Jon Stolpe Stretched

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Stretch Starts Tomorrow!!!

Middle school (or junior high) can be an awkward time in life.  The girls are growing way faster than most of the guys.  Kids are trying to figure out how they work and where they fit in.  They don’t get the attention of elementary aged children, and they’re not big shot high school teenagers.

Tomorrow night, I’ll be volunteering at a FREE three night camp designed just for middle school students.  The camp is called Stretch (Yes, they used my nickname without consulting with me, but I’m okay with it.)  I have participated as a volunteer for this event since it started several years ago.  And this year is extra special as Leanne and I now have two kids who will be in middle school this fall.  If you live in the area and you know someone who is going into sixth through eighth grade, plan on bringing them to three unbelievable nights.

The night is designed for kids this age.  Here are some of the things that will happen there:

– Laser Tag

– Video Games

– Basketball

– Dodgeball

– Karaoke

–  Amusement Ride – I call it the puke machine

–  All kinds of food (pizza, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, soda, cotton candy, etc.)

–  Stage Games

–  Slip and Slide

–  Volleyball

–  Inflatable

–  Music

–  Great Speakers

If any of this sounds like fun, you don’t want to miss Stretch Uncut 2011.

Wednesday, July 27 – Friday, July 29, 2011

6:30PM – 10:00PM (Friday night until 11:00PM)

Christ’s Church of the Valley

1560 Yeager Road

Royersford, PA

Hope to see you there!

How does your church connect with middle school students?  What cool activities do you think would be great to add to an event like this?


July 26, 2011 - Posted by | family, parenting, stretch


  1. Our youth meet once a week to have fun, do service, study gospel topics, etc. It is a great way for them to socialize!

    Comment by beckyjane2 | July 26, 2011 | Reply

    • Our middle schoolers meet in a larger group on Sunday mornings in the Warehouse. There group is called Impact. And our high schoolers meet on Sunday night in a group called Riot. Both age groups offer small groups for more intimate gatherings.

      Comment by jonstolpe | July 26, 2011 | Reply

  2. My kids aren’t that age yet, but our church calls it “Parent/Youth” ministry, and they encourage the parents to be there with their teens. That’s true for weekly meetings, bible studies, *and* youth camp, which is a pretty big deal b/c parents are using up their vacation time to go to a kids’ camp instead of getting a vacation from their kids. On the surface it appears to work well, since many parents rave about it, and the youth of our church seem pretty solidly grounded in faith. But again, my kids aren’t there yet, so I’m just seeing it from the outside.

    Comment by Dan M. | July 28, 2011 | Reply

    • Dan,
      Thanks for sharing. I think parents do play an essential role in youth ministry. But I’m also thankful for the in-between generation of youth leaders who can relate so closely to our kids. It’s exciting to hear that other youth ministries are thriving. I can wait to hear stories from you when your kids reach this age. It will be a blast!

      Comment by jonstolpe | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  3. […] Stretch Uncut 2011, a three night event for middle school students.  You can read more about it here and here.  Our church’s video team led by Dave Wasserman put together this great highlight […]

    Pingback by Stretch Uncut 2011 Video Highlights « Jon Stolpe Stretched | August 4, 2011 | Reply

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