Youth Group returns on September 11th and we are excited to get the new year going! Here’s everything you need to know:
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Youth Group Time
Parents with middle and high schoolers in the same home: rejoice! We are returning to one hour of youth group for middle and high school students. More good news: dinner is back!
Content & Connect ion
We organize our Youth Group year into series and in each series we’ll be exploring a theme for several weeks. The way we explore the theme will alternate between content weeks and connection weeks. Here’s what those look like:
- Content Weeks are split up into two parts: big group and small groups. We’ll start off by gathering in a big group for a game and a message from a speaker. Those messages are meant to be springboards to the conversation that will happen in small groups where small group leaders (SGLs) lead discussions and activities to help make the big ideas come alive and take root in our everyday lives.
- Connection Weeks are meant to help us create deeper connections with each other and with God. A connection night will start off in small groups and then combine into a bigger group for a variety of activities: service projects, prayer stations, games, mindfulness, art, and more.
This Year’s Theme & Series
New this year is a theme that you will see running through everything we teach: Where Did You See God Today?
We will be exploring that idea in a variety of different topics that we give a name and call a series. While we may teach on a similar theme in lower and upper grades, the actual approaches are specific to the ages of students in both groups and that’s why the same theme will have different names for lower and upper grades. Here’s the 2021-2022 lineup:
|Middle School||High School||Theme|
|Under the Microscope||I Wonder||Faith & Science|
|Shake it Up||Messy Christmas||Advent|
|Let’s Talk||Elevate||Anxiety & Suicide|
|First Place||Simplify||Greatest Commandment|
In addition to these series, all grades will experience The Good Life (transformation) at the Fall Retreat, 8th graders will begin a new Confirmation curriculum based on the Matthew 25 initiative called Commissioned to Change the World, and 11th & 12th graders will think about life and faith after high school in Sticky Faith.