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[Rewire] Ecclesiastes 8 (Senior Group)

Hey everyone,

Another update on youth group last Friday (1st May)! A rainy and windy week didn’t make the week any better. Busy with the daily routine of work, eat and sleep, I began to question why I do certain things each week. I began to ask, how can I glorify God in what I do each week?¬†This routinous way of living certainly takes away the zeal I once had in God when I was baptized three years ago.

However, thankfully, I ended the working week with my weekly dosage of Rewire. We prayed together about what we learnt at Kyck, we prayed about Nepal and prayed for what’s happening around us. Even as a leader, I learn alot alongside my youths with what Solomon has to say regarding wisdom. We learnt about Ecclesiastes 8, and I was reminded of what fearing God means. Usually, we fear someone due to their power, or we fear because of the thought of punishment. With God, it’s both. He is so almighty and powerful that we stand in awe before Him, His grace and love for us is something that we cannot completely understand. We learn to submit to what He wants us to do with our lives by reading the Bible. Yet, we know that there is also a consequence if we do not acknowledge our Creator.

I was reminded that even simple things such as eating, sleeping and the ability to work, all is able to be done because of what God the Father has done for us by sending His son, Jesus, to die for us on the Cross and that we are able to accept Him for who He is through the Holy Spirit. Let us remind ourselves that everyday is a blessing from God, for without Him, we wouldn’t be forgiven, we wouldn’t be freed from sin.

I once heard something at a funeral that was immensely encouraging to me, and when I feel like I am spiritually low, I am reminded of this:

‘Another Day, another grace.’

 

[REWIRE] Senior Old Testament Study 5

Series: Old Testament – Ecclesiastes 7

Rewire launched its second term last Friday after a week break. We kicked off this new term with a fun activity and a great time coming together to delve into God’s word.

Activity

This activity consisted of the youth and leaders sitting on chairs in a circle with one person in the middle without a chair. The person in the middle must say something relevant to them. If the statement is also relevant to anyone sitting on the chairs, they must move to another chair (but it can’t be the chairs next to them). The person in the middle also is supposed to move to an available chair and hence there is always one person in the middle without a chair and the game continues likewise. This activity was a great start to this new term and had everyone running around ūüôā

Ecclesiastes 7

What does wisdom mean to you?

The seniors (year 10-12) resumed their Ecclesiastes study this week with chapter 7. In this chapter, the author first highlights the wise vs. the fool. We explored why the author tells us a house of mourning is better than going to a house of feasting. The author explains this idea with death being the destiny of every man. However, when Christians die physically it marks the end of their suffering and troubles.

Later in the passage, the author compares man’s limited ability to God’s supreme authority. He teaches us to not be on either extremes of being over righteous or over wise, rather one who fears God will avoid all extremes.

In light of this, who is God to you and where does your identity lie in? Where do you find joy in your life and how does this compare to what the author tells us of wisdom?

We would love for you to join us!

Rewire comes together on Friday nights 8pm at Beverly Hills Chinese Baptist Church. We warmly welcome you to come along! ūüôā

[REWIRE] Good Friday Outdoor Social

Date 03/04/2015

Author: Crystal Ng (Leader)

During the afternoon on Good Friday we held an outdoor social at the Beverly Hills Public School (this venue is also. where we have our weekly English sunday service). We had hoped that youth would be able to bring their friends along and after our social ended would be able to stay for our church’s evangelistic Good Friday service that night.

My fellow leaders and I are thankful that we had a lot of enthusiastic regulars and also some newcomers joining us that day despite the rainy weather all day. We made sure that precautions were put into place so that youth and leaders stayed safe, dry and uninjured by adapting games and moving them underneath sheltered areas within the school grounds.

Youth arrived at 4.00pm and were split into teams Black, Grey and Yellow and given maps of the school before the activities started. These three teams were instructed to participate in three planned activities for a chance to win a mystery prize ūüôā

Firstly the teams engaged in a few rounds of competitive Dodgeball, where they co-operated together within their teams to protect their team’s chosen King or Queen.

