Children’s Ministry

Infants to 6th Grade
Our Children’s Ministry is committed to “Growing Children in Christ.” We believe every child should have the opportunity to “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Our desire is to help children grow to love Jesus, to live like Jesus and to live for Jesus!

Sunday Mornings & Security
We take the security of the children in our care very seriously. Parents, please stop by the Checkpoint Station at the entrance to the Education Wing and we will create a name badge for your child and assign them to the appropriate class. From there we can direct you to that class or answer any questions that you may have.

For more information about our seasonal events and our Sunday Bible Classes, please visit our Children’s Ministry page.

Vacation Bible School is July 7-12, 2019!

Wondering what VBS is about? Check out our VBS page or visit exploreVBS.com.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is our largest event and our most fun. VBS is a week dedicated to teaching God’s Word to each child through Bible lessons, music, drama, crafts and games. Held during July, this event is an interactive and action-packed experience. It’s an awesome time when hundreds of children, teens and adults laugh and play, sing and pray, learn and grow together… and, it’s totally free!

VBS is Sunday, July 7 to Friday, July 12, 2019. We will have two identical sessions — one in the evening from Sunday, July 7 to Thursday, July 11 (6:00 to 8:30 PM) and one in the morning from Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12 (9:30 AM to Noon).

NOTE: All registration is done through the ExploreVBS website beginning April 21, 2019. Please check the ExploreVBS site frequently for regular updates.

Registration begins April 21

Volunteer for VBS!

What can you do as a VBS volunteer? You can be a crew leader, site leader or help out in the nursery, kitchen or at the registration table. You can help with decorating, room set-up, crafts, recreation or music. You can be a floater and just be available to help out when and where we need you or come in after VBS is over and help us clean. You can also bring in food for the volunteers or various supplies for the kids.

We need about 500 volunteers to make our Vacation Bible School possible. If you are willing and able to help out, we can find a job for you to do!

Details about specific volunteer needs (including requested donations) will be posted on the ExploreVBS website as that information becomes available. Please prayerfully consider how you can help make VBS a success. The reason we are able to over VBS free to our community is because of people like you!

Please visit the ExploreVBS website for updates or contact Tom Sherrod for more information.

Volunteer Registration begins April 21

Youth Ministry

Middle School to High School
Our main Middle School and High School gathering is every Sunday morning at 11:00 AM. Middle School students meet in rm. 295 and High School students meet in rm. 296. Students will connect in the café, hear truth from God’s Word, and be challenged to think and engage so as to help them grow in their relationships with Jesus and others. Our goal is to help students take their faith and share it in their everyday lives.

Life Groups are student small groups that are gender and grade specific. The groups exist to connect students to Jesus, transform them together in family, and send them on mission to impact their schools. Students are led by growing, Godly Christian adults who love students.

Our Youth Ministry Life Groups meet on Sundays during the school year from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Life Groups kick-off in the youth café with food and games!

If you’d like to learn more detailed information about our Youth Ministry, please stop by our Youth Ministry webpage or contact Patti Remaklus (614-885-8389).

Middle School

Our Middle School Ministry is for students in the 7th and 8th grade. Our Sunday morning format is both interactive and discussion based. We start each group meeting with an opening activity to help our students feel engaged and then transition to our morning lesson. Each lesson uses a variety of illustrations to help Middle Schoolers grasp the content. Middle School students leave each gathering having talked about their faith with other students their own age and ready to come back the next week!

Learn more about our Middle School ministry!

Middle School Life Groups

Throughout the school year, Middle School students meet at 6:00 PM in rm. 294 in Life Groups. The 2018 Life Group meeting dates are: January 14, January 28, February 11, March 4, April 8, May 6, August 19, September 9, October 14, November 4 and December 2.

Middle School Events
High School

The Sunday morning format for our 9th–12th grade students is done in a large group setting. We teach applicable Bible lessons to help teens navigate through High School while growing in their faith. Each week our High School students leave with an action step to help encourage their walk with Jesus. Communion is served during our high school class for students who did not receive it in church. We meet at 11:00 AM in rm. 294.

Learn more about our High School ministry!

High School Life Groups

Our High School life groups meet every Sunday night during the school year.

High School Events

Youth Ministry Study Series

Middle School: “Over It” study series
A three-week series about how the power of forgiveness changes not only others, but also ourselves. This series will run from January 6 to January 20.

  • Week 1: Forgiveness helps you get over it.
  • Week 2: Forgiveness helps you forgive.
  • Week 3: Forgiveness helps you heal.

Middle School: “Link” study series
A two-week series explaining why and how we pray to God. This series will begin on January 27 and February 10. (We will not be meeting on February 3 so that we can participate in Hunger Bowl.)

  • Week 1: Prayer links you to God.
  • Week 2: Prayer isn’t about the words you say, but the way you pray.

Middle School class meets on Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM on the second floor of the Education Wing in rm. 295. Registration is never required; just show up!

High School: “Sorry Not Sorry” study series
Have you ever been wronged? Had your feelings hurt? Held a grudge? We all have! And when things like that happen, we’re left wondering how to move on—especially when we don’t get an apology. In this series, we’ll take a look at the one thing Jesus offers us that can help us let go and move forward: forgiveness. This series will run from January 6 to January 20.

  • Week 1: The more you hold on to a grudge, the more it holds on to you.
  • Week 2: Forgiven people forgive.
  • Week 3: Healing takes time.

High School: “Direct Message” study series
Wouldn’t it be great if connecting with God was as simple as sending a direct message? While it may not look just like a DM on Instagram, the good news is that talking to God may be easier than we think. In this series, we’ll look at how prayer can help us connect with God in a very real way. This series will begin on January 27 and February 10. (We will not be meeting on February 3 so that we can participate in Hunger Bowl.)

  • Week 1: Prayer is about connecting, not just getting.
  • Week 2: Prayer is about remembering who God is and who we are.

Our High School class will meet on Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM on the second floor of the Education Wing in rm. 294. Registration is never required; just show up!

For more information, please contact Patti Remaklus.

Parent Ministry

Our Parent Ministry is designed to encourage parents/guardians of teenagers as they guide them through some of the most pivotal years of their child’s life. The discussions are centered around a study titled “It’s Just A Phase So Don’t Miss It.”

At every gathering, parents meet around a table and share some of their wins, struggles, and leave with practical tips to help their family stay focused on Jesus. At each meeting there is a specific topic to help guide the discussion.

Please see the Youth Ministry events page for parent meeting dates, time, location, and topic. You may also download our Middle School 2018 calendar or our 2018 High School calendar in PDF form.

Upcoming Parent Ministry meeting dates are: May 6 at 6:00 PM, September 9 at 6:00 PM and October 14 at 11:00 AM.

College-Age

Young Adults (18- to 23-years old)

Sunday Morning:
Our college-age students meet at 9:45 in rm. 160. At this casual meeting, we use a discussion format to learn applicable teaching from God’s Word. Our college-age students are in the midst of all kinds of life transition and this group is a way to connect with people in the same phase of life! Our group also gathers throughout the year for events including summer cookouts, Christmas party, etc.

This group meets over coffee and donuts and is always welcome for new attenders whether you are in college, trade-school, or have begun work right after High School. The post-college age group meets in rm. 160 at 11:00 AM.

Mid-Week Bible Study:
On the third Thursday night of the month at 7:00 PM, the college-age group meets at Austin and Meredith Seevers’ house for a meal and a Bible study. This study is driven by the students as they choose topics that are most relevant to their lives. During this evening the students build friendships, laugh, cook, and grow in their relationship with God.

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