The Well (starting September 17, 2018)
Creating a place where youth can learn, grow, and discover what it means to have a relationship with God is so valuable and integral in a young person’s faith life and formation. The Well is our youth night where we offer just that!
The Well is for middle school and high school students and we meet from 6:30-8:30 PM on Monday evenings. We begin with dinner (often provided by one of the youth’s family), and then spend time in a lesson, prayer, and a group game. Our lessons range from Bible stories, current events, and relevant topics that pre-teens and teens are exposed to on a daily basis, such as bullying, social media, judgment, and peer pressure.
We have several adult leaders who help facilitate the evening, and we are very blessed to have them onboard. We welcome friends and visitors anytime, and we look forward to meeting you!
30 Good Minutes (starting September 9, 2018)
This is for all middle school and high school youth, and we meet after the 10:00 am service on Sunday mornings. We gather down in the Youth Room (located off of the Undercroft), and we discuss the Gospel reading from that morning as well as the sermon and how that pertains to our life.
At least twice a month throughout the school year we try to offer a fun activity or event for our youth. It can be anything from going to the Pumpkin Patch, having sleepovers at church, roller skating, lunch at the Lake Oswego Creamery, or just watching a movie and eating popcorn together! There may be a small admission cost to attend, but we often use program funds to cover part of the expenses. *Scholarships are available too
High School Mission Trip
During the summer, we invite high school students to participate in a mission trip. What is a mission trip? It is a week-long (sometimes longer) trip to a community or neighborhood where we partner up with the residents to do God’s work. This may include: building homes, leading summer camps for children, working in a homeless shelter or orphanage, visiting nursing homes, or helping with the aftermath of natural disasters.
These trips can be near, far, or even out of the country! This past summer (2018) we traveled to Houston, Texas where we worked with Pastor’s Army and Praying Pelican Missions to rebuild homes affected by Hurricane Harvey. We met other youth groups from around the country and gained experience in measuring, cutting, and putting up drywall, along with painting and drilling.
During the summer of 2017, our youth traveled to Idaho and participated in a camp called Idaho Servant Adventures. We met youth groups from all over the country and served residents in the nearby area. We painted, weeded, mowed lawns, painted the high school bleachers, visited with nursing home residents, and more.
As part of the mission trip experience, we ask participating youth to help with three fundraisers prior to the trip. We find that the youth get so much more out of these trips when they had to raise the funds to attend. So, we try our best to raise a majority of the funds to cover the cost and expenses of the trip.