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This was followed by an action packed game of Clothes Peg Tag where the aim of the game was to chase down rival team members and steal their pegs for your team.

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Our last game of the day was a Photo scavenger hunt. The teams were handed out a checklist to see which team could gain the most points through finding and taking pictures of certain objects and/or leaders, completing missions (such as making Michael laugh, singing to Steph and recording it, attaching a peg to Jasson’s nose)

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While the final scores for the day were being finalised, Michael gave a short evangelistic talk to the youth. He asked the youth present questions such as: what Easter means to them, what Jesus’ suffering, death on the cross and resurrection means to them, and challenged them on their view of God. Through Michael, our Heavenly Father reminded us that we are all undeserving of God’s love and grace, that He seeks to have an intimate and personal relationship with each of us. A bible verse that came to my mind was John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”

After the talk had finished , the final scores were announced and the winning team was Team Yellow. Their prize was free pizza and drinks for dinner. To all the teams that day, you were impressive *give yourselves a pat on the back* ūüėõ

Everyone spent time eating and chatting during dinner and then play some more spontaneous ball and skipping games until the church service started at 7.30pm.

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It was such an encouragement to see both regular and new youth bond through these planned activities during the social. Everyone was eager to put in their best efforts for their team and run around completing missions. We hope you enjoyed the social as much as we did organising and running it ūüôā

All glory be to God.

 

p.s Pray for us as our youth group attends KYCK Conference in Katoomba this weekend 10-12 April ūüôā

 

[REWIRE] Praise and Prayer Night!

Date: 27/03/2015

Author: Sarah Leung (Leader)

This week we took a break from bible studies and had our first praise and prayer night of the year!

The music team kicked us off with some worship songs where the youth got to praise our glorious Father through singing ūüôā

This was followed by a short talk by Jasson on the resurrection of Jesus and how we no longer need to fear death and have a hope of eternal life in Gods kingdom to look forward to, if we put our trust in Jesus and what he has done for us!

To finish off the night, we had 5 different prayer stations which helped us reflect upon and pray about some things we have learnt so far this semester at youth group, how we view and relate to God as well as praying for one another and our upcoming youth camp KYCK. We also had a bit of fun with some painting of the things we are thankful to God for providing us on a large banner ¬†ūüôā

Overall it was a more relaxed night where the youths could praise and pray to our loving God and be reminded of who He is and what He has done for us.

 

[REWIRE] Junior Old Testament Study 4

Series: Old Testament ‚ÄstJonah 4

Date: 20/03/2015

Author: Stephanie Wong (Leader)

So another week has passed and Rewire has been continuing to gather together to read the word, chill and have fellowship with one another. We began the night with an epic game of spoons and then got into our bible study groups to continue with our series on Jonah.

Jonah 4

This week we¬†went through the final chapter of Jonah, a narrative which highlights God’s compassionate character. Within this chapter, this idea¬†is shown through the contrast between Jonah’s care for a single vine/plant and God’s mercy for the people of Nineveh through salvation.

In order to understand the book of Jonah holistically and in context, we formed¬†an activity to focus upon the interactions between “God and Jonah” and “Jonah and Others” (e.g. of¬†the latter: Jonah and the mariners¬†going to Tarshish together). By doing so, we were able to unpack this narrative and see how God’s compassion brought Him to save and work in the lives of those who rebelled against Him. It was interesting to learn¬†to learn too that even though¬†Jonah tried to run away from God (Jonah 1:3), didn’t repent for his actions,¬†was only thankful for being alive (Jonah 2:1-10), and had a resentful attitude towards the Ninevites (Jonah 4:1-11), God still used him to save¬†the mariners and Ninevites, who were not God’s people from Israel.

It has been great to see¬†youth coming back to Rewire to study the bible¬†on a weekly basis and see them grasp¬†doctrine¬†with great enthusiasm. I hope our¬†thirst for knowing God more¬†won’t¬†change as we continue our Old Testament study¬†on Ruth.

