Posts by Kevin Freeman, Associate Pastor

About Kevin Freeman, Associate Pastor

Rev. Kevin FreemanMy name is Kevin Freeman, and I am privileged to serve as the Associate Pastor for Discipleship, Youth, and Families here at Redland. Feel free to get in touch with me here if I can serve you. I would love to hear from you.

OC mission trip meeting THIS Sunday

Our Youth & Family Mission Trip to Ocean City will be August 3-10.

Our “youth” mission trip this year is actually a family trip.  We have an interest meeting this Sunday, Feb. 24, after the 11:00 am service (about 12:20) in the ROC Foyer.  Pizza will be provided.  It is very important that interested people attend this meeting, because our meeting will help determine what ministry options we choose to do on the trip.

What sorts of ministry options could we choose from?  Any number of options exist, including light facilities projects, heavier construction, sports camps, other kids camps, etc.

There will also be set ministry, including multiple outreaches to international students, life guard ministry, parents night out, surf camp, and a family night campfire at Assateague Beach.

This year, all are welcome, and we are adding a family emphasis to allow family groups to bond together over a mission trip.  But the trip is open to more than family units.

If you think you are interested, come to the meeting!  You’ll hear about pricing options and other aspects of the trip.

Categories: for Parents, for Students

52 Verses – A verse a week to help your family grow strong

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”  Psalm 119:11

By learning and living God’s truth, we are enabled to please God and be successful.  Families are the best environment to learn and live God’s truth.  So parents, we have a resource for you.  There are 52 Bible verses for you to discuss – 1 per week – with your family.  Help each other learn it.  Discuss it together.  Let it be a theme for each week to live out as a family.

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RYM 2019 Spring Youth Retreat

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Categories: News

RYM 2019 Spring Youth Retreat

Printable Retreat Information Sheet

All youth, grades 6-12 are invited to join in an exciting weekend retreat!

Key information

March 29 at 5:00 pm through March 31 at 10:45 am
Early bird price of $99 per person (sponsorships and sibling discounts available)
Held at Camp Bennett (20501 Georgia Ave, Brookeville, MD 20833)
Parent info meetings Sunday, March 3, at 10:00 am (youth barn) and 5:45 pm (youth house)
March 3 non-refundable deposit deadline to guarantee space and early bird pricing
March 24 final balance due
No registrations available after March 24

Retreat Description

The goal of our youth retreat this year is to invite students toward greater depth in their faith and relationships with each other.  We believe shared experiences help build strong relationships, and strong relationships fuel spiritual change.  The weekend will take place at Camp Bennett, with a couple excursions off-site for fun activities.  While at the camp, our sessions will be led by guest speaker, James Walker, who will engage youth in discussion about the book of Ruth.  Youth will become aware of the depth of Ruth’s relationship with Naomi (and later Boaz and God) and the mutual impact God brought to the community through deepening relationships.  We are stronger together. We are stronger for God together.

Registration, Forms, and Information Meetings

Registration.  Registration is done online.
Register and pay by check
Register and pay online

Sibling discount.  Second and following siblings each receive a $10 discount ($89 early bird, $105 regular).  If paying online, enter promo code “2nd kiddo” (no quotes) to receive the discount…codes 3rd kiddo and 4th kiddo for subsequent siblings in the same family.

Informational meeting.  An informational meeting will be held on Sunday, March 3, at 10:00 am (youth barn) and 5:45 pm (youth house).  This meeting is designed for the parents.  At the meeting, we will cover the basics of the retreat, answer questions, and allow you to pay a deposit (or full balance).

Forms.  All participants must complete and have notarized a Health & Consent form.  When turning in the form, please also include two copies of your health insurance card.

Housing and Chaperones

Housing.  Housing will take place in bunkhouse style cabins at Camp Bennett.  Cabins will be divided for males and females, as many cabins as needed.

Chaperones.  All of our adult chaperones will be background checked and approved through our Family Ministry child protection training.  We strive for a 1:5 adult to student ratio, and at least 2 adults are present with minors.  Adult chaperones on youth retreats are typically volunteers from our youth ministry already and are high caliber individuals.

Activities and Locations

Our weekend will involve several activities and game options, including some off-site.  Off-site activities (ex. Laser tag) are included in registration cost, along with transportation, provided by chaperones.  There is an option of paint ball while at Camp Bennett.  Other activities include the available resources at Camp Bennett.

Included in Registration

Retreat registration includes

  • Housing and meals at Camp Bennett
  • Activities during retreat
  • Off-site activities and transportation
  • A stylish, comfy tee shirt
  • Guest speaker fees
  • Retreat materials

Meals, Meds, and Allergies

Meals.  Meals include Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast.  These will most likely be prepared on-site at the camp kitchen.  If so, this will happen through a person certified in food safety.

Food allergies.  Please inform us in writing of any food allergies well in advance of the retreat.  Allergy needs will be reviewed so that we can determine how best to meet dietary needs of all participants in consultation with parents.

Medications.  All medications – including over the counter medications – must be given to a designated chaperone at check-in on Friday.  To maintain safety, youth cannot be in control of their medications.  When turning these in, please be sure to place meds in clearly labeled containers inside a zip-top bag.  Include student name and listing of medication and dosing frequency.

