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All About rezlife

The purpose of rezlife student ministries is the same as the mission, vision and journey of our church, with a special emphasis on ministering to students in fun environments specifically designed for 6th-12th grade students.

Our Mission - To build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious students and their families are becoming deeply committed Christians
Our Vision - Change lives, Transforming Communities, and Renewing the Church
Our Journey - Knowing God, Loving God, Serving God

Rezlife desires to be a welcoming community for all student no matter where they are on their faith journey. Students will find a place to worship God, a community of students and adult leaders and a place to grow in faith. Through weekly large group programs, confirmation, Group Life small groups, weekend retreats, music groups, service opportunities, mission trips and so much more, rezlife strives to offer a pathway for students to be transformed by God. It is our hope to equip your student and family to continue the journey together of becoming deeply committed Christians.

Rezlife is committed to finding a place of belonging for every student. Weekly large group events like youth group and Sunday School don’t require registration, students are welcome to show up any week and will be welcomed! We also welcome parent contact prior to a student’s first visit to find the ministry program that might be the best fit for each student. We want to come beside your family on your faith journey.


Following is a list of many of many of the primary entry points for students to get connected. For additional options or more information on any of these offerings please continue to explore the website under specific rezlife ministry headings (the left side of the rezlife home page).

Sunday School: 9-10:15 am, Student Center (Building C)
Each Sunday morning begins with hang-time and donuts and drinks for sale in the café. We gather for a time of praise and worship, followed by a short teaching Bible-based message and announcements. Students then head to classrooms for small group time. During small group time, 6th-8th grade students are split up by grade and gender and high school students are divided by grade.

Wednesday Night Middle School Youth Group: 6th, 7th, 8th grades: 6:15-8 pm, Student Center (Building C)
Come on out for rezlife's weekly gathering of high energy, high impact student-led praise and worship, creative messages relevant to students, a concession café, hang-time with friends and many entertainment options in the Student Center (video games, the boulder wall, basketball and more). In addition rezlife offers large and small group time where students learn each week what it means to follow Jesus.

Sunday Night High School Rez: 9th - 12th grades: 5-6:15 pm, Student Center (Building C)
Come hang out with other high school students for a time of fun and faith. Throughout the school year students will be offered message series from our high school minister as well as other members of the rezlife staff, student-led worship bands, small group time and opportunities to serve the community or share in meals together. Youth group with a twist!

Group Life (Small Groups):
6th, 7th, 8th grades: Included as part of Wednesday Night Youth Group
High School: various times, days and places

Ready to take the next step in growing your faith? Small groups are a great way to get to know and connect with a smaller group of students, to connect with trained rezlife volunteer small group leaders and to be involved in Bible study and topical discussions relative to everyday life and issues. Many small groups also participate in occasional social outings and service opportunities.
Groups do not require registration. Check with Jeff Milton if you need help getting connected with a small group.

Confirmation (8th-12th grade students):
Sundays, 10:30 am - 12:15 pm (pre-registration required)

Confirmation is a time where students are given the opportunity to grow in faith together and ultimately confirm their own faith before God and their church community. Resurrection offers one session of confirmation each school year, running from early fall through mid-spring. Registration is required (registration for 2015-16 confirmation session is now closed).

MAC Track (Ministry as a Career):
Meets the first Sunday of each Month during the school-year.
Ministry as a Career Track, or MAC Track, is a program designed to provide avenues for students who have expressed an interest or possible calling to explore vocational ministry, ordained and lay ministry, as a career option. MAC Track is committed to providing support, encouragement, resources and options to these students as they explore their calling. We are committed to excellence in offering students a realistic view of ministry, developing leadership through experiential learning and providing an authentic Christian community where students with similar goals are whole-heartedly seeking to discern God's direction for their lives.

Thursday Morning High School Bible Study (During the School Year):
7:45-8:30 am, Winstead’s
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Starting your day by digging into God's word is just as important! Come and hang out with Dave MaGee, Director of Student ministries, bright and early on Thursdays for breakfast and Bible study! Bring your Bible and your friends!
Winsteads: 135th and Briar (Directly north of Church of the Resurrection)

Thursday Afternoon Middle School Hang Time (During the School Year):
4-5 pm
"Time With Taylor" is a small group opportunity for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students during the school year to connect with one another and get to know Taylor Ogden Thomas, Middle School Minister. Students meet for a snack at Winsteads every week during the school year and enjoy fellowship and some fun games.
Winsteads: 135th and Briar (Directly north of Church of the Resurrection)

Rezlife during the Summer

Weekly rezlife 9 am Sunday School continues to meet, but most other weekly programs take a break as we focus on special big event opportunities like middle school summer camp and middle and high school mission trips. Several Wednesdays during the summer will feature special events such as roller skating, water parks and fun service opportunities. Additional small group gatherings such as Bible studies for middle school and high school, and outdoor events like kickball and ultimate Frisbee are also offered.

