Who we are
We believe you shouldn't have to do life on your own, especially as a teenager. In a broken world filled with pain, loneliness, and struggle, teenagers are looking for a place to find identity, belong in community, and discover purpose. Our youth ministry offers opportunities for students to find that place with us.
Our mission is to invite youth to see they are made in God's image, give them a place to belong in authentic community, and together become people who love like Jesus.
One of the most important things we do is small groups. For the last 30-40 minutes of each youth group, we gather students (7th-12th grade) in age and gender specific small groups with at least 1 adult leader. It's a time for real conversation, being yourself, sharing life's highs/ lows, encouraging each other, asking tough questions, and discussing together what it means to love like Jesus. There's nothing else like it.
Check out the current youth ministry calendar at the bottom of the page for opportunities to find that place of belonging while growing a faith that loves like Jesus.
Youth Group meets every Sunday evening during the school year for food, hanging out, music, games, teaching, and small groups. For safe and meaningful youth groups this Fall, we'll be meeting 4-6:30pm @ Camp Catherine (1275 Swatara Road, Hershey PA 17033). A meal will be provided every youth group in September and October. Here's the Fall calendar! Come November, we'll be back in our church building meeting 6-8pm. We also have special events (see below) for serving our community and connecting with other youth. All students are welcome!
During the Summer, we take a break from Sunday evenings and instead have Summer Wednesdays for youth group. Summer Wednesday gatherings will sometimes be in the mornings (Crepes & Chill) and sometimes in the evening with dinner (Pool Parties and Game Nights). Summer gatherings include a short time for prayer and/or discussion about following Jesus, but they're also very laid back and fun! Friends are always welcome. Check out this Summer calendar to get an idea of what our summers look like.
We have a number of annual special events throughout the year designed for developing deeper connection and opportunities to tangibly love like Jesus. Some highlights include the Trunk or Treat community event during the Halloween parade, the Zeteo retreat in January, a Lock-In overnight at the church in March, the NYC mission trip in April, the Red Bird mission trip to Kentucky in July, and the Impact camping retreat in July.
Check out the current youth ministry calendar
Complete the youth ministry release form
If you have any questions or wish to participate, please contact Stephen Haverstick.