Other allergies.  If a youth has any allergies, please make us aware of them in writing.  Youth who need emergency items, such as epi-pens or inhalers, will be allowed to carry those with them, but they will need to be responsible for them.

What to bring

Participants should pack a Bible, pen, notebook for journaling, bedding (for bunk beds), toiletries, clothing that can get messy, close-toed shoes, bed clothes, a jacket/coat, and a positive attitude.  Do not bring any weapons, illegal substances, clothing that is immodest (shirts should have sleeves) or promotes a negative message or has profanity.

Drop off and Pick up

Drop off is on March 29, any time between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm.  Drop off will be at Camp Bennett (20501 Georgia Ave, Brookeville, MD 20833).

Pick up is on March 31 at 10:45 in the Barn at Redland Baptist Church (6922 Muncaster Mill Rd, Rockville, MD  20855).

Behavioral expectations

We plan to have a fun, dynamic weekend!  To ensure this, all participants need to come with a teachable spirit and a positive attitude.  Adult chaperones will be encouraging and positive as well.  There will be some basic rules to follow, including a rule to show respect to all others, elevate group needs above personal wants, and coming to adults when conflict arises.  If any participant chooses to continually violate the rules, it may result in dismissal from the retreat.  We cannot provide refunds in this instance.


Feel free to contact Kevin Freeman if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to an exciting retreat!

Categories: for Parents, for Students

OC Mission Trip information meeting

Dear Families,

We are VERY excited about the upcoming Ocean City Mission Trip, Aug. 3-10, 2019!

This trip will be open to the church but focused on families.  We invite you to join us for an information meeting to learn about the trip details, activities, cost, and deadlines.  There will also be a need to determine some of our ministry activities, which is dependent upon who shows.  So come and make your voice heard at this meeting!

What:  Ocean City Mission Trip information meeting
When:  Sunday, Feb. 24, after conclusion of 11:00 am worship (about 12:20)
Where: Held in the ROC Foyer at Redland Baptist Church
Who: Anyone interested in the trip – family units are encouraged to attend
Meal:  Pizza and drinks will be provided

No RSVP needed

Youth Fuel resumes with new series

On Feb. 10, our youth will return to Fuel and begin a new series on the book of James.  We’ll enjoy some videos from Francis Chan, and we’ll begin to explore this book together in small groups (starting Feb. 17).  Parents, the book of James is an immensely practical book.  In this coming week, review the James 1:1-12 with your youth.  You can even use this discussion guide to help guide the conversation with open-ended questions and application ideas.

Categories: for Parents

Family Ministry Overview Events

At Redland, we want every family to discover how they can enjoy great relationships and passionate faith that fills the home and spills out from it.  Simply put, we are passionate about families enjoying God’s best for them.  That’s why I’m so excited to invite you to our Family Ministry Overview events.  Click the link to learn more.

Categories: News

Family Ministry Overview: Come hear how we help your family thrive

At Redland, we want every family to discover how they can enjoy great relationships and passionate faith that fills the home and spills out from it.  Simply put, we are passionate about families enjoying God’s best for them.  That’s why I’m so excited to invite you to hear about an upcoming opportunity.

We are holding three, one-hour sessions that give you an “overview” of our strategy to come alongside families and help them thrive.  Our family ministry team has worked hard and developed a plan to help you succeed as a parent and pass your spiritual DNA on to your children.

Join us and hear how we are coming alongside you.  Choose from three meeting options, all at Redland Baptist Church:

  • Sunday, Feb. 17 at 9:40 am in the Chapel
  • Sunday, Feb. 17 at 5:30 pm in the Loft
  • Rescheduled: Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 pm in the Barn

You’ll sense our passion for your family’s success along with our plan to help you achieve it.  This is for parents/guardians of children at all stages of development or for anyone interested in starting a family or helping families succeed.  No RSVP necessary.  Just pick which event you’d like to attend.

Your partner in ministry,

Kevin Freeman


Discuss it: How can we trust the Bible?

Students will meet in Sunday School on Feb. 10 to answer an important question that every Christian must ask: How do I know I can trust the Bible?  We will learn that the Bible is God’s inerrant, inspired Word that tells us how we should live.

But here’s the kicker:  One lesson doesn’t cut it.

If our youth are going to understand that the Bible guides our lives, then they’ll have to see it day in and day out.  I’m including some notes on the Bible so that you can talk with your youth about it, but I encourage you to ask your family a question. “How well do we as a family live out what God’s Word teaches us?”

As a follow up question, you might ask what your youth think helps you live it out so well, or what you can do to improve.

Let me know how it goes!

Categories: for Parents

Discuss it – the freedom God brings

Have you ever considered that when God was freeing Israel from slavery, he was freeing them from another bondage?

This Sunday we’ll discuss the ten plagues against Egypt, which God used to bring his people out of captivity.  They had been held captive not merely physically but also spiritually, held in bondage to the spiritual beliefs of their day.  Are we in a similar bonage?

The ten plagues revealed God’s power over any other god or belief.  Take some time to talk about this freedom God brings.  Use this sheet as a guide.  Paper copies are available in the church foyer.

Categories: for Parents

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