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The teens of our church call themselves the
"RATS Pack" (Radically And Totally Saved).

Youth Group trip to "TOGETHER 2016" in Washington, D.C.

Teens from our church, led by Pastor Jim and Paula Wilson, attended a gathering of Christians from all over America gathering to pray for our nation on the National Mall. It was hoped for a million Christians to be together in prayer and worship. They shared some pictures of their adventures with us.

July 13, 2016 - The group made it to Maryland where they stayed at Paula's mother's condo - when they weren't mountain climbing.
July 14, 2016 (Thursday) they were to go downtown DC to the Smithsonian
July 15, 2016 - Friday - a red bus tour (hop on & off at various sites & monuments
Saturday July 16th - “Together 2016” – a generation of young (and “not so young”) Christians from all over America, despite the oppressive heat, gathered to pray for our nation on the National Mall. Our congregation prayed for them and for safety for all who gathered on the mall in the Name of Christ!

Pr.Jim, Tanaeshas, Juliet, Marcus & Caleb-Let's go!

Atop Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland

Visiting the Washington Monument

Visiting Mr. Lincoln

The White House

A couple of Washington locals

A Few Good Recruits

Cooling off

Youths of all ages, joyously gathering in the name of Christ!

April 19-20, 2013 - Acquire the Fire

Teens enjoying Acquire the Fire

On April 19th and 20th the youth from ACOW along with 3 friends attended the Acquire the Fire youth event at the Tampa Fairgrounds. Over 7, 000 youth gathered to worship Jesus Christ, listen to phenomenal teachings and great skits. The youth were encouraged to pursue God at all cost. The youth really Acquired the Fire and are committed to fanning into flames the fire that has begun in them. The adults that accompanied them had their lives touched and challenged.

We will definitely be going again next year but for now we remember that HE who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it. Hallelujah!!!!!!

Please click this link to see the slide show of this wonderful event.

May 19, 2012 - Holy Land Experience

Several of the teens and some of the adults visited the "Holy Land Experience", a Bible-based theme park near Orlando, Florida.

Click this link to watch a slide show of photos taken during this highly enjoyable trip.

June 27, 2010 - Recognition Day for Graduates

The above shows Chris Lazzell receiving a graduation gift from the congregation.  Well done, Graduates!

May 16, August 8 and October 17, 2010, were designated as Youth Sundays.

The children and teens processed as a group and served in different ways:  Crucifer, Offering Bearers, Lectors, Greeter, Acolyte, and one of our young people ran the sound board and power point.

On May 16, they also recited the words to the Christian song, "We are one in the Spirit", responsively (girls one verse, boys the next) as the Sermon introduction.  The youth and clergy finished with the Recessional - "These are the Days of Elijah"  in which all the congregation were encouraged to clap, and bounce and sway. (which they did enthusiastically)!

Here are some photos from that wonderful Sunday:

February 2009 - the ACOW youth attended "Acquire the Fire"  (Teen Mania).  Click here to see scenes from this terrific event.

(Note that there are two pages to this photo album, and you can click on each photo individually, print it or save it.)

December 2008 - Youth Group Practicing and performing at church a skit entitled "The Throne of Your Life."  Click here to see these young people in action.

December 2008 - Youth Group overnighter at the Wilson house.  Click here to see all the great fun had by these young people.

August 2008 - Youth Group sponsored bowling.  Click here for photos of this enjoyable fellowship occasion.

August 2008 - Practicing and then performing in the church skit "This Is Your Life".



One of the favorite Teen Bible Studies was based on the little book "My Heart - Christ's Home" by Robert Boyd Munger.

The teens were asked to imagine what it would be like to have Jesus come into the home of their heart. Were they prepared to meet with Him daily in their living room? In the study? What about that dark closet that needs cleaning out? With the help of a real doll house the study took the teens through six rooms of their heart. As a fun object lesson they stopped in the dining room for a discussion of what they were feeding their heart and a snack of pizza and soda in style.

Our RATS Pack has done an outstanding job of raising funds for Food For the Poor to enable a poor family to own a goat. At the time this photo was taken they had raised funds for three goats.  In total they have raised fund for nine goats.  In addition, they have purchased mosquito netting for African children through Compassion International.  Great work Teens !!!


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