SOAR: Day One

Posted by Stephen

We have just finished a great day of fun in Grapevine, Texas. After we arrived at the beautiful Gaylord Texan Hotel, we quickly departed and had dinner at Whataburger, filled our vans' tanks with fuel, then headed to see the Texas Rangers play the Angels. (The Rangers won a 9-5 victory over the Angels.)

The SOAR conference begins tomorrow afternoon after a morning of shopping at Grapevine Mills. Please continue to pray for us as the conference begins tomorrow.

Upcoming Youth Events: Elementary

Posted by Stephen

Open Gym Day:


June 22 from 1-3p in the Stokes' Center
Open Gym Day is where you can come to the gym and have fun playing games and hanging out!

Zoo in Little Rock:

July 7
The Little Rock Zoo is home to over 700 animals and many other exciting attractions. Leaving at 8:15a, we will enter the zoo and watch the Winged Wonder Bird Show and then tour the attractions. We should be back at the church at 4p so you can enjoy the rest of your evening at home. Trip cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children plus lunch in the park and and souvenirs you may want to purchase. A designated parent/sponsor is needed for your child for every two children participating. Sign up at church or call the church office!

Wild River Country:

July 21 from 3-8p
Little Rock, Arkansas
Leave at 1p from the church and spend the afternoon enjoying each other at the waterpark! The cost of this trip is $15! You will be buying your dinner in the park, so be sure to bring extra money for that! Sign up at church or call the church office! A designated parent/sponsor is needed for your child for every two children participating. (This event will be combined the Junior Youth)

Upcoming Youth Events: Junior

Posted by Stephen

Open Gym Day:


June 25 from 1-3p in the Stokes' Center
Open Gym Day is where you can come to the gym and have fun playing games and hanging out!

Mini-Golf in Hot Springs:

July 9
Pirates' Cove is one of the neatest mini-golf locations in Arkansas. Leaving at 8:45a, we will play mini-golf and then eat at one of the restaurants in Hot Springs! We should be back at the church by 2p so you can enjoy the rest of the day at home! Trip cost is $7 plus the meal and spending money!

Wild River Country:

July 21 from 3-8p
Little Rock, Arkansas
Leave at 1p from the church and spend the afternoon enjoying each other at the waterpark! The cost of this trip is $15! You will be buying your dinner in the park, so be sure to bring extra money for that! Sign up at church or call the church office! (This event will be combined the Elementary Youth)

Upcoming Youth Events: Senior

Posted by Stephen


SOAR 2009:


June 30-July 3
Grapevine, Texas
Check it out on Facebook for an official schedule, videos, and more!


Wild River Country:

July 14 from 3-8p
Little Rock, Arkansas
Leave at 1p from the church and spend the afternoon enjoying each other at the waterpark! The cost of this trip is $15! You will be buying your dinner in the park, so be sure to bring extra money for that! Sign up at church or call the church office!

Find Us on Twitter!

Posted by Stephen

Just a few days after I handed out the "Twitter Cards" one Sunday morning before we left for Summit Camp, I opened my mailbox and pulled out my weekly TIME Magazine and lo-and-behold, Twitter was the cover story.


Why is Twitter such a phenomenon? Well, you could read TIME Magazine's story (linked above) or you could just listen to people you know from Central and how it provided them a completely different experience while their youth were away at Summit Camp:

"I enjoyed being able to get on Twitter and see what she was doing and feel connected; it made my heart feel so much better to know that I could see her face and to know that she was there and what she was doing. "
-Karen Steed

"That's a good deal, man! It's just like being there!
-Terry Oliver

"[I liked] just being able to keep up with her and see pictures of her while she was gone."
-Kathy Smith

You see, Twitter is a neat way to be a part of a trip without being there. Looking at our Twitter site during a trip provides you with information and pictures in real-time. Visiting our Twitter site while we are not on trips also keeps you informed in the latest Central Baptist Youth News.

Visit us today on Twitter and see what everyone is talking about!

(Still not understand Twitter? This video explains it in plain english!)

RASK: Video Ministry

Posted by Stephen

As June comes to an end, the video ministry is finishing the groundwork for a video that will be geared to prospective members that can be handed out by the delivery teams.

The video will show the purpose of church, some of the various ministries of our church, and even some common misconceptions that people often have about church life.

We have done some initial filming of the Wednesday Night RASK activities and will be beginning the actual filming (hopefully) next week! Keep us in your prayers as we begin this next phase of our ministry plan!

(Moble Post Via BlogPress for iPhone)

Summit Camp Update (Two)

Posted by Sherry

As we enjoy our last block of free time on the day before we leave camp, the Lord has been working in the hearts of the campers here.

We have had around ten students saved at Summit Camp so far, and even more have been touched by God in various ways. Our classes concluded this morning with the familiar passage in the book of Joshua where he tells the people that they have a choice to make. The choice is simple: choose God or reject Him. But Joshua said, "We will serve the Lord!"

So as the breeze rolls over the lake and laughter fills the air, know that camp is more than just a fun trip for our students, it's an event that beckons them ever closer to the heart of God!

Another update soon! Follow us on Twitter for the latest news (www.twitter.com/cbyouth)!

Summit Camp Update (One)

Posted by Sherry

Well, it's almost four in the afternoon on Tuesday here at Summit Camp in Lone Star, Texas, and we are having a blast!

We arrived around 3:30p yesterday, settled in, and had dinner around five. The food here at camp is really good. For dinner the first night we had chicken-fried steak (you don't get that at most camps)!

After dinner we met for our first worship service of the week. We had a great time singing together and listening to the camp's featured speaker, Paul Young!

When worship was over, we dismissed to our classes we are meeting with all week. The camp's theme is "Here and Now," and it calls us to focus on God's plan for us not only in the future, but in this very moment. The lessons focus on Joshua of the Old Testsment and how he followed God in the "here and now" and because he did so, God equiped him for the leadership role of his generation. In our lives, God has a plan for our futures, but also for us in this very moment and this very day! If we look ahead only and forget about the "here and now" we miss out on what God wants to do in and through us!

When class dismissed, we had some free time before the cabin devotionals at 10:15p, then it was lights out at eleven!

Today we had a small worship service before a breakfast of eggs, sausage, and French Toast! After eating, we had our second lesson in our "Here and Now" series and it focused on the Holy Spirit's role in our lives. To finish the time before lunch, we went to "Media Mania." Media Mania is a time that we watch powerful videos that call he to a greater level of commitment to God. Today's video focused on making baby steps of increased commitment so that we can grow in our faith!

For lunch we had hamburgers and fries, and after it was over we played teatherball for a few minutes outside the cafeteria. Before free time in the afternoon, there is a "Season of Silence" that is meant for having the corresponding devotional that is in our class workbooks.

For our afternoon activity, we enjoyed paddle boats and kayaks on the beautiful Lone Star Lake. Later we rested with slush drinks and cards!

Now you are up-to-date! Check in soon for more updates! Also, get updates throughout the day at www.twitter.com/cbyouth !