Teens of Praise 2021

TOP CAMP 2021

What to Know

Hooray!! Teens of Praise Camp is returning in 2021. Church camp is that super exciting summer experience when our youth get to spend a few days completely dedicated to growing in their love for God while having an amazing amount of fun with old and new friends. I recently asked a group of young adults to recount what was most meaningful to them during their teen years. Nearly every one of them said that a camp or mission trip is what helped the most to solidify their relationship with Christ and place them on a trajectory of commitment and service!

The TOP camp staff, along with the OCU camp team, has been diligently working to create a meaningful and worthwhile 5-day adventure. Considering all the things in our current culture that compete with schedules, we ask that you as a pastor, youth leader, or parent encourage your youth to attend TOP or one of our other amazing CCCU camps; talk with them about the lasting importance of camp and help them work it into other demands of the summer.

All campers stay in the college campus dormitories with the roommates or their choice. If weather permits, everyone will participate in afternoon outdoor activities Tuesday through Friday. On Wednesday afternoon, we will be travelling off campus via buses and vans to Deer Creek State Park for a boating and beach excursion. On Thursday, the campers will be participating in various work projects throughout the communities surrounding Circleville.

Teens of Praise is on the beautiful campus of Ohio Christian University and runs concurrently with Mount of Praise. TOP is for any CCCU affiliated church or other groups looking for a solid holiness church camp experience. If you are interested in serving as an adult counselor, please contact the camp director to discuss the submission of a camp staff application. Please take note below that camp starts on a Monday and ends on Saturday this year.

CAMP DIRECTOR:  Call or text Aaron Green @ 740-415-7053 with any questions.

DATES & COST: June 21-26, 2021. Faith Memorial Teens only pay $50, but must do so online by June 14th. The church will pay for the other half.

WHO: Teens of Praise if for teens entering 7th grade – 2021 high school grads

REGISTRATION: Register and pay online at cccuyouth.org. In a situation where a student and church may me splitting the cost for camp, the student can make a partial payment online.

CAMP BEGINS: Check-in is on Monday from 2-4pm in the lobby of the Maxwell Center. Follow the signs! Faith Memorial teens are to meet at the church at 1:30pm. 

CAMP ENDS: After lunch on Saturday (or whenever dorm rooms are CLEAN 😊). Faith Memorial teens will return to church at approximately 3pm.

CLOTHING: Modest length shorts and t-shirts are permitted most of the day for both boys and girls. Tennis shoes are to be worn to most afternoon activities and on the community service day. For beach day, girls must wear shorts or a one-piece bathing suit.

To the evening services, boys must wear pants (not shorts or athletic clothing) and a collared shirt, and girls are asked to wear dressier style pants (not jeans) or a skirt. We have found that most teens appreciate the attire guidance and uniformity of dress code.        

WHAT TO BRING: Bedding, bathroom essentials (including bath towel), hat, sunscreen, beach towel, flashlight, Bible, pen, notepad, and money (optional) for snack shack.           

DO NOT BRING:  Fireworks, illegal substances, smoke/vape products, alcohol, energy drinks, inappropriate or immodest clothing, or anything that could possibly get you a speedy one-way ticket back home. 

BULLYING:  Any activity that intentionally diminishes the positive experience of a camper, including pranking, is cause for immediate removal of the wrongdoer. Acts of kindness, compassion, and a desire to forge new friendships is what camp is all about!  

Download promotional material and register at WWW.CCCUYOUTH.ORG

Tech-Sensible Parenting

Pastor Aaron will be meeting with parents of teens for a 3-session discussion on a very important topic related to our children. This gathering will take place on the first three Wednesday nights of April in Benner from 7-8pm. The teens will be meeting in their own small groups during that time.

Teen Tubing Event

Snow Trails (Mansfield, OH), Sat, January 23
The cost of $15 includes two hours of tubing and food. Bring a friend for only $10 if you are paying for that friend. Everyone must be signed up with Pastor Aaron by January 20th – tickets might be gone by then though :) We will leave from the church at 3:00 pm and return around 10:00 pm. Only a limited amount of tickets have been purchased and they will sell out. Reserve your spot by bringing your money and tubing waiver to youth night or by paying online at the link below. Prior to arriving at the slopes, we will make a stop for pizza and to layer up at Living Hope Community Church in Mansfield. Teens can ride in one of the church vehicles or their own family vehicle if driven by adult.

To pay online, use the link below and click “tithes and offerings”, then “youth event registration”.

Online Giving – Faith Memorial Church

Rummage sale

All proceeds benefit Teens of Faith ministries. Items can be dropped off starting September 12. Pricing your own items is appreciated, but not necessary. Please, NO clothing or older televisions/monitors.

Contact Pastor Aaron, 740-415-7053, if a pickup is needed.

Teens Bible Quizzing

Teen Bible Quizzing will be starting in just a couple of weeks. Any student or parent who is interested in learning more about this exciting program should contact Pastor Aaron. The teens will be studying the book of Matthew this year. In addition to being a creative and very effective means of learning the word of God, Bible Quizzing is also competitive, fun, and an awesome way to meet new friends from various churches.  

Small Groups

Wednesdays in July will be small group format watching a short video from the series, Different, followed by discussion. Bring a friend and hang out around the fire pit at Pastor Aaron’s home after small group.