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Remember, there are 2 steps to complete for camp registration.  First, pay the deposit, then complete CampDoc registration.

Here’s what’s happening soon…

Middle School Splash Party
May 22 | 7 pm | Badger Ranch Community Pool

Attention all incoming 7th graders (as of May 2022) – Come one, come all to your first official youth ministry event. It’s swimming and eating and a great start to all the cool stuff you’re going to experience during the next six years. 8th graders are invited too. Bring your towel and all your junior high friends. Parents of all new 7th graders can drop their kids off at the Badger Ranch pool and then join us for an orientation meeting concurrently at The Venue.

Sondays Camp Rally
May 25 | 7 pm | The Venue
On this big Wednesday night, youth will all meet in The Venue for our annual sign-up rally. Sondays Camp is set for July 10-15 at Mt. Lebanon Camp in Cedar Hill. This will be your first opportunity to pick up your very own summer t-shirt. Camp is always a life-changing week, and this year’s edition should be no different – with Timothy Ateek coming as our speaker and the Art Wellborn Band leading worship. The program will also feature the Skit Guys, Jonathan McKee, and so much more. Registration information can be found on the Sondays Camp tab.

First Woodway Open
May 27 | Tee-off at 8:30am | Cottonwood Creek Golf Course
This annual golf tournament in support of high school mission trips to England and Belize is always a great day. Both mission efforts will be happening this summer, and our students are already working hard to raise the funds. But we need golfers! Your participation in this four-person scramble will help us greatly in having the very best event. The cost is $75 per person for a round of golf and then lunch at the clubhouse of the most excellent Cottonwood Creek Golf Club. You don’t have to be good, just ready to have a great time. Register online here. Don’t worry if you can’t put together a foursome – we’ll put you on a team.

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 next fall
7:37
The MAC Room A200
Beginning Sunday, September 11th

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.  It all takes place each Sunday at 7:37pm in The MAC room A200 on our campus.  From there we will break off into our small groups.  Fall semester 2022 begins on September 11 and ends on December 11.

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.

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

Hey Seniors!  It’s a page just for you!

Save these dates on your calendar:

Senior Beach Trip
May 31 – June 3, 2022
This annual trip to South Padre Island is not to be missed for our seniors!  The cost will be $249 for three nights and days at the only real Texas beach.  We will stay at some super sweet condos that are right on the beach.  This price also covers transportation and groceries.  Your only other expense will be for dinner at night and traveling meals.  You will absolutely love this trip, guaranteed! All spots are full. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact Terri Jones.

Click here to pay the final balance of $199

Click here to print the medical release form

Summer 2022 Youth Mission Opportunities:

England – June 10-21, 2022
This next summer we continue a longstanding relationship with our partners in the northern part of England. Despite its beautiful, iconic cathedrals and long religious history, the mother country has become a spiritually dark place. Our team of 14 will have the opportunity to assist these inspirational congregations that continue to strive to be light in the darkness. Our destination is Redcar (which sits on the cusp of the North Sea). The group will fly into London and catch a train northward – where they’ll immediately meet their brand new British host family and hit the ground running – serving the church and the community and providing much needed momentum. We end up back in London for one fine day in that splendid city. Please join us in prayer as this group prepares for this awesome opportunity.

La Grulla – June 19-25, 2022
The little dusty town of La Grulla will always be a place close to the heart of our ministry. Since 2002, we have made 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 is nothing quite like Vacation Bible School in Alto Bonito park with all the beautful children of La Grulla. It’s the best! And those mornings filled with good ol’ hard work – sweating, painting, sweating, cleaning, sweating, and doing good deeds of service – it’s just the best week ever! Long, hard days and it’s a guarantee you will love every single minute of it. We will load up on church vans and leave from FW early Sunday morning, June 19th – returning on June 25th. We have a limited number of spots for this trip so sign up soon. Click here for the flier and application.  [This trip will be for those who have completed their 8th grade year or older in May 2022.]

Belize – July 24-30, 2022
San Estevan is a small, inland town in Belize that has become dear to many of our students throughout the past few years. Our team of 35 students and sponsors is all set.  We are preparing for this excellent opportunity to serve on mission in Central America – an international setting that is much closer to home. The team will work with Camino Biblico Church continuing on with the coolest Vacation Bible School ever, right there in this huge cabana by the river. Literally every kid in town comes – and we get to share the love of Christ with them. It’s the very best. We will couple that with work projects, hospital visits, and a ministry time in a local orphanage. Please be in prayer for this team over the next weeks.

Junior High Mission Trip – August 3-6, 2022
Save the date junior highers…more details coming soon!

Sondays Camp Rally
Wednesday, May 25 @ 7:00pm in The Venue

Sondays Camp. The best week of the summer. It all begins on May 25 at the Camp Rally – a special WNL that will be all about camp. That’s the first chance to receive your very cool, very awesome summer t-shirt. How do you do that?  REGISTER FOR SONDAYS CAMP here.  

Registration for Sondays Camp is online this year.  First you pay the $50 deposit.  Then follow the links and directions to complete the online registration through CampDoc.  Once that is done, your name will be on “the list” at the Camp Rally where you will be able to receive your first summer t-shirt and then be on track for the best week of the summer.  It’s that easy!

Sondays Camp
July 10-15, 2022

This week at Mount Lebanon continues to be a life-changing experience for our students.  The dates for camp this year are July 10-15.  Our speaker will be Timothy Ateek, the teaching pastor at Watermark Church.  Worship will once again be led by our own Art Wellborn and his most excellent band.  We also have the Skit Guys coming this year.  How much will camp cost?  The entire week will set you back $345.  It’s a great deal for what you get:  comfortable bunkhouse accommodations within easy walking distance to all the amenities, delicious camp food dining, fun recreational activities, lots of t-shirts, charter bus transportation home on Friday and one wet n’ wild afternoon at Hurricane Harbor.  Deposit of $50 holds your spot.  Balance of $295 is due by Wednesday, June 29th.

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.

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: Victor Lopez, Andrew Schmeltekopf
9th Grade Girls: Bailey Lopez, Kim Nesmith

Junior High Teachers

Junior High Department Directors: Tommy Ross, Brandi Ross

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

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

7:37 Team

High School Discipleship Leaders
12th Grade Guys: Calvin Atkinson, Peyton Hacker
12th Grade Girls: Zoë Recks, Danelle Smith

11th Grade Guys: Jason Fletcher, Andy Gauer
11th Grade Girls:  Terri Jones, AnnaLouise Wages

10th Grade Guys: Harrison Escue, Joey Leeper
10th Grade Girls:  Casey Hoffmire, Julianna Lewis, Lauren Mogg, Casey Sadler

9th Grade Guys: Michael Mize, Zach Smith
9th Grade Girls: Kylie Akin, Madelyn George

Junior High Discipleship Leaders
8th Grade Guys: Zach Brown, Luke Wilson
8th Grade Girls: Meredith Bristow, Mariah Montgomery

7th Grade Guys: Walker Garrett, Blake George
7th Grade Girls: Ally Benson, Hannah Bowden, Abby Grace Edwards

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, you are welcome to join SLT.  Meetings are typically held the 2nd Sunday of each month.

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