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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.

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.

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 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 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

+-Calendar

Sunday May 29

No Sunday School this week.  Enjoy worship with your family.

Sunday June 5

Sunday School: 6th-12th Grade: 9:00-10:15am, Student Center

 June 1st

rezlife at the Royals for those preregistered

6th-12th Grade Students
Check in: 5:30pm, Room C136, Building C, Leawood Campus
6th - 12th grade students, join the rezlife Team for a fun night of Royals Baseball!!  Cost is just $20.00 for admission and transportation.  Bring extra money for snacks and souvenirs.  A parental consent form is required.

rezlife Summer 2016 Weekly Activities

Summer is almost here, and rezlife has some awesome events for students to participate in this summer!


Bible Studay at Starbucks
Tuesdays, June 7- August 2
students entering 6th-8th Grade: 6:30-7:30pm
students entering 9th-12th Grade: 7:30-8:30pm
Come hang out with us at Starbucks, at 135th & Briar, on Tuesday evenings, for fellowship, coffee and Bible study with the rezlife summer interns.

6th-8th Grade Summer Recess
Wednesdays, June 8 - July 27
6:30-8:00pm, lawn west of Building C
Meet outside on the lawn by the Student Center for fun, outdoor games.  Bring a friend!

High School Ultimate Frisbee
Thursdays, June 2 - August 4
7:00-8:30pm, lawn west of Building C
Meet outside on the lawn by the Student Center and bring a friend!

6/7/8 Grade Youth Group and rez High School kicks off Wednesday, August 17th

Breakfast & Bible Study resumes in September

Time with Taylor resumes in  SEPTEMBER




Jun 1 2016 - 5:30pm to Aug 3 2016 - 8:30am

rezlife Summer Events

rezlife at the Royals - June 1

Check in: 5:30pm, Room C136, Building C, Leawood Campus

6th - 12th grade students, join the rezlife Team for a fun night of Royals Baseball!!  Cost is just $20.00 for admission and transportation.  Bring extra money for snacks and souvenirs.  A parental consent form is required and can be downloaded here (you can fill out one form for all 3 events).  Spots are limited, so don't wait to sign up!  Register below.

Discover Kansas City with rezlife - July 6

Check in: 10:00am, Room C136, Building C, Leawood Campus

Open to 6th - 12th grade students.  Join us as we "discover" amazing sites located right here in the Kansas City area. Cost is $15.00 which covers transportation.  Bring extra money for lunch ($10.00-$15.00).  A parental consent form is required and can be downloaded here (you can fill out one form for all 3 events). Spots are limited.  Register below.

Sweat and Swim - August 3

Check-in: 8:30am, Room C136, Building C, Leawood Campus

Open to 6th - 12th grade students.  Come and spend the day serving with rezlife in the morning and then dipping into the pool in the afternoon.  We will be serving at Resurrection Furnishings from 9:00 am - Noon where the students will be working on cleaning kits.  We are asking for a suggested donation of 1 liquid dish soap container for the kit.  In the afternoon, we will be swimming at Super Splash!  Cost is $15.00 and students will need to bring a sack lunch.  A parental consent form is required and can be downloaded here (you can fill out one form for all 3 events). Spots are limited.  Register below.

Jun 12 2016 - 7:00am to Jun 18 2016 - 7:00pm

Dallas Mission Trip

rezlife 2016 Dallas Mission Trip
Sunday, June 12th – Saturday, June 18th

Trip Leader: Jeff Milton, High School Minister

This mission trip is for those students entering 9th-12th grade in the Fall 2016 and 2016 High School Graduates.

“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 $300.00 per student and $25.00 for an adult co-mentor. This includes your transportation, meals while in Dallas, 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 First UMC University Park. Every person needs to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow.  Showers are available on site.

What kind of work will we be doing?
Every mission trip is unique. This trip includes a variety of service opportunities. We will be serving the Dallas community through a variety of projects including Project Transformation, Shoes for Orphans, People Helping People, and other local ministries in the Dallas area. In addition to those mentioned above your team may work with children, visit with the elderly, perform light maintenance such as minor repairs/painting homes, yard work (mowing, weeding gardens), picking up trash, helping out at homeless shelters and elderly homes, building wheelchair ramps cleaning/doing repair work for local parks, or even working in community gardens. Students will be serving in mission teams with 2 adult leaders per team. Each team will serve several different mission sites. Besides serving during the day, all students will participate in Bible study, small group discussions, worship, fellowship, and games.

