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GAG Night 2019

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It’s time again for our annual East Coast Conference Games and Activities Galore (GAG) Night! All Middle and High School students are invited.

We are traveling to Salem Covenant Church in Worcester, MA this year. Here’s the details:

  • Date: October 5, 2019

  • Times: Meet at church at 2pm. Home by 9 (we’ll update you if this changes)

  • Who: All middle and high school students

  • Cost: $10/person

To sign up, fill out the form bellow.

RollerRama 2018!

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It's time again for our annual East Coast Conference RollerRama! All middle school and high school students are invited to join us for an evening full of pizza, karaoke, and of course, skating. RollerRama will be Disney themed this year! Plan on dressing up as your favorite Disney character. 

We will meet at church at 4:30pm on Sunday, April 8 and be back by 8:30pm. Cost is $8 cash at the roller rink for the skate rental and unlimited pizza and drinks.

Just so we can get an accurate count for providing rides, please fill out this form to register.

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East Coast G.A.G. Night!

All Middle and High School Students are invited to the first annual East Coast G.A.G. Night! That's Games and Activities Galore, if you're wondering. We've invited churches from all over New England to join us here at ECC Attleboro for an afternoon and evening full of fun.

Join on on November 18th, from 3-8pm for this new event. It's $10 to come (just like our Spring event RollerRama), and it gets you all this and more:

  • Laser Tag
  • Large Group Games
  • Bonefire
  • Pizza dinner
  • Classic Video games
  • Puzzles and coloring area

And we're finishing off our evening with worship and a message from Pastor Brian Estrella.

You don't want to miss this! Click this button to register so we know how many to expect. Remember, this is for both middle and high schoolers!

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RollerRama 4

May the Fourth Be With You!

It’s time for our 4th annual conference-wide RollerRama! This year, middle and high school students are invited to join us on May 7th for an evening of fun, rollerskating, arcade games, and unlimited pizza. Unlimited!

Our theme is year is, you guessed it, STAR WARS! There'll be a prize for the best costume, so come dressed for a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

The plan is to meet at church at 4pm and return around 8:30pm. Cost is pretty simple: $8 buys you unlimited pizza, soda and skating, and it's $2 extra for laser tag.

Fill out the form bellow to register. We need registrations in by April 29 to ensure we have enough car space.

If you have not yet turned in the medical history and waiver form yet, please do so before RollerRama.

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Student's Grade *
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I can help drive to and from the RollerRama
Sorry students, only adults can drive
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No, but you can borrow my car!

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A New Year for FNL

Middle School Friday Night Live kicks off this Friday! We're excited to start things off with a great series on relationships, called "Your Move."

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Our relationships with friends and family can be awesome one minute, then tense the next minute, then awesome again. As a middle schooler, what's your move when things get tough? We'll walk it through in these next three sessions.

See you there!

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A Mountaintop Experience

Fall is coming up all to quick, and that means we need to soak up the summer while we still can! Our "Last Gasp" of summer event this year will be an overnight stay at Pilgrim Pines and then hiking Mt. Monadnock! For both Middle and High Schoolers!

We'll head up on Sunday, August 21 for the afternoon of swimming and hanging out, then eat dinner, head to bed, grab breakfast and a sack lunch (provided by Pilgrim Pines), and go and hike that mountain! We will meet at church at 1pm on Sunday. We're planning on being back home around 4pm on Monday, but the hike may take longer than anticipated.

Packing list:

  • bedding, pillow, toiletries
  • swimsuit
  • sunscreen
  • hiking clothes
  • good shoes for the hike - no flip flops on the mountain!
  • water bottle
  • backpack to carry water bottle and lunch (which will be provided by Pilgrim Pines)
  • snacks for the hike, if you want to carry them
  • rain coat (just in case)

Here is the permission form. We'll need this signed by a parent/guardian in order for your student to come with. Please print this and bring it on Sunday.

If you're interested in attending, please fill out this form to reserve your spot. There will be a permission slip coming along soon.

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Student's Name

First Name

Last Name

Parent/Guardian Name *

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First Name

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RollerRama 3, the magic number!

It's time again for the East Coast Conference's annual RollerRama for middle and high school students! 3's the magic number: it's the 3rd annual event, on April 30th, from 6 to 9pm. Dress for the magic!

The plan is to meet at church at 5:30pm and return by 9:30pm.

Cost is pretty simple: $8 buys you unlimited pizza, soda and skating, and it's $2 extra for laser tag.

Fill out the form bellow to register. We need registrations in by April 24 to ensure we have enough car space.

If you have not yet turned in the medical history and waiver form yet, please do so before RollerRama.

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WinterBlast info

Winter retreat is this Friday! Woohoo!

 

Travel Details

We'll be meeting at church at 3:45pm on Friday, Feb 5, so we can leave by 4 and beat the traffic. We are driving two vehicles (looking for a second minivan, if you can spare it...) and are planning on stopping for dinner, so please have cash ready for that.

We'll be back to church between 1:30 and 2pm on Sunday the 7th, and are stopping for lunch then, as well. Your student will need cash for this as well.

 

Packing List:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Warm winter gear
  • Helmet (Helmets are required on the ice. Pilgrim Pines has some available, but it is helpful if some campers can bring their own)
  • Ice skates and sleds (optional, Pilgrim Pines has some)

 

If you have not yet filled out our medical release form, please print and fill out both pages and bring it to church on Friday. You can find it here.