Students leading worship with music
Games on stage
Student Center Hang Time
Balloon Bonanza
Paint Night with Leawood Fire Department
Serve Team at Paint Night
Jamaica Mission Trip
Denver Mission Trip


Sunday, February 7

  • Sunday School, 6-12 grade: 9-10:15am, Student Center

  • Ministry as a Career (MAC) Track, 6-12 grade: 12:15-2:00 pm, C136 (lunch is provided)

  • NO Rez High School  - enjoy the super bowl...

Monday, February 8

  • Lattes & Life Chats,  9-12 grade: 3:30-4:30pm, Starbucks, 135th & Briar

Wednesday, February 10

  • 6/7/8 Grade Youth Group, 6:15-8:00 pm, Student Center

Thursday, February 11

  • Breakfast & Bible Study, 9-12 grade: 7:45-8:30 am, Winstead's, 135th & Briar

  • Totally Tubular Check-in: 12:30, room C136

  • NO Time with Taylor this week

Friday, February 12

  • Serve N Sled Check-in: 12:30, room C144

Feb 12 2016 - 12:30pm to Feb 14 2016 - 4:00pm

Serve N Sled

New for 2016!
Tubing and Serving in Des Moines, IA
8th and 9th GRADE STUDENTS
Serve N Sled

GET READY FOR ACTION AND ADVENTURE AS WE SPEND TIME TUBING AND SERVING IN DES MOINES, IA. Taylor Ogden Thomas, Middle School Minister, and Jeff Milton, High School Minister will be tubing and serving with the students this weekend.

You know how fun sledding is – tubing is even better! The hill is 15 stories high and you don’t have to walk back up! As the surface lifts pull you to the top, prepare for the release, which sends you flying down the 1,000-foot runs. All lanes are constantly monitored for everyone’s safety. Tubes are provided.

Friday we’ll spend time at Sleepy Hollow tubing, Saturday morning the group will be serving in the Des Moines area, then some additional tubing Saturday night. Sunday is church, lunch and then heading back to Kansas City.

The base price per student is $130
Payment by check or cash will be due in full two weeks from registration. If you prefer to pay by credit or debit card there will be an additional processing charge of $5.00.

This price includes:

  • Transportation by charter bus
  • Lodging at First UMC in Ankeny, IA (sleeping bags on the floor of the church)
  • Tubing Friday and Saturday night
  • Serving in the community of Des Moines on Saturday
  • Hoodie
  • All Meals included except Saturday lunch ($5 - $10)

Register Here

Also, please download, print, and mail the completed Consent Form and Liability Waiver to:
Student Ministries
Church of the Resurrection
13720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224

Check-in for registered participants: February 12 @ 12:30, room C144.

Cancellations received by 1/15/16 will be eligible for a refund minus a $20 processing fee.

Sponsored by: 
Rezlife Middle School
Feb 16 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Real World Families

Let’s face it!  Parenting is hard work.  Whether you have toddlers or teens, it can be overwhelming trying to help guide your children and your family towards an authentic faith.  We want to help!  Join us for a two week session during Grow Night as we discover what it means to be Real World Families.

Week 1 – February 9: Parents Session --> This session has been cancelled! 

Week 2 – February 16:  Family Session

This session is for the whole family! This will be a great time to gather around the table and work together on creating your families story.  We will provide the materials and guidance to help you get moving.  Suggested age for children is Kindergarten and up, but all ages are welcome.  Childcare is also provided this week if you need it.

Tuesday 2/16 | 6:30-8:00pm | Room C050 | Building C
Led by: Pastor Lisa Holliday and Melanie Hill
Register Here!

