Teenagers are notorious for changing interests – fashion, music, hobbies, moods, etc… but the one thing that teenagers stick with and value the most is relationships. Teenagers are social creatures and have an innate desire to belong and feel accepted. The Yates Youth Ministry seeks to foster and develop healthy relationships between students and adults to point teenagers to Christ and to empower students to reach out to a hurt and broken world. The goals of the youth ministry are carried out in various ways:
- 5:45-6:15 – Youth Fellowship: The Attic is open for table tennis, pool, music, and hanging out. The youth band also rehearses during this time.
- 6:15-7:15 – Youth Worship, Bible Study, and Small Groups. After a time of corporate worship and Bible study the youth are divided by age and gender into small groups to further break down the Bible study in ways appropriate for their age group. Each small group is led by two adult volunteers.
- 5:00-6:45 – Dinner, Fellowship, Discussion and Study: We enjoy a simple meal together (provided by youth parents), enjoy some games and activities, and participate in a rotating list of engaging spiritual events – contemplative prayer, discussion on youth trends and issues, student led devotions, etc…
We do a lot of fun events throughout the year (see “special events” or “calendar”) for the purpose of bonding the group, strengthening our community of faith, and setting time aside from our crazy schedules to focus on our relationship with Christ.
- Extracurricular Support - Adult volunteers love to show up at extracurricular activities (sports, music, theatre, etc…) to show our support for our students. Let us know what you’re doing!
- Random – Unofficial events spring up all the time and small groups often get together for things like sleepovers, fishing, coffee, paintball, etc…