Youth Ministry

From toddlers to teens, our Youth Ministry offers fun, safe activities for our youth while encouraging them in Christ.  There are so many reasons a ministry for our youth is important. Children are a gift from God and it is an incredible blessing to see children grow and lead them in this season of their life.

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A Youth Ministry is Important Because . . .

Children are important to Jesus. "Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'" (Matthew 19:14 NIV). It's made so evident throughout the whole Bible that children are important to Jesus and they are important to us, too!

Children need a firm foundation. "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." (Proverbs 22:6 NIV). The time we spend with children at a young age impacts the rest of their lives because the things that are instilled as a child won't be forgotten when they are older.

Children are the NOW generation. "We will not hide them from their descendants, we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done." (Psalms 78:4 NIV). We often call children the next generation and a Youth Ministry can equip children to see the calling on their life and make a difference now with their friends and family,  in their school, and in the church.

Children & Youth Activities

K - 5th Grade watch lessons created by the Children's Church Leader to learn about God in a way that's easy to understand.

K - 4th Grade meets on Zoom every 2nd & 4th Sunday 11:30 a.m. - Noon  
Meeting ID: 897 9935 2626
Passcode: 334179
Dial-in number: (312) 626-6799

The Youth Connection provides a way for 6th - 12th graders to connect and continue to build a foundation in Christ.  
Wednesdays @ 6:30 p.m. on our YouTube Channel

The Ark  meets every 1st Sunday
Join us on Zoom 11:00 a.m. - Noon

Meeting ID: 899 8606 2719
Passcode: 36192020
Dial-in number: (312) 626-6799

Parents' Corner

"The most important Christian Education institution is not the pulpit or the school, but it is the Christian family. And that institution has to a very large extent ceased to do its work." - J. Gresham Machen
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
1.  Set realistic expectations.
Family worship doesn’t have to look like worship with your church family with singing, prayer, and lengthy and in-depth Bible teaching. We need to be realistic of what our family discipleship will look like. Perhaps that means talking about a Bible story for 15 minutes one night a week at dinner and trying to find one or two times each week to move conversations toward the gospel. Wherever you are, start there and develop rhythms and habits that work and then build on them to get to where you want to be.

2.  See family discipleship as a way of life, not a program.
There is nothing at all wrong with having a more organized time of family worship—it is actually a great idea to do that. But we can’t see our role as disciplers as a program;
we have to see it more as a way of life as Deut. 6 describes. That means that you want to strive to talk with your kids about Christ naturally as much as possible. Look for themes in shows, movies, and music and talk about how they relate to the gospel. We have natural opportunities to talk about the gospel every day—we just have to look for them.

3.  Focus on Jesus
Our goal should be to always point our kids to Jesus