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SONDAYS CAMP UPDATE:
Sondays Camp was a great experience, and we are so glad we got to have camp for the first time in two years!  Unfortunately, coming out of the week, we have had a number of COVID cases pop up.  We have contacted the parents of all of our students who participated.  Praying that everyone will be safe.SONDAYS

CAMP PARTY
August 15, 6:30pm 

We have moved our annual camp party to Sunday, August 15.  Make plans now to be there!  We will have a special service at 6:30pm in The Venue that will include baptisms, worship and testimonies from all of our summer activities.  After the service, we will head over to The Brophy’s residence to celebrate with great food and an awesome time of fellowship.  If you are wanting to be baptized, please contact anyone on youth staff.

Kids Club
June 15 – August 10 (except not on July 13)
for high schoolers

We are more than ready to start up Kids Club once again this summer.  We’ll be back at the clubhouse at Estella Maxey apartments in North Waco, providing Bible teaching, skits, crafts, games and snacks for the neighborhood kids.  Interested?  Let anyone on youth staff know.  Then each Tuesday, plan to meet in the MAC parking lot at 1:00, and we will travel together – back around 3:30.  It’s a beautiful thing and a great way to serve right here in our own back yard.

Sondays Camp

SONDAYS CAMP UPDATE:
Sondays Camp was a great experience, and we are so glad we got to have camp for the first time in two years!  Unfortunately, coming out of the week, we have had a number of COVID cases pop up.  We have contacted the parents of all our students who participated.  Praying that everyone will be safe.

SONDAYS CAMP PARTY
August 15, 6:30pm 

We have moved our annual camp party to Sunday, August 15.  Make plans now to be there!  We will have a special service at 6:30pm in The Venue that will include baptisms, worship and testimonies from all of our summer activities.  After the service, we will head over to The Brophy’s residence to celebrate with great food and an awesome time of fellowship.  If you are wanting to be baptized, please contact anyone on youth staff.

Mark your calendar for 2022 Sondays Camp:
July 10-15, 2022

Summer at First Woodway is full of all things cool.  You don’t want to miss any of it!  Summer 2021 Calendar

Each Wednesday of the summer includes WNL at 7:00pm in The Venue followed by…

WAC (Wednesday After Church)
Each Wednesday beginning June 2 and ending August 11 (no WAC on June 9 because of Adventure Week).  Our summer tradition of post-WNL dinner continues. After a great time of worship and teaching on Wednesday evenings, we always take over an area restaurant for some very necessary sustenance.  Everyone pays for their own and works out transportation to and from.  You can find the locations on the Summer Calendar.

Each Sunday of the summer includes…

Sunday Nights this Summer
SSS – for those entering grades 7th and 8th
Super Soaker Sunday…just about every Sunday night this summer, a lively group of junior highs can be found splashing around in someone’s backyard pool. We always get permission, we always have a blast, and we always spend time studying God’s word.  This happens from 6:30-8:30. You can find the weekly locations on the summer 2021 calendar.  The first one kicks off on June 6th.

TST – for those entering grades 9th through graduated Seniors
That Sunday Thing…for all high schoolers, summer also brings those beautiful Sunday night Bible studies that happen in various homes around the community. See the summer calendar for all the locations.  It’s great conversations mixed with some delicious nourishment.  Bring your Bible and a friend and be there at 7:30.  You can even swim if you want to.

Sundays

Sunday Mornings
9:30am in The Venue

Sunday Morning Bible Study for youth is back in person! We will meet at 9:30am in The Venue – except for the seniors who will continue to meet in The MAC game room.  Same great teachers (you can check out who they are on the Youth Staff tab) and the same great opportunity to explore the Bible together.

Sunday Nights this Summer
SSS – for those entering grades 7th and 8th
Super Soaker Sunday…just about every Sunday night this summer, a lively group of junior highs can be found splashing around in someone’s backyard pool. We always get permission, we always have a blast, and we always spend time studying God’s word.  This happens from 6:30-8:30. You can find the weekly locations on the summer 2021 calendar.  The first one kicks off on June 6th.

