It's the one thing that we want to achieve as a ministry. It's the goal we want to keep in mind at all times. And it's what motivates and guides everything we do.
One moment can change everything. One encounter with God can alter our future, and even impact our past. We want students to have opportunities to encounter God, specifically in their everyday lives. A saying we say in our ministry is there is no Junior Holy Spirit. We want to empower students to hear from the Lord for themselves and others, experience the Holy Spirit, learn the importance of worship, and let these encounters impact their daily lives.
The world is saying one thing, while the Bible is often times saying something different. We want to grow and raise students in an environment where they view the world through the lens of scripture. What does scripture say about their present circumstance, how do you read scripture, and how is the Bible still relevant in their lives today? Discovering scripture helps lead us to deeper intimacy with Christ as we learn to understand Him in a new way. We're constantly learning and that is a gift!
Community is a word we hear a lot, but we rarely understand what it means to be in Christ centered community. Community helps refine us to look more like Christ. We teach the importance of feedback and we believe that discipleship can happen by speaking the truth in love based on Ephesians 4:15. Part of living in community is life on life discipleship. That looks like students sharing their lives with one another. It also looks like youth leaders sharing their lives and in return the students sharing their lives with the leaders. Jesus demonstrated a powerful model of discipleship by doing life alongside the disciples. It is our job as leaders to partner with students and be in their lives to point each of them towards Jesus. You don't just live IN community, you also live OUT community.
We believe that the commission of Jesus is pretty clear. We are all called to go and make disciples. That means sharing about our faith and the impact that Jesus has had on our lives. By the time student's graduate we want them to be comfortable sharing their faith with friends, family, coworkers, etc. This can look different depending on the student. There is not a set "method" for this, but by empowering students to have Gospel conversations we are enabling them to continue in their faith journey far beyond just the time that they are in our youth ministry.
Sundays from 6:00-8:00 PM
Our youth group is for all students 6th-12th grade and we meet every Sunday night for games, worship, teaching, and small groups.
This a great time to hang out as a group, meet new people, and catch up with friends.
Each week we have a game that helps us connect, and have an absolute blast.
We turn our attention to Jesus and spend time worshipping him.
We open our hearts to learn and receive what God wants to teach us in his Word.
We have 30 minutes each youth group set aside to meet with our small groups. Small Groups are the most important part of our night as “transformation happens in circles, not in rows!”
This is a night being put on by the youth group. It is open for all students 6th-12th grade as well as parents of any age. If you are a parent you are invited to attend! As some of you may know May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This is a topic we simply cannot ignore as Gen Z is affected by it more than any other generation in history. It is important for us to look at mental health through the lens of Scripture and to come to a deeper understanding ourselves for what many individuals go through on a daily basis. We will have a time of worship, different breakout sessions led by mental health experts from both inside our church and friends of the Vineyard. There is a parent session to help equip and understand mental health and if you have kids in children’s church, youth ministry, or even adult children, we encourage you to attend! You can register below.