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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

If you need a place to celebrate Easter, join us at Apostles this week.

Summer Trivia

STS Summer Trivia

Sunday Mornings, May 18 – August 31

Ever wonder what STS is like during the summer?

Come every Sunday morning and check it out!

All of us as Christians face a variety of tough questions and challenges to our faith. This summer we will be looking intently at some of those questions.

Mark Johnston will be teaching 5th & 6th grade students & Brian Skaggs will be teaching 7th-12th grades.

Donuts & Fellowship {8:45 – 9:15 am} The STS Cafe

Worship, Teaching, & Trivia {9:15 – 10:20 am} The STS Loft

Houseboat 2014!

2014 Houseboat

July 7-9, 2014

All 7th-12th grade students are invited to join the STS staff and volunteers for an awesome time on Lake Lanier!

We’re renting houseboats at Port Royale Marina on Lake Lanier for two days. The houseboats sleep 10 and there will be at least one adult on every boat. All boat drivers are required to take a boat safety test. We will also have a pontoon boat for water sports like tubing and wake-boarding.

We drive the houseboats and find an island in Lake Lanier and stay for two nights! It is a great time for fellowship, fun, and sun! On Wednesday, the group goes to Lake Lanier Islands Water Park for the day.

Cost: $250.00 (includes lodging, meals, and activities)

Sign Me Up!

Deadline to register: Wednesday, July 2 at midnight

Questions? Call the STS Office (404) 591-2470

Drop-off & Pick-up:
Monday, 11:00 am – Parents drop off at Paradise Boat Rentals, at Port Royale Marina
8800 Browns Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30506
Wednesday, 7:00 pm – Parents Pick up At LanierWorld
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
Buford, GA 30518

Bass N Blast pictures

On two retreats: April 2-5 & April 9-12, 57 STS guys and dads had the chance to get away, spend time together, go fishing and shooting!

Shane & Shane at Apostles!

 Shane & Shane Family Night | April 12, 2014

A Benefit for Atlanta Mission

The Church of The Apostles is excited to welcome Shane & Shane in concert on April 12 to benefit Atlanta Mission.

That evening we will also have, former Apostles Minister of Music, Mark Miller as our special guest musician.

The Church of The Apostles will donate $5.00 from each ticket sold to Atlanta Mission to help transform the lives of those facing homelessness in the city of Atlanta.

Get Your Tickets Here!

We LOVE Girl’s Retreat

The weekend of March 21 – 23 a wonderful group of 27 middle and high school girls and volunteers traveled down to Pine Mountain, GA for a retreat. It was a weekend full of laughter and learning with our sisters in Christ. We are so blessed by the young women God has placed in STS!

Here is some feedback from two of our volunteers who gave up their weekend to spend time with us:

“March 21st – 23rd the ladies of STS went to the picturesque town of Pine Mountain, Georgia, for a weekend of fellowship, Bible study, sightseeing and adventure. We headed off with dinner at Atlanta’s Cumberland Mall and arrived at the beautiful Mountain Top luxury cabins. We had game nights and movie nights in the evenings. Day trips included the Callaway Gardens where we zip lined, hiked and saw the beautiful butterfly conservatory. Sunday’s biggest highlight was the Pine Mountain Animal Safari. The girls enjoyed this because they got to feed and pet bison, camels, giraffes, zebras and animals of all kinds while driving in the safari bus through acres of the preserve. The girls enjoyed shopping and eating at the quaint cafes and ice cream shops of this pretty little town.

Morning devotions included Scripture study, questions, prayer time and a great deal of sharing thoughts and reflections on truths about the girls’ relationship with Christ and gaining confidence in being a daughter of the King. The girls meditated on God’s grace, forgiveness, confession and the destructive nature of sin.

As a volunteer, it fills my heart to see how God’s hand is at work through this staff and its resources. As a parent, I am grateful and blessed to see my daughters being discipled and brought up in a church that works alongside the parents to help children with their daily walk with Jesus.”

-Anna Seid (STS parent & Volunteer)


“During the Girl’s Retreat, I really enjoyed hearing the girls share their heart for people’s salvation, both family and friends, and how they’ve experienced grace in their lives through other people (family and friends). They also seem to have a good understanding of repentance, and I was convicted through the truths they shared! I also really enjoyed an opportunity to share about what God is teaching and has taught me with the group. The STS staff girls and volunteers are amazing and I really enjoyed getting to know them better and hearing their stories and how they got to STS/this place in their lives.”

-          Sarah Caulk (STS Volunteer)

Photography: Casey Brookhart

Spiritual Gifts Survey

In case you were unable to pick up a Spiritual Gifts Survey in STS, below is a link to the PDF so you can download it and take it at home.

We hope you feel empowered by discovering how God has uniquely gifted you as His child!

Spiritual gifts survey

If you want to talk more with an STS staff member about your spiritual gifts, please feel free to contact us with any questions!

2014 5th-6th Grade Retreat

Crosswalk-Whitewater-logo tshirt

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!

Important Info

Students need to arrive at COTA by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25th.  Students will need to be picked up by 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 27th.  Students need to bring clothes for two days in the outdoors, plus one set of clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. (Especially for students who choose to play paintball.) 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!

Total 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 registration you will be e-mailed a release form, your balance, packing list, and arrival/departure time.

Online registration for this event has closed. If you have questions, please contact the STS staff.

Questions? Contact

Mark Johnston             404-591-1972
Anna Witt                     404-564-3149
Jenny Sessoms (for registration questions)              404- 591-4270

For more information about our retreat location visit: White Water Express

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
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
8:30 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Worship Session
11:00 am – Depart Camp
Lunch on the road
2:00 pm – Parent Pick-up at COTA
*Please notice this time update from what is listed on the brochure*


3rd Annual Kickball Tournament

2013 Kickball Champions

3rd Annual Kickball Tournament

March 16, 2014 at Brinkley Park, Smyrna

Join us for lunch at Brinkley Park immediately after Church.

Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic as we have our 3rd Annual Kickball Tournament. There will be inflatables, corn hole and other lawn games. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of fun, fellowship, and competition.

The park’s concession stand will be open for purchases, as this is a way we can support them for allowing us the use of their fields (CASH ONLY). The concession stand offers hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, nachos, chips, sunflower seeds, popcorn, candy, Coke products, bottled water and Powerade.

Pets are allowed – owners MUST monitor & pick up after them. No wheeled toys allowed (scooters, skateboards, roller blades, etc…).

We hope to see you there!

Sign up for the Kickball Tournament HERE. (Open to high school & college students, Impact, Young Families, and Small Groups)

Cost: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students
Register by March 12th.

Once you register you will be placed on a team, which will be a mix of the ministries.



2014 Bass N Blast

Bass N’ Blast is back!

2014 Bass N’ Blast

April 2-5 & April 9-12, 2014

All 5th-12th grade guys & dads: join the men of STS for a great week of outdoor activities like fishing and shooting. We’ll also be spending time in God’s word and studying Biblical manhood.

We hope you’ll join us!

The April 2-5 retreat will be at Timm’s Mill near Anderson, SC and the April 9-12 retreat will be at Camp Arrowhead near Tuxedo, NC.

Cost: $95.00 (covers lodging, food, and activity supplies)

*Registration for this event has closed. If you have questions, please contact the STS Office: (404) 591-2470*