If you guys are interested in joining our bible studies or have any questions regarding Christianity, I really encourage you all to come and join us for Rewire on Friday nights!

“And should I not have concern for the great city Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right from their left…”

 

[Rewire] Senior Old Testament Study 4

Series: Old Testament ‚ÄstEcclesiastes 5-6

Date: 20/03/2015

Author: Michael Yiu (Leader)

Another week of Rewire, a night for students from years 10-12 to come together, play games, pray and read God’s word together. They met up at 8pm as usual, and the night kicked off with a game participated by people from year 7 to year 12!

Spoons

This is a game where there are 4 teams starting from each corner. The aim is to rush to the middle where the spoons are located, grab one, and put it back into your own corner. Alternatively, you can sneak into other teams’ corners and steal their square. Due to the absence of referees, the game was chaotic. However, the chaos made it all the better!

Ecclesiastes 5-6

Each week, we read a segment of Ecclesiastes, a wisdom book which is widely agreed to be written by King Solomon. In this week, Solomon teaches us the danger of hoarding wealth, as God might allow us to hoard such ‘treasure’, but we might not be able to enjoy it as ‘strangers’ might take them away from us (e.g. robbers or the lack of heir to inherit the wealth accumulated over the years).

We learn that God is someone who is greater than we, as He knows everything from beginning to the end, and everything is made according to His will. God isn’t telling us not to save, because if we don’t save, then what if we incur an unexpected bill from hospital etc! God is telling us that we should eat and drink and enjoy the things we have, but do it in remembrance that we have these things and can enjoy these things because God graciously provided them to us! All the glory be to God!

To find out more about Christianity, why we believe in Jesus, and if you want to know more about the Bible, come to Beverly Hills Chinese Baptist Church every Friday night to attend our youth group. Alternatively, join us every Sunday Morning for the weekly worship service held at Beverly Hills public school!

[REWIRE] Senior Old Testament Study 3

Series: Old Testament – Ecclesiastes 4

Date: 13/03/2015

Author: Lydia Leung (Leader)

Big Idea: Without God, various issues arise in our sinful world

This term, the seniors (year 10 to 12) have been delving into the book of Ecclesiastes. In the first study, we saw that true value is found in pleasing God as finding value elsewhere is done in vain (Ecclesiastes 1-2). The second study challenged us to look beyond this meaningless life under the sun and find new meaning in the all knowing God (Ecclesiastes 3).

In chapter 4 of Ecclesiastes, the author acknowledges the corrupt world we live in. They talk of issues such as the lack of compassion shown towards the oppressed (Ecclesiastes 4:1-3), working out of envy (Ecclesiastes 4:4), idleness (Ecclesiastes 4:5), loneliness (Ecclesiastes 4:7-8), and the fleeting nature of popularity/power (Ecclesiastes 4:13-16). Amongst all these issues we see a similarity: not having God as the main focus. Rather, the author pushes the idea of contentment (Ecclesiastes 4:6) and partnership both physically and spiritually (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).

Ecclesiastes 4 challenges us to find our satisfaction in God, and exemplifies our need for Him amongst the sinful world we live in. Lastly, we reflected upon this question: “What are you chasing after?” School marks/Ranking? Popularity? Money? Newest gadget? or are you steadfast casting your eyes on God?

 

[Rewire] Junior Old Testament Study 3

Series: Old Testament- Jonah 3

Date: 13/03/15

Author: Stephanie Wong (Leader)

Hey everyone!

This week, Rewire continued with their split Old Testament series whereby the junior youth went through Jonah 3 and the seniors continued to examine Ecclesiastes 4.

Purpose of Supplementary Activities

So what are these supplementary activities and why are they run?  Well within our youth group, supplementary activities such as games, prayer and short talks vary between week and week and are typically run before the conduction of bible studies. Why? Well this is mainly because apart from our bible study series, we believe that its important to provide other activities, each with their own specific purposes.

