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Mark Your Calendars!

Once again, we are headed out on a BRAND NEW adventure for 2017! So even if you have been to a meeting before, or on a trip with us before, you definitely want to be a part of this meeting!

At Seneca Creek Community Church, we have defined our vision in the following way: To ignite a movement of the gospel that will transform our world with the H.O.P.E. of Christ! The gospel is the HOPE of the world and we, the Church, have been entrusted with that hope.

In ignition, we believe that students are in a unique position to live out this calling.

We are looking forward to an amazing summer Ignition Mission trip and we can’t wait to share the details with you!! Mark your calendars for one of these two informational meeting dates:

  • Sunday, January 29th at 9:00am
  • Wednesday, February 8th at 6:00pm

This meeting will cover all of your questions about timing, location, student eligibility, etc. so if you are even remotely interested, please plan to be there.

SPACES are already set and they are EXTREMELY limited.

Our trip dates are July 23-29, 2017 and, yes – I know it seems like the summer is forever away, but we are working with early deadlines and planning. Believe me, summer will be here before we know it!

If you or your student is interested, or even just curious you really need to be at one of these meetings.

If you have a moment, please RSVP HERE. That way I can make sure I have plenty of materials (and refreshments!) on hand.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Coming Soon!

We are getting ready to launch sign ups for our next Ignition Mission adventure – Summer 2017. This year promises to be incredible, and we believe God is up to something incredible in and through our students.

Our first informational meeting will be on Sunday, January 29th at 9:00am. Join us in the Middle School space to get all the details on what we have planned. And, stay tuned to this site for updates, reminders, information, and more!

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Adventures at Heritage Green

I feel like we just arrived and yet we are more than half way through our missions trip.

From Cheryl Booth

It has been intense and very busy.  The students and the leaders have been dedicated to serving in the mission field and learning to apply that love for others within their family groups as well.  I have been at the same facility each day – the Assisted Living facility.  On the first day we went we were a little worried.  As soon as we arrived almost the residents went to lunch and we had an hour on our hand with nothing to do.  But as soon as lunch was over we were able to serve the staff by cleaning up the tables from lunch.  Then spending time playing games and doing crafts with the residents.  Today – our second day – when we arrived at the facility the activities director was prepared for us.  She asked us to help her run a game of Family Feud with the residents before lunch. After lunch we again cleaned up and began to play games with the residents.  The director then asked us to set up her “Country Store”.  The students helped set up a little store with toiletries and other items that the residents then won’t have to go to the store to pick up.  The icing on the cake was getting to play bingo with the residents and one of our students got to call Bingo!

Honestly I was not quite sure what to expect from this facility or from the kids in dealing with this unique environment.

I have to say the students did an amazing job.

They went way above and beyond what my expectations were!  When we arrived the first day we had very little instruction – I simply demonstrated for the kids walking up to a resident and engaging in a conversation.  They didn’t hesitate!  I think each of our students was profoundly moved by engaging with these residents. Talking to them and hearing their stories was a highlight for sure.  However more than that students began to understand how they needed to be patient and understanding in dealing with the residents.  It was wonderful watching 5 boys down on one knee to talk to a resident so that they were on a level so that they could make eye contact with her.  To see students taking the initiative to help residents with crafts and games.  It was fun watching them trying not to win at games and laughing with the residents.

This was definitely not a physically demanding site. We were not out in the heat during the day. But it definitely took it’s emotional toll as students started processing through: residents who had children too busy to visit; residents that were left alone because their spouses had passed on; residents in pain constantly from various illnesses; residents frustrated by their limited mobility; and residents that were 98 and even 102 years old.  The students handled these things with grace. They were very open and honest about how they felt about the pain and sadness they saw. I was really encouraged by the way they connected with the positive things they saw too.  Residents that despite all that were joyful, happy, excited to engage with us.  I had a moment when David Nassar was talking about our service as an act of worship where I realized – we have many retirement communities in our area where we could go and serve too!

The funny moments: The sweet lady with the 4th of July springy star headband.  Drew being called out for winning at Bingo when we told them they weren’t supposed to say when the got Bingo -but the 102 year old across from him insisted he got a prize!  I look forward to seeing what God has planned for us tomorrow! Thanks for letting me get to serve with your students!

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Emily’s first day on the job

Hi! My name is Emily McFadden, and I am in ninth grade. Yesterday was the first day of working and serving here in Lynchburg, Virginia, and let me tell you, my arms feel like they are made of spaghetti! I was assigned to serve at a domestic violence crisis center, and began my work day wiping and mopping the basement, along with several other students, from head to toe until it sparkled. After that, I proceeded to help the others pull and clip weeds that surrounded the building’s garden. I sure do wish there were pictures that showed the garden before and after we weeded them, because the difference is unreal! Now, for those of you who don’t know already, I am the most high maintenance person ever when it comes to getting outside and dealing with nature and bugs and dirt and all that nasty junk.

