What is Quail Holla going to be up to in September, October, and November? Read on to find out!
Most Wednesdays will look like this:
- After School: Come on over and hang out after school in the Youth Room! You can do homework play games, watch some favorite TV shows, and enjoy some free time with your friends and leaders. We’re hoping to add some extra stuff to do this fall so stay tuned for that news!
- Oasis Dinner: Almost every Wednesday we have a delicious dinner for just $5! Dinner starts at 6 pm.
- Small Group: Small Group starts right after dinner and goes until 7:45 pm. Our Fall theme is “Something Bigger,” the idea that God is calling us to something bigger (and better) than what the culture around us is offering. We’ll intersperse those conversations with some Place Sharing (a chance to share the tough things that are going on and get some wisdom from each other).
We also will be attending a couple Mission Dinners this fall. Mission Dinners involve bringing a covered dish and hearing speakers share about how they are making God real to others. Our speakers on September 16 will be our Jamaica mission team!
Church School (Sundays from 9:45 to 10:45 am)
We meet for Church School on Sunday mornings nearly every week this fall. We’ll be starting with a re-introduction to the Bible to catch us back up and then will be doing some creative Bible study for the rest of the fall. Our goal is to equip everyone with some simple yet meaningful ways to read and study the Bible on our own.
- Trampoline Adventure: On September 20 from 2 to 5 pm we’ll be heading to Sky Zone to have a blast jumping off the walls! This is a great event to bring a friend to.
- Corn Maze: This fall tradition will continue on October 25th at Rural Hill Farm. We’ll leave QHPC at 1 pm and be back by 6 pm and have dinner in there somewhere.
- Fall Overnighter: We’re still in the early planning stages, but mark your calendar for November 14-15 for our fall overnighter! All we know so far is that we’ll be wrapping up at worship on the 15th.
Help Stock a Thrift Store in Jamaica!
Your donations are requested to fill the mission manger near the kitchen in the month of June! The youth mission team will be taking 600 lbs of supplies to stock a thrift store in the town where they’ll be working in July. The store is run by local Jamaicans and is invaluable in providing clothing, hygiene items, medicines, and tools to the town. We could also use several large, sturdy suitcases to get the items to Jamaica. Here is a list of what we’re looking for:
The #1 requested and needed item are children’s clothes. Underlined items are also greatly needed.
Heavy duty brick trowels, paint brushes, framing hammers, handsaws, heavy electrical cords, new power tools, drill bits, 7.5” saw blades, screw bits (Please only bring quality, name brand tools, the cheaper tools will not hold up. It would be better to bring 1 good tool rather than several cheap ones.)
Backpacks, hard black composition books, notebooks, pencils, pens, markers, school glue, rulers, scissors, tape, construction paper
Any shoes, work boots, adult soccer shoes, black leather school shoes, children’s shoes, flip flops, high heels, any type of women’s shoes
TOILETRIES (huge need for these)
Baby powder, shampoo, lotions, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, adult diapers, baby lotion, body wash, 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner
Adult and children’s cold medicine, pain reliever, anti-fungus cream, pin worm medicine, vitamins, gauze, Band-Aids, antibiotic creams, bandages, muscle rub, cough syrup, first aid kits, adult and children’s vitamins
All sizes of bed sheets, pillowcases, towels and small washcloths, sewing machines in good working order, material, hard plastic plates & bowls, silverware, any pots and pans, sharp knives, dish towels, inexpensive irons, small kitchen appliances, window curtains
Gently used or new clothes, children clothes (especially boys’ clothes), new underwear & socks, infant clothes, men’s pants, adult clothes (Jamaica is a tropical climate, so do not pack winter clothes), any type of soccer gear – especially adult-sized soccer equipment, men’s cargo and athletic shorts (especially size 30,32) men’s sizes can range 26-38 but nothing larger, women’s shorts, dresses, capris, nightgowns, no primarily white t-shirts
AAA, AA, C & D size batteries, watches, radios of any kind, toys, padlocks, hats, jewelry (necklaces, earrings, etc.), soccer balls (no footballs or baseballs), extra flashlights & batteries, hats, purses, bags (especially huge, oversized bags and purses), neckties
Summer Group – Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm and Sundays from 4 to 6 pm
This summer we’ll be bringing back “Summer Group” where the stuff we do on Wednesdays will flow into Sundays rather than being two separate programs with separate themes. An official schedule is still in the works, but here are the things that we’ll be doing in Summer Group:
Photography: Thanks to our phones, we all carry around cameras all the time and we take a lot of pictures. That doesn’t necessarily mean we take good pictures though. We’ll be bringing in a photographer (Kathy Larson, Director of Christian Education & Creative Arts at Good Shepherd Presbyterian) to go over the basics of taking good pictures. We’ll set out from there to take some pictures based on a theme and bring them all together for a gallery show and contest at the end of the summer!