(i) Games:

A fun way to provide opportunities for youth to hang out and build on new and existing relationships as well as for them to have fellowship with one another.

(ii) Prayer:

Prayer is an important tool that is used to communicate and deepen our relationship with God. It is specifically run for youth to be able:

  • To keep each other accountable.¬†Youth are given opportunities to think about their priorities and to share with one another the joys and struggles they may encounter in their day to day lives.
  • To be aware of whats happening around the world and their ¬†surroundings whether it may about individuals suffering through persecution because of their faith in christ or even for missionaries as they continue to share the gospel with others so that they may be able to know him.
  • To be more active in their prayer lives
(iii) Short Talks:

Talks are written and presented  in order to provide a different learning experience for the youth and also speak about specific topics that may be relevant to them. These may include what the bible has to say about studying and relationships.

The Green Glass Door

Essentially for those who haven’t played the game before individuals begin by standing together in a circle. Then one by one, they would introduce themselves by telling everyone their names and then need to figure out how to get into the green glass door by bringing an item in, and also by not bringing in an item. So for example I would say “Hi, my name is Stephanie and I would like to go into the green glass door, I am going to bring in sugar but not tea”. Sounds simple eh? The challenge here is for everyone¬†to figure out how to get in. Now I’m not going to spoil it and tell you guys how to get in because that would spoil the fun for you guys (and also keep you guessing haha). But lets just say that overall, the game was pretty great and it was nice to see everyone having a laugh as they tried to figure out how to get through the green glass door.

The Study

(i) What did we learn?

So the junior youth (years 7-9 guys and girls) have been going through the book for Jonah for the past couple of weeks. This week we continued to delve into the book by looking at chapter 3 which talks about Jonah’s obedience towards God by going to Nineveh (3:1-4), the Ninevites Repentance (3:5-9) and God’s judgement towards the Ninevites through Jonah, which highlights his mercy and compassion (3:10). In order for the youth to read and understand¬†Jonah holistically, we asked them to create a comic strip that recapped what happened in chapters 1,2 & 3 before progressing and continuing to challenge and teach the youth.

Challenges:

To understand why Jonah chose to be obedient the second time God asked him to preach to the people of Nineveh and tell them of their sinful ways. It was interesting to hear about the different theories the youth got out of the passage. Some believed that it was because he feared God or because he was forced to go without choice but ultimately we can’t really know for certain the attitude or mindset Jonah had when he decided to return to Nineveh.

Context is imperative to properly understand Jonah. The statements below were told to youth in order for them to gain this understanding.

  • To understand that the people of Nineveh and Israel were enemies
  • To understand that the sackcloth is symbolic of humiliation

How God has worked in the lives of Jonah and Ninevites:

  • God has shown compassion to Jonah by providing him with a second chance through the swallowing of the fish
  • God worked through Jonah to preach to the Ninevites, allowing them to turn to repentance. Here, God’s mercy and compassion towards the Ninevites is highlighted.
(ii) Application

Youth were able to understand that salvation ultimately comes from the Lord. But what does that mean for us? This was something that we got the youth to reflect upon throughout the upcoming week and yeah I’m definitely keen to to hear what they have to say about it next week.

 

 

 

[REWIRE] Senior Social

Social: Pot Luck Dinner and Games Night

Date: 06/03/2015

Author: Crystal Ng (Leader)

WHO? WHERE? WHAT?

Last friday night, the senior youth (year 10-12) and their leaders gathered at my grandma’s house and we feasted on a delicious pot luck dinner and we bonded through conversations and group games.

We forgot to take a picture of all the lovingly homemade and purchased food that everyone contributed for dinner, but there was everything from sushi, lasagne, potato salad, chicken wings, fried rice, pasta etc and for dessert we had tiramisu which one of our youth made.

