MESSIAH's YOUTH

We are the youth ministry of Messiah Episcopal Church, serving students from grades 6-12.

Our mission is to see kids coming to Christ and Christian kids becoming Christian adults.

We do this by supporting families as they raise their children in the Christian faith. We are led by the Director of Youth Ministries, and a youth team of safe church trained adults and Senior High Peer leaders. 

WHAT WE DO

YOUTH NIGHT


Our midweek program is the front door to our ministry.  This is where all and any kids are welcome to meet our leaders, to meet our youth, and to meet Jesus.  We have different themes that are taught in many different ways.  A few topics include:  Youth Alpha, Life in Christ, Experiencing God, and many more.  Often we will break into small groups to really discuss the topic, or we will play some games to actively learn.  We’ve been known to have guest speakers as well.  Currently, Youth Night is happening in a hybrid fashion: outside with social distancing & simultaneously on Zoom.


SUMMER MINISTRIES


By God’s grace and Messiah members’ support, we are blessed to have quality staff for summer ministries. Staff plan a full summer of weekly Bible Studies, Fun Fridays and service events, and make weekly contact with students.  They also serve our children by organizing a strong youth presence at our Great Adventure Days.


JUNIOR HIGH SUNDAY SCHOOL


For 6th to 8th graders, this class looks a scripture as one continuing story of God and his people.  It meets Sundays at 10 a.m. on Google Meet.


SENIOR HIGH SUNDAY SCHOOL


This class engages with whole books of the Bible and teaches youth an inductive study method while giving the opportunity for youth to lead.  The class meets Sundays at 10 am on Zoom.


CONFIRMATION


Confirmation at Messiah is an experience of learning and doing, as mature young people prepare to take an adult role in the life of the church.  This is a year-long process that includes being paired with an adult sponsor/mentor and a volunteer internship in one of the church’s ministries.  The confirmation service takes place in May or June.


SCHOOL YEAR SPECIAL EVENTS


Events my include:  Monster Lock-In, Mission Dinner, Graduation Celebration, Youth Retreat, and many small events.  Thanks to all those that pray, chaperone, transport, and help in any way with our special events.


SUMMER SPECIAL EVENTS


We have a number of foundational events where students build life-long relationships with God and each other. Junior High students are invited to Adventure Camp at beautiful Camp CrossWoods, a Messiah tradition for almost twenty years.  Our Senior High students go on an annual Summer Mission Trip.  In 2020 we had a local mission trip experience that was all outdoor and socially-distanced.  We hope to go to St. Louis in the summer of 2021!

OUR VALUES

FAMILIES INTEGRATED IN LIFE OF THE CHURCH


We value families.  We do this by supporting families as they raise their children in the Christian faith.  We value seeing teens integrated into the church.  We see them volunteering in ministries throughout the church with their families.


RELATIONAL MINISTRY


We value relational ministry.  We do this with a gifted team of adult and peer leaders, who support students in their daily life through meeting individually with them and encouraging them in their faith.


OUTREACH


We value outreach.  We do this through our special events.  We have a senior high mission trip in the summer, and various other events focused on supporting others.


LEADERSHIP


We value leadership.  We do this through our Youth Leadership program.  We also do this through equipping our leaders with tools to improve their leadership skills.  We encourage students of all gifting, abilities, and languages to participate and to lead.


BIBLE


We value the Bible.  We do this through biblical teaching at Sunday School, Deeper Discipleship Group and Wednesday Youth Night.


COMMUNICATION


We value communication.  We do this through the Sunday bulletin, the Pillar of Youth, on social media including Facebook and Instagram, Monthly Email, Bread for the church Newsletter and Flyer.


WELCOME


We value being welcoming.  We see this by creating an environment in all our ministries, where new people can fit right in.  We see this by our students inviting their friends to Youth Night or special events.