TST – for those entering grades 9th through graduated Seniors
That Sunday Thing…for all high schoolers, summer also brings those beautiful Sunday night Bible studies that happen in various homes around the community. See the summer calendar for all the locations.  It’s great conversations mixed with some delicious nourishment.  Bring your Bible and a friend and be there at 7:30.  You can even swim if you want to.

Sunday Nights this Fall
7:37
The MAC Room A200
Beginning Sunday, September 12

CONNECT.with a core group.
GROW.through discipleship.
SERVE.as Christ teaches.

Here at First Woodway, we take discipleship ministry very seriously.  In our 7:37 Discipleship Groups, students meet with a group of peers…his or her age and his or her gender.  Each group has two college leaders that help them to grow in Christian faith and practice.  Check out our great line up of leaders on the Youth Staff page.

Come and be a part of the spiritual backbone of our entire ministry.  It is your chance to mature into a faith that you can use.  Our fall 2021 semester kicks off on Sunday, September 12 at 7:37pm in The MAC room A200 on our campus.  From there we will break off into our small groups.

Wednesdays

Wednesday Night Live
7:00pm in The Venue

This is just what you need in the middle of the week – a time to gather with other students for authentic worship through music, drama, games, videos, testimonies and a talk that will give solid direction for living out your faith commitment.  Our midweek program for 7th-12th grades is live and in person…from a safe distance of course! Join us in The Venue every Wednesday at 7:00pm.  We have plenty of room to invite your friends, so get the word out!  This is the place for you to learn, grow, and reach out to your friends throughout the school year.  We will not have WNL on the following dates due to holidays:  November 25, December 23, and December 30.

Wednesday Nights this Summer include WNL followed by:

WAC (Wednesday After Church)
Each Wednesday beginning June 2 and ending August 11 (no WAC on June 9 because of Adventure Week).  Our summer tradition of post-WNL dinner continues. After a great time of worship and teaching on Wednesday evenings, we always take over an area restaurant for some very necessary sustenance.  Everyone pays for their own and works out transportation to and from.  You can find the locations on the Summer Calendar.

Social Media

To keep up with all the latest, follow our youth pages on the following social media platforms:

Instagram – @firstwoodwayyouth

Facebook – First Woodway Youth Ministry page

YouTube – First Woodway Youth Ministry

Summer 2021 Youth Mission Opportunities:

Mission Arlington
August 4-8, 2021
{Eligibilitiy:  All grades!}
Hey students – we have a great end of summer mission opportunity for you!  Come serve with us August 4-8 at Mission Arlington.  We will leave after WAC on that Wednesday and stay in Mission Arlington facilities, coming home Sunday afternoon.  This is a great opportunity to serve families in the Metroplex – we spend time sorting school supplies, moving furniture, doing kids clubs, and anything else that is needed.  For only $120 this is something you don’t want to miss.  We will even throw in a fun night out on the town.  Spots are limited…download a paper form to print and turn in with payment to anyone on youth staff or sign up online here.

Youth Staff

Bob Johns

bobJOHNS (Youth Pastor)
is our Youth Pastor. He has given overall leadership to this ministry since coming to First Woodway in 1984 (before any of his associates were born). He is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan College and Southwestern Seminary. Bob is married to Debbie, and they have one daughter, Hannah (a Baylor and Columbia graduate). He loves golf, skiing, reading, and playing his Gibson J-45. He is also the director of SonDays Camp, supervises interns for the Baylor Religion department, on the board of directors for several ministries, and has written curriculum, articles, and devotional materials for various publications.  He is not a celebrated speaker and never speaks at camps, retreats, or conferences, but he does love speaking to his high school students every week.  He has written one book on long term youth ministry (still to be published) entitled They Say I’m Crazy. Bob is also a licensed motor vehicle operator in the state of Texas and drives a truck.

