Highland Oaks Student Ministry

Activities of Highland Oaks Church of Christ's Student Ministry

We seek to create an environment where middle school and high school students can encounter Jesus Christ and establish a personal relationship with Him.

Mission: 1. Belonging – We want this to be a place where everyone belongs. God loves all of us equally and we are all invited to His table. Openness, hospitality, community, family, friendship, accountability, sharing, forgiveness, love – these are the words that express our hope for each person who becomes part of this Student Ministry. 2. Growing – Each of us has unique gifts given to us by our Creator to use for His glory and to build up those around us. Our goal is to help each person discover and develop these gifts. 3. Discovering – We want each person to discover who God is, who God created us to be, and how our lives can be powerfully transformed by Jesus Christ. We want to reach up toward God in worship, prayer, and other spiritual disciplines. We want to reach in and surround each other as family. We want to reach out to those around us – our friends and neighbors as well as those in need. 4. Going – We want to embrace God’s invitation to live as a new creation in the midst of a broken world. We desire to join God in His mission to restore and renew all things. We hope to participate in what God is doing to bring healing, justice, and love to the whole world. We want to put our faith into action and to live as true disciples who lay down our lives for those around us.


HOSM Fall Retreat

Time is running out to sign up your student for our annual Fall Retreat! November 2-3 at Mt. Lebanon Camp and Conference Center in Cedar Hill. Sign up now!


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[08/24/19]   Our annual Fall Parent Meeting is tomorrow in the student building immediately following worship. We’ll eat, look at the semester ahead, and dream together about the exciting things happening in HOSM. And we need YOU there. Lunch is free (chicken taco bowls- yum!) and we’ll wrap up by 1:30, the same time many of our students will be finishing their Preschool Praise training lunch. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Some more pics from the last few days. Plenty more where that came from, but this oughta hold ya till we get home at 8 PM tonight! Can’t wait to see everyone and share our stories. God has been faithful and good this week!

DC team has been go-go-go-ing since we landed at Raegan Sunday afternoon. We’ve been hearing a lot of stories and meeting a lot of new people at food banks, distributors, reading programs, and so much more. And the week’s only halfway through? Plenty more to do, see, and experience!

Marla and Kevin just returned from delivering the notes, flowers, and plants that Student Ministry assembles during our class time yesterday to a mosque nearby in Richardson. The folks there were very appreciative of the kindness and consideration showed by our middle and high schoolers! A beautiful reminder that love is God’s creative answer to a violent world. Very proud of the way our students poured out love for our neighbors in the midst of the Muslim community experiencing such tragedy.

We had a pretty wild weekend! Between Lock-In and our very first Truth Groups: Out-House, it was wall-to-wall good times! If you missed IT, we missed YOU!

Friends! Pantene is on sale, buy 5, save $5 at Kroger. You can get 5 bottles of any type of Pantene (so grab a variety) for just $15 and be that much closer to winning Kevin Harrington-Bain’s #beardbet

Let’s get this #shampocalypse going this Sunday!

[06/22/18]   Great news! Houston crew is headed home after an awesome week at Impact Church, and a fun Friday in Austin and Inner Space Caverns! We’re set to arrive home around 9:15 tonight, so we look forward to seeing you there!

We are so proud of our seniors who we celebrated on Sunday- of who they are, and who they are continuing to grow into!

God, we are thankful not only for their accomplishments and their successes academically or with extra curriculars, but much more for their character and the ways that they seek to be your light in the world.
For Justus’ courage to share his problems and be real with people.
For Preston’s passion for knowledge and learning.
For Lane’s maturity in you and pursuit of your heart.
For Taylor’s love for singing your praises at the top of his lungs.
For Gavin’s intuition, wit, and commitment.
For Rylee’s heart for truth, justice, and listening.
For Veronica’s caring heart for others and encouraging presence.
For Luke’s steadfastness in his countenance and belief.
For Brayden’s welcoming nature, integrity, and kindness.
For all of these things, God, we are grateful because we know that these students’ gifts were all designed and refined by you.

