For our community youths, we offer a wide variety of opportunities for them to grow and develop their faith with their peers
What is TAG? Our Ministry to Middle and High School youth goes by the name of TAG. TAG is short for Teens About God, but the name goes much deeper than that. When a person “TAGs” something, they are either (1) marking it as their own, or (2) playing a game when one person is “it” and is trying to make other people "it" as well by touching them. Both of those definitions apply to our Youth Ministry. To begin with we are “TAGged” by God when we are marked as His own through the blood of Jesus Christ. Then we are called to go and make disciples of all nations, basically TAGging them to share the good news of Jesus Christ with them.
The Student Leadership Development Team (SLDT) is the tool to equip and encourage youth as leaders as they learn to use their gifts in ministry. Involvement in leadership gives youth a sense that they are making a difference; Training for leadership equips youth for lifelong ministry; Holding responsibility for leadership lets the youth feel they are making the major decisions; and Handling leadership responsibility develops character. There will be a variety of positions within the SLDT for high school students who are interested in serving the Lord and other youth in ministry.
Student Leadership Development Team Goals:
We believe that high school Christians should be:
- Growing In Their Faith – therefore, we will strive to be regularly involved in worship and study as well as spending time with God in Prayer and Devotions daily!
- Concerned For The Lost – therefore, we will focus on reaching out to youth with the good news of Jesus Christ.
- Informed – therefore, we will spend time studying tools of Youth Ministry, trends in the church, and methods of effective leadership.
- Articulate – therefore we will work at how to present Jesus Christ attractively and convincingly to both members and visitors.
- Compassionate – therefore, we will be involved in programs that meet peoples’ needs (Servant Events, Service Projects, Elementary Ministry, and Retirement Ministry).
- Supportive – therefore, we will work at building a strong Christian community.
- Responsible – therefore, we will hold each other accountable for what we have committed to.
Sunday Bible Class: Students in 6th - 8th grade meet every Sunday morning from 9:30-10:30 in the Middle School Classroom of the Annex. Students are currently participating in a 3-year Bible history overview.
Retreats: The Middle School Youth have 3 retreats each school year. Our retreats are designed to help youth get reconnected in faith and in their relationships with each other. Each retreat includes team building games, Bible studies, worship, prayer partner time, and great meals.
Recreational Activities: The Middle School Youth get together monthly for a Friday Night Party full of games, food and fun as well as and other recreational events each month. Check out the calendar or bulletin for more details.
Wednesday Night Fellowship & Confirmation: Wednesday evening activities are available for all ages while school is in session (August-May). Families are encouraged to simplify their lives on Wednesday and enjoy dinner at 5:30 in the Fellowship Hall. This class begins at 6:15 in the Annex and is for all Middle School Youth (grades 6-8) as they make preparations for confirmation at the end of the 8th grade year. Wednesday Night classes are devoted to exploring the primary teachings of the Christian Faith as we study the 10 Commandment, The Apostles’ Creed, The Lord’s Prayer and the Sacraments.
Sunday Bible Class: The High School meets every Sunday morning from 9:30-10:30 in the High School Room of the Annex for Bible Study. The Sunday morning class focuses on spending time directly in books of the Bible and studies them one book at a time to explore what God’s Word has to say to Christians today.
Wednesday evenings: Activites are available for all ages while school is in session (August-May). The High School Class begins at 6:15 in the Annex.
Service Projects: The High School Youth have a minimum of one service project every other month. They range from baking cookies for shut-ins and singing in nursing homes to working at food banks and bringing groceries to needy families. We have a blast while sharing the love of Christ.
Recreational Activities: The High School Youth get together regularly for parties and other recreational events. Check out the calendar or bulletin for more details.
Retreats: The High School Youth have 3 retreats each school year. Our retreats are designed to help youth get reconnected in faith and in their relationships with each other. Each retreat includes team building games, Bible studies, worship, prayer partner time, and great meals.
Each summer youth in 8th – 12th grade are encouraged to join us for an 8 day servant trip. Most of the planning for this trip is done in the fall, so watch for details after January 1st.