What We Offer
To guide and walk alongside every student as they explore life’s challenges and hard questions of faith in his/her growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
The youth ministry is open to all students 7th grade-12th grade. All students are welcome to attend any activities, events, and trips.
Church Calendar (choose Youth from Interest Groups)
Sunday Morning Bible Study: Bible study is a time for students to explore scripture and the stories of the Bible to see and better understand God’s continual story of love towards his people. Students are engaged in conversation with leaders about how scripture is relevant today to their age group and community. We begin gathering at 9:30 a.m. in the Youth Place (3rd floor of the Education Building) for large group assembly where we review announcements and celebrations. Then at 9:45 a.m., students join their breakout Bible study groups which are separated by grade.
Sunday Evening Life Study: Evening Bible study challenges students to ask and discover the ways in which God shows interest in our world and our lives. Each week the group gathers together in The Youth Place at 5:45 p.m. and finishes around 7:45 p.m. We begin by inviting students to share with each other how life is really going. During these moments we seek to shed the ‘masks’ and be honest with each other about our celebrations and the trials that we are facing. The rest of the time is spent being in conversation with each other, through various forms of interactivity, discovering, questioning, and understanding God’s desire to be active in our lives.
Wednesday Night Missions: Students are challenged to be active in our community and world through caring for and serving other people. We seek to better understand people who come from all walks of life, all types of backgrounds, and all forms of need. Our hope is that people can see the love of Christ through the things we do. The goal is to invest in others, support our community, and love everyone we meet as we put our faith into action (James 2:14-26). Students leave from the Youth Place for the mission site(s) at 5:45 p.m. and return around 7:15 p.m. Opportunities include helping at a free medical clinic at Shalom Project, Hunger2Health Ministry (packing backpacks of food for Ashley Elementary students), Youth Handicrafters, and planning our KidNection worship services. Our Youth Sign Team practices 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Weekly Small Groups: Two small groups meet once during the week before school starts as a way to check in and invest in students mid-week. These groups meet at local fast food restaurants. This is an opportunity for students from the identified schools to join together as a community, eat breakfast, and hear an uplifting word and share in conversation. It is a great way for students to start their day and know there are adults and fellow students who care about them. The morning starts at 7:45 a.m. and finishes around 8:30 a.m. For more information about the locations of the different groups, contact Dane Martin.
Trips: At times throughout the year, the youth group goes on a variety of trips as a way to help students grow, challenging them to view the world in a new way, and to allow us to invest in them without distractions. Students have the opportunity to be involved in a yearly fall retreat, mission trip (international and within the US), Disciple NOW (local retreat), and high school senior retreat. Each one of these trips has a different theme and goal in assisting in the growth of the student’s faith and building relationships with them.
Activities: Throughout the year the youth ministry offers a diverse range of activities for the youth. Some of these activities and events include, but are not limited to: miniature golf, church league basketball, bowling, kickball, on campus game room, scavenger hunt, laser tag, Carowinds, National Whitewater Center, Emerald Pointe Water Park, square dance and bon fire, Wake Forest football game, WinterJam Concert, Christmas party, local missions day, youth week activities, ski trip, day at the lake, lock in/out, and more. We believe fun activities are a great time to build relationships with the youth as we seek to build a foundation of trust with each student.
Teaching Targets for Youth
Our Leadership Team has set the following targets for our youth during their teenage years:
- Authentic Faith – What it means to have a real and personal relationship with God in Jesus Christ. Cultivating a meaningful prayer life and daily quiet time.
- Healthy Relationships – Discovering what they look like, the kind of commitment they take, and the Biblical principles behind them.
- Moral Boundaries – Living within the freedom of Biblical guidelines for morality. Knowing the dangers and consequences of moving outside God’s protection.
- Others First – Showing the love of God to others through our words and actions.
To connect with college-aged young adults (ages 19-23) and collegiate campus ministries as we collectively seek to meet students where they are in life, build meaningful and life-giving relationships, and support students through life changes. Our hope is to aid in a student’s faith journey and understanding of God’s unfailing love and involvement in their lives.
Students at Local Colleges/Universities
1. Connection with campus ministries
2. Participation in campus activities
3. Host small groups on our campus
4. Participate with group trips
5. Provide homemade meals
6. Exam snacks
7. Connect with mission opportunities
Students from ABC, away at school
1. Continued connection throughout year
2. Care packages
PASSION Conference in Atlanta, GA (early January)
Summer book study
Summer mission opportunities
Summer Book Study: Throughout the summer, college-aged young adults are invited to participate in a conversation surrounding a particular book. These studies are held in various homes around the city and are a great way to build community and encounter Christ. Book studies are conversationally based, and seen as another way to be challenged and have open conversation about how God calls us to live. Studies usually start in late June and go into early August, with participants joining together weekly. The study can cover a variety of topics and is chosen based on the interest of those participating.
Care Packages: At different times throughout the school year we look to provide snacks, baked goods, candy, and a word of support to students. Packages are usually sent before exam times and other random points in the year. Some care packages are full of all sorts of foods; while other packages are cards with a kind word to let them know we are thinking of and praying for them, plus a small gift card so the students can treat themselves. Whether a student is in the area or far away, we want them to know that we are continually praying for them and their growth.
Engagement with Local Colleges & Universities: We want to be involved in the local colleges and universities, supporting the current ministries that exist and using the churches resources to aid these ministries. The college ministry is currently involved at Wake Forest University (Baptist Student Union and InterVarsity) and UNC School of the Arts. As we support the students at these schools we hope to become a place where they can find comfort, welcoming people, and individuals who are willing to come to them in order to build connection. Our hope in the coming years is to develop relationships with the students and clubs of Salem College and Piedmont International University. When connecting with a University or club, our first question is, ‘how can we support you?’ and ‘how can we build a relationship with you, in order to support the students?’ We believe that God will open the opportunities and doors that provide us the best ways to minister to these young adults.