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!)"

IGNITE YOUTH every Wednesday!

Dinner is served from 5:25-6:25 each week, and we promise the best food you can get for $5. This is a great time to hang out and catch up with your friends before we meet!
 
Come out each week for Creative Dramatics, worship, studying and memorizing Scripture, learning to connect with the voice of Holy Spirit, prayer, and fellowship. Jesus Christ came that we would have abundant life. Understanding our identity in Christ, what He has made available to each of us, how He has uniquedly gifted each one of us, gaining an understanding of how Holy Spirit uniquely speaks to each of us in connection to the Word, empowers our capacity to walk as ambassadors and sons who bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth. See you Wednesday!

FIRE (Grades 4 - 7) meets in Room 118, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m..
IGNITE YOUTH (Grades 8 -12 ) meets in Room 215, from 6:25 - 7:30 p.m..

KINGDOM EQUIPPING HOUR

Our Kingdom Equipping Hour meets each week on Sundays from 9:30 -10:30 a.m.. We are digging into the Word of God, and being awakened and activate in our Christ-centered idenity, discerning what how that applies to our lives on a daily basis, as well as learning how Holy Spirit speaks uniquely to each of us as individuals. Paul says that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16–17)  In John 16:13 Jesus decreed, "But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future]."  Our Kingdom Equipping hour purposes to equip and empower the next generation with both the Word and the Spirit; Spirit and Truth worshipers releasing the Kingdom of Heaven on the Earth for such a time as this.

FIRE (Grades 4 - 7) meets in Room 215
IGNITE YOUTH are being plugged into worship teams, prayer teams, and various ministries and classes throughout the HPC.

We believe that a life of faith is more than just believing and knowing the right things, but is also something we are to live out in very real, practical ways. Because of that, we seek to provide opportunities to put faith into practice by serving others.  We do this by helping students discover how God has shaped them for ministry and service, giving them opportunities to serve in the church and community, and going on mission trips.

Take a look below to see some of the service opportunities we do year-round.

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