5th-6th Grade Spring Retreat
April 24-26, 2015
Join Mark, Anna, and the volunteer team for a very exciting trip this spring! We are heading to the incredible Whitewater express camp in Ocoee, Tennessee! We will have a wonderful weekend filled with teaching, worship, and fellowship with friends, a selection of activities to choose from and the wonderful experience of rafting down the Nantahala River!
Students need to arrive at COTA by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24th. Students will need to be picked up by 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 26th. Students need to bring clothes for two days in the outdoors, plus one set of clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty (especially if you choose to play paintball). Please pack lightly (no large suitcases, please). Keep in mind that it will get cold at nights. Also, bring rain gear, sleeping bag or linens, pillow, towel, toiletries, flashlight, Bible and journal!
Cost: $130.00 (Includes food, transportation, activities, materials and a T-shirt)*Students will need to bring money to purchase lunch on the way back to COTA Sunday afternoon.
After registering you will be e-mailed a release form, your balance, packing list, and arrival/departure time.Schedule: Friday 5:00 pm Arrive at COTA; Eat Dinner at Church 6:15 pm Depart COTA for Whitewater Express 8:00 pm Worship/Teaching Sessions 11:00 pm Lights Out Saturday 8:30 am Breakfast 9:00 am Depart Camp 10:00 am Student Activities 12:00 pm Lunch 2:00 pm Fully Guided Rafting Trip 6:15 pm Return to Camp/ Dinner 8:00 pm Worship/ Teaching Session 10:00 pm Campfire Sunday 8:30 am Breakfast 9:00 am Worship Session 11:00 am Depart Camp; Lunch on the road 3:30 pm Parent Pick-up at COTA Questions? Contact:
Mark Johnston: 404-591-1972 Anna Witt: 404-564-3149 Jenny Sessoms (for registration questions): 404- 591-4270
If you missed our parent meeting, Sunday, March 22nd, don’t worry!
We gave out a lot of information about upcoming events in STS. Below are snapshots of the information we gave out to parents.
If you have any questions, please contact the STS Office: 404-591-2470
Did you miss the Father-Son event?
Don’t worry, we recorded the audio of Matt Brinkley’s sessions! The Friday night session was him speaking just to the fathers and the sessions on Saturday were to both the guys and their dads. Please let us know if you have any questions! We hope you take advantage of this great resource.
Coaching the Next Generation to Spiritual MaturityFriday, March 13 & Saturday, March 14 Where?: The Commons, The Church of The Apostles
We’re excited to invite all 5th-12th grade guys and their dads to a special two-day event on Friday, March 13 & Saturday, March 14. The focus of this Father-Son “Stay-treat” (no over-night) will be “Coaching the next generation to spiritual maturity.”
The Friday night session with Matt Brinkley is open to fathers of STS-age daughters &/or children under 5th grade. This session will be only for fathers – nothing will be offered for STS-age girls or children under 5th grade.
Special guest speakers: Matt Brinkley & Ben Pollard
Matt Brinkley. A graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Covenant College, Matt has worked in student ministry since 1978 and currently coaches youth ministers through PACT Ministry. He has written numerous student discipleship manuals, student pastor training materials, books for student pastors, and training materials for parents. He has a great heart for youth pastors, students, and parents.
Ben Pollard. Ben and his wife are members of The Church of The Apostles. He has two sons, one who is playing college football and the other plays college baseball. Ben is a Master Strength Coach currently working for Georgia State Athletics. His coaching experience has included Sam Houston State, TCU, Alabama, Texas A&M, and Mississippi State. He has a passion for helping and training young men to focus on their character and goals in life.
Schedule:Friday, 3/13: 7:00 pm – Dinner in The Commons 7:45 – 8:45 pm: Worship & Session 1
- Matt will speak to fathers
- Ben will speak to sons (The Loft)
- Matt will speak to fathers & sons (The Commons)
Cost: $30/person (no more than $70/family)
Activities are optional and cost extra.
To sign up for the whole weekend: go here.
To Sign up for the Friday night session ONLY, please use this link. Cost: $10/person
Please contact the STS office (404) 591-2470 with any questions.
