The focus of our youth ministry is on teaching and equipping these young saints for the work of service to the building up of the body of Christ (Eph 4:11-16). The point of this equipping is to make true disciples of these believers, and help them to do the same for others (Matt 28:18-20). Our youth ministry is led by our Associate Pastor, and he and the other adults that help out in this ministry all do it to see our young people become more faithful worshippers of the one true and living God. We seek this goal through faithful teaching of the core doctrines of the faith, as well as teaching the distinctives of Christians like us throughout church history who have handed down a body of faith for our maturity and growth. It is only as we know God better that we can love him more perfectly and obey him more faithfully.
Our youth, like all members, are expected to be faithful to the regular meetings of the church body, whether that is the whole church corporately or our twice weekly meetings together as a group.
Our entire church meets together to worship our risen Lord every Sunday morning at 9:30. After the morning service, there is a brief time of fellowship for the church body and any visitors in attendance.
At 11:15 on Sunday mornings, our church has a one hour Sunday School time. In the youth group, our Sunday School hour typically starts with a brief time of prayer, often from the Psalms, and we then cover a lesson on core Christian doctrines such as you would find in our church’s statement of faith. This time is for students grades 9-12.
On Sunday evenings (usually at 6 PM) we usually have some type of church-wide ministry happening, whether First Sunday Fellowship Dinner, small groups (2nd and 4th Sundays), or an occasional evening service.
On Wednesday evenings at 6:30, we meet together for 90 minutes as a youth group while the rest of the church body meets in various locations around the church. This time is often split into about 20 minutes of activity together, followed by prayer time and Bible study. Wednesday nights often focus on such topics as the overarching storyline of the Bible, doctrinal distinctives of churches like ours throughout church history, or topical studies. This time is for students grades 7-12.
In addition to worship and teaching times, there are plenty of opportunities for our young people to be involved in the life of the church. Just like adults, youth can immediately become involved in ministries like church cleaning and meal provision. As trustworthy members, they can help teach younger children, minister to the elderly at Houghton County Medical Care Center with us, or volunteer at our outreach events like Big Buck Night and Bay Day. These are a few examples, but there are plenty more you will learn about as you get more involved as a member at Bethany Baptist Church.