Training for the trip:  MUST BE COMPLETED BY MAY 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 www.safegatherings.com.

Parent & Student Meeting
There is a mandatory parent and student meeting on Monday, June 6th from 7:30-8:30pm in room C050, 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:
THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION
13720 ROE AVENUE
LEAWOOD, KS 66224
ATTN: rezlife

Sponsored by: 
Rezlife High School
Jun 20 2016 - 1:00pm to Jun 25 2016 - 10:00am

2016 Summer Camp Youth Front West is Full; Registration is Closed

2016 Summer Camp Youth Front West

June 20 – 25th, 2016

Students entering 7th or 8th grade in the fall of 2016

(if your student is entering 6th grade in the fall of 2016 they’ll be attending camp through KIDS COR

go to www.cor.org/children to access camp for 6th grade and younger)

Summer Camp is an exciting, fun-filled, life changing experience.  Each summer, hundreds of rezlife students descend on camp for times of solitude, worship, and sports activities like — swimming, 4-wheeling, the Blob, high-ropes challenge course, paintball, theme nights, arts and crafts sand volleyball, and more!   

Cost:  $430

Register with Church of the Resurrection and enter our Group Hold ID to receive an additional $15 off and for your student to be associated with Church of the Resurrection reservation group.

Group Hold ID is Full; registration is now closed.

In addition when you register before March 1st you’ll receive $15 of camp bucks!  Camp bucks can be used towards purchase of merchandise, snack shop goodies, ATV rides, or paintball.  This money will be applied to the wristband they receive at check-in.

Steps to register:

If your family created an account last year you’ll log into that same account. All of your family information is saved in the system so you can review and make any necessary updates or changes.

Go to www.youthfront.com/account/

Create an account

Register your student/family information

**Don’t forget to select week 3 and enter the Group Hold ID is – CORYFCamp

Payment

A deposit of $100 plus a $3.00 registration fee is required at the time of registration.  Your deposit can be made by check or credit card.

You’ll have the ability to spread the remaining balance out over time or you can pay in full at the time of registration. You can log in at any time and make a payment amount of your choosing toward the total balance due.

During the week of camp Youthfront no longer accepts cash for merchandise or other items sold at the snack shop.  They will be completely cashless.  You’ll put your student’s money for the week on their account prior to camp and can add if you need to during the week. 

VOLUNTEERS:

We will need one volunteer for each cabin.  Being a cabin leader is a great way to hang out with students and help them grow in their faith. Don’t worry it’s easy and fun!  Youthfront provides one paid staff person for each cabin who will lead the kids through the activities.  Volunteers must be 18 years of age.  Also there is some flexibility if you need to leave for an important meeting or take calls or work online (they do have wifi).  Please consider taking time to come to camp with us.  If you’re interested in more information or would like to sign up contact Deborah Comstock at deborah.comstock@cor.org or 913-544-0251.

CABIN PLACEMENT:  

Each cabin has four rooms that hold four children on bunk beds (total of 16 kids per cabin).  When you register you may list up to three friends your child would like to room with.  If the four children don’t list each other as requested bunkmates than you risk us to determine how to place children into their cabins.  So if at all possible get four kids together and everyone list each other please!  In order for all campers to have the best experience we will not put more than two rooms of friends together in a cabin.  If you need to make changes to your bunkmate requests you can do in the new campwise system.  We will not start cabin placement until three or four weeks before camp so you have plenty of time to get it all figured out.

Still have questions about camp?  Visit the Youthfront website at www.youthfront.com and read through the FAQ page or call the Youthfront offices or 913-262-3900.

Sponsored by: 
Rezlife Middle School
Jun 25 2016 - 7:00am to Jun 30 2016 - 7:00pm

Nashville Mission Trip is FULL; Registration is Closed

rezlife 2016 Nashville Mission Trip
Saturday, June 25th – Thursday, June 30th

Trip Leader: Jeff Milton, High School Minister

This mission trip is for those students entering 9th-12th grade in the Fall 2016 and 2016 High School Graduates.

