Sixth Grade Party 2019

Tomorrow night, from 7:00pm-8:30pm we will be celebrating our Sixth Graders at our Annual Sixth Grade Party.

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The goal of our party is to welcome the graduating 6th Graders into EBCYG which is our youth group at Eastport Bible Church.  Youth Group is for teens.  It runs all year round and our goal is to love and support teens while teaching them all sorts of great things about how much God loves them.

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We’ve done our Sixth Grade party for a few years now and it’s always a fun event.  Also fun fact, the three to the right below are all graduating Seniors this year.

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And these girls all just finished their first year of college.  I share this to say, the time really does fly by.  If you’re a parent, you know this all too well.  And if you’re a parent of a teen, you know how challenging these years can be.  But I have this theory that life was never meant to be lived alone and that it really does take community to not just survive, but to thrive during this time.

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So parents, this is your invitation as well.  Let us help your awesome teens as they navigate throughout the Jr. and Sr. High years.  We have some amazing summer events that your teen can come be involved in.

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First off, July 7th-11th, we are taking our teens to NTS Camp.  You can find all the info here.  As a parent and as a youth leader I could not stress more the positive impact a week of camp can make on your child.  NTS is absolutely incredible and we would love to have your son or daughter join us!  Feel free to reach out anytime for more information.

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In addition to camp, we run Youth Group at the beach all summer long.

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We meet up on Wednesdays from 6:00pm-8:30pm for drop off and pick up at Eastport Bible Church.  Then we head down to the beach for games, a lesson time and small groups.  It’s an absolutely beautiful and fun way to spend a summer night.

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And then August 5th-9th from 9:00am-10:00 noon, we have our annual VBS Kids Camp and your graduating 6th grader is invited to join us!  Camp is for Kindergarten through 7th Grade and we have an absolute blast.

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Registration can be found at www.eastportbiblechurch.com and VBS Kids Camp is the perfect way to end the summer.  Your child will have an incredible time with friends and we would love to have them join us.

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Also, there is slime and a nice family picnic on the last day that you won’t want to miss.

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As a parent of a soon to be 10th and 7th grader, I know how tricky these years can be.  But I’m also so thankful for the amazing impact that EBCYG (Eastport Bible Church Youth Group) has had on our son and will soon have on our daughter.  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to me on Facebook or email: lauraherr8@gmail.com and I’d be happy to help in any way that I can.

And if you have a graduating 6th Grader, please send them down to our Sixth Grade party, tomorrow, Wednesday June 5th from 7:00-8:30pm.  Our 6th Grade party is also open to all Jr. and Sr. High students.  We will have some snacks and we are playing fun games with water balloons so they will want to prepare for that.  Hope to see them there!

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Church Family Fun

It’s been pretty busy lately and I’ve realized that things that I love doing like blogging, usually take a backseat when life gets hectic.  And I’m mostly okay with that.  But as always, there are days to celebrate and remember and so I thought I’d take some time tonight to share about some fun events, and specifically ones that we’ve had at Eastport Bible Church.

To start off, a few weeks ago, we had a great team from Grace Christian University come to visit our church and to hang out with our youth group.

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The team was led by our long time friend Rick Pilieci and we were so glad to get to spend a few days with him and his students.

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They were around for Youth Group, so of course we introduced them to our favorite game, Thunderball.

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We ended up playing it two nights in a row and it was so fun having the students from Grace interacting with our youth group students.

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On the Sunday that the Grace team was here, we also held an all church Four Square Tournament.  Four Square is basically the traditional game that you play when you don’t have a ton of space.  On an exciting note, Eastport Bible Church recently purchased property next to the church with the dreams of building a big recreational and family facility in the near future.  It’s fun to think of having a nice big gym to play lots of games in but until then, we do what we can, which brings us back to our tournament.

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We had divisions for all ages, and it was fun seeing the kids and adults all showing off their four square skills.

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There was also pizza and refreshments for those who just wanted to watch.

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A huge shoutout to this amazing girl!  Faith grew up at EBC and was in our youth group years ago.  She and her husband recently moved back East and we are so excited to have them with us.

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These were our Division champions from the tournament as well as the overall first and second place winners.  The handsome kid on the left has been playing with teens since he was a toddler and he took home the champion trophy.

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You never know what will happen when you invite your entire church to a Four Square Tournament, but this is what happened when we did that and it turned out to be a great afternoon of fun.

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And to share one last event of church family fun, today was our annual Family Picnic at Red Creek Park.  This is one of our two all church summer picnics and we had an incredible time.

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Jeremy and I have been at EBC for nearly 16 years now and what a privilege it is to get to serve long term in a church.  We have known and loved people for so long and it is an absolute blessing.

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We enjoyed a few organized events at our picnic today, including basketball, volleyball and softball.

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The best part was seeing so many wonderful friends and families all getting together to share food and fun in the great outdoors.

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And I have to give a shoutout to this sweet family who came out to join us for our picnic as a family of three.  In just a few days, they will be a family of four.  We all loved seeing them and are so excited to get to meet the newest member of our church family soon!

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And that sums up a few fun church family events from the past few weeks.

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I’m a huge fan of our church.  We love each other and we love our community and have all sorts of fun things planned all throughout the summer.  If you’re interested in seeing what is going on at Eastport Bible Church, check out our website for more information:

www.eastportbiblechurch.com