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Youth Ministry ’17-’18

Mission: To enable our youth to be the best versions of themselves; to engage 6th to 12th grade youth in faith formation, fellowship and life guidance. Middle School explores the stories of Jesus, his life, and his times to internalize his teachings of love and inclusion. High School teens apply the Christian stories and values as guides to holistic living. By graduation, we hope that youth know themselves as spiritual beings and develop a personal faith and relationship with God.

This year we’re enriching the ministry with more opportunities for deepening faith and friendships.  One highlight is that Sunday mornings focus on spiritual growth and monthly Youth Groups focus on community bonding. In addition, all youth attend worship the first Sunday of each month to be an integral part of the life of our church.

Sunday School

Sunday meetings nurture youths’ spiritual growth and teach them about leading a Christian life. Each group follows grade-appropriate curriculum that teaches stories and values, and engages youth in faith exploration. The 4th Sunday of each month is “SERVE Sunday” when all children and youth (1st -12th grades) choose from several service opportunities and work on one. This is an opportunity for young people to experience the doing of Christianity. Sunday School meets during worship the 2nd – 5th Sundays of the month, 10:30am – 11:30am. Middle School meets in the Faith Cave and High School in the Grace Gallery.

Youth Group

Youth Group is a creative time for games, silly skits, music, art, and activities to fill the need for fun, community, and personal growth. We use the “Serendipity” model that believes, “Youth Ministry is about people not programs; relationships not religion; a new, radical, life-changing faith, not a tired old gutless religious tradition. Youth are looking for a choice not a compromise.” Youth forge and deepen friendships, discover themselves, and talk about life. Youth Group meets after church for pizza at 11:30am and activities from 12pm – 1:30pm. The high school group meets the first Sunday each month, and the middle school group meets the 2nd Sunday.

 

Middle School Youth Ministry

Christian Education Trajectory: Middle schoolers undergo an in-depth exploration of Jesus, his life, and his times. We hope that by graduation they have internalized Jesus’ teachings of love and inclusion, are forming a personal relationship with Jesus, and begin to experience their faith with God. For the 2017-2018 academic year we’re using the curriculum “Jesus and his Kingdom of Equals.” This curriculum teaches stories from Jesus’ life and has activities for youth to explore his life as a guide for their own. This curriculum focuses on Jesus’ teachings and building youths’ values. 

Core components of the ministry:

1.      Weekly Sunday School or Worship

2.      Monthly Youth Group

3.      Monthly Movie Nights

4.      Youth Retreats at La Foret each semester

5.      Special events throughout the year

Sunday School Schedule

 

Monthly Flow

This is the general monthly blueprint. See the schedules below for specific dates and information.

Sunday School

Fall - 9 meetings

Spring - 11 meetings

 

10:30-11:30 am

Faith Cave

1st Sunday: Communion Sunday, youth attend Worship together

2nd Sunday: Sunday School

3rd Sunday: Sunday School

4th Sunday: SERVE Sunday service projects. Meet in Faith Cave

5th Sunday: Sunday School

 

Begins September 10, 2017 ends May 20, 2018

Youth Group

8 meetings

 

11:30a - 1:30p

Location TBD

2nd Sunday each month October – April

11:30 – 12p Pizza Lunch

12:00 – 1:30p activities

 

(Some months it’s on the 3rd Sunday. Location varies based on activities)

Movie Nights

9 meetings

6:30p-9:00p

Grace Gallery

1st Friday each month September - May

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September

9/10 Getting to Know Jesus and each other

9/17 A Timeless Message, Forever New

9/24 A Land of Cruelty and Divisions

October

10/1 Communion Sunday

10/8 The Boy Jesus and his World

10/15 Follow Me

10/22 SERVE Sunday

10/29 Treat Others as You Wish to  Be Treated

November

11/5 Communion Sunday

11/12 Love your Enemies

11/19 No Sunday School- Thanksgiving

11/26 SERVE Sunday

December

12/3 Communion Sunday

12/10 Unto You a Child is Born

12/17 End-of-Semester Ceremony 

January

1/7 Communion Sunday

1/14 Every Person is Worthy

1/21 Your Trust Has Made You Whole

1/28 SERVE Sunday/ Youth Sunday planning

February

2/4 Communion Sunday

2/11You Are the Light of the World

2/18 What does it mean to Forgive?