#HOSM #communityworks #HOCCvision


HOSM Dodgeball 2018

Thanks to everyone who came out to the HOSM Dodgeball tournament! I will be compiling some of the best photos from the day, so if you have any you’d like to share, please add them to this album via the link below! Can’t wait to see everyone’s photos and videos!


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The dodgeball game isn't until Sunday, but the mind games have already begun! See y'all at LHJH right after service this Sunday!
#AllinGoodFun #TheyLoveEachOther

We got to celebrate with Will and his family yesterday as he made the decision to follow Jesus and participate in baptism! Congrats, Will!

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Glad to celebrate with the Campbells as Ava, Nate, and Lucas all chose to be baptized this morning! Proud of their decision, and excited to surround them in community as they continue living the Jesus life!

It’s time to migrate some flamingos! Here’s how to sign up to move flamingos for the fundraiser and get some money in your account! Here’s the link to the google drive doc:
Happy flocking!

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Minister Paul Woodward of Houston's inner city Impact church (who is also the dad of Highland Oaks member Jennifer W. Banks) has a message for Highland Oaks Church of Christ. He's holding in his hands the banners that the children of HOCC made Wednesday night. Their church has been so encouraged by the efforts we are doing. Let's keep being the hands and feet of Jesus.

All Truth Groups begin meeting this coming Sunday night from 5:30-7pm. The Middle School group will meet at the HOCC Student Building; bring your own sack dinner. The FR/SO group will meet at Daniel McIlroy's home; bring $3 for dinner. The JR/SR group will meet at Sean Ryan's home, and your dinner is being provided. Commit to being a part of Truth Group this school year---you'll be so glad you did!

Boy have we got an opportunity for you! This Saturday morning (9/9), Student Ministry will be heading down to Impact church in Houston for a one-day mission trip! We'll meet at Highland Oaks early and leave at 5:30 AM to work at Impact from 9 AM to about 5 or 6 PM, and be home by 10 or 10:30 PM the same day. This is an awesome opportunity to get up and go do some work to help those who need it- it's that simple! No cost, just bring a sack lunch and breakfast for on the way, and whatever money you may want to bring as a donation (it wouldn't be surprising if we got there and needed to get some supplies)! Students, parents, siblings- all are welcome to answer this call! Let me know via text (817) 287 1057, or email at [email protected] so we know to expect you! Hope to see you Saturday morning!

Highland Oaks Church of Christ Children's Ministry - Dallas

Pack the Parking Lot to help our friends in Houston!

We are asking that our HOCC family & friends & neighbors bring items listed below on Sunday.
You may drop the items off to a "sorting team" at the designated parking spaces by the bell tower entrance at Highland Oaks Church of Christ on Sunday, Sept. 3 from 8:30-9:45am. 10805 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas, TX 75238

As soon as we are permitted to travel to Houston, a team will drive down either Sunday evening or Monday to deliver the goods to our friends at Impact Church.
Sunday afternoon will be spent sorting and boxing the items.
We need volunteers! We need a crew of at least 15-20 to help sort on Sunday morning before and during class.
We need a crew of 15-20 to continue the work at 12:30 p.m. until all is sorted and packed. We need a 3-4 volunteers willing to make the drive to Houston either Sunday or Monday (permitting). Want to volunteer to help out on Sunday? Email Mark at [email protected]

List of Items Needed:


Cases of water and other drinks not needing refrigeration
Non-perishable food items (canned goods w/pop-top lids, dry foods, etc.)

