speakers, to daily devotions, to seminars, and all the varied activities, our hope is that we make much of our God and that students will come to know and grow in him. Christian Education Ministries sponsors

Horizon & Quest Y

By Brad Anderson

ou packed your toothbrush, right? Do you have enough socks? What about some clothes to get dirty and just leave in the

trash? Is your Bible packed? No, you cannot take your phone. Why does the packing list say to bring deodorant but, “please no Axe Body Spray?” Does this conversation sound famil- iar as you help get your student get packed and ready to head to Bonclarken for one of CEM’s summer conferences? I’m constantly thankful to have the op-

portunity to work with the Horizon and Quest planning team as we prepare these conferences for each summer. We long to see that all those who attend will come to know Christ for the first time and/or grow in him as they mature in their faith. Each confer- ence is designed so that leaders will be able to engage students with Scriptural truth and build relationships that matter after coming “down the mountain.” From our keynote

two amazing conferences: Quest for middle school students and Horizon for high school students. This year’s keynote speaker for Quest will be Rev. Matt Joldersma. Matt is the pastor of Neely’s Creek ARP Church and is well known among our students as he has participated in these conferences for years. Matt and his wife Candy have three children. This year’s theme will be “One Life, One Mission” and is rooted in Paul’s third missionary journey with the key verse being Acts 21:13: “For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die… for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Those attending will be chal- lenged by Paul’s third missionary journey to know Christ and to see what it means to truly follow him. Please pray for Matt and all our middle school students! Horizon is the conference for high school

students. This year’s keynote speaker will be Rev. Leon Brown. He is a native of Los Angeles, CA, and is the lead pastor of Mon- tage Church, a church plant of Catawba Presbytery. Prior to this, he served as the church planting pastor of Crown & Joy Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA. Pas- tor Brown is presently pursuing his Ph.D. in Hebrew. Leon loves spending time with his family, listening to sermons and theological

lectures, hiking, traveling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and Judo. He most recently published, All Are Welcome: Toward a Multi-Everything Church. He served in the navy for ten years. He and his wife, Rosalinda, have three chil- dren. This year’s theme for Horizon will be “Reconciling All Things” rooted in Colos- sians 1:20, “See that we are made new by the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Please pray for Leon’s time with us and all those attending! Back with us again will be the Crossings Community Worship Team led by Brandon Auten. They have been leading both Horizon and Quest for years. Brandon sensed God’s call into ministry and came to Crossings af- ter graduating from Erskine College. He, and his wife Livia, have been a part of Cross- ings since 2005. Brandon’s greatest passion is to invest his life into those around him, en- couraging them to draw closer to Christ, and believe the good news of the Gospel. Make every effort to send students from

your church to one of these great confer- ences. You will not be disappointed! If you cannot send students, please pray for final preparations and for the hearts of all those attending that they may grow in Christ and seek to serve him throughout life!?

Dr. Brad Anderson is the Director of Youth Ministry at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC.

HOW TO TELL STORIES Teaching Bible Stories to Preschoolers

1. Be aware. Know how well your children can relate to the symbols in the stories. Then use that information to guide you over the cognitive bridges to understanding. Kids who have an experience base to understand the story well may need fewer bridges.

2. Make stories relate. Build on children’s experiences. Identify themes that children have knowledge of-friendship, fear, or kindness. Then connect the Bible story to one of these well-known themes. Stories that show how God works in kids’ lives will stick with them.

3. Be faithful to the Bible text. Evaluate stories from storybooks ahead of time. Does this version stretch the truth, perhaps with animals who speak? Does it conveniently exclude parts of the truth? Are there value judgments that don’t appear in the Bible version? Remember, stories told over and over form a basis for faith development.

4. Present God accurately. It would be unfair to present a loving God as only kind and gentle because love can also be angry or unhappy. It’s important to tell the whole story. God’s anger or unhappiness with people isn’t permanent. Forgiveness, renewal, and salvation are a part of all Bible stories. Debbie Trafton O’Neal Washington

Helping Christians Grow 10 The Associate Reformed Presbyterian

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