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Youth Ministry

Exciting Changes coming to Youth Ministry

 

Theresa Meuer

Director of Youth Ministry

 

As our mobile world keeps moving and changing so quickly, our Youth Group models need to grow and adapt with the kids and teens. The biggest change you will notice this year is new names for each group and that 6th & 8th Grades (formerly known as “EDGE”) have been split into their own programs.

6th Grade: “Spark”

In 6th grade, we focus on igniting a “spark” in the hearts of our youth that will allow the fire of the Holy Spirit to ignite more fully in their coming Confirmation year. We will focus on laying a strong foundation of prayer & personal relationship with the Trinity. As kids are flooded with social media influencers, we will also focus on who should be the real influencers & role models: the saints.

7th Grade: Confirmation

Tim Meuer is so excited to lead you in preparation for Confirmation! He is committed to making things compelling and interesting for both adults and youth as we discover the power of the Holy Spirit together. Confirmation students also get to attend the highly anticipated “Fire & Ice” youth Holy Spirit retreat in January.

8th Grade: “Impact”

“Impact” will live true to its name as we truly empower our 8th grade students to take charge of their faith, their community and their gifts of Confirmation. This will be a service-focused year where our students get to split their time between fellowship & building holy relationships and community service. We are thrilled to be partnering with community organizations like Blessings in a Backpack, DFS & Council of Community Services to perform meaningful service projects that will penetrate the hearts of youth and adults alike.

9th-12th Grade: “4:12 Youth”

Formerly “OSG: On Solid Grounds,” our High School youth group has a new name voted on by current youth! There are several important scriptures in the bible where Chapter 4, Verse 12 is very impactful, and that is where the name comes from. 1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.” Our High School program aims to meet youth where they are to make sure they feel loved, seen and supported, as well as getting practical tools to live their life with faith in a secularized world.