Joy and I will be leading this trip, and we couldn't be more excited! Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.

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WinterBlast Registration!

Our Middle School's winter retreat, WinterBlast, is just around the corner! We head up to Pilgrim Pines on February 5 to 7 for this fantastic weekend away.

Registration will happen through Pilgrim Pine's website, which you can find here. The cost for this event is $120. We do have some scholarships available, and you can contact Pastor Chris about that.

Exact times for pick up and drop off will be coming out soon. Who's excited?

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Youth Group Christmas Parties!

XL and FNL's Christmas parties are this week

Both youth groups will be celebrating Christmas with White Elephant gift exchanges! Bring a wacky, off-the-wall gift (under $5 if you have to buy one), wrapped and ready to exchange. Please also bring a snack to share.

Friday Night Live is this Friday, the 18th, from 7pm to 9pm.
XL is Sunday, the 20th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

See you there!

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Middle School Day Trip

We've got a great Middle School trip planned! On Saturday November 21, we'll be heading up to 5 Wits in Foxboro for an awesome afternoon of espionage and ice cream. We'll meet at church at noon on the 21st and be back around 3pm. The best part? the 5 Wits ticket is free! Students only need to bring a little extra cash for a snack after the show, if they want one.

You can download and print out the permission slip here, and we'll have copies at Friday Night Live this Friday.

This is going to be great!

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End of Year programming notes

As the school year draws to a close (or almost starts to begin to kind of draw to a close), we wind down our programming at church, too. We have just two more High School XL nights left, and one more Friday Night Live, and all are going to be extra awesome.

XL

June 7 - It'll be XL as usual this Sunday, and I've invited the current 8th graders to join us. They'll be in high school next year, but XL is way too awesome to not share. Be ready to welcome them!

June 14 - This is our last XL of the school year, and we're having an ice cream party! Please bring your favorite topping to share, and we'll provide the ice cream (because my favorite ice cream topping is more ice cream). It'll be at the same time as usual, 6:30 to 8:30pm.

FNL

There's only one Friday Night Live left! Head to church on June 12, 7 to 9pm, for our end of year party and Ice Cream extravaganza! Bring a topping to share and come ready to run around and play lots of games. Lots.


Just because XL and FNL are almost over doesn't mean the fun has to stop! We'll be hanging out over the summer, so make sure you stay connected. If you're not signed up to get text messages, here are instructions.

Peace!

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WinterBlast recap

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Belong. Believe. Become. 

 That's what WinterBlast was all about. We learned about how Jesus, whenever he meets anyone, first makes sure that they know they Belong with him and his family, and then helps them to Believe and Become all that God has in mind for them.

So we spent a lot of time at this year's winter retreat just being together! And, oh man, it was a ton of fun.

Our students got to help lead some songs, Squanto-style. We played some really intense ping-pong, won some awesome prizes in the up-front games (including a Wii U!), and played a couple great games of Spoons (or 'Bursts, cause we had plenty of starbursts and zero spoons).

And, yes, some students were thrown into the snow. And, yes, they did get their revenge.

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During the day on Saturday, we had a couple different teams participate in a cardboard sled race. All our teams did awesome! One of the boy's teams even won an award for "Shortest Journey!" 

Our broomball team did outstanding this year! We won the whole tournament, bringing home the "Golden Broom" for the first time in many, many years, where it will stay for many, many more years, I'm sure. Way to go!

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After braving the snow and the cold on the drives up to and back from Pilgrim Pines, we really did bond together as a group. There is a definite feeling of "belonging." It was a privilege to show off our camp, Pilgrim Pines, to some students who had never been up there before. It was a joy to spend time with such amazing middle school students as these!

Special thanks go to Joy and Jared, who volunteered their time to spend the weekend with our students. They're amazing!

I'm already looking forward to next year. Till then, here's a brief video with some highlights of the time:

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Prepping for WinterBlast!

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Our Middle School winter retreat is at hand! 

It's going to be a fantastic trip, and I'm pumped about each student that's attending.

We are providing transportation to and from the retreat. Here are some details about travel and such:

  • We'll be meeting here at church at 4:30pm on Friday, February 6, so we can be ready to take off by 5.

  • Please bring cash for dinner on the way up, and lunch on the way down. There will also be time to buy Pilgrim Pines gear, so bring extra spending money if you would like.

  • We should be home on Sunday, February 8, between 1:30 and 2pm. Pick up will be here at church. I will email with a definite time on Sunday when we stop for lunch.

Weather looks like it'll be beautiful, but cold up at Pilgrim Pines, so please pack appropriately. Here's a suggested list from the Pines:

  • Warm Clothes (layers are great!)

  • Winter hat, gloves, scarf, pants, jacket, boots, etc

  • Ice Skates (if you have them)

  • Bible

  • Sleeping bag/pillow

  • Towel/bathroom stuff

  • ** One of their new policies requires any guest playing on the ice to wear a helmet. Pilgrim Pines will provide helmets, but guests are encouraged to bring their own

Finally, please print and fill out both sides of this medical release/emergency contact sheet. You/your student can't come with unless we have that signed form!

As always, feel free to send me an email with any questions or concerns.

Peace!

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