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Saddleback HSM Weekend in Review: Volume 255

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Weekend Teaching Series: Switch (week 1 of 4)
Sermon in a Sentence: God loves us SO much, even though we are broken sinners.
Service Length: 66 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend Jessica Torres taught the kickoff message of the Switch series – if you want to see the series arc for the month you can right here - and did a great job teaching about God’s incredible love for us as sinners with the story of the life and marriage of the Old Testament prophet Hosea and Gomer. She did a great job navigating this challenging and unfamiliar story, and students walked about with a clear understanding of the depth of both our depravity and the depth of God’s love. Well done, Jess!

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: We played the fun Box of Lies game (you can check out more on that right here) and had some fun programming elements with the Share a Coke video as well. Great service, fun energy and lots of students serving all over the place. Good program, good message, but as always we want to really value relationships and conversations.

Music Playlist: Wake, Love Came Down, Oceans, Amazing Grace

Favorite Moment: I’m proud of Jessica for taking on this message. Not an easy one, but she poured a ton of prep time into it and a ton of heart. Killed it!

Up next: Switch (week 2 of 4)

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Saddleback HSM Weekend in Review: Volume 254

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Weekend Teaching Series: Summer Camp Stories Weekend (1-off)
Sermon in a Sentence: A celebration of all that God did at camp this year!
Service Length: 116 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend we went all out – invited parents and students to a big celebration service with a special baptism service right after as well with a huge party and cake, too! There wasn’t a huge formal message, but a ton of messages in student stories shared live throughout the weekend. We also included an “open mic” part of the evening as well where we opened it up to anyone in the crowd. Powerful stuff, and totally unpredictable.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: Huge energy in the youth room, we played all of the camp songs and played the final highlight video as well. So, so fun! One of the best weekend we’ve had in a long time – there’s something special about the youth group after camp. Wow.

Music Playlist: Savior of the World, You Hold Me, Sinking Deep, We Are the Free, He Is Alive

Favorite Moment: I LOVED having the parents in the services this weekend. This is a new annual tradition for sure! WIN!

Up next: Worship Together Weekend (August)

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Saddleback HSM Weekend in Review: Volume 252

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Weekend Teaching Series: The Need Movement (1-off, guest speaker)
Sermon in a Sentence: Share your faith with your friends
Service Length: 60 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend we brought in a guest speaker Riley Mailman to challenge students to share their faith. That they needed to have a burden for their fellow students and that burden should motivate them to follow and share Christ. It was a great challenge woven into his own personal story and his learnings while writing his book, The Need Movement.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: We had a ton of fun this week – we played Sit Down If into World Cup Name Game and both were a huge hit. Sometimes we fail to have students volunteer for a game up front (or we have the same 2 every week) so we used Sit Down If to get us down to a couple and then let them go head to head in the up front trivia game. Worked perfectly, everyone had a blast!

Music Playlist: We Are the Free, Christ is Enough, Take It All, Oceans, Divine and Holy

Favorite Moment: I’ve been wanting to have Riley speak since I saw him at the Student Leadership Conference. So good! Great message.

Up next: 1-off

This was an incredible week of camp. If you don’t hear from me for a few days, it is because I am in a camp-

JG

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Letter to Parents After Summer Camp

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Parents!

What an amazing and packed week up here at HSM Summer Camp. It was filled with friendships, spiritual challenges, hilarious games, epic music and surprisingly good camp food. Phil Wickham stopped by for a concert, we danced the night away with DJ Promote and we slid down the largest inflatable water slide this side of the Mississippi!

I wanted to share some highlights with you – we’ve been enjoying the campus of Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ all week centering on the theme This Changes Everything. Our speakers were Brad Tate (your teenager might call him “the one with dreadlocks”), Jodi Hickerson (aka the freestyle rapper) and Matt Reagan (the guy who said “brotha and ya’ll” too much). HSM’s own Cluster of Students band led us in worship and did an amazing job helping us respond to the message with heart and voice.

