Youth & Kids Page!!!
Maple Hill Church Youth
for Jr. & Sr. High
Gideon came into this world on February 11, 1989. He was the
firstborn son of Shawn and Renee’ Berkley Gideon, and the first
grandchild on the Gideon side of the family. Later he was joined by
his sister Shanee’, on the 4th of July of 1990. And not
long after his 7th birthday, his youngest brother Gentry
came into the world – this on February 23, 1996. Then the Gideon
family was complete.
lived all of his life in the northeastern portion of Wabaunsee
County. He went to grade school in Maple Hill, and later to the
Paxico Junior High School. From there he went on to Wabaunsee High
Acquire the Fire –
last year. What a group… Acquire the Fire is a Christian youth event
that helps transform teens to become passionate followers of Christ,
equipping them to radically influence their community and world.
Maple Hill Church Youth
for Jr. & Sr.
High (Grades 7-12)
DALTON DECLARED WINNER
AFTER CONTROVERSIAL RECOUNT
deliberations and recounts, Dalton Whitwam was declared the top
youth group attendance winner for the 2008-09 school year.
Tabulations were kept by Andrew on Microsoft Excel. The win entitles
Dalton to his choice of CDs from the youth group collection.
The winner for the two
previous years was Kelsey Curran. Dalton replaces her as the
attendance champion. And remember, things start anew with the
2008-09 school year! Top attendees for 2007-08 were…
1) Dalton Whitwam – 34 4) Kelsey Curran – 27 (tie)
7) Nick Johnson – 19 10) Jordan Haya – 14
2) Bill Ledeboer – 33 4) Beth Ledeboer –
27 8) Chelsea Degan – 17
3) Randi Tappan – 32 6) Caitlin Curran –
26 9) Taylor Falk – 15
AT YOUTH LOCK-IN
Ledeboer and Jeff Zeckser dazzled energetic fans and others alike at
the recent youth group lock-in, playing two songs – an original song
and a cover by Green Day.
Bill is a youth group
veteran who plays guitar, does the vocals, and has a ton of stage
personality. Jeff is the master bass player – taking his licks from
Les Claypool and Victor Wooten. He has joined the youth group
recently for the lock-in and the spring Acquire the Fire trip.
At the concert, Kelsey
Schimmel won a free T-shirt with the band’s former name on it: the
Gee Gnomes. The band’s name was changed just before show time.
LOCK-IN SCAVENGER HUNT
The official winner of
the scavenger hunt was the team consisting of Caitlin & Kelsey
Curran, Beth Ledeboer, and Shelby Cooper, with Warren Fordham as the
team driver. Competitors zipped through town pursing items ranging
from carrots to wedding dresses, as well as a picture with Jim Puff.
Lots of interesting things were picked up along the way, and in the
end it was close.
NEW YOUTH GROUP
LEADERSHIP FOR 2008-09
With Pastor Andrew
moving to Emporia, does that mean that the youth group will stop? No
way! A secret meeting was held in an undisclosed location, and the
following roles were developed for youth ministry leadership in
2008-09… Warren Fordham – Director of
Sue Chaney – Director
of Christian Learning
Boffo the Gorilla –
Andrew thanks these folks and everyone for their support of the
youth ministry program at the Maple Hill Church. It’s been a blast.
Praise the Lord for all the good things that’ve happened in the last
NEW INCOMING 7th
GRADERS FOR 2008-09…
will include Gentry Gideon, Halen Hier, Zach Haya, Aaron Mayer,
Jordan Degan, and Brandon Justice – and hopefully a few others.
It’ll be great to have them on board. Who needs Andrew when you have
a crew like that?
It was also good to
have Chris Hadsall, Kelsey Schimmel, and Shelby Cooper at the
lock-in with us.
The newcomers of year
would have to be the Kershaws – Hunter and Brittany. Hunter was the
winner of the youth beauty contest back several months ago, largely
because of the beautifying help from Kelsey Curran.
… Remember these
thoughts from Pastor Andrew:
Take care of your body. It’s a temple.
Don’t smoke or use drugs or drink in excess.
See your life in the big picture.
Think of things in terms of eternity.
Pray before you make any big
Be willing to do anything, ANYTHING,
that the Lord would have you do.
Never be afraid to say or do the right
thing. It’s a blessing to suffer or be criticized for doing the
You never know what can happen. It’s a
crazy and unpredictable world.
Whatever does happen, God’s in
control. Everything will be all right in the end.
School Teachers: Julie Ewing, Shelly Haya, Bill Ledeboer, and Debbie
Maple Hill Church kids sing in worship on the third Sunday of every month.
Practices take place during the Sunday school hour. For more
information talk to Renee' Gideon (785-636-5261).
all ages is held every Sunday morning at 9:15 am. There is also a
children's church during worship time - 10:30 am to 11:30 am or so.
of the Kingdom
is held on Wednesdays from 3:40 to 5:30 PM during the school year,
usually meeting at the Fellowship Hall. The schedule varies; call
the church for information at 256-4277.
children K-3rd grades are welcome to attend.
During the meetings we will play games, hear stories, do crafts, eat
treats, do service projects and have fun while learning about God's
of the Kingdom Too
is held on Wednesdays from 3:40 to 5:30 PM and is for all children
4th-6th grades. We also play games,
hear stories, do crafts, eat treats, do service projects and have
fun while learning about God’s word. We will also be taking a
Worlds of Fun trip in the spring and a couple of other outings
throughout the year. Check the website for more information.
the Kingdom Leaders: Marcia Johnson, Shelly Haya, Tina Kilian,
Carleen Fordham, and Deena Kelley.
For additional information please e-mail
Marcia Johnson or
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