In the fast-paced area in which we live, Grace seeks to provide a space for our middle and high school students to belong to a community and to grow in their understanding of God. Whether we are serving the world with a mission project, playing games at church, out on an adventure, talking about challenges, or wrestling with matters of faith, we are in a caring and brave space.
All offerings for children and youth follow our Child Protection Policy; all staff and volunteers have been background checked and fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Our youth group, for students in grades 7-12, meets most Sundays for fellowship, study, and service. During fall 2021, our theme is "God is Calling" as we explore our gifts and identity and what God has called us to do in the world! Focusing on remaining outdoors for safety whenever possible, we are holding outdoor youth activities ranging from cookouts to stream cleanup to pumpkin carving. We'll also be going on a fall camping retreat in October. In addition to youth-specific events, we invite youth to join the intergenerational GIFT program on the first Sunday of the month.
During non-pandemic times, we typically meet twice a month on Sunday evenings (5:00 to 7:00 p.m.) throughout the school year for fellowship, study, and service. One additional Sunday evening (5:00pm to 7:00 p.m.), high school students in 9th-12th grades meet for "Grub and Grace": a small dinner and faith group. Seasonal retreats help us deepen in friendship and faith together. For more information, Contact Pastor Katie.
Grace youth have a deep commitment to mission and service. Every year the Youth Ministry Team coordinates mission opportunities for Grace Youth. Mission activities from past years have included food preparation and service at a District soup kitchen, sorting and packing supplies at ECHO, serving as tutors in our Monday night tutoring program, participating in the annual CROP Walk for hunger relief, and selecting and wrapping Christmas gifts for students at a nearby school who might not otherwise receive gifts. There are also annual summer mission trips to Petersburg, VA, and Honduras. See the church's Mission page for more information on these important mission opportunities.
Conferences and Retreats
Grace offers our youth opportunities to attend retreats--to step out of the hustle and bustle of our normal life, grow in friendship, and engage faith more deeply. Our fall retreats often involve boating and tubing at Lake Anna, and our spring retreats offer recreation, rest, and a ropes course/zip line in Western Maryland. During the summer, conferences provide further opportunity to join with Christian youth from around the region. Middlers (grades 6-8) attend Camp Massanetta Springs in Harrisonburg, Virginia. There, they can enjoy an energizing and community-building week of games, recreation, worship and Bible study with friends old and new. Contact Pastor Katie for details.
We offer a one-year confirmation class for youth who are in at least 8th grade. The class meets in the Tower Room during the education hour on Sunday mornings. The program is designed to support young people’s exploration of their faith and prepare them for the commitment to Christian life as members of the church. The next confirmation class is planned for 2022. Contact Pastor Katie.
Junior and Senior High youths who are not in the Confirmation Class meet during the education hour to deepen their understanding of God. See the church's Christian Education page for information about educational offerings.