Sports Infusion – Harding University

Jason White from Harding University will be hosting us at Sports Fusion in Chesterfield next Wednesday, June 3.  Meet at the building by 9:15 AM.  Jason is taking care of the entrance fee to Sports Fusion.  You will need money for lunch at a fast food place afterward also if you want snacks, etc while we are at Sports Fusion.  We should return by no later than 1 PM.

Please sign up and indicate if you need a ride or if you will meet us there by 10 AM.  You need to sign up by Monday, June 1.


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iParent – Parenting a Generation That Thinks “i” Shouldn’t be Capitalized

Chances are if you are a parent of a teen or pre-teen today, your first cell phone came sometime in your late 20s or early 30s. Your first email address had AOL after it. And you might remember what it was like to have to heat leftovers on the stove instead of a microwave.

Every generation of parents has had to deal with subtle changes in culture and the inevitable generation gap. However, there has never been a time in history when culture and technology has changed so rapidly. As parents, we are raising the first generation of children who have never known life without a personal screen of some kind.

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Thursday Throwdown #1- Game Day

This coming Thursday, May 28th, we will have our first Thursday Throwdown of the summer! We will have an event as a youth group nearly every Thursday of the summer ranging from movie watching to museum visiting to the zoo to game days at the church. If you have an idea for one of these Thursdays, let Bailey, Kyle, or Mike know!

We are keeping our first TT simple with a game/board game/card game day up at the church building! We will meet at the building at 9:30am and finish at 1:00pm. Please bring any games you may want to play and also bring your own lunch to eat with the group! We will have a microwave available to heat up any food you may need to. This is also a very good, low-key event to invite a friend to! See you all there.

Harding Night at the Ballpark

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Harding Night at Busch Stadium

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Brewers

Sr. High – if you’re not going with your parents, you can join the youth group.  Meet at the building at 4 PM.  We will take the church van to the game.

Cost is $18 per person and includes transportation, parking, ticket price, food voucher and reception. This is a special ticket package, and seats are limited.

Sr. High Trip

Summer is here!!!  It seems like we just got back from Winterfest, but it’s time to enjoy the SUN!

For our Senior High Trip, we will once again be going to Kentucky Lake for a day on the water. We will leave Sunday, June 7 after morning class.  Bring your stuff and a sack lunch (we will eat before we leave). We will be joining the Gillespies at their house for pizza and a pool party that evening.

Monday, we will spend the day playing on the lake. We will return on Monday, June 8 around 10 PM. Sign up by CLICKING HERE.  PLEASE sign up by no later than Wednesday, June 3.  We do have a transportation limit of 12 students so seats may not be available if you wait until then!!!

The cost is $65 (please pay ASAP) and includes:

  • 1 night in a hotel
  • breakfast at the hotel on Monday
  • Sunday night pizza & swimming
  • boat rental and gas
  • Lunch on Monday on the lake (ham & turkey sandwiches, chips, drinks)


  • $ for dinner on the way home
  • water stuff/ goggles. floatie, etc.
  • snacks
  • MODEST SWIMSUIT (boys – longer swim trunks , girls – one piece or tankini – NO BIKINIS)
  • Beach Towel


  • This is for Sr. High – (9th-12th grades).
  • Right now we have a limit of 12 students – so sign up NOW if you want to go!
  • AS ALWAYS – modest swimsuits required (boys – longer trousers, girls – one piece or tankini – NO BIKINIS)
  • We leave the lake about 5 PM – will stop at Chick-Fil-A on the way home.  We should be back to Lafayette by 9:30-10 PM – will call or text parents after we stop for dinner with a better time frame.


Meet our 2015 Summer Interns

IMG_8344Bailey Hall and Kyle Johnson will be joining us this summer as interns working with the teenEPIC Youth Group and Lafayette in general.

Bailey is a recent graduate of Harding University where she received a bachelor degree in Pre-Occupational Therapy. Her family is now from Searcy, Arkansas but she grew up in Columbia, Tennessee.  She is a big reader, loves to sing, and is also a certified Zumba instructor!  Bailey is making a semi-permanent move to St. Louis this summer as she plans to attend Wash U. in the fall to pursue her doctorate in Occupational Therapy.  We are hoping to have Bailey around for a while as she continues her studies.  In addition to general youth ministry duties like organizing events and leading youth group, she will be teaching Sunday morning Middle School this summer.  Herb and Kathy Crown have graciously agreed to host Bailey this summer.  (

Kyle will be a senior Bible & Preaching major this fall at Harding University where he will also serve as Student Association President.  He is recently from Tampa, Florida but is technically homeless as his parents have sold their home are touring the states in an RV serving various churches along the way before they move to Costa Rica in two years for full-time mission work.  He has served as youth intern the last two summers at the Old Hickory Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee.  In addition to his youth ministry duties which will include teaching High School on Sundays, Kyle will be working with Bob in preaching and pastoral care.  Kyle will be enjoying the company of the Kevin and Cindy Fields family this summer.  (

Thank you for being the kind of youth group that welcomes our interns with open arms.  Let me encourage you to take some time to get to know these two.  We are blessed to have them and I know you will be enriched by their company.  They are going to love being with you!  Have your parents invite them over for dinner or take them out to eat on Sunday after class.  Get ready for an awesome summer!

– Mike

BASIC – Communion

We will finish out our BASIC Series tomorrow night and our discussion on communion. Three teenEPIC alumni will return and share their thoughts as we commune together.  We will not have time to re-watch the video.  If you weren’t at Youth Group last week or if you’d like to review it, watching it before you come to group will help pull everything together!  See you Wednesday at 7 PM.

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