Questions? Contact Melanie Hill | | 913-232-4173

Sponsored by: 
Grow Night
Feb 16 2016 - 7:00pm to Mar 1 2016 - 8:00pm

Social Media for Parents of Teenagers

In this 3-week class, we will learn the basics of Social Media, how can we monitor what's going on in our students lives and how can we help our students use it effectively.
Tuesdays 2/16 – 3/1 | 7:00-8:00pm | Room C145 | Building C
Led by: Andy Guarini, Assistant Youth Minister
Register here

Questions? Contact Andy Guarini |

Sponsored by: 
Grow Night
Mar 4 2016 -
6:30pm to 10:00pm

Divin' Deep

Divin Deep Night for 6/7/8th Grade
Friday, March 4th, 2016

Are you a 6th, 7th or 8th grader ready to dive deeper into your faith?  We’ll will head into the deep end and plunge deeper through an evening full of puns!  Ha!  Really…this night is all about food, fun, friends and Jesus!!  We’ll will explore some of the best Bible stories that have to do with water, how we can apply them to our lives, and ultimately learn how not to sink!  Won’t you join us to soak it all in?  I just can’t stop…!! Ha!  Invite a friend to join you on the diving board…it is going to be AWESOME!  No swimsuit needed for this Dive n Deep! 
Cost is only $10 per person to cover dinner, drink and dessert. Click here to register

Mar 10 2016 - 10:00am to Mar 13 2016 - 6:00pm

St Louis Mission Trip

rezlife 2016 Servin’ Up St. Louis Mission Trip
Thursday, March 10th – Monday, March 14th

Trip Leader: Jeff Milton, High School Minister

This mission trip is for those students in 9th-12th grade.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” 
Matthew 5:16

What is the cost?
The cost of the trip is $200.00 per student and $25.00 for an adult co-mentor. This includes your transportation, meals while in St. Louis, lodging, and an awesome t-shirt. The only additional cost will be lunch the first and last day while traveling as well as money for any miscellaneous items.
Where do we stay?
Students and adult mission leaders are housed at a local church in the St. Louis area. Every person needs to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow.  Showers are available at a nearby community center.
What kind of work will we be doing?
The trip is compiled of 20 students and 4 adult leaders. Students will be serving in two teams of ten with two leaders per group. Each group will be preparing and serving meals to the homeless, as well as assisting those in need with basic life tools at the Bridge Outreach. We’ll also be traveling the Sojourners Walk, which is a guided walk describing and detailing what it is like to be homeless and living on the streets in Saint Louis.  The trip also involves eating at local St Louis restaurants, exploring the city, as well as participating in Bible study, small group discussions, worship, fellowship, and games.

Training for the trip:  MUST BE COMPLETED BY FEBRUARY 1, 2016
Safe Gatherings: Protection of Minors and Developmentally Disabled Adults
All participants 16 and older at the time of the trip are required to take the training and be certified as a Safe Gatherings worker.  If you’ve taken the Safe Gatherings training within the last 4 years, you do not have to repeat the training.  To make it convenient for your schedule, this is now an online class. Once you complete the class and are certified, you will receive an email with your expiration date. (Please allow 4–6 weeks for processing). Once you receive your email you will need to send a copy to the rezlife office. To start the training go to

Parent & Student Meeting
There is a mandatory parent and student meeting on Monday February, 29th from 7:30-8:30pm in room C020a & d, Building C, Lower Level. All information regarding the trip (what to bring, guidelines and student covenant) will be handed out and gone over. This is required for all students participating in this trip, even if you’ve been on a mission trip in the past.

This is going to be an amazing experience as we have the awesome opportunity to serve the Lord together while having fun in the process. Be prepared to be stretched and molded in new and different ways during your experience! 

To register: click here

Please contact the rezlife office, with questions at 913-544-0262 or rezlifeleawood@cor.orgReturn Consent Forms to the rezlife office:

ATTN: rezlife

Sponsored by: 
Rezlife High School

+-Contact us


Director of Student Ministries - Dave MaGee
Associate Director of Student Ministries - Julie Peters
Middle School Minister - Taylor Ogden Thomas
High School Minister - Jeff Milton
Assistant Youth Minister - Andy Guarini
Confirmation Coordinator - Teri Chalker
Event Planning & Volunteers - Deborah Comstock
Coordinating Assistant - Cindy Weston
Administrative Assistant - Darci Iandolo
Student Intern - Nick Kaufmann
Worship Leader - Cory Ryan
Assistant Worship Leader - Eric Hintermaier
Youth Music Program Director - Joyce Blakesley
Youth Orchestra Program Director - Kirk Ketcham
Handbells Program Director - Gwen Gepford
Fanfare Ringers - Lin Sanford
Associate Audio Engineer - Jordan Tracy
Producer - Micah Jacobsen

+-Middle School

Middle School in Rezlife Student Ministries is for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  We offer a variety of large group and small group activities along with special events specific for this age group.