Mark Tate

markTATE (Associate Youth Minister)
works with those amazing and always challenging 7th and 8th graders and has been doing that since 2011. He grew up in Lockhart where he claims the best barbeque in the world resides. He completed his degree at Baylor in 2013 and has a Master’s degree from DBU.  Mark is married to Taylor (who grew up at FW), and they have a brand new baby girl named Nora.  He loves his Baylor Bears but not as much as speaking to his middle school students every Wednesday night.   Mark loves to play golf with his dad, because he is the kind of golfer only a father could love. One cool thing about Mark is that he is totally into traveling around the globe and learning about/experiencing other cultures and working among them. You could say his two real passions are missions and working (in a most excellent way) with junior high critters.  Mark also drives a truck.

meredithBRISTOW (Youth Associate/Girls)
starting as the cutest little 7th grader, Meredith grew up in the ministry before departing for the mountains and the University of Arkansas – ending up with a degree in International Relations.  Now she is back, after graduating from Truett Seminary and serving on our staff – giving leadership to our ministry to girls. In the middle of all that, she spent a year studying in the Kanakuk Institute.  We couldn’t be more happy to have Meredith with us.  She’s definitely the second best athlete on the staff (hint: Bob), having excelled at volleyball, basketball, and softball in high school.  Meredith loves reading, hanging out with friends, and spontaneous adventures of any kind.  She is passionate about the opportunity to walk alongside girls through the joys and struggles of this life.

terriJONES (Student Ministry Assistant)
came on board in this important position in 2013.  She keeps all of this madness so very well organized, and we love her for it.  Terri comes from Sweetwater, where she hung out at the Dairy Queen on weekends.  After graduating from Angelo State University, she made a choice to move to Dallas. It was there that she met her future husband, David.  Her present children, Allison (a Texas A&M graduate) and Sam (a Texas A&M student) continue to daily rise up and call her blessed. She enjoys walking, reading, and baking.  Everyone loves Terri, mostly because of her pies.

Sunday Morning Team

High School Teachers
High School Department Director: Rodney Bowden
Assistant:  Heather Bowden

12th Grade: Darrell Janecka and Terri Jones

11th Grade Guys: Rodney Bowden, Jon Edwards
11th Grade Girls:  Cindy Janecka, Niki Edwards

10th Grade Guys: Brent Baker, Alan Bowden
10th Grade Girls: Laura Schmeltekopf, Lisa Lewis

9th Grade Guys: Jerry Weatherman, Andrew Schmeltekopf
9th Grade Girls: Pam Weatherman, Shannon Johnson

Junior High Teachers
Junior High Department Directors: Tommy Ross, Brandi Ross

8th Grade Guys: Kyle Miller, Jay Fischer
8th Grade Girls: Emily Baker, LeighAnne Fischer

7th Grade Guys: Richie Scott, Tommy Ross
7th Grade Girls: Sarah Scott, Angie Wood

7:37 Team

High School Discipleship Leaders
12th Grade Guys: David Beggs, Chris Coley
12th Grade Girls: Meredith Bristow, Abigail Garrett, Becca Gonzales, Caroline Thompson

11th Grade Guys: Calvin Atkinson, Nathan Smith
11th Grade Girls:  Lily Cates, Katherine Moseman, Zoë Recks, Danelle Smith

10th Grade Guys: Jason Fletcher, Andy Gauer
10th Grade Girls:  Terri Jones

9th Grade Guys: Harrison Escue, Peyton Hodges
9th Grade Girls: Morgan Laurence, Julianna Lewis, Lauren Mogg, Casey Sadler

Junior High Discipleship Leaders
8th Grade Guys: Michael Mize, Zach Smith
8th Grade Girls: Kylie Akin, Madelyn Hollingsworth

7th Grade Guys: Zach Brown, Mark Tate
7th Grade Girls: Mariah Montgomery, Cayleigh Shaw

SLT (Student Leadership Team)

Every year we invite any and all of our juniors and seniors to join us in the leadership of our ministry through our SLT (Student Leadership Team).

Ministry is only effective if the students get involved and claim it as their own. We invite students to serve on a few different focus groups according to their interests. Groups typically meet one Sunday a month to talk over ideas and important events.

Here the areas of involvement:

:: PROGRAMS TEAM
:: SKIT TEAM
:: SPIRITUAL FORMATION TEAM
If you are a junior or senior in high school, seriously consider joining one of these teams. Look for information coming soon about our annual SLT retreat.

In the vault we have the latest First Woodway youth videos. All available for your viewing pleasure… or mozy on over to youtube to watch some of our classics.

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