What is Youth Ministry? A place where all are welcome; All gifts are used, even gifts still in the rough; A place where we can make mistakes and laugh and learn, and rely on God’s grace. A place where we build each other up, and care about the details of each other’s lives. A place where the stories of our faith connect with our own life stories; A place where we learn to pray and praise. A place we come to serve others and in so doing Discover our ability to Lead.
What is Youth Group? Youth Group refers to all youth grades 5 through 12. Youth entering grades 5 through 7 are “Middle School Youth “. Youth entering grades 8 and up are “Senior High Youth”. (8th graders can actually choose to attend middle school or senior high on Sunday mornings…your choice)
What Happens on a typical Sunday Morning? All youth gather together at 10:00 on Sundays for light breakfast food, fellowship and mission projects. This is our new Youth Connections time. Then at 10:45 the youth go to their respective lounges. Middle school youth meet in the middle school lounge and senior high youth meet in the senior high lounge. Our Sunday morning youth group time consists of checking-in with each other and a scripture based lesson.
Mission Work is at the Heart of Our Youth Ministry : Our hands on mission work will be spread out all year long…. new mission work and familiar recycled mission work. All mission projects are open to all youth. Senior high youth are encouraged to take leadership of mission projects. Leadership teams of youth will gather periodically to plan mission projects and special events. Everyone is welcome to participate in the leadership teams.
Connections @ 10:00 every Sunday Morning-Kitchen/congregational hall
Abundance shared-Foodlink food drive October 12- November 9
Bear Hugs-November through March-Care packages for children @ women's shelters.
Head to Toes-October through February
Collection of hats, mittens and socks for kids at Mary's Place and women's shelters.
Warm Fuzzy Blanket Ministry –ongoing
September 21 - Peer Ministry Training for youth 11:45-1:30
September 28 - Breakfast for a Bus: Sonrise Café serves 9:45-10:45 (fundraiser for fall fest bus for Mary’s place)
October 18 - Fall festival for Mary's Place - Kitchen/ fellowship center/congregational hall/outdoor area
November 9 -Thankful Hearts Sonrise Cafe 9:30-10:45
November 23 - Brief pageant practice after church in sanctuary
November 30 - Deck the Halls - fellowship center/congregational hall/kitchen
25 not so random acts of advent kindness (starts November 30)
advent calendar for outward focused living
This includes several outreach projects
Angel Tree Gifts for the children at Mary's Place (tree/angels available 11/23. Gifts due back 12/14)
Living Gift Market December 7 & December 14
December 14 - Christmas pageant
December 24-January 4 - Webster Schools recess
January 25 - Youth Sunday Practice 11:45 in sanctuary with lunch
February 1 - Youth Sunday, Souper Bowl of Caring kitchen/fellowship center
Fill Easter bags for Mary's Place
40 Days 40 Ways –begins February 15
Includes scripture, prayer, reflection, outreach collections
March 8 - Recipe for Mission Fundraising event 12:00
April 3 - Good Friday Camp 9:00 to 12:00. Youth are staff
April 5 - Easter Egg Hunt 11:45
April 12 - Breakfast on the beach...campfire at 10:45
May 3 - car wash
May 31 - car wash
June 29-July 3 Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power
Vacation Bible School (Monday to Friday 9:00 to 12:00)
July 20-45 Mission Week