A Waco Junior High Retreat – April 5-6
@ Highland Lakes Camp In 2019, we start a new tradition with our 7th and 8th graders – and it’s gonna be epic! We are joining together with the Harris Creek, Highland, FUMC Waco, First Hewitt, and Crossroads churches to begin a junior high retreat experience for the Waco area. Our destination is the Highland Lakes Camp in the hill country west of Austin. It’s gonna be better than you could have ever imagined. You’ll be joining with 200 other junior highs for a weekend where you will get to hear an amazing speaker, do some great worship, watch hilarious skits, participate in all kinds of recreational fun, and play some of the wildest ‘n craziest games you won’t soon forget. We have Jermaine Harrison, youth ministry associate at Watermark Church in Dallas, coming as our speaker. He’s really good! Our very own Art Wellborn and his band will be leading worship. He’s also really good. This is going to be a legendary weekend – and you get to be at the very first one. The dates are April 5-6. We will leave in the afternoon on that Friday and return on Saturday evening. The cost will be $75 – what a deal – which covers everything – meals, lodging, transportation. Registration begins now! Click here for a registration form. Complete and return it with your $75 to any youth staff member. Space is limited – so make sure you reserve your spot. You do not want to miss this one, guaranteed!!!
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 one or two college leaders that help them to grow in Christian faith and practice.
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. Meet in the MAC. Spring 2019 semester dates are every Sunday night beginning January 27 and ending on May 5. No 7:37 on February 3 (Super Bowl), March 10 (Spring Break) and April 21 (Easter).
SUNDAY MORNINGS @ 9:00am
Junior High (7th-8th Grade) Meet together on the second floor, Room 205, then move into small groups:
7th Grade Girls Room A125
7th Grade Guys Room A124
8th Grade Girls Room 205
8th Grade Guys MAC Party Room
High School (9th-12th Grades) Meet together in the MAC, Room A200, then break into small groups:
9th Grade Girls Room A211
9th Grade Guys A200 East
10th Grade Girls Room A113
10th Grade Guys Room A110
11th Grade Girls Room A203 (MAC Game Room)
11th Grade Guys Room A200 center
12th Grade Co-Ed Room A210
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS @ 7:00pm
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. 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 hope to see you there!
Prime Time (for Junior High) @ 7:00pm in the MAC/gym
Offers a sweet program just for middle schoolers – from an epic game to worship and a relevant talk.
WNL (Wednesday Night Live – for High School) @ 7:00pm in The Venue
Offers incredible worship, a brilliant skit, student testimonies and a talk geared more for older students.
La Grulla June 16-22, 2019
The dusty little town of La Grulla continues to be a place close to the heart of our ministry. Every year since 2002, we have been making the trek to the Rio Grande Valley to spend a week working with the Iglesia Bautista and ministering in this place we all love. There’s nothing quite like VBS in Alto Bonito park with all the beautiful children of La Grulla. It’s the best! And the mornings are filled with good ol’ hard work/lots of sweat – it’s just the best week ever! This trip will be for high schoolers but we are saving a few spots for incoming freshmen. Registration is now open!Click here for a registration form.
Namibia July 15-28, 2019 (approx)
We will have a team traveling to Namibia in the southern part of Africa summer 2019. Our partnership with Bryan and Dana Bullington has been going on since 2003, working with their ministry to the city of Windhoek. The time in country will be spent doing assembly programs in area schools, assisting with YWAP (a city-wide ministry to teenagers), and working with the children of Katutura (in the Afrikaans language this means “the place where no one wants to live”). This impoverished, AIDS-ravaged part of the city will forever change your perspective on the world we live in. Our team is all set and will begin all preparations soon.
Belize July 21-27, 2019
For six years now, our annual mission trip to Belize has become a really important part of our ministry. We love the little town of San Estevan, where each year we do a Vacation Bible School down by the river. Literally just about every kid in town comes. Seriously! We also do all kinds of work projects and youth outreach events for the Camino Biblico church – and we get to serve in an orphanage as well. It’s a real international mission trip, just a bit closer to home. Sound like your kind of deal? There’s limited space, so sign up soon. This trip will only be for students who will have completed 9th grade by the summer of 2019. Belize mission trip flier and application
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 graduate). He is totally awesome at guitar, golf, and skiing. 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 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.
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. 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 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.
chaseWOMMACK (Associate Youth Minister)
Works with the high school students helping out in speaking roles and putting together 7:37 curriculum on a weekly basis and leads the crazy 11th grade guys in 7:37. He grew up right here in Waco before studying at Baylor and completing his degree in Corporate Communications in 2016. Following graduation from Baylor, Chase spent a year and a half working in missions work to young people in northeast England. Chase loves just about anything to do with sports and faithfully supports the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers through thick and thin. Chase will once again be starting school in the Fall as he pursues a Masters in Theological Studies from Truett Seminary. He loves his job and looks forward to continuing to work with the First Woodway high school ministry and seeing them grow for the gospel of Christ.
bryanRHODES (Youth Associate/Creative Arts)
does whatever else needs to be done. He helps write skits with lots of dancing and hilarious hijinks and leads the 10th grade boys in 737 each Sunday night. He started going to Woodway as a youth in 2014 and has loved every second of it since. Bryan is a senior accounting major and corporate communications minor at Baylor. His close friends describe him as being 5-years-old and 45-years-old at the same time—meaning he is silly and immature at times but thoughtful and organized too. Bryan loves to play piano, throw around the frisbee, and travel in his free time. He’s thankful to be a part of the best youth ministry around and looks forward to working with the youth each and every week.
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 attending 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 (Administrative 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 student) and Sam (a sophomore at Midway) continue to daily rise up and call her blessed. She enjoys walking, reading, and not cleaning her house. Everyone loves Terri, mostly because of her pies. And she also drives a truck (which is nicer than Bob’s).
Sunday Morning Team
High School Teachers High School Department Director: Rodney Bowden Assistant: Heather Bowden
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 involvment:
:: MISSIONS TEAM
:: SKIT TEAM
:: SPIRITUAL FORMATION TEAM
:: CONNECTIONS TEAM
If you are a junior or senior in high school, seriously consider joining one of these teams.