“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 $300.00 per student and $25.00 for an adult co-mentor. This includes your transportation, meals while in Nashville, 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 McKendree United Methodist Church. Every person needs to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow.  Showers are available on site.
What kind of work will we be doing?
Every mission trip is unique. Trips include a variety of service opportunities. You may work with children, visit with the elderly, perform light maintenance such as minor repairs/painting homes, yard work (mowing, weeding gardens), picking up trash, helping out at a homeless shelters, elderly homes, building wheelchair ramps cleaning/doing repair work for local parks, or even working in community gardens. Students will be serving in mission teams with two adult leaders per team. Each team will serve several different mission sites. In addition to serving during the day, all students will participate in Bible study, small group discussions, worship, fellowship, and games.

Training for the trip:  MUST BE COMPLETED BY JUNE 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 www.safegatherings.com.

Parent & Student Meeting
There is a mandatory parent and student meeting on Monday June 13th from 7:30-8:30pm in room C050, 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! 

This trip is full - registration is now closed.
Please contact the rezlife office, with questions at 913-544-0262 or rezlifeleawood@cor.orgReturn Consent Forms to the rezlife office:
THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION
13720 ROE AVENUE
LEAWOOD, KS 66224
ATTN: rezlife

Sponsored by: 
Rezlife High School
Jul 9 2016 - 7:00am to Jul 14 2016 - 7:00pm

Chicago Mission Trip - STUDENT REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS TRIP - ONLY TAKING ADULT VOLUNTEERS

rezlife 2016 Chicago Mission Trip
Saturday, July 9th – Thursday, July 14th

Trip Leader: Jeff Milton, High School Minister

This mission trip is for those students entering 9th-12th grade in the Fall 2016 and 2016 High School Graduates.

“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 $300.00 per student and $25.00 for an adult co-mentor. This includes your transportation, meals while in Chicago, 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 Park Ridge United Methodist Church. 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?
Every mission trip is unique. Trips include a variety of service opportunities. You may work with children, visit with the elderly, perform light maintenance such as minor repairs/painting homes, yard work (mowing, weeding gardens), picking up trash, helping out at a homeless shelters, elderly homes, building wheelchair ramps cleaning/doing repair work for local parks, or even working in community gardens. Students will be serving in mission teams with two adult leaders per team. Each team will serve several different mission sites. In addition to serving during the day, all students will participate in Bible study, small group discussions, worship, fellowship, and games.

Training for the trip:  MUST BE COMPLETED BY JUNE 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 www.safegatherings.com.

Parent & Student Meeting
There is a mandatory parent and student meeting on Tuesday, June 21st 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 - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED TO STUDENTS. WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING ADULT VOLUNTEERS AT THIS TIME.
Please contact the rezlife office, with questions at 913-544-0262 or rezlifeleawood@cor.orgReturn Consent Forms to the rezlife office:
THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION
13720 ROE AVENUE
LEAWOOD, KS 66224
ATTN: rezlife

Sponsored by: 
Rezlife High School

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+-Staff

Director of Student Ministries - Dave MaGee
Associate Director of Student Ministries - Julie Peters
Middle School Minister - Taylor Ogden Thomas
High School Minister - Sam Johnson
Assistant Youth Minister - Andy Guarini
Confirmation Coordinator - Teri Chalker
Event Planning & Volunteers - Deborah Comstock
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

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.)

Date

Event Description

Eligible Grades

Registration

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)

Camp is FULL; Registration is Closed

Jun 25 - Jun 30

Nashville Mission Trip

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

Trip is FULL; Registration is Closed

Jul 9 - Jul 14

Chicago Mission Trip

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

Trip is FULL; Registration is Closed

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)

Registration is Closed

Jul 24 - Jul 29

Denver Mission Trip

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

Trip is FULL; Registration is Closed

+-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 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.

+-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 rezlifeleawood@cor.org

+-Safe Gatherings

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

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Click on:  At the top of the page, CLICK:  Get Started

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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. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

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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

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No explanation needed

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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.)

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No explanation needed

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Use the information that you received from your references to complete this page.

Enter the email address and phone # carefully and accuratelyProviding 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.

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The church pays all fees for the application.  Click:  CONTINUE

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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:

                kmonroe@greatplainsumc.org

Scan the form and send via fax to:

                 316-684-0044

TUTORIAL TRAINING

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.

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