The youth and leaders enjoyed playing ball games outside and we entertained ourselves with Jungle Speed, Mafia and Werewovles inside. Everyone enjoy themselves and it was encouraging to see the newcomers participate so enthusiastically too.

Purpose

Apart from regular bible studies, prayer and praise nights, talks and evangelistic events and camps which our youth group participate in, we believe in co-ordinating socials. Such socials may be classified as internal (within church premises) or external (ice skating, laser tag, korean bbq etc). External socials require permission notes to be printed out and distributed to youth.  Youth who wish to attend are required to have these notes signed by parents and/or caregivers and returned back to leaders. We take the safety of our youth seriously.

These social events provide a fantastic opportunity for us (leaders) and our youth and their non christian friends to bond and deepen in fellowship by playing games, eating food and other activities. We hope that these fun events will also encourage youth to be more inclusive and at ease with each other.

As Steph has mentioned earlier in her post, we chose to intentionally split up the junior (years 7-9) and seniors (years 10-12) youth because new youth had recently joined Rewire so we thought that it would be a good opportunity for them to get acquainted with their respective cohorts and to deepen those existing relationships as well.

A big thankyou once again to all the youth that came and their parents that drove them and/or made them food to bring AND my grandma for her hospitality to all of us that night and the watermelon hehe.

This week, we’ll be looking at Ecclesiastes chapter 4. See you at church 8pm.

On behalf of the senior leaders,

YSIC,

Crystal

p.s I shall upload a group picture later, watch this space.

Hebrews 10:24-25

and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

[REWIRE] Junior Social

Social: Pizza and Games Night

Date: 06/03/2015

Author: Stephanie Wong (Leader)

Hey guys!

This week, Rewire hosted our first social of the year!

Purpose

Socials are held because we believe that it’s a good opportunity for us (leaders) to gather our youth together and spend time collectively by playing games, eating food and other activities e.g. rock climbing and laser tag. By doing this, youth are able to build upon new and existing relationships so that they may be able to offer each other mutual encouragement through fellowship.

We chose to intentionally split up the junior (years 7-9) and seniors (years 10-12) youth because new youth had recently joined Rewire so we thought that it would be a good opportunity for them to get acquainted with their respective cohorts and to deepen those existing relationships as well. For this specific social, the junior youths and leaders gathered together at one of the leaders’ houses¬†and we bonded over some pizza and games!

 

What did we do?

(i) Ice Breaker: 2 Truths & 1 Lie

As some of the youth at rewire were new, we thought that a simple game was a great way to begin the night and get the girls and guys to get acquainted with each other!

How to Play: For those who have never played 2 Truths & 1 Lie, essentially every individual would go around and have to tell everyone 2 truths and 1 lie. Everyone else playing would have to try and figure out which fact was the lie.

This game was a really nice way to learn a bit more about everyone and created a more relaxed atmosphere for those who were new to the youth group or coming for their first time.

(ii) DIY Pizza

We really wanted to host a fun and “yummy” activity that got everyone involved and making pizzas together was the best way to¬†do so! In order to keep things simple we just gathered some basic ingredients together i.e. such as tomato sauce, pineapple, pepperoni, cheese, capsicum, smoked beef and used lebanese bread as the base to create our amazing pizzas (I’m not going to lie they tasted pretty good and i will definitely be making them again!). The process of making the pizzas turned out well and it was also a great way to talk to the youth individually about little things like¬†what they did during the week and even their food likes/dislikes.

Gathering together to make pizzas!

Gathering together to make pizzas!

(iii) Games

In between all the pizza making and chats, we got to play a couple of games together such as Big 2 (card game), Fifa (PS3: soccer) and Rayman Raving Rabbids (Wii). Through playing these games, I think that it was a great means for us to bond with each other and to continue building upon the relationships that we have with each other.  It was definitely a nice way to end the night; alot of laughs, smiles and the occasional awkward dance (haha!).

Bonding over Fifa!

Bonding over Fifa!

1 Thessalonians 5:11– Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing (ESV)

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