Wednesday nights youth groups begin at 6:30 PM and end at 7:30 PM. Bible study groups are available for middle school and high school youth.
Throughout the year both junior and senior high youth are involved in many regional youth events such as Youth Leader Corps, youth conventions, church camp, ski weekend, etc. The youth groups also plan numerous activities like golfing, camping, tubing, Boundary Waters trips, Christmas caroling, and whatever else they can think of!
Youth Praise includes all youth in grades 7 through 12. The group rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 until 6:15 in the winter in preparation for Youth Sunday, under the direction of Winnie and Jerry Williams. Youth Praise sings periodically in church and performs either a play at Christmas or a musical in the spring. Rehearsals follow the Kid’s Konnection Schedule. After youth choir and prior to youth group, dinner is provided for $2 per person for youth and their families and friends.
Mission Trips are an exciting opportunity for youth to serve in the community and world at large. We try to make sure that all interested youth have the opportunity to serve on a mission trip sometime during their high school years. We do extensive fundraising to make sure it is affordable, and also assist youth in raising their individual portion. Some raise all the money through church fundraising.
During the summer of 2013 our youth embarked on their third YouthWorks! adventure and mission trip to Birmingham, Alabama. The group served at Habitat for Humanity sites and provide service to additional organizations during the week including The Foundry, Pathways and Kids Club. The group has previously served at YouthWorks! sites in Michigan and Canada over the last few years.
The youth traveled with YouthWorks! to Martin, South Dakota in 2014. Check out their mission trip blog here.
During the summer of 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, and 2000 our senior high youth and their adult sponsors traveled to Ruiz, Mexico, to build homes. In 1999 our Junior high youth had their own mission trip to Dayton Oaks camp to build hogans. Trips in previous years were to Tecate, Mexico. Youth and children are also welcome with their families on our family mission trips held most summers to various locations.