April 10 – 12, 2015
All 7th-12th grade girls are invited to join the STS staff ladies for a weekend of discipleship, our annual Girl’s Retreat. We are excited to explore God’s Word with you. We are renting a home near Asheville, NC and will be exploring the Biltmore on Saturday. This retreat is such a unique chance for us to encourage each other in faith and to learn more about God. We can’t wait for you to join us!Sign in: Friday, April 10, in STS, at 5:00 pm Return: Sunday, April 12, in STS, 5:00 pm
COST: $125.00 / person (includes lodging, meals, transportation, and activities)
Deadline to sign up / cancel: Wednesday, April 8th
If you have questions, please call the STS Office: (404) 591-2470
4th Annual Mission trip to Guatemala!
June 20 – 27, 2015
For the past 3 summers our group had a phenomenal experience working with a ministry called Impacto. God has provided and moved in tangible ways; so we’re returning again in 2015!
We will be taking a team to the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala from June 20th to June 27th. Impacto is a ministry that works throughout Central and South America. Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in Central America and provides a great opportunity to serve. Impacto’s mission is: “To bring salvation, hope, healing, and peace of Christ to the Spanish-speaking world.”
Our group will be working with Impacto in numerous ways: constructing homes for widows’ families, doing Vacation Bible Schools, feeding programs, as well as many other services provided for the poor and lost of Guatemala.
If you’re interested in details of the trip, feel free to call the STS Office at (404) 591-2470.
You can pick up the application in the STS Office or email email@example.com to request a copy via email.
The cost of the trip is $1,600.00.
This trip is open to current 9th-12th grade students (2014-2015 school year).
If there are spots left, we will open the trip up to rising 9th graders on March 1st.
Unity In Service
The weekend of January 16-18, 2015 a group of 35 7th-12th grade students gathered in STS for our annual weekend Winter Mission Project. Though we always have a lot of fun, and the students had the chance to show off in our Friday night Talent Show, the focus of the weekend was serving and meeting the needs of our local community here in Atlanta. It was an incredible blessing to see God at work in the hearts of these teenagers as they worked together to serve God and love others. They put aside the desire for personal recognition and rest (on a long weekend!) and instead chose to come together and love the people of our city.
We worked with a variety of ministries. Family Heritage Foundation/Mission Service Corp. missionaries Bennett & Idong Ekandem work with refugees in the Atlanta area, specifically in Clarkston, GA. Good Samaritan Health Center provides “affordable comprehensive medical, dental, mental health and health education services for underserved individuals and families in Atlanta.” Women of Gilgal works with women facing homelessness due to addiction. Resource Service Ministries works with widows in the Atlanta area, helping with house and yard work. Ronald McDonald Houses provide “temporary housing and support services to families of ill and injured children being treated at local hospitals.”
Enjoy a few pictures from the weekend!
We’re so excited about the announcement of Zack Carden as the Director of Family Ministries here at Apostles.
Zack Carden has been working with our College and Transition ministries here at Apostles for over three years and now he is moving into a new role over Family Ministry. Please take some time to watch this video, a Q&A with Dr. Youssef, which explains Zack’s heart and vision for Family Ministry. Also, check out the Apostles Families blog!
Mark your Calendars: January 16-18, 2015 is our
Winter Mission Project
for 7th-12th Graders
All 7th-12th grade students are invited to join the STS staff and volunteers for our 2015 Winter Mission Project! Our group will be partnering with local Atlanta ministries for two days of service projects. We love this weekend because it is our chance to share the love of Christ with our community! We’d love for you to join us for this opportunity right in our own backyard.
ONLINE REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED.
Please call the STS Office if you would still like to register your child!Cost: $75.00 / person (Includes all meals, transportation, a t-shirt, and special Saturday night activity) ** For planning purposes we request that students participate in the entire weekend.
Call the STS Office with any questions: (404) 591-2470.DROP OFF/PICK UP Drop off at Church of the Apostles (STS) on Friday, January 16th at 5:00 pm Pick up at Church of the Apostles (STS) on Sunday, January 18th at 4:00 pm Schedule: Friday, January 16th 5:00 pm – Sign-in in STS 6:00 pm – Dinner & activities in STS *Group will be spending the night in STS Saturday, January 17th Service projects *Group will be spending the night in STS Sunday, January 18th Attend STS & 10:30 am Church service Lunch in STS Afternoon service project 4:00 pm – Parent Pickup
We are so honored to a part of your lives. We genuinely hope that this Christmas season your homes will be filled with the peace and joy of Christ!“And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” ~Luke 2:9-11~
We love y’all!
Your STS Staff