At first, I totally hyperventilated, and almost refused doing any outside work at all! After a little bit, I began to think about the whole reason I came here in the first place–to serve and help others in need; and I realized that so far, I wasn’t doing a very good job of representing my church and Jesus by acting like a princess in the dirt. Finally, I came to my senses and began pulling the weeds-and when I say weeds, I mean these things were as tall as trees, with roots as thick as any other tree trunk. I started off with pulling some smaller weeds around the area, occasionally jumping and squealing at ants or any other small beetle that crept upon me, but after the lunch break, I was determined to pull the larger and more thick weeds, along with my friend, Claire. We spent the rest of the session pulling, clipping, and bagging weeds taller than we were! What really amazed me that day, and don’t call me a princess, but I was so excited that I managed to step far outside my comfort zone, and I managed to conquer my fear of bugs and nature, and helped all the people have a clean, weed-free garden.

I can’t wait to challenge myself more throughout this trip, and I’m super excited for what God has in store for the rest of our mission trip. Thanks for reading!

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6 days and counting!

Well, it’s almost here and it’s getting very real.  T-Shirts are distributed. Photos snapped and ‘shopped.  Paperwork is gathered. Worksite projects are assigned. Generous support is pouring in. And, in just a few days, we’ll be heading off to take on the amazing adventure God has laid out for us.

Even still, it’s hard not to be distracted.

Life is moving so fast. Many of us have packed schedules with major competitions, tournaments, vacations and 4th of July celebrations that lead right up to the day we leave. In fact, we weren’t able to schedule our last team meeting, instead having to scramble through details with a barrage of emails and texts.

Here’s the danger: the insanity of packing, unpacking, repacking, planning, and even just finding time to sleep threatens to keep our minds and our hearts out of the mission ahead.

This is not unique to our mission team. How many of us spend way too much time running and going and doing and scrambling and…?  I am guessing if we all mapped our time, we’d be taken aback by how much time is spent on things that do nothing to feed our souls.

Let us invite you to take some time to journey with us. Yes, this is a mission trip. Yes, we will be working really hard, serving some amazing organizations in SW Virginia.  Yes, we want so much everywhere we go, to love people the way God passionately pursues all of us with His unending love and grace.

AND we will be connecting with God and learning what it really means to IGNITE H.O.P.E. by first watering the parched earth of our souls.

Won’t you come along? We’ll be posting plenty of pictures on instagram and twitter at @sc3ginition as well as sharing our story here. Maybe some of these stories and images will also feed your soul along the way.

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3rd time’s a charm, right?

So, we are nearing the end of our 6 day journey to Cincinnati. It’s is now 10PM on Friday, and for the first time this week, I’ve had about 30 minutes of complete solitude to relax and reflect on the week.  (And trying not to fall asleep too).

As it always happens, God had great plans for us this week, and didn’t give us any warning on how it was going to unfold.

The week was exhilarating, exhausting, fulfilling, intense, and emotional. The kids had a lot put in front of them in a very short period.  On purpose. You see, one of the key aspects of this trip is to get them away – from their normal routine, distractions, summer boredom, stresses, and, for the most part, electronics. Putting them out of their comfort zone in a strange city with 26 others with long working days and sleepless nights is really tough for a middle schooler.  On top of that, making them really think about their relationship with Jesus, hearing powerful sermons, and having a team of leaders and parents constantly praying over them will cause a lot of spiritual change. For some, it’s small gradual revelations; a collection of little “a-ha” moments that cause them to gain a better understanding of what God may have in store for them.

Other times, their hearts get ripped open with the Holy Spirit, at unpredictable times and places.

These kids have a lot going on in their individual lives, with a lot of pressures, and maybe haven’t been able to really sort through it all. And that’s why I feel God has called each of us here. It says in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared us in advance to do.”  This trip really drives it home that these kids are here for a Purpose.  Our job this week is to help them along the way.

I certainly don’t claim to be anything more than an engaged parent who cares for these kids, but I feel the Lord has me here for a reason, and that I do have some wisdom that I can share.  And every year, there are more than our share of “God” moments with these kids.  I want the parents to fully appreciate how awesome Heather is and how’s she’s prepared us. We zig and zag for the kids, audible seemingly every hour, and adjust as the moments unravel – regardless of where we are or what we’re are supposed to be doing. We’re not perfect leaders, but I’m honored to have spent this week with Heather, Eric, Courtney, Steve, Mike and Jeff.  This team has amazing hearts for God and relentless energy in helping these children find their place with the Lord.

And that is a really cool thing to be a part of.  Even if we don’t sleep.