Student Ministries Home Page - Rezlife
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.
WHAT DOES REZLIFE OFFER?
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.
Wednesday Night High School Rez: 9th - 12th grades: 8-9:15 pm, Student Center (Building C)
Come hang out with other high school students for a time of fun and faith. 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 Sam Johnson 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 2016-17 confirmation session is now closed).
MAC Track (Ministry as a Career):
Meets every third Monday night at one of the participant's homes.
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 Adventures with Andy (During the School Year):
"Adventures with Andy" 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 Andy Guarini, 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.
Click Here for more information and to register for the Totally Tubular Retreat.
Click Here for more information on the 2017 Honduras Mission Trip.
Click Here for Youthfront 2017 Summer Camp information.
Middle School Youth Group - Andy Guarini will start a new series entitled "Presents vs. Presence" and explore the real spirit of the Christmas season.
6:15-8pm, Student Center, Building C, Leawood
Cafe closes at 6:30pm (exact change is appreciated and accelerates the line!)
High School Youth Group - Join Dave MaGee for his new series entitled "Manger Danger" in which we explore how Jesus’ arrival to the world at Christmas challenged both the people of the first century and challenges our lives today.
8-9:15pm, Student Center, Building C, Leawood
Breakfast & Bible Study
7:45-8:30am, Winsteads, 135th & Briar
Adventures with Andy
4-5pm, Winsteads, 135th & Briar
9-10:15am, Student Center, Building C, Leawood
10:30am-12:15pm, Room C050, Lower Level, Building C, Leawood
We couldn't do what we do without you! Whether you have lots of time to volunteer each week or only a few hours once in a while - rezlife has a volunteer opportunity for you. We believe that God has called each of you at this time and in this place to serve in a way that only you can. You don't have to be a Bible expert to serve, just a heart for working with students.
Adult Volunteer Opportunities at a Glance:
Youth Group Small Group Co-Leader
6/7/8th grade Wednesday Nights 6:00pm - 8:00pm
High School Wednesday Nights 7:45pm - 9:15pm
Sunday School Co-Leader
6th - 12th grade Sunday Mornings 8:45am - 10:15am
Fall Retreat Leaders
6/7/8/th grade November 4- 6th
High School November 18 - 20
Training and curriculum are provided for all volunteer opportunities in rezlife.
Director of Student Ministries - Dave MaGee
Youth Minister, Care & Development - Taylor Ogden Thomas
High School Minister - Sam Johnson
Middle School Minister - Andy Guarini
Confirmation Coordinator - Teri Chalker
Event Planning & Volunteers - Deborah Comstock
Administrative Assistant - Darci Iandolo
Assistant Youth Minister - Nick Kaufmann
Worship Leader - Cory Ryan
Youth Music Program Director - Joyce Blakesley
Handbells Program Director - Gwen Gepford
Fanfare Ringers - Lin Sanford
Associate Audio Engineer - Jordan Tracy
Producer - Micah Jacobsen
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.
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.
6th-12th Grade Sunday School
Student Center (Leawood Building C)
Sundays, 9:00-10:15am (doors open at 8:50am)
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.
+-Ministry as a Career
MAC Track offers students 6th - 12th grade opportunities to explore Ministry as a Career through presentation, discussion, and job shadow.
+-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.)
+-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.
+-rezlife Band & Youth Music
Rezlife has worship bands that lead musical worship for 6th-8th grade Wednesday night youth group, high school Wednesday night youth group, Sunday morning 9am Sunday School, and Sunday morning Confirmation. Rezlife bands are student-led bands trained and supported by United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Contemporary Worship Leader Cory Ryan. Many bands practice once a week as well as rehearse before the scheduled start time of the different ministry programs they lead worship at.
How do I become part of a rezlife band?
Auditions are held every fall, usually near the end of August or very early September. Students are asked to come prepared with a pre-selected worship song to perform vocally or play on their chosen instrument. Pre-registration is required to receive a specific audition slot. Click here to register for the 2016/17 rezlife Praise Band auditions on 8/27/16.
Interested in having a rezlife band come lead worship at your event?
Rezlife student-led bands appreciate the opportunity to share their gifts and minister to other youth by leading worship outside the walls of Church of the Resurrection. If you would be interested in potentially having a rezlife band play at such as events as district/conference youth rallies, worship services, weekend retreats, or other events, please contact Cory Ryan (rezlife worship leader) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dave MaGee (Director of Student Ministries) at email@example.com. Cory or Dave can answer questions about schedule availability, travel reimbursements, and honorariums.
Student Choir, Handbells and Orchestra
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 www.cor.org/students 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 http://rezlife.blogs.cor.org 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.
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.