Live Nativity: Live Nativity is one of the signature things we do as a congregation at QHPC and we’ve been doing it basically the same way for a decade now. This summer we’ll put our creative energies into thinking about what, how, and why we’re doing LN to see if we can update and improve aspects of it while maintaining its essentials.
Hollywood Apologetics: We started out Hollywood Apologetics in the spring with more movies than we could actually watch so we might revisit some of the movies that didn’t make the cut and think about what they’re saying about theology and morality.
Church School – Sundays from 9:45 to 10:45 am
We had so much fun with Re:Form in the fall and there are still a bunch of Re:Form topics yet to cover, we decided to dust them off for the summer. Every week we’ll take on a tough question, watch an entertaining and informative video to help us think about the question, and spend some time in creative discussion thinking it through.
- Vacation Bible School: Join us from 9 am to 1 pm as leaders in this important 3 days of ministry to the kids in our congregation and preschool! VBS is August 4, 5, & 6.
- Youth Apologetics Conference: 5 days of hearing from great apologists on a variety of topics from science to philosophy to arachaelogy! The YAC is the mornings of July 19-24 at Charlotte Christian.
- High School Mission Trip: High Schoolers and leaders are headed to Jamaica from July 5 to 12.
What is Quail Holla going to be up to in March, April, and May of 2015? Read on to find out!
Small Groups – Wednesdays from 6:45 to 7:45 pm
Theme: Help Thanks Wow Yes
Help, thanks, wow, and yes are the four most basic prayers that exist. “God, I need help!” and “Thanks for the help!” go together pretty easily and the more we say them the more ready we are to react in awe to what God has done (“Wow!”). And the more we see God take care of us, the more ready we are to say, “Yes!” to whatever God has in store for us. Throughout Spring Quarter in Small Group we’ll be taking a look at these four foundational prayers through discussion and study as well as prayer stations which will give you some creative ways to continue these prayer conversations with God on your own.
Youth Group – Sundays from 4 to 6 pm
Theme: Hollywood Apologetics
We’ve been focusing on understanding and defending our faith all year so this is our big wrap-up! Throughout Spring Quarter we’ll be taking a look at and discussing four movies and what they have to say about God, Christianity, faith in general, and morality. Which movies? We’ll watch trailers for a whole bunch and then narrow it down to four.
Church School – Sundays from 9:45 to 10:45 am
Theme: Take Risks, Love Others, Serve God
Leadership probably seems like a strange topic to tackle in Sunday School, but leadership should be a big deal to Christians. Why? Pretty simply: everyone is going to have to lead other people at some point in their lives and the Bible makes it pretty clear that there are good ways to lead and there are bad ways to lead. So, join us this spring as we learn about what it takes to be a good leader, as the Bible defines it, and how we can leverage that as we love and follow Christ.
Quail Holla is going to be doing a retreat/mission experience here in Charlotte the weekend of March 27-29th! Join us for a fun time with your friends serving God’s people. Here are the details:
Starts: Evening of Friday March 27th at QHPC
Ends: Sunday after worship at QHPC
In Between: We’ll be working with 2 yet-to-be-determined mission organizations here in Charlotte that assist the homeless, hungry, elderly, and/or disabled. CROSS staff will be leading us in devotions and helping us to process our experience. We’ll do some fun stuff around town Friday night and play some games and hang out Saturday night. Sunday morning we’ll attend worship at our host church and then head back.
Cost: $50 (includes everything)
Sign-Up Deadline: February 15
About the Trip
Won By One To Jamaica is located in the rural, mountainous community of Harmons in South Central Jamaica. The ministry has strategically intended to have a big impact on this small place by working to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people in this community. After 20 years of ministry here, they have seen many, many lives changed.
Won By One To Jamaica is a partnership, a collaboration of people at various places within a life-long journey of discovery of who they are in Christ. Our ministry engages in a process of sharing and receiving, of teaching and learning, of serving and loving. Therefore, we are Changing Lives By Changing Lives.
Quail Holla believes that mission trips are a fantastic tool for spiritual formation in young people. Among our ministry’s activities, nothing else comes close in terms of impact. On these trips believers are active participants in the presence of God in our world by spending time in tight-knit community united in purpose and service to the poor and oppressed. This is a transformative experience that should not be taken lightly; these are not just service trips, nor are they vacations. We do enjoy ourselves immensely, but this is a unique enjoyment rooted in Christ’s work among the group and the individuals.
On this trip we will be helping to build houses, working in a greenhouse, visiting a nursing home, and living in a poor, rural Jamaican community. We’ll wind up the trip with a day and night at a beach resort.
