In the fast-paced area in which we live, Grace seeks to provide a space for our middle and high school students to be themselves and 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 safe community.
Our youth group, for students in 6th - 12th grade, meets twice a month on Sunday evenings from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. throughout the school year. Our middlers (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) often meet together for meals and mission initiatives, and also each have their own outings, small group discussions, and fellowship activities. Contact Pastor Katie or Chuck Barber, Youth Elder.
Click here for a current calendar of activities: Youth Calendar 2019
Here at Grace, and especially with our youth, there is a deep commitment to helping others. 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, 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, Virginia, and Honduras. See the church's Mission page for more information on these important mission opportunities.
Grace offers our youth opportunities to attend summer retreats and conferences--to step out of the hustle and bustle of our normal life, grow in community and faith, and join with 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. New this year: High schoolers (grades 9-12) will attend Montreat Youth Conference, where they can retreat to the beautiful mountains of Black Mountain, North Carolina. At Montreat, we will stay in college dorms, get closer with youth group friends, and meet God in new ways. Contact Pastor Katie for details.
We offer a one-year confirmation class for youth who are in at least 9th 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. Contact Ed and Cindi Bryant.
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.