If you have any questions, please contact the rezlife Student Ministry office at 913.544.0262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GUIDELINES FOR COMPLETING THE SAFE GATHERINGS APPLICATION
The United Methodist 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: KIDSCOR, Rezlife, Mathew’s Ministry, Children’s Music, Youth Music, Partner Schools, International or Domestic Missions, Silver Link, as a Congregational Care Minister, you are required to become certified by the Safe Gathering Program to serve in that ministry. All staff are required to become certified as well. This is also a requirement of the Great Plains Annual conference. Information and resources relating to the Safe Gatherings Program can be found at: www.greatplainsumc.org/safegatherings
BEFORE YOU START
You will be asked for 2 references. These are people that have known you for a minimum of 2 years. You may NOT use a relative as a reference. For optimal success, it is recommended that you contact these people ahead of time and carefully note their email and phone number with area code. The Safe Gatherings automated system will use the contact information that you provide to instantly contact the reference via email, so accuracy is essential. Your primary reference must come from the reference progression that follows:
Resurrection Pastor who knows/worked with you
Pastor of a different church with whom you have worked
Resurrection Staff/Lay Leader with whom you have worked
Staff of a different church with whom you have worked
Employer or Supervisor
Your secondary reference or lay reference can be a neighbor, friend, co-worker, etc., but not a relative. This reference must be 18 years or older.
To be assured that your references provide the necessary information requested by Safe Gatherings in a timely manner, it is recommended that you make a follow-up contact as a reminder. Do this within a few days of completing the application process. Also, advise your references that sometimes Safe Gatherings notifications go to Spam. This can also happen with correspondence to you from Safe Gatherings
READY TO APPLY
The Safe Gatherings application and tutorial training are to be completed using the online system. The application and tutorial training take about 1 ½ hours to complete from start to finish. To access the Safe Gatherings website, go to: www.safegatherings.com
Click on: At the top of the page, CLICK: Get Started
You are applying for Safe Gatherings certification for the Church of the Resurrection, in Leawood, Kansas. Even if you attend a Missouri side campus or the Olathe campus use: Leawood as the city; Kansas as the state.
You will create a User Name and Password. Keep both of these until you have received notification of Safe Gatherings Certification. You can use your email as the User Name. However, creating your own User Name, has proven to be a better choice. The user name and password will allow you to complete the application process in more than one setting. You can use them to log on to the site and check the status of your application. Monitoring the status of the application yourself, is the best and fastest way to keep your application moving through the certification process. The User Name and Password can also be used to change a reference or correct reference information, if that becomes necessary.
Use your legal name on all documents during the application process.
Male applicants, click on: NONE at the end of the Maiden Name box.
If you do not have a driver’s license, type: NONE
State: scroll down, CLICK on the state you live in.
Most people are applying as a Lay Person
No explanation needed
For: Height and Weight, use your best guess; Occupation, type in student, actual occupation, retired, or none.
Primary Area of Ministry: Type in the area in which you serve or wish to serve
When asked, list all previous church work involving children/youth/elderly. Example: church nursery or a related type of volunteer work. This is a required field, so you can type NONE. If you have lived outside of the state of Kansas at any point over the last 7 years, provide the address, city, state, and zip code for each residence during that time frame.
If you have attended a church other than Church of the Resurrection in the last 5 years, you will need to: give the name of the church; the country; and the zip code. (Missouri-side Resurrection members: Although you attend church at a location that is not in Kansas, this does not apply to you, unless you have attended Church of the Resurrection less than 5 years.)
No explanation needed
Use the information that you received from your references to complete this page.
Enter the email address and phone # carefully and accurately. Providing The Safe Gatherings automated system with accurate information is your responsibility. A misplaced dot, reversed or omitted letter(s), will result in your reference not receiving the request for information. Your application will not proceed further until you correct errors.
If you use a Clergy Reference that is not an actual Resurrection minister, you will be asked to explain why you didn’t. I responded: “I have not had the opportunity to work on a project with a Resurrection minister. I have not had a serious issue that I needed to consult with a Resurrection minister about.”
After submitting your application, contact the references to verify that the request form has been received. If the answer is: “no”, verify the email address. Log on to your account at: https://safegatherings.com/app/login. In the Application Status box, Click on: view/change reference Correct errors and SAVE. The automated system will resend the request for information form. You can use the same procedure to enter a different reference as long as the person meets the requirements listed earlier.
The church pays all fees for the application. Click: CONTINUE
To access the Release of Information Form, Click on: click here, in the first paragraph at the top of the page.
PRINT this form. Sign the form on the signature line next to where your name is printed, and provide your current address. Also, fill in the Social Security # if it doesn’t show. If there is no Social Security # on this form, the back ground check will not be initiated and the application process will not proceed.
SEND the Release of Information Form using one of the options below:
Send the form via US Mail to:
Ms Kathie Monroe
Kansas United Methodist Conference
9440 E Boston, Suite 110
Wichita, KS 67207
Scan the form and send via email to:
Scan the form and send via fax to:
You are now ready to complete the tutorial training portion of Safe Gatherings. Complete all 10 modules.
When you have completed the session, click: SUBMIT
You should have your certification in about 3 weeks. You will be notified via email when your application has been approved. This email will have a certification expiration date. Keep a copy of this email for your records. The certification that you receive is valid for 4 years. At the end of that time, you will need to reapply in order to continue working in a ministry that involves a vulnerable population.
+-Subscribe to Weekly email
We send emails each Tuesday with information about upcoming events in Student Ministries.