Diapers (all sizes)
Sippy Cups
Hygiene Items:

Anti-Bacterial Hand Soap
Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitizer
Bar Soap
Shaving Cream
Feminine Hygiene Products
Cleaning Supplies:

Clorox Wipes
Anti-bacterial Dish Soap
409 or another kind of cleaning spray
Latex Gloves
Large trash bags
Paper Goods:

Paper Towels
Toilet Paper
Paper Plates/Cups

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This coming Sunday is going to be a "Don't Miss!" kind of day. During our worship assembly, the 10-year Vision will be launched, and immediately following that, all students, parents, and the rest of the family are invited to stay for the Fall Parent Meeting in the Student Building. The Fall calendar will be distributed, and Kevin is going to share about all the great things planned for our students this season. Lunch will be provided, and gluten free offerings will be available. The cost is $4 per person, or $15 max per family. Please plan to stay and be a part of this important day!

[08/06/17]   Denver Mission Crew is nearing home after an incredible week working with CitySquare! We're on our way out from Wichita Falls and will be back around 10:20. We can't wait to share about the ways we met God and our neighbors in Denver!

All Middle School and High School girls are invited to the Ries' home on Sunday night from 5-10 pm. See this week's newsletter for the address. Dinner is provided, and also bring a snack for yourself..

Highland Oaks Church of Christ Children's Ministry - Dallas

Due to the vast majority of our families being out of town, we regret that we must cancel the HighOkica Camp Preview Night.

We will still be hosting the Camp Training Lunch for JC's and adult camp counselors for July 9 right after worship in Kids Town. RSVP today to Elizabeth at [email protected].

Camp HighOkica is going to be super fun and meaningful this year. We are so looking forward to it! If you have friends who haven't registered, please let them know that July 9 is the deadline for registering for camp. And don't forget that for every friend registered you get $25 back!

Where, What, Wednesday is happening this week at Main Event in Plano from 12-3. Meet there at 12, or if you need a ride, drop-off is at HOCC at 11:30. Pick up is at Main Event at 2:45, or at HOCC at 3. Cost is $18.

[06/30/17]   Once again we are in Abilene for lunch on our way home! We're about 3.5 hours out, so expect us somewhere in the 4:45/5 PM range. Can't wait to tell everyone about our week!

[06/25/17]   Champion crew is arrived at Mission Control (LCU) for a stellar week of camp! The theme this year is Inner Space, so get ready for lots of stories of martians, lunar missions, and zero gravity fun (and some Jesus, too)!

Exoday is this Friday, June 23 from 12 noon-2:30 pm, and is for all Middle School and High School students. Meet at the Student Building, bring a sack lunch, or eat before you come. We will be joining in with CitySquare's Food on the Move program at the Newport Landing Apartments right across the street from HOCC. Come and meet our neighbors, and help create some fun summer memories with the children there.

Tuesday Night Bible Study for all Middle and High School students is tomorrow night at the Finley's house from 6-8:30. See the Student Ministry newsletter or the Remind Text for the address, and bring a sack dinner, a bible, and swimsuit and towel.

[06/17/17]   Update: after a delicious lunch in Abilene (had some first time Sharky's eaters) we're well on our way back to Dallas. We'll be getting to the building around 3:45 now.

[06/17/17]   Encounter crew is headed home! We're slated to get back right around 3 this afternoon. Can't wait to see everyone and tell you all about our incredible week at camp!

[06/12/17]   After an eventful but safe trip to Lubbock (Kari and Stan Shinsato deserve even more thanks for their driving us than before!) we have arrived for a great week at Encounter! Night one of worship is underway!

[06/05/17]   Tuesday Night Bible Study for all Middle and High School students is tomorrow night at the Marquez de la Plata's house from 6-7:30. Bring your own dinner and a Bible.


LCU Camps:Home

Summer is almost here, and it's time to sign up for Encounter and Champion! Go to www.lcucamps.com to register today for the early registration discounts. The price goes up after May 31, so don't delay! Encounter is scheduled for June 11-17, and Champion is June 25-30.

lcucamps.com On behalf of our athletic department and all of our coaches we welcome you to LCU and hope to see you at camp this summer!

The Summer Parent Meeting is this Sunday, May 21st in the Student Building immediately following the worship assembly. We will share the Summer calendar and answer any questions you may have. The meeting will be short and informative---don't miss it!

