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YTH Parent Newsletter MAY 2021

HELLO YTH PARENTS!

Spring is finally here and students are wrapping up the 2021 school year, can you even believe it? Here at River Valley YTH, we are moving full steam ahead into summer! Between our Kingdom Builders Global Team to El Salvador, District and National Fine Arts, and YTH CAMP our summer is filling up in exciting and life-giving ways.

We also wanted you to know that we have recently shifted the way we engage our students in small groups to help build a deeper understanding of scripture into that time. We have received lots of positive feedback from our YTH leaders, our student leaders and students as we have implemented more time for them to read and process the Word of God with their peers and YTH Leaders. Join us in praying that students will grab ahold of the power and life that scripture offers to all who read it. We can't wait to see the fruit that grows from digging deeper!

MAY SERIES | JAMES

This month we are diving into the book of James. We live in a world where “FAITH” can be interpreted as simply an abstract idea. The book of James reminds us that faith is LIVED out and it has an impact on our lives and the world around us. As a Christian we should ask ourselves this question: “How well does our faith mirror the life of Jesus?” Faith in Jesus is meant to produce change in our lives. This series will dive into several key scriptures throughout the book of James, and remind students what it truly means to be a Christ follower. His book is filled with deep wisdom and truth and our prayer is that our students would become just as passionate as James as they live out their faith.

SWITCH

The move from Go Kids to YTH is a key transition in a student’s life! What these soon-to-be 6th graders have gained in Go Kids has laid the foundation of their lives and now it’s time to mature in that foundation through YTH! We consider it an honor to partner with families and watch these students grow into all God has created them to be.

SWITCH is happening at all of our Campuses (except our City Campus) on MAY 12th 2021. **Please reach out to your student's Kids or Youth Pastor for specific location details.**

FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

On May 8th, students from all over Minnesota will come together and compete in District Fine Arts! All participants who receive a "Superior with Invitation" will be eligable to represent River Valley Church at the National Fine Arts Festival in Orlando, FL August 1-7th 2021. You will receive a packet of information should your student qualify, more details listed below.

This year is a National Fine Arts year!! If your student advances to Nationals they have an opportunity to travel with River Valley YTH to Orlando, Florida to compete on a national level. Information packets will be given to students who qualify on May 8th, but with the tight turn around and a desire to help you plan, we have included a link to view them here. Click the button to read more!

YTH CAMP

JULY 19th - 23rd 2021 | Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN

YTH Camp registration will open on May 5th 2021. All registration details will be listed on our website however, registrations & payments are processed via the district managed site 'Campwise' and not River Valley Church. The link will be provided on our website once registration opens.

REGISTRATION DETAILS:

For current 6-12th grade students (*All Jhi & Shi students will be separate for Rec, Small Groups & Rooming.)

Early-Bird Registration Opens May 5th: $285

Early Bird Registration Closes June 10th

Scholarship & Discount Application Deadline: June 11th

Late Registration June 11th-17th: $330.00

Registration Closes June 17th (No late registrations will be accepted)

CAMP SCHOLARSHIP FUND

If you would like to sponsor a student so they can go to camp, you can text CAMP2021 to 94000 or you can click the button below.

DISCOUNT & PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS:

We will start accepting applications for discounts & scholarships on May 5th 2021 and begin processing those applications on Monday May 17th 2021. If you would like to be considered for a discount or scholarship, you must complete the application prior to registration.

Applications will be made available on our website: www.rivervalley.org/youth/ once registration opens.

River Valley Church offers a 50% single-parent discount, 15% sibling discount or partial scholarships upon application approval. Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email with direction to register your student. All applications must be received no later than June 11th 2021.

KINGDOM BUILDERS

Every penny raised at YTH is sent to missionaries around the world so they can bring the light of the Gospel to the darkest places on earth. Our partnering organization, Speed the Light, turns our generosity into tangible resources that our missionaries need to accomplish the work they are called to. We consider it an honor & privilege to GIVE BIG as a YTH family so our missionaries can reach those we can't.

You can give to Speed the Light anytime by texting YTHKB to 94000. Thank you for helping us reach our goal and the lost through your generosity!

IMPORTANT DATES

MAY 5th | SHOW UP NIGHT & CAMP REGISTRATION OPENS

MAY 8th | DISTRICT FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

MAY 12th | SWITCH & SMALL GROUP NIGHT

MAY 19th | SMALL GROUP NIGHT

MAY 19th | ORLANDO NATIONAL FINE ARTS FORMS & DEPOSIT DUE

MAY 26th | SMALL GROUP NIGHT

STAY CONNECTED

We utilize multiple platforms to stay connected with you & your students! Check out our Youtube Channel for unique YTH content & our Instagram page for weekly updates & ministry recaps! You can also Text rvcyth to 94000 to receive periodic text updates from our Central YTH department!

Your Campus YTH Pastors

Apple Valley Campus | Anthony Cox & Lulu Murphy

anthony.cox@rivervalley.org | Instagram @anthonydavidcox

lulu.murphy@rivervalley.org | Instagram @lulumurphy

Crosstown Campus | Tyler Geraghty

tyler.geraghty@rivervalley.org | Instagram @tylergeraghty

Eagan Campus | Neil Turner

neil.turner@rivervalley.org | Instagram @coolioturner

Faribault Campus | Josiah Bachtle & Isaac Coats

josiah.bachtle@rivervalley.org | Instagram @josiahbachtle

isaac.coats@rivervalley.org | Instagram @icoats04

Minnetrista Campus | Andrew Snead

andrew.snead@rivervalley.org | Instagram @drewsnead

Shakopee Campus | Gabi O'Rourke

gabi.orourke@rivervalley.org | Instagram @gabrourke

Woodbury Campus | Matt Nylin

matt.nylin@rivervalley.org | Instagram @matthewnylin