Youth Ministry

Any and all youth in Middle (6th-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, and we’ll wrap up by 7:15pm.  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

Rescued From An Ordinary Life

What kind of life are you living? You get up, get dressed, grab a pop tart on your way to school. You walk the same halls every day, sit with the same people at lunch, sleep through the same classes over and over. You come home, do some chores, put homework and studying off, watch some TV, annoy your siblings and go to sleep. Then repeat. Edge-of-your-seat stuff, right? You know what’s funny? I know a lot of adults who yearn for their high school days to come back – the “best years of your life!” Wow. What a life.
 
Don’t you wonder if there isn’t supposed to be more to this life? That we were made for so much more than just eating and breathing? Turns out, you weren’t made for ordinary. Jesus once said,
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)
 
Want to be rescued from an ordinary life? Then join us on Sundays as we explore this verse and find out just what Jesus meant when he invited us to “have life, and have it to the full.” See you there.
 
Join us @ Youth Group, Sundays, 6:00 PM. Beginning September 8.

Youth Ministry News & Announcements

NEPC Student Ministries News & Info – August 2019

Things for the youth ministry at Northminster slowed down over the summer, but we’re cranking things back up as we get ready for the fall!

Welcome Rising 6th Graders!

We’re excited to have you join us!  You are welcome to join us for Sunday school on Sunday mornings any time!  John Lange and Sharon Bryant are our teachers, and they’d love to see you at 9:45 on Sundays.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, August 7, ~6:30 @ Venue Cinemas — We’ll meet at Venue Cinemas around 6:30 to catch a fun summer movie!  Which one?  No idea – the schedule isn’t out yet.  We’ll email once it is with specifics.  Interested?  Be sure to let Pastor Dave know! 

Sunday, August 18, 5:30-7:30 — It’s time to bid adieu to summer.  Join us at the Garrisons for a fun-filled game night, dinner included.  This will be a great way to de-stress after the first few days of school and as you prepare for your first full week.  This is also a particularly good event for folks who haven’t been to youth group before to come and meet the other students and get a sense for what we’re all about!

Sunday, September 8, 6:00-7:15pm — We officially kick off our fall semester and weekly youth group meetings on the 8th.  We’ll start the fall with a series called, “Rescued from an Ordinary Life.”
 
Keep up to date on all the Student Ministries doings by clicking here!

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Youth Group Kicks Off Sunday, September 9!

Every Sunday, beginning September 9
6:00-7:15pm

 
Youth Group returns on Sunday, September 9 at 6 PM!  We hope you’ll plan to join us each week for fun games and opportunities to understand who Jesus is and who He is inviting you to become.  All students in 6th-12th grade are welcome.
 
Our fall series is Inked.
 

Like a tattoo, our lives show we’ve been marked.

 
People get tattoos for a lot of different reasons, but in almost every case, it’s because they want to make a statement. To physically and permanently show others something about themselves, or what they believe, or what’s important to them. And the thing about tattoos? They’re pretty much forever. You can’t easily get rid of that statement, that mark.
 
The Christian life is a lot like a tattoo. When we place our trust in Christ, our lives are changed, transformed, marked. Permanently. And how we live our lives, the decisions and choices we make every day, speak as loudly as a tattoo. What does your life tell others?
Each Sunday @ Youth Group we’ll be exploring just what a life marked for Christ looks like. What are the characteristics and attributes that show a life that lives and shows “trust in Christ, expressed in love” (Gal. 5:6)? How do we live this out in our daily lives?
 
Join us each week as we explore those questions and more!
 
Want to learn more about the Youth Ministry at Northminster?  Click here!

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Youth Ministry End-Of-Summer Back-To-School Cookout! Sunday, August 19

Sunday, August 19

6:00-7:30pm

@ The Garrisons

Students and their friends in 6th-12th Grade are invited to the Garrisons for a cookout as we celebrate the unofficial end of summer and beginning of school. We’ll grill some food, play some games, eat the food we grilled, and more! We look forward to seeing you there. See Pastor David or Karey if you have any questions.

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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!)”