2017 Seniors and their Bible Presenters


JC Interviews for Kids Camp

It’s time to schedule your JC (junior counselor) interview for Camp HighOkica!

Here’s how to apply: Junior Counselors (9th – 12th Grade 2017-2018) *Please note that all JCs will need to complete a JC Application 2017 AND conduct an interview with Kevin and Marla. Please return your application to Becky Burroughs at [email protected] or in person to Becky, Kevin or Marla.

Select a date for your JC interview here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548acaa2fa31-highokica

signupgenius.com So you want to be a Junior Counselor at HighOkica Kids Camp?! You've got to have what it takes. Register for an interview time slot below. Enter through Door G (chapel entrance) and proceed to the 3rd floor offices at Highland Oaks. Please arrive promptly. Be ready to share with us... your expe...

Babysitting is being offered by the Middle School and High School students and sponsors this Saturday evening, May 6th from 5-8 pm.

Drop off your children ages 2 to 5th grade at Nana's Playground for babysitting, and bring a sack dinner for them. This is such a deal---only $10 per child!

MS & HS Students, and parents with children for babysitting, please RSVP with Student Minister Kevin at [email protected].

[04/30/17]   Shout out to Kevin Harrington-Bain, Kim Kirk Westbrook, Sharon Bowen McIlroy, Robbin and Matt Dill, Kari and Stan Shinsato, Jenn and Ben Ries, Jeff Rife, Rudy Trujillo, Katie O'Neil Trujillo and all of the other volunteers for hosting a wonderful and meaningful Senior Sunday today. Such a blessing to the seniors and their families! Thank you for working long and hard for several weeks to make everything perfect.


Senior Sunday 2017 (2017-04-30)

This Sunday, April 23rd is the deadline to purchase tickets for the Senior Banquet to be held on April 30, following the Senior Sunday worship assembly. Tickets will be available for $10 at the information booth before and following this week's assembly, and the entire congregation is welcome to attend! More details, the names of our seniors and a link to RSVP for lunch are all listed in the link below.

Senior Sunday 2017 (2017-04-30)
On April 30th, we will honor our 2017 graduating seniors with gifts and blessing during Worship service. Please bring gift items and place them in the designated senior baskets on stage to celebrate their accomplishments.…

hocc.org     On April 30th, we will honor our 2017 graduating seniors with gifts and blessing during Worship service. Please bring gift items and place them in the designated senior baskets on stage to celebrate their accomplishments. After worship, the whole church is invited for lunch


Senior Sunday 2017 (2017-04-30)

Mark your calendars for April 30 when we will honor our graduating seniors during the worship service. We will also have a lunch for $10 per person if you would like to attend. More details, the names of our seniors and a link to RSVP for lunch are all listed in the link below.

hocc.org     On April 30th, we will honor our 2017 graduating seniors with gifts and blessing during Worship service. Please bring gift items and place them in the designated senior baskets on stage to celebrate their accomplishments. After worship, the whole church is invited for lunch


HighOkica Kids Camp 2017 (entering 1st thru 8th grade) (2017-07-21)

It's time to register for HighOkica! Camp is open to campers entering 1st - 8th grades. Those entering 9th - graduates can apply to be Junior Counselors. New place, new date and awesome new price!

hocc.org I’m bored! What’s something fun I can do this summer? I want to go someplace different, be with my friends, and have an AWESOME time! If that sounds a little like you, then you need to stop right now and register for HighOkica (formerly known as Highland Oaks Kids Camp) July 21-25

[03/12/17]   Our Spring Break Ministry Service Day at CitySquare is tomorrow from 9am until noon. Afterwards, we'll get some lunch and watch some King Kong action at the movies. Bring $15 for lunch and the movie. Drop off is at 8:30 at the Student Building and pick up is at the student building at 4 pm.

[03/12/17]   There will be no Truth Groups tonight due to Spring Break

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