Learn more about middle school programming.

+-High School

Rez High School offers both large group and small group experiences for 9th-12th grade students,including fellowship and service opportunities, retreats, and mission trips. 

Learn more about high school programming.

+-Sunday School

6th-12th Grade Sunday School
Student Center (Leawood Building C)
Sundays, 9:00-10:15am (doors open at 8:50am)

Click here for more information specific to our Sunday School programming.


Confirmation is the time when a personal decision is made to confirm the vows of our baptism. At The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, this happens as a group of students join together to explore who Christ is, what it means to know Him through a life-long relationship, and how we follow Him as United Methodists. 

Click here for more information specific to our Confirmation program.

+-Ministry as a Career

MAC Track offers students 6th - 12th grade opportunities to explore Ministry as a Career through presentation, discussion, and job shadow.

Click here for more information specific to our MAC Track Program.

+-Events, Retreats, & Missions

rezlife Student Ministries offers special events, overnight retreats, domestic mission trips, and international mission trips - each targeted to appropriate age groupings, for 6th through 12th grade students.

AT-A-GLANCE VIEW of Upcoming Events, Retreats, & Missions 

(Select the CALENDAR Tab on the left side of this page for details and registration information.)


Event Description

Eligible Grades


Feb 12 – Feb 14

Serve N Sled

8th & 9th

Register Here

Mar 10 – Mar 13

St Louis Mission Trip

9th – 12th

Register Here

Apr 1 - Apr 4

Branson Young Christians Weekend

6th, 7th, 8th

Opens Feb 24

April 2, 2016

HS Serve Day - Jerusalem Farm

9th - 12th

Opens Mar 1

April 15, 2016

Above All Else: Purity Night

6th – 12th grade Students & Parents

Opens Feb 28

Apr 22 - Apr 24

MAC Track Spring Retreat

6th - 12th

to be announced

May 13, 2016

Middle School Event

6th, 7th, 8th

Opens Apr 1

Jun 6 - Jun 10

Omaha Mission Trip

8th (Fall 2016)

Register Here

Jun 12 - Jun 18

Dallas Mission Trip

9th - 12th (Fall 2016 & 2016 Graduates)

Register Here

Jun 20 - Jun 25

Youthfront West

Summer Camp

7th & 8th (Fall 2016)

Now Open

Jun 25 - Jun 30

Nashville Mission Trip

9th - 12th (Fall 2016 & 2016 Graduates)

Trip Leaders register Here

Jul 9 - Jul 17

Jamaica International

Mission Trip

10th - 12th (Fall 2016 & 2016 Graduates)

Apply Online

Jul 9 - Jul 14

Chicago Mission Trip

9th - 12th (Fall 2016 & 2016 Graduates)

Register Here

Jul 20 - Jul 24

Surge KC Mission Trip

7th & 8th (Fall 2016)

Register Here

Jul 24 - Jul 31

Honduras International

Mission Trip

10th - 12th (Fall 2016 & 2016 Graduates)

Apply Online

Jul 24 - Jul 29

Denver Mission Trip

9th - 12th (Fall 2016 & 2016 Graduates)

Trip Leaders Register Here

+-Group Life (Small Groups)

Small groups are a great way to get to know and connect with other students, to connect with trained rezlife volunteer small group leaders, and to be involved in Bible study and topical discussions relative to everyday life and issues.  

Click here for more information specific to our Rezlife Small Groups.

+-Parent Info

We at rezlife student ministries believe that students best grow in faith when parents and the church work together to walk beside students on their journey of faith. Discipleship and growth happens not only in the church but also in the home.

There are several primary ways we as the staff of rezlife student ministries strive to partner together with parents:

- Weekly Email Communication – rezlife sends out a weekly email on Tuesdays to parents and families with up to date information on ministry programs and events going on in rezlife – the email along with regularly checking out the website are the best ways to stay connected with the upcoming opportunities within rezlife. The email will also occasionally include resources or links for parents and families. To subscribe to the weekly email please go to the rezlife student ministries home page on the website and on the bottom left click on the “Subscribe to Weekly Email” link.

Follow rezlife on social media – follow the “rezlife leawood” page on Facebook, the “rezlifeleawood” Twitter account, or the “rezlifeleawoodms” or “rezlifeleawoodhs” Instagram accounts. Also check out the rezlife blog at which will occasionally include resources or links for parents and families.

