Youth Ministry

The Youth Ministry Calendar (8/13/2018)

Last night we kicked off the new school year with Meet the Youth Group Night. It was a great event with people mingling, playing games, eating ice cream, and learning about Youth Ministry.

During the event I passed out a calendar with all of the important dates for the entire year. This calendar has every date that you need to know. The only exception are mission trips and that information will come out very soon. The calendar is available below and can also be downloaded to print and put on the fridge.

Download and Print the New Year Handout


Youth Group — Sunday Evenings (Begins 8/26)

Youth Ministry’s main focus is Sunday Evening Youth Group. This is a time for youth to experience community, share prayers, converse with each other, and seek an understanding of what it means to be loved by God.

The Third Floor opens for free play at 5:00 pm and Youth Group begins with the 5:30 Worship service. This is a service open to all people seeking to explore or deepen their relationship with God. The service includes weekly communion.

Following 5:30 Worship, youth move to the Third Floor for games and hangout. During this time a light snack is provided for free. Donations are accepted.

After announcements, Youth Group concludes with Groups. Most evenings, Groups are grade-level based small groups. Throughout the year Groups may be combined for special experiences.

5:00 pm          Third Floor Opens Third Floor
5:30 pm          5:30 Worship Second Floor Worship Center
6:15 pm          Games and Hangout Third Floor (Light snacks are available.)
6:45 pm          Groups Third Floor and First Floor Classrooms
7:30 pm          Youth Group Ends


Sunday Mornings

Three worship services are available on Sunday mornings.

8:30 am          Traditional Communion Service Sanctuary
9:30 am          Contemporary Service Second Floor Worship Center
11:00 am        Traditional Service Sanctuary


Wednesday Night Core (Begins 9/5)

A leadership team for high schoolers that focuses on planning and leading our Youth Ministry. This group meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm on the Third Floor. Dinner is available beginning at 5:30 pm for $6 on the First Floor.


The Year in Youth Ministry

Mark your calendar today! Register for all events on Realm.

Back to School Retreat — August 18-19; $75; registration is closed
Begin the school year focusing on the early church’s idea of community found in Acts 2:42-47. All grades are invited. Retreat ends at 5:30 Worship.

BEYOND — Begins September 16 @ 4pm; register now
Youth in 11th or 12th grade are invited to explore what it means to move beyond their understanding of themselves, of church, and of faith. The first meeting is mandatory for all youth and their parents.

Middle School Lock In — October 26-27; $35; register Aug 26 – Sep 30
A lock in just for middle school youth. Includes food and Whirly Ball!

High School Retreat — January 5-6; $75; register Nov 4 – Dec 9
A retreat for high school youth to focus on their relationship with Christ.

BEYOND Pitch DayJanuary 13 @ 4pm
Youth who complete BEYOND are given the opportunity to pitch new ideas for ministry. Grant funding is available to make ideas a reality.

EPIC Confirmation — Begins January 20 @ 4pm; register now
Youth in 8th grade are invited to explore and define their faith while becoming members of our church.

Confirmation Sunday — April 7 @ 5:30 Worship

Graduation Sunday — May 5; Celebration of our graduates.

Mission Trip: Registration begins in late October. Look for more details soon.

Vacation Bible School — June 17-21; Register to serve in the spring.

  • Upcoming Events
  • Weekly Opportunities
  • Forms

Upcoming Events

Youth Ministry’s main focus is Sunday Evening Youth Group. This is a time for youth to experience community, share prayers, converse with each other, and seek an understanding of what it means to be loved by God.

  • 5:00 pm — Third Floor Opens
  • 5:30 pm — 5:30 Worship
  • 6:15 pm — Games and Hangout (Light snacks are available for free.)
  • 6:45 pm — Groups
  • 7:30 pm — Youth Group Ends

A leadership team for high schoolers that focuses on planning and leading our Youth Ministry. This group meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm on the Third Floor. Dinner is available beginning at 5:30 pm for $6 on the First Floor. The Core begins on September 5.


Beyond is a high-level, opt-in discipleship opportunity open to high school juniors and seniors. Over the course of seven meetings students explore a curriculum focusing on the gifts and personality God has instilled in them and how to use those gifts and passions to develop opportunities for ministry.

The first meeting is mandatory for all potential participants and their parents.

Registration Now


Weekly Opportunities

Sunday Evening Youth Group (Begins August 26)

  • Third Floor Opens - 5:00 p.m.
    The Third Floor opens for free play before worship.
  • Worship - 5:30 p.m.
    A worship service for the whole family, 5:30 Worship includes youth leadership and communion.
  • Games and Hangout - 6:15 p.m.
    Following worship, youth move to the Third Floor for games and hangout. During this time a light snack is provided for free. Donations are accepted.
  • Groups - 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.
    Most evenings, Groups are grade-level based small groups. Throughout the year Groups may be combined for special experiences.

Sunday Mornings

Wednesday Evenings

Special Commitments

  • Blankner Devos & Donuts
    Devos & Donuts is a breakfast program for Blankner middle school students at 8 a.m. in Mrs. Layton’s classroom the morning after FCA huddles. Come for free donuts and a morning devotion before school.
  • EPIC Confirmation - Begins January 20, 2019
    EPIC is a group for 8th grade students that focuses on what their epic journey through life is all about. EPIC begins in the spring.
  • BEYOND - Begins September 16
    BEYOND is a high-level, opt-in discipleship opportunity open to high school juniors and seniors. Over the course of seven meetings students explore a curriculum focusing on the gifts and personality God has instilled in them and how to use those gifts and passions to develop opportunities for ministry.

Forms

About Youth Ministry

The Youth Ministry of First Church, The Skylight, is committed to helping youth in sixth through twelfth grade seek and love God and love and serve people. Led by the Minister to Youth and Families, Justin Cox, the Skylight Youth Ministry creates ways for youth to explore a relationship with Christ and build relationships with other Christ-following youth and adults.

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