What if I have questions?  You can do a few things:  call us, email us, text us, find us at church, ask someone else who looks smart, or submit your question at the bottom of the sign-up form.

 

Hope you can join us! 

 

  

***Click here to go to the Illuminate Registration Form*** 

 

Illuminate 2018

 

 

Illuminate 2017

 


 

And we really hope you'll join us for summer camps this summer. 
Uplift for current 9th-12th grade students: June 15-20
Cornerstone for current 7th and 8th grade students: June 23-27

 

 

 

Okay, so those are the main details, here are a few additional things to know.  And to help your day go better, the information appears in question and answer format.

Why are we doing this?  Illuminate is happening as an after Easter event to give each of us an opportunity to grow in faith and in our relationship with God.  It's for all MS and HS students.  Spring can get busy...school can get hard...and it's awesome to get to spend some time really growing in faith as you head into the final month of school.

When does it start? When does it end?  Everything will start on Friday night at 7:00pm and end on Saturday night at 8:00pm.  A special "encore" will happen on Sunday morning when some breakfast foods will be provided before classes and then our classes will focus on the same topics of Illuminate.

What if I have a special event on Saturday night?  We know a few schools have their prom/spring banquet on Saturday, April 27.  We tried to schedule Illuminate on a different weekend because of this, but with Easter, TAMU's Family Weekend, the Family Campout and final exams at TAMU, we did not have another good option.  So here is the plan...around 2:00pm on Saturday we will head out to service projects.  At that time (or a different time if you prefer) any students who need to go get ready for their school's event, can do so.  Illuminate will continue with some service projects, some afternoon activities, a special event for supper and a closing activity.  Please know: We want to make sure everyone who has a school event on Saturday night knows they are welcome to do Illuminate and leave when they need to. 

Where do we sleep on Friday night?  Students will stay in host homes.  Everyone will be grouped by grade and gender.  There will likely be a total of six host homes:  7th & 8th girls, 7th & 8th guys, 9th & 10th girls, 9th & 10th guys, 11th & 12th girls, 11th & 12th guys.  

What will we be doing?  It's sort of a mix between a retreat, a service project, and a youth conference.  So...you can expect fun, time to get to know other students, worship, Bible study, some big-group activities, some small-group activities, a service project, and a few surprises along the way.

Will it be boring?  Well, it's been said that only boring people get bored...so...well...    How about this: If you come ready to have a great weekend and enjoy being with other students, we think you're going to love it.

Will the concession stands be open during Illuminate?  No, our church doesn't have concession stands.  Sorry. 

Will the all you can eat buffet be open during Illuminate?  No, our church doesn't have an all you can eat buffet.  Sorry.

Will the Zip-line from the cross tower be open during Illuminate?  Come on, are you kidding?  Why do we have to answer questions about things we don't have?  (on a side note, if someone would like to donate a whole lot of money to build a zip-line from the cross tower, we wouldn't argue, ha.)

Can we bring friends?  Yep.  That would be awesome.

Can we bring pickles dipped in ketchup?  No, please don't.

What if I have a conflict because of a game or extra-curricular activity?  We would like for students to be with us for the entirety of the weekend.  It is hard for us to plan small groups and activities when students are constantly coming and going.  However, if you have a game or activity, you can leave and return as needed.  

What is covered with the $30 registration cost?  Everything you need for the weekend, including a shirt, a workbook, snacks, 3 meals on Saturday, supplies for a few activities, and all the left-over peeps we can buy as soon as they go on sale after Easter. (Actually, no, we're not buying peeps.  Okay, now you can respect us again.)

Do we need anything other than the $30?  Yes, sleeping bag, clothes for each day, work gloves for our service project (and maybe a few yard tools if you have any that you could use during our service project.)  

What if I can't afford the $30?  Let us know.  We have a limited number of full and partial scholarships available.  We do not want anyone to miss this weekend because of financial reasons. 

What do you call a fake noodle?  An impasta

What else do I need to know?  Phones - This will be a technology-free weekend.  If you bring a phone, we'll have envelopes for you to turn in phones when you arrive on Friday night.  They'll be returned on Saturday night when Illuminate is over.  You are always welcome to call your parents or talk to your parents at anytime during the weekend.  We don't go tech-free to keep you from talking to your aweome parents.  We just get tired of people being on their phone non-stop and ignoring everyone around them.  That's it.  So we're asking that Illuminate be a non-phone weekend.  

What if I have questions?  You can do a few things:  call us, email us, text us, find us at church, ask someone else who looks smart, or submit your question at the bottom of the sign-up form.

 

Hope you can join us! 

 

  

***Click here to go to the Illuminate Registration Form*** 

 

Illuminate 2018

 

 

Illuminate 2017

 


 

And we really hope you'll join us for summer camps this summer. 
Uplift for current 9th-12th grade students: June 15-20
Cornerstone for current 7th and 8th grade students: June 23-27

 

 

 

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