Middle School Youth Group
Youth Group (6-8th grade) meets twice a month on Sunday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. They do all kinds of activities during middle school youth group. They play the wackiest of wacky games! They eat all kinds of sweet food. They meditate. Yes, you read that correctly. Middle school students meditate on God’s word! They talk about scripture readings. They discuss what God might be trying to teach them as individuals and as a group. They act as silly as ever and they engage in the most serious conversations. It is a great time aimed to validate kids and show them God’s love with no strings attached – unless they are shooting each other with silly string!
Confirmation class (8th grade) typically meets once a month on Wednesday evenings, with some special service activities on other days. Up to this point students have heard about God and Jesus, and they have been attending church in one way or another. Confirmation gives students the opportunity to believe in and follow Jesus in their own ways. It is a yearlong conversation around what it is we collectively and individually believe about God, Jesus, and the church. Students learn more about these concepts, as well as the concepts of baptism, church governance, and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Students then decide for themselves if they want to commit their lives to Jesus within the context of their local church.
The high school and middle school youth groups set out on different mission trips every June. These trips are planned in the fall and discussed all year long during youth group. Students are engaged in local service projects throughout the year. They learn why service is so fundamental for the heart of someone following after Jesus. Then in June they experience service in a whole new context without the comforts of home. They serve and think about those they are serving. They wrestle with social injustice and learn more about empathy. Hopefully, as they go out into the world and take on leadership roles, they will lead in a way that is not just beneficial for the powerful but also for the powerless. These mission trips are not about being do-gooders who fix “those” people. Rather, these trips are meant to stir up empathy and a desire to right the wrongs of structural injustice while becoming friends with the people they serve.