2/25 Youth Sunday

March

3/4 Communion Sunday

3/11 The Last Supper

3/18  The Crucifixion

3/25 No Sunday School – Spring Break

April

4/1 Easter – No Sunday School

4/8 The Future is Open

4/15 Lazarus

4/22 SERVE Sunday: Earth Day

4/29 Jesus Disrupts the Temple

May

5/6 Review and Plans

5/13 No Sunday School - Confirmation Sunday

5/20 End-of-Year Ceremony

SERVE Sundays

Youth pick from 5 different service projects as a way to put our faith to practice. Past projects: writing care cards to church members, assembling care packages for homeless, making posters for food or clothing drives (then delivering the following month), making food, preparing for Soup Kitchen, etc. Youth meet in their regular rooms at 10:30am, then go to service projects. This year’s projects TBD.

 

·         October 22

·         November 26

·         January 28 (includes Youth Sunday planning)

·         April 22

 

Youth Group Schedule

Middle School Youth Group begins at 11:30am with a pizza lunch. Programming starts at 12pm and ends at 1:30pm. Location varies.

·                     Sunday October 8

·                     Sunday November 12

·                     Sunday December 10

·                     Sunday January 14

·                     Sunday February 11

·                     Sunday Mar 11

·                     Sunday April 15 (TBC)

 

Movie Nights

6:30 – 9pm on the first Friday each month (except January). Adult Leaders arrive at 6pm to prepare. Youth put movie suggestions in a box, and they are drawn at the end of each movie night for the next month.

·                     Friday September 1

·                     Friday October 6

·                     Friday November 3

·                     Friday December 1

·                     Friday January 12 (2nd Friday)

·                     Friday February 2

·                     Friday March 2

·                     Friday April 6

·                     Friday May 4

High School Youth Ministry

Christian Education Trajectory: High schoolers learn to apply Christian stories and values as guides to holistic living. We hope that by graduation they have internalized Jesus’ teachings of love and inclusion, know themselves as spiritual beings, and deepen their personal relationship with the Divine. For the 2017-2018 academic year we’re using the curriculum “Way to Live,” which explores the bible and engages youth in meaningful discussion and artistic expression. This curriculum focuses on fostering the unique paths high school students walk and bringing faith to where they are.

 

 Core components of the ministry:

 

1.    Weekly Sunday School or Worship

2.    Weekly Tuesday Evenings w/ Bill & Bon

3.    Monthly Youth Group

4.    Youth Retreats at La Foret each semester

5.    Spring Break Desert Backpacking Trip

6.    Work Camp

7.    Special events throughout the year

 

Monthly Flow

This is the general monthly blueprint. See the schedules below for specific dates

Sunday School

Fall - 9 meetings

Spring - 11 meetings

 

10:30-11:30 am

Grace Gallery

1st Sunday: Communion Sunday, youth attend Worship together

2nd Sunday: Sunday School

3rd Sunday: Sunday School

4th Sunday: SERVE Sunday service projects. Meet in Grace Gallery

5th Sunday: Sunday School

Begins September 10, 2017 ends May 20, 2018

Fellowship, Fun, and Food

Meets Weekly

Located @ Church

Meets every Tuesday evening at First Cong (room TBD)

6:30 Dinner: Pizza (GF & Regular)

7-8 pm Content/Discussion

Start & end dates TBD

Youth Group

8 meetings

11:30a - 1:30p

Location TBD

1st Sunday each month October – April

11:30 – 12p Pizza Lunch

12:00 – 1:30p activities

 

(Some months it’s on the 2nd Sunday. Location varies based on activities)

Fellowship, Food, and Fun

Bill & Bonney Forbes offer this gathering to focus on the spiritual questions youth have brought to them over the years. The intention is to help them see God as present, here and now, and not as distant or "out there".  One evening each month will be a bible study to de-mystify the stories and make them relevant for teenagers.

