Youth Ministry

Any and all youth in Middle (5th-8th Grade) and High School (9th-12th Grade) are welcome to come and check out Northminster Student Ministries. Sunday School is on Sundays at 9:45am, where we dig into the Bible to learn more about how God’s Word relates to our lives. 
 
Sunday evenings is youth group, a fun time of games, bible study and fellowship.  Join us at 6pm for dinner, and we’ll wrap up by 7:30pm.  We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Scroll down for our current series, youth ministry news and announcements and why we do what we do.

Current Series

If you’ve been in a relationship, you know it requires sacrifice. In order to grow in closeness with someone else, we’re always checking our selfish impulses against what’s best for the relationship. It’s just part of the deal.
This concept couldn’t be clearer than in our relationship with Christ. God, in His omniscience, knows exactly what the perfect relationship looks like. He designed it from day one with Adam and Eve, but mankind chose a different path. So in order to restore that relationship, God made the ultimate sacrifice – Jesus on the cross.
Every day, we’re faced with challenges to our relationship with God and choices we must make. And every time we choose a path away from Him, we weaken our relationship, rendering us unable to live a powerful Christian life.
In John 10:10, Christ said, “I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” We believe He means it for our life here as well as our eternity in heaven. But we have to be willing to die to self so that we can live with the power He promises.
We hope this series will give you some tools and topics to open your eyes to the nature of our relationship with God – both where it is and where it could be.
Join us @ Youth Group, ?Beginning November 5. ?Sundays, 6:00 PM.

Youth Ministry News & Announcements

2018 Youth Ministry Winter Retreat

We’re partnering with several churches from Lynchburg, Roanoke for an awesome winter retreat at Eagle Eyrie Conference Center!  This is open to all students from 6th through 12th grades.  It’s going to be a fantastic time and we hope you’ll join us.
 
We will meet at Northminster at 2PM on Sunday, January 14 and return at 5PM Monday, January 15.  Don’t worry, it’s MLK weekend, so there’s no school on Monday.
 
The cost is $54 per student.  Registration deadline is Sunday, December 31.
 
Click this link to sign up and download a permission slip!  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Youth Ministry Christmas Celebration – December 10, 6:00PM

All students in 5th through 12th grade are invited to join us as we celebrate the season with crazy Christmas games, fun activities, a message reminding us of why Christmas matters, and, of course, a ‘white elephant’ gift exchange!  Each student should bring a gift (the crazier the better, but keep it under $5…and yes, the sweater grandma gave you last Christmas is perfect for a white elephant gift exchange!).  As always, we’ll wrap up by 7:30.  We’ll see you (and we hope you’ll bring a friend, too) there!

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About the Youth Ministry

We are committed to building relationships with students and sharing our lives and Christ with them.  We are focused on proclaiming the full Gospel of Jesus Christ, equipping parents as the primary ministers to their children, and building relationships between all generations in the church.
 
Here’s what each part of our purpose statement means:
 

To EXPOSE youth and their families to the joy of a relationship with Christ.

Jesus said that he came to give us life, and to give it to the full (John 10:10), and in Matthew 28:19-20, he gave us the great commission to “go and make disciples of all nations.”  So one of my youth ministry goals is to present the good news of the gospel, the joy that comes from knowing Christ, to youth and their families who have never heard it before, that they may know the abundant life that God intends for them.  We seek to accomplish this goal through two avenues: 1) Special events and occasional youth group meetings geared toward presenting the gospel, and 2) programs intended specifically for parents.
 

To CONNECT them with other believers.

Without a doubt, it is hard to survive in this world, especially if you’re trying to do it alone.  Christ never calls us to follow him alone, He encourages us to connect with another believer to provide accountability, support and friendship.  One of our goals is to connect youth to the extended church family, other believers their own age, and an adult mentor.
 

To EQUIP them to grow in their faith.

None of us will love God perfectly in a day, or a year, or even a lifetime.  It’s a process that we grow in through consistent fellowship with other Christians, study of God’s Word, prayer, challenge, etc.  Through our youth group programs, Sunday Schools, small group Bible studies, and one-on-one discipleship, it is my prayer that the youth will grow in their commitment to and knowledge of God.
 

To PROVIDE them with opportunities to serve others in Christ’s name.

I think it was St. Francis of Assisi who once said, “Share the gospel, and when necessary, use words.”  This has almost become cliché, but there is a powerful truth there.  We proclaim the gospel as much through our actions as we do through our words.  I want to help kids discover their gifts and talents and help them to use those gifts and talents in the world to bring God glory.  This is done by giving the youth leadership responsibility of their own, taking them on mission trips to help them discover their gifts and to what career God might be calling them. Through monthly service projects, through summer mission trips, the youth here have the opportunity to proclaim God’s love to the world.
 

In order to GLORIFY God in their lives.

This is simply a reminder of why we are in youth ministry in the first place, and what we are about in life!  Ephesians 3:20-21 has become my youth ministry theme verse.  “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (VISION!), according to his power that is at work within US (POWER!), to him be the glory in the church in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever, Amen. (PURPOSE!)”