The Rush – High School Student Ministry
RUSH is our ministry for high school students (9th-12th grades). RUSH meets Sunday mornings during the 10:55 session in the 507 Ministry Center. These classes are open to all high school students and are taught by Justin & Charity Hartweck. Sunday morning class times are often divided into guys and girls classes. Discussion, talk about the week, prayer and Bible study are all part of the Sunday morning classes for students.
RUSH also meets Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Waterbrook 100 Building. Wednesday nights are a blend of crazy games, group discussion and topical biblical teaching. Wednesday nights are typically led by Waterbrook director of teen programming, Odie Hume. (This group does not meet on the last Wednesday of each month.)
RUSH also has regular game nights and other fun activities scheduled throughout the year. Most communication for this group happens via email from the RUSH leadership and on the RUSH Facebook page. Link> https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/27402741791/
RUSH typically hosts a discipleship retreat weekend in the spring and leads a week of mission work in the summer. This summer mission trip has typically been VBS-type activities for children in local parks, but in 2011 the opportunity to expand this program into Dallas and provide the same activities for refugees of the Karin Tribe was added. This has given our students the opportunity to expand their heart for missions by working with first generation immigrants in a cross-cultural setting, including language translation and proverty-level needs. Our leadership team continues to expand this ministry opportunity for our students.
As you know, the Rush Leadership tries their very best to communicate to Parents and Students all of the details for our events and activities as best we can. We ask that you do your very best to communicate with us by responding to our e-mails promptly, accepting/declining invitations on Facebook and replying to text messages when you receive them. This helps us with planning and budgeting and keeps the stress levels of the Leaders down. All of the Rush leaders work regular jobs every day and we need your help to make sure planning for this ministry is done in the most efficient way. We thank you in advance for your help!
MRF’s and other forms – For those of you who may have missed the e-mail sent regarding forms needed for the year – you can download a copy of clicking the title of each form.
Medical Release Form (MRF) – Provides us with important information regarding insurance, allergies and medications that your child takes and provides other important information needed to ensure that your child is safe and we are able to act quickly should there be an accident or emergency. This form is a must for any student participating in any event with The Rush.
Student Driver Permission Slip – From time to time we will allow students to drive to/from a Rush event or driving will occur during an event. This form provides permission from the parent for your student to drive their own vehicle. If your student is under the age of 18 and wants to be able to drive to/from any of our events (or during an event) we must have this form on file. This form also includes permission for your student driver to have other students in their vehicle with them. If you (the parent) DO NOT want your child to have other students in the car please let us know by circling ‘No’ after the statement. If your answer to that question is ‘Yes’ we will also need to know how many students are allowed to be in your students vehicle with them. We are aware that there are restrictions and guidelines from the State of Texas and want to be in compliance with not only your rules but the State’s. We will not allow ANY student to have another student in the car with them if that part of the form is not filled out.
Student Rider Permission Slip - This form will give permission for your student to RIDE with another student. If you DO NOT want your student in a car with a student driver you can ignore this form. You (the parent) can let the Rush Leaders know specific student drivers that you will allow your student to ride with or, if you do not have restrictions on who they may ride with, you can let us know by circling ‘yes’ or ‘no’ where indicated.
UPCOMING RUSH EVENTS!
Girls Day/Night Out - Saturday, February 16th (Time TBD)
The girls will be heading downtown Dallas for a lunch or dinner (time will determine which) and a trip to the new Perot Museum of Science and Nature. We have heard this is an excellent museum and Noelle and Kathy are looking forward to the day with the girls. Cost for the museum is $12-$17…we have the choice to purchase tickets to see one of their films ($17 option). We are interested in knowing if YOU want to see a film or just explore the museum ($12 option)…please let us know! In addition, you will need to bring $$ for your meal.
After our downtown trip we will head to Kaitlynn Bush’s home to spend the night and make Rush t-shirts with Charity. The Bushes will provide snacks, floor space and breakfast. We will all come to church together on Sunday morning. All you need for this part of the day is a plain t-shirt, any color, and $5 to cover cost of materials.
Guys Day/Night Out – Saturday, February 16th
Guys will be meeting at the church at 4:30 pm (time could change) to go to In-Sync Exotic Wild Life Rescue (in Wylie), then to dinner. They’ll be spending the night at the Barton home, then having breakfast together in the morning before heading to church Sunday morning together. Cost for this event is $12, plus money for dinner. RSVP at the RUSH Facebook page invite.
Rush Discipleship Weekend – Friday, March 8- Sunday, March 10 (Time TBD)
We will be camping at East Fork camping grounds on Lake Lavon. We are looking forward to a great weekend of teaching and worship! Meeting time on Friday and cost are still being discussed. We will let you know as soon as we finalize those details. Pick up will be after church on Sunday. We will meet you all there! We will be needing tents! If you have one, let us know!
Group Dynamix – Saturday, April 6th, 3:30p – 7:45p (GDX Release Form Attached)
This is going to be fun! Archery Tag (like laser tag with bows and arrows!) and upper elements Ropes course. We will stop for dinner on our way back. Group Dynamix is located in Carrollton and you can see what they are about here http://www.groupdynamix.com/youth.php .
In addition to Waterbrook’s MRF we need to have a GDX Release Form. That form is attached and must be returned to us if you/your student wishes to participate.
Meet at Waterbrook at 3:30pm back at 7:45p. Cost for this event is $20 per student plus $$ for dinner.
The deadline for sign up is March 30th. *In order to be sure we have enough transportation and can give the correct number of students to Group Dynamix we can not take last minute sign up. If you know you are coming, let us know as soon as possible and no later than March 30th. If you want a friend(s) to come, let us know as soon as possible and no later than March 30th. No exceptions.
Annual Rush Banquet – Saturday, May 11th, 5:30p – 9:00p (ish)
Please join us for our annual Rush Banquet to honor our Seniors and celebrate our students.
This is one of our most anticipated events of the year.
All of our high school students are invited to join us as we take a look back over our year.
The evening is also to honor our graduating Seniors. A special invitation to our Senior parents and their families!
You do not want to miss this event.
Cost for each student is $15
Seniors and their parents are free
Cost for our Senior’s family members (siblings, grandparents etc) is $15pp
Summer Kick Off Party – Date, time and details TBD
Mission Wylie – July 14 – 20
A week for students to minister to local kids! We want as many of our students to be able to experience this fantastic week of ministry! Be sure to sign up early as we do have limited space available at the lodge. We will begin training and prep work in June. Be thinking about what team you want to serve on and start praying now for God to move in you and in the children and families we will be working with! Cost TBD.
We of course have our weekly meetings at the 100 building…students take a break on the last weekend of every month so that the leadership can meet to plan and pray.
We thank you for allowing us to minister to you / your student. It is a pleasure to work with such great people and to minister along side you!
Please click Medical Release Forms (MRF) to download a copy of the form.