Parent Meetings – rezlife offers parent meetings in conjunction with many of our big events and major transitions. Just some of those meetings include 5th-6th grade transition in May, 8th-9th grade transition in May, parent meetings at the end of each Metamorphosis fall retreat, mandatory meetings before all summer mission trips for parents and students, and confirmation orientation meeting.

Parenting Classes – rezlife offers occasional short-term parenting classes on Tuesday nights as part of the churchwide Grow Night discipleship nights. In the fall a 10 week “Parenting Teenagers” course was offered from Director, Dave MaGee. In the spring additional offerings from Taylor Ogden Thomas and Andy Guarini are scheduled. For more details on these please check out the calendar tab on the top left of this page.

Special Events – every other year rezlife hosts a one-night “Purity” conference centering on healthy and appropriate dating relationships and boundaries with speakers and sessions geared toward both 6th-12th grade students and their parents. Other offerings are also made available.

Parent-Youth Minister Calls/Meetings – each of the rezlife youth ministers are more than happy to set up meetings with parents, parents and families, or phone calls to individually discuss any specific parent needs, concerns, or finding the best place to get a student connected. Please directly connect with any of the rezlife staff on the staff page on the rezlife student ministries home page.

+-Scholarship Form

Here at rezlife Student Ministries we want all students to have the opportunity to grow deeper in their faith.  Scholarships are available for our camps, mission trips, confirmation, MAC Track and retreats that are primarily spiritual or service oriented focused. Our scholarship form is used to assist the student ministry staff in the process of allocating the funds.  All information that you give on this form will be treated with strict confidence. Download and complete the form. You can return the form by mail, drop it off at the rezlife office or give directly to one of the student ministry staff members.  Once the form has been reviewed, a staff member will contact you.  In the meantime, go ahead and get your student registered so you can secure their spot.

If you have any questions, please contact the rezlife Student Ministry office at 913.544.0262 or

+-Safe Gatherings

Online Abuse Prevention Training
The Church of the Resurrection in its Policy for the Protection of Minors and Developmentally Disabled Adults vows to take seriously the importance of providing a safe environment where all people can participate freely and safely in the life of the church and intend to maintain a sanctuary or "safe place" for all to grow in faith and maturity.

If you wish to volunteer in KiDS COR, rezlife, Matthew's Ministry, Youth Music, International or Domestic Missions, you will be required to become certified by the Safe Gatherings program to serve in that ministry.

You will have 30 days to complete the training process for certification. Training may be completed anytime, anywhere using the online system. You may complete the training modules at your own pace and request reference letters electronically.  The training takes about 1 ½ hours to complete from start to finish.  You will need to create a user name and password to get started.

Here are some helpful hints for entering your information.

·         Application Type – select Applying for Certification for first time

·         Height & Weight – give your best guess

·         Occupation – type in student or if you’re an adult type in your actual occupation

·         List all previous church work involving children / youth – this is a required field so you can type in NONE or if you’ve volunteered in the church nursery or a related type of volunteer work list that as well


Before you get started you will need to have a couple of things ready ahead of time. This section will ask you for two references that you have known for at least 2 years.

The first is a United Methodist Pastor – If you do not personally know one of the pastors here at Church of the Resurrection, you may use someone from the church staff who you've personally known for two years, or another United Methodist pastor.               

Our main number here in student ministries is 913 544 0262, and rezlife staff email addresses can be found here on our church web site.

The second reference is someone over 18 that has known you for 2 or more years.  You will need their email and phone number with area code. (to help speed up the process you will want to let the individuals know that you’ve put them down as a reference and to expect an email)

Background Checks 

Download the background check form, complete the information and mail the form to: (no payment required)

Ms. Kathie Monroe

Kansas United Methodist Conference

9440 E Boston, Suite 110

Wichita, KS 67207

Once you have completed the course and your references have responded you will be sent an email stating that you have completed the training. Your email will have a certification expiration date.  Please send a copy of this email to, so we can update the church data base. Your certification is valid for 4 years from the time you complete the course.

To access information about Safe Gatherings, please go to

In order to be an adult volunteer with rezlife, you will need to be certified in Safe Gatherings (formerly Safe and Sacred). This new program is completely online and is good for 4 years.

+-Subscribe to Weekly email

We send emails each Tuesday with information about upcoming events in Student Ministries.

Click here to subscribe to our weekly emails.