SyncSwim: Understanding & Connecting With Your Teen in a Digital World

The Fairview Heights Church (Fairview Heights, IL) is hosting a seminar for parents that will address the ever-changing field of Digital Media and how it intersects with adolescents and parents. It will be lead by Andrew Baker and Hannah Owens from Harding University.

For more information or to register please call the church at 618.397.1659 or email Joe Taylor at

See the attached flyer for schedule, speaker information, church address, and more information.

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Middle School Bowling

  • What:  Middle School Pizza & Bowling

  • Who:  Middle Schoolers (duh)

  • Date:  Oct 29, 2017

  • Time: 11:30 AM – 3 PM

  • Where:  EPICenter

Middle Schoolers – come join the group as we hang out in the EPICenter after class for a pizza lunch and then head to bowling for the afternoon.  The cost is only $11 for pizza AND 1.5 hours of bowling.  Plan on heading over to the EPICenter after class and you need to be picked up back AT THE BUILDING by 3 PM.  

(If you were to need to be picked up at the bowling alley, we are going to the Brunswick Lanes in Valley Park – we leave there at 2:30 to head back to the EPICenter for pickup by 3 PM)


  •  $11 (pay by Oct 22)
  • $13 (pay after Oct 22)

CLICK HERE to sign up

Click on Payment Options to pay by check and to get the “early bird” price.

Reflect & Renew


Who: Sr. High (9th -12th)

When: October 22

Time: 11:30 AM – 8:30 PM


Deadlines, texts, homework, social media, pressure, pressure, pressure.


We all need an R&R Experience. Take a break and join some of your fellow youth group members in this Mini-Sabbath as you take time to Reflect & Renew in multiple areas of your life.

CLICK HERE to register

What you need to know:

  • A little travel is involved
  • Bring a sack lunch – you will eat it in the van while traveling – so don’t bring anything messy.
  • This is for teenEPIC Youth Group people (including anyone who has been visiting on a regular basis) but it is not a “bring your friend” event.
  • NO PHONES ALLOWED – no exceptions – if you can’t do this, this isn’t the trip for you.
    • Phones will be collected before we leave and will be returned when we come back.
    • Mike will have a number available for parents to call in case of emergency.
  • We leave after classes and will return by 8:30 PM
  • You will be outside a lot – assuming the weather is good.
  • Space is limited – only 10-12 students can sign up – Deadline to sign up is 10/15.
    • If there are more who want to participate, we may open up some spots if there are enough to get more transportation.
  • There will be other things you need to bring – but those will be revealed once our group is formed.
  • Cost: $10 for the day (includes all materials and dinner) – you must sign up AND pay online. Credit card payment is preferred. If you do not have a way to pay with a credit card, contact Mike for other options.


  • Sack Lunch
  • Comfy clothes for outside
  • Appropriate clothing for outside (check the forecast)
  • Shoes for walking
  • YOUR Bible
  • Pens  / pencils (different colors)
  • Personal snacks (trail mix, etc.)
  • Put your stuff in a small backpack

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CLICK HERE to register

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Refuge 2017 Info & Registration

It’s Time to Sign Up for Refuge Areawide Retreat

Refuge is an areawide retreat held at Babler Outdoor Education Center.

Here are some things you need to know for the weekend!

Register by 

  1. Download the REFUGE 2017 Registration Form OR Pick up the Registration Form in the EPICenter
  2. Fill out pages 3 & 4 (if you can print it front and back, that would help)
  3. Return the form to Mike with your correct registration fee.
    1. Note the deadlines:
      1. Until Oct 8 – $75 (includes $10 discount) & T-shirt
      2. Oct 9 until Oct 22 – $85 (Regular price) & T-shirt
      3. After Oct 22 – $90 & no T-shirt
    2. (Please use an Event Envelope if possible).

teenEPIC Student Notes:

  • Be at the building by 6:45 to pack the trailer Friday night.
  • Make sure you eat dinner BEFORE you arrive!
  • Only bring what you can carry…remember the cabins are a bit of a walk to get to especially if you’re carrying all your stuff!
  • Bring warm clothing.
  • Yes – YOU – BRING YOUR BIBLE – not on your phone

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2017 Neotez Volleyball Tournament

It’s that time of year again!  Time for the Neotez Volleyball Tournament.  The tournament is a fun way for Neotez to raise money each year.  Our Youth groups (and now they have adult teams – parents see Steve Dolan if you’re interested) get together and play volleyball or just hang out!

We will leave right after classes on Sunday, September 10 and should be back no later than 6:15 PM (we are at the mercy of the games and organizers – we will send out a text if we are running late).

If volleyball is not your thing, that’s OK, bring some cards or games and hang out and cheer our teams on!

  • Date:  Sept 10, 2017
  • Who: 6th-12th grade
  • When:  We leave right after worship time or 11:30.  We will return before or by 6:15 PM
  • Cost:  $6 – we ask that everyone donate whether you play or not – the money goes to Camp Neotez.
  • Cost:  $ for cheap lunch and dinner at the tournament.  About $10 for food will fill you up for the day.
    • ALL PROCEEDS go to camp!
  • Sign up below BY SUNDAY  – whether you play or just come and cheer you need to sign up so we make sure to have enough transportation.
  • Bring
    • lawn chair
    • cards
    • sunscreen
    • tennis shoes
    • blanket or something to sit on
    • Money for Lunch ~ $5
    • Money for dinner ~ $5
    • anything else to get you through the day.
  • Please wear modest clothing – fingertip length shorts, t-shirts or something with a sleeve over the shoulder (no tank or halter tops please)
  • Please don’t bring iPods or electronic stuff  (Be With Who You’re With)

Thanks for helping support Camp Neotez

Contact Mike at for more info.