what IS RUSH?
RUSH stands for Rising Up, Seeking Him. It's a boys and girls youth group for 3rd-5th graders that meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month from 4pm-5:30pm, online!
We'd be glad for you to join us. Contact Ricky Gomez (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We want kids to RISE UP...to be able to realize who God has called them to be and to impact the world for Him.
We want kids to SEEK HIM... to seek God. He is the source and the sustainer of our lives, the originator of all good things. The crazy thing is He wants a relationship with us! We believe that the true source of joy, satisfaction and the ability to fulfill the plan he has for us is to pursue and develop a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus.
what happens at RUSH?
We teach kids meaningful and age-appropriate lessons from the Bible. We believe that it is the only book of its kind that has the power to change and transform our lives by showing us who God is, who we are and what our purpose in life is.
Whether it's a group outing, a movie night, a fun game or a relay race, we believe activities help establish meaningful relationship between leaders and students, help them develop friendships with one another, and open them up to learn about God.
We want kids to build quality friendships and so we promote a safe space for this to happen. We encourage group participation in all we do and also incorporate small group discussions for kids to grow with one another.
A few times a year we plan for kids to be able to serve others in some capacity. Serving others is something that Jesus modeled and we believe as he said, "it's more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). We seek to provide service projects 1-3 times a year to help kids experience this for themselves.
Ricky Gomez is a Philly native and currently serves as Roxborough Church's Children's Ministry Director and has overseen their RUSH program from 2017 until now. He has also assisted with Roxy After-school and Roxy Summer Camp (formerly FUEL After-school and ReFUEL) since 2016.
Ricky holds a B.S. in Christian Studies from Cairn University and has a strong passion to see children and youth know God in a deep and personal way. Outside of Kids Ministry, He loves hanging with his wife, Christina Gomez, coffee, thrifting and good food.
Girls Small Group Leader
Christina Gomez currently is the Director of Education at Roxborough Church (Roxy Education) and has previously served as Director of The Philadelphia Project Preschool (2017-2019) and as a preschool teacher since its beginning in 2014. Christina Gann has been a RUSH leader for 3rd-5th grade girls since 2017 and will help oversee our girls for the 2021-2022 school year!
Christina is passionate about sharing Jesus's love in our community through education! She received her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Cairn University and currently is a first grade teacher for Esperanza Cyber Charter School. Christina also loves coffee and traveling.
Rick Labastida currently serves as Roxborough Church's Youth Ministry Director (6th-12th graders) . He served as a RUSH leader since 2017, helping with activities and leading small groups for our 3rd-5th grade boys. We're excited to have him back with us for another year!
Rick has a heart to help young people know God and see their value in Him. He is also a hip-hop artist, sneaker collector and Pokemon GO fanatic.
All leaders who help out at RUSH have all their required clearances on file at Roxborough Church
For more information, contact Ricky Gomez at