Dates: July 5-12, 2015
Cost: $1500 per person but QHPC members and active youth are eligible to have half of their trip paid for by the Global Mission Fund, thus bringing the total cost to $750; this covers transportation, food, and activities. Receiving GMF funds is contingent on completing all pre-trip preparation (see requirements below). This is an expensive trip, but we don’t think that should keep anyone from going. If you are committed to going and are willing to work, we will make sure you can go!
Who is eligible: Anyone who has completed the 9th through 12th grades at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
Requirements: Past experience with mission trips has determined that pre-trip preparation makes an enormous difference for youth, leaders, the organization we partner with, and the people we encounter. For that reason, we require the following preparation:
Active participation in Quail Holla
Spiritual preparation through a provided devotional or Bible reading plan combined with prayer
10 hours of local service
Commitment to participation in monthly pre-trip meetings and research project.
Next Step: Bring in a $100 deposit and meet with Matt by January 4th.
Winter Quarter arrives at Quail Holla on December 1st! Find out now what we’ll be doing from December 2014 to February 2015!
Wednesdays at Quail Holla
After School: Head on over to QHPC any time after school to do your homework, hang out with friends, play games, catch up on that week’s TV shows, and more!
Oasis Dinner: We eat dinner together with the rest of QHPC at 6 pm (cost is $5). It’s always something new and always delicious!
Small Groups: This winter we’ll be taking a look at the lives of the saints: not just miracle-workers but ordinary Christians who did and do amazing things. We’re going to start off with Olympian and WWII veteran Louie Zamperini who has a movie coming out called Unbroken, an amazing tale of suffering and forgiveness. From there we’ll cover leader and youth picks for interesting Christians whose stories will inspire our own!
Our winter theme in Youth Group is going to be Evangephobia. Let’s be honest, for a lot of us sharing our faith (evangelism) is the eating your vegetables of the Christian faith. It’s something we’re more likely to do because we know we’re supposed to do rather than because we want to. That’s why we’re going to be taking a look at evangelism from that perspective and thinking about how we get around that to the good parts: the life-giving and encouraging part of evangelism. We’ll start off with the reasons why we need to share our faith and then move into some practical ways to make it natural, comfortable, and effective. Join us for that and lots of fun on most Sundays from 4 to 6 pm.
We’re going into some new territory in Church School this winter as we join with the adult classes in January and February to discuss 8 Reasons Why I’m Not a Christian. Through conversations with other QHPC members we’ll get into some of the top objections to Christianity and hear the myths and misconceptions behind them. Then we’ll talk about how we can counter those arguments and share the answers we receive with those who are in need of them. This will be a great opportunity to get some wisdom from folks who have been there and done that while sharing our own enthusiasm and youthful perspective. In December we’ll take a look at some other tough objections on our own. Church school is every Sunday from 9:45 to 10:45 am.
Live Nativity: Our favorite Christmas tradition! Rehearsal is December 7th from 4 to 5 pm and then the presentations are December 13th and 14th.
Christmas Party: Our party this year will be part of our Wednesday activities on December 17th. Come on over for After School, join us for dinner at the church, and the party will go from 6:45 to 7:45 pm.
Unbroken: As mentioned above, Louie’s story is going to be coming out as a movie and we’ll be going to see it together the afternoon of January 4th.
The youth ministries of Quail Hollow Presbyterian and Sharon United Methodist Churches are excited about a joint fall retreat! We’re headed to Camp Pee Dee for a unique weekend where we’ll explore what it means to be 1 as we follow the 1 God! Make sure you see the back for specific details for your church.
- Depart: 11/14 at 7 pm from your church
- Arrive: 11/16 at noon at your church
- Theme: “1” (Ephesians 4:1-6): Our retreat theme is going to be an extension of this fall’s Youth Group theme, Life Together. In Life Together we’ve been talking about what it means to be and what it takes to be the Church and, more specifically, a community of youth and adults within that larger community. So if you want to know more about our theme, hang out with us on Sunday nights from 4-6 pm for Youth Group!
- Activities” High ropes course, zombie survival game, small group discussion, worship, & lots of hanging out time!
- Cost: $45 if signed up by October 15, 2014, $55 if signed up on or after October 16, 2014 (If you aren’t sure about your ability to pay, please talk to Matt!)
- Cut-off date: November 9, 2014
- ZSG: The Zombie Survival Game we play at the retreat will be more focused on survival than zombies. We will provide you with everything you need to play so please don’t bring anything (i.e. Nerf guns); we’ll supply you with everything you need.
- Warm clothes that can get dirty (we’ll be outside a lot!)
- Jacket, hat, gloves, etc.
