offerings for classes during the faith and fellowship hour as well as youth ministry
We have more than sixteen different schools represented across three different worship services in our youth group. As a result, we recognize that there may not be much of an opportunity for our youth to see and get to know each other during the week. During the Faith & Fellowship hour (10:00 - 10:55 am) on Sunday mornings, we offer small groups based on age range (middle school girls, middle school boys, high school girls and boys). Youth have the opportunity to know each other in small groups, talk about their week, and discuss how faith intersects with their life.
Each month we encourage small groups to get together at least once to do something fun together outside of the Faith & Fellowship hour. This may be going to a Grasshopper game, grabbing lunch after church, going to a high school football game, or doing a movie night. These fun events allow more time to get to know each other without any agenda except having fun. At Youth @ the LOFT, we think it is important to live out our faith together in community. We hope that you will find an opportunity to build a community with your small group this year.
at the Loft
On Sunday nights we like to come together to hang out, play games, and participate in an interactive devotional. During the school year, middle school students meet from 4:30-6:00pm, and high school students will meet from 6:30-8:00pm; from 6:00-6:30pm we have a combined dinner served by parents in the Youth Café. During the summer, we all meet together after dinner from 6:30-8:00pm.
We believe that faith produces acts of service in the love of Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit. We offer a variety of ways that youth can serve the church, the community and the world. For example, on the 2nd Thursday of most months, we work with other people in the community at Hot Dish & Hope, an interfaith kitchen, where we serve a hot meal to people experiencing homelessness and food scarcity. On the 1st Wednesday of each month during the school year one of our youth leads Sew What, an intergenerational sewing group that works on sewing-related projects to help people in the community and throughout the world. Youth are also an essential part of many of our children's programs, serving as leaders at VBS, Wednesday afternoon mission programs and summer camps. We also have different youth service projects throughout the year. This may be volunteering to sort clothes at the Salvation Army, doing some repair work for a senior citizen, helping in the bike shop at the IRC, or volunteering at the ARC. This is a great way for youth to serve their community and work toward any service hours they may need for school.
Each summer, we experience a new community or culture on our mission trips. In the past we've traveled to Guatemala, NYC, Costa Rica, Savannah, New Orleans, Nashville, and Orlando. Mission trips offer youth a great opportunity to step out of their comfort zones and make a difference in the world.
PARENTS AND ADULTS
We encourage parents to play an important role in the ministry to youth because we believe no one has a greater influence on their child's spiritual formation than their parents. We want to partner with parents in ministering to their children and strive to provide excellent communication, resources, and opportunities for parents to succeed at ministering to their youth. Check out our parent page for more information and resources for parents.
If you are interested in volunteering with Youth @ the LOFT please contact Rhiannon Kelly. We require all of our volunteers to undergo training in our Safe Sanctuary practices. Volunteers must fill out a volunteer application form, submit themselves to a background check, and go through our Safe Sanctuaries training.