A few more highlights:
· Many students were baptized!
· The Mongolian BBQ had the longest lines of all the food services. Worth the wait!
· It was hot. Arizona even set a new all-time record this past Wednesday. Lovely.
· The bus ride was long, but loads of fun, too.
· The Chic-Fil-A was closed. Boooooooooooo.
· A ton of students made decisions for salvation, repentance, full-time Christian work and more!
· The Kingdom Worker sealed challenge cards were a huge hit again this year. Apparently God wants me to serve in the nursery!

I hope you’ll get a chance to come to services this weekend and sing the songs and hear the stories from HSM Summer Camp – come to the 6pm Saturday night, it should be so over the top. We’ve got about a dozen more baptisms to celebrate tomorrow night and cake for everyone, too!

I hope you’ll also take some time to talk more about camp and the decisions they made before they jump back into their Instagram world. I can’t wait for you to hear their stories and share their decisions with you.

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Here are a few things you could talk about, a few questions to get you started:

  • Who was your counselor? What did you learn from him/her?
  • Did you make any new friends? Tell me about them!
  • Tell me about the “word bubble” they did in the night session. What words did you write down on your bubble? How did you feel when you threw it away? What words did your leader write down for you?
  • Did you make any spiritual decisions this week?
  • What song was the most meaningful to you? Why?
  • What made you laugh? What made you cry?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how good was the food at camp?
  • What did your Kingdom Worker challenge card say? What next steps do you want to take from here?
  • How are you going to follow-through on the decisions you made?
  • Did you miss me?

Well, there’s 358 days until HSM Summer Camp 2015. We want to use the GCU stadium and are hoping to take a kajillion students and leaders next year because God moves in major ways at summer camp. Thanks for your prayers, for trusting us and for sending your student to HSM Summer Camp. It is such a worthy investment and sacrifice. We’re trusting God the decisions made will last for a lifetime.

Blessings,
Josh Griffin & the HSM Team
High School Ministry | Saddleback Church

PS: If you missed the daily highlight videos, be sure to check them out here: http://www.youtube.com/highschoolministry and the final week-long compilation will debut in service tomorrow night. See you at the Refinery at 6pm!

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HSM Summer Camp 2014: Day Four

What a great camp – we have some great leaders. Headed home now!

JG

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HSM Summer Camp 2014: Day Three

Exhausted. #summerministry

JG

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HSM Summer Camp 2014: Day Two

Another great day at camp! Love summer ministry …

JG

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HSM Summer Camp 2014: Day One

I’m away at high school camp this week – here’s the highlight video from Day 1. Off to a strong start … already exhausted from the first 24 hours!

JG

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Saddleback HSM Weekend in Review: Volume 252

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Weekend Teaching Series: Move Up Weekend (1-off)
Sermon in a Sentence: What I wish I knew when I was in high school.
Service Length: 85 minutes

Understandable Message: This past weekend was Move Up Weekend where everyone moved up a grade. It meant our seniors were gone and the freshman came in for the first time! We went all out this weekend with program, fun, giveaways and message. The message was divided into 6 parts – 6 3-minute testimonies where each person talked about a specific learning they had as an adult that would have really benefitted them as a high school student. Each speaker also had their freshman picture up on the screen, which was absolutely hilarious, too!

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: We started with a live dance rendition of One Direction’s Live While Were Young complete with choreographed moves, sparklers and confetti explosions. It was hilarious and set the tone for fun right away. We also played a new classic game in our youth group called Awesome or Awful 3 (you can get either of the 1st 2 editions here on DYM). The game was so over the top but so fun. Students groaned and gagged their way through the challenges – we don’t do messy/gross games very often but it was really fun. Big prizes a couple times a year always helps, too.

Music Playlist: Sing and Shout, Oceans, You Hold Me, Wake

Favorite Moment: This weekend was a crazy one with so many moving parts – but my favorite moment was a quick 10-minute Freshman After Party right after service. Some root beer floats, fun music and lots of our team around gave the freshman a big, warm welcome. Love these new students in our ministry, the start of our 4 years together starts now!

Up next: Worship Together Weekend (July 4th weekend)

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What I Wish I Knew in High School Video

Our staff all shared their testimonies about high school in services this weekend – one of our guys couldn’t be there so we recorded some of it on video. Here’s Justin Knowles talking about what he wished he knew in High School from Saddleback’s HSM this weekend.

JG

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