“Tested” - Spring Break Desert Backpack Trip Sun 3/25- Fri 3/30

Jesus spent 40 days in the desert; we’ll spend 4 hiking in Utah and learning from his & other teacher’s spiritual quests. This experience will bring youth into the story of Jesus’ tests in the desert and face-to-face with the tests of their own faith. They will learn primitive camping and traveling skills and build up to a daylong solo experience on the final day. This trip is led by Eli and Outward Bound Logistics Coordinator and Senior Guide Brandon Daun.

Work CampSat June 9 – Sat June 16

Every year the High School students go out into the world and learn to serve God’s people in diverse walks of life through this week-long immersion. This year we will go to Heifer International to learn about ecological sustainability, global economics, and raw resources.

 

Sunday Meeting Schedule

September

9/10 “Welcome”

9/17 “Friends”

9/24 “The Story”

October

10/1 Communion Sunday

10/8 “Life”

10/15 “Creativity”

10/22 SERVE Sunday

10/29 “Stuff”

November

11/5 Communion Sunday

11/12 “Play”

11/19 No Sunday School- Thanksgiving

11/26 SERVE Sunday

December

12/3 Communion Sunday

12/10 “Time”

12/17 End-of-Semester Ceremony

January

1/7 Communion Sunday

1/14 “Choices”

1/21 “Work”

1/28 SERVE Sunday/Youth Sunday planning

February

2/4 Communion Sunday

2/11 “Prayer”

2/18 “Food”

2/25 Youth Sunday

March

3/4 Communion Sunday

3/11 “Truth”

3/18 “Grieving”

3/25 No Sunday School – Spring Break

April

4/1 Easter – No Sunday School

4/8 “Bodies”

4/15 “Creation”

4/22 SERVE Sunday: Earth Day

4/29 “Forgiveness”

May

5/6 “Justice”

5/13 No Sunday School - Confirmation Sunday

5/20 End-of-Year Ceremony

 

SERVE Sundays

Youth pick from 5 different service projects as a way to put our faith to practice. Past projects: writing care cards to church members, assembling care packages for homeless, making posters for food or clothing drives (then delivering the following month), making food for needy, preparing for Soup Kitchen, etc. Youth meet in their regular rooms at 10:30am, then go to service projects. This year’s projects TBD.

 

·         October 22

·         November 26

·         January 28 (includes Youth Sunday planning)

·         April 22

Youth Group Schedule

High School Youth Group begins at 11:30am with a pizza lunch. Programming starts at 12pm and ends at 1:30pm. Location varies.

·                     Sunday October 1

·                     Sunday November 5

·                     Sunday December 3

·                     Sunday January 7

·                     Sunday February 4

·                     Sunday Mar 4

·                     Sunday April 8 (TBC)

Youth Ministry at First Cong

Ministry

Core Components

Middle School

Sunday School: “Jesus & His Kingdom of Equals” Curriculum

·         1st Sunday – Communion Sunday, youth attend worship

·         2nd Sunday – Sunday School

·         3rd Sunday – Sunday School

·         4th Sunday – SERVE service projects

·         5th Sunday – Sunday School

Youth Group

·         2nd Sunday each month. 11:45am – 1:30pm

Movie Night

·         1st Friday each month. 6:30-9pm

La Foret Retreats

·         Fall Retreat: Nov 3-5. Spring Retreat. Spring Retreat TBA

Special Events

·         Once or twice a month

Questformation

Begins in December, meets weekly on Sundays. More information forthcoming

High School

Sunday School: “Way to Live” Curriculum

·         1st Sunday – Communion Sunday, youth attend worship

·         2nd Sunday – Sunday School

·         3rd Sunday – Sunday School

·         4th Sunday – SERVE service projects

·         5th Sunday – Sunday School

Youth Group

·         1st Sunday each month. 11:45am – 1:30pm

Tuesday Night – Fellowship, Fun, and Food

·         Every Tuesday Night, 6:30-8:00pm. Hosted by Bill & Bonney Forbes

Spring Break Desert Backpacking Journey

·         Mar 25 – Mar 30. Jesus spent 40 days in the desert, we’ll spend 4 traveling and learning from his & other teacher’s spiritual quests. 

Work Camp – Heifer International; Perryville, Arkansas

·         June 9 – 16, 2018

La Foret Retreats, etc.

·         Fall Retreat: Nov 3-5. Spring Retreat. Spring Retreat TBA

Special Events

·         Monthly

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