- Sturdy shoes/boots
- Sleeping bag/ blankets & pillow
- Snacks to share
- Pen & notebook
- Toiletries & medications
- Games (board and/or outdoor)
- Non-perishable food item
- An open heart & a can-do attitude
- No bring:
- Illegal stuff (drugs, weapons, alcohol, etc.)
- Phones & other electronics
- Inappropriate clothing
Welcome back, Quail Holla!
We have a lot going on this fall and want to keep you up-to-speed on all that is going down in Quail Holla this fall. It’s a new year and we have a new yearly theme: Doubting Towards Faith. Basically, we all doubt: doubt God, doubt the church, doubt the Bible, and even doubt ourselves. But our doubt can take us either away or towards faith, depending on how we deal with our faith. As one of the books we’ll be taking a look at tells us, doubt isn’t toxic to faith, silence is (Can I Ask That?). So we’ll be tackling a lot of questions this year with the hopes of providing answers and ways to find answers on your own. But what about this fall? Here’s what we’ll be doing September to November 2014:
Small Group: Can I Ask That? (Wednesdays 6:45-7:45 pm)
If you spend any time thinking about your faith, you’re bound to come up with questions: some easy and some hard, some helpful and some troubling. During the fall we will be tackling together some of the hardest questions about the Christian faith and working to equip you with the tools you need to find answers on your own as well.
Don’t forget that Small Group changes back to the school year time slot (6:45-7:45 pm), and before that there’s a delicious Oasis dinner (starting at 6 pm), and before that there is After School: your chance to come over to Quail Holla when classes finish and hang out with your friends. See you there!
Youth Group: The Break Room and Life Together (Sundays 4-6 pm)
We’re still working on our ambitious summer web series (that might end up being an ongoing web series), so we’ll be splitting up our Sundays with filming and our new Youth Group theme: Life Together. The Church is not just a building, it’s a people and it’s been that way for a long, long time. Throughout the fall, we’ll be spending some time in the letters that Paul wrote to the various churches he oversaw, looking at his advice for how they should be believing and living and acting so they could be the Church. So, join us on Sundays from 4 to 6 pm to learn and play what it means to be the Body of Christ!
Church School: Traditions & The Calendar (Sundays 9:45-10:45 am)
To start off the fall, we will be diving into Re:Form Traditions, a great series that will help us understand what it means to be part of the “Reformed” tradition and how that all came to be. Expect some hilarious videos and interesting discussion to round out the experience. After that we will be taking a look at a specific part of our Reformed tradition: the church calendar and all its holy days and eves and colors and celebrations and songs and customs and their equivalents that have made it into the everyday calendar. Find out what it all means and why we Christians love to remember and to celebrate and to party. Church School meets every Sunday morning from 9:45 to 10:45 am.
Fall Quarter Special Events
- Corn Maze: We’ll be headed back out to Country Days Corn Maze again on Sunday October 19 for the maze, a bon fire, and other fall fun! Cost is $5.
- Craft Fair: Help support the Live Nativity by serving at the Craft Fair for a couple hours between 9 am and 4 pm on Saturday October 25.
- Fall Retreat: Don’t know yet where we’ll be going or what we’ll be doing, but we’ll be doing it with Sharon UMC’s youth group on the weekend of November 14-16.
We are going to be tackling so many questions that we need a handy guide to keep them all straight. Here you go:
|Can I trust the Bible?||9/3||Small Group|
|Can it be proven that God exists?||9/7||Church School|
|Does the Bible contradict itself?||9/10||Small Group|
|How can God be “three-in-one”?||9/14||Church School|
|Why do we say we believe in “the holy catholic church” if we’re not Catholic?||9/14||Youth Group|
|What does God think about war? Does God endorse violence?||9/17||Small Group|
|Am I really supposed to believe Mary was a virgin?||9/21||Church School|
|Is the New Testament more important than the Old Testament?||9/24||Small Group|
|Why did Jesus go to hell?||9/28||Church School|
|Why are there so many Christian churches?||9/28||Youth Group|
|Can I be a Christian and believe in evolution?||10/1||Small Group|
|Is the Holy Spirit a person or wind or fire or what?||10/5||Church School|
|Is it a sin to think about sex?||10/8||Small Group|
|What does the Bible say about being gay?||10/15||Small Group|
|Did God create the devil?||10/22||Small Group|
|Is Jesus really the only way to God? Why do Christians believe Christianity’s the best religion?||10/29||Small Group|
|Can someone lose their salvation?||11/5||Small Group|
|Does God discriminate against women?||11/12||Small Group|
|How can I follow a God who would let Christians do such bad things?||11/19||Small Group|
Download/print a copy of this list: 2014 – Fall Quarter Questions Answered
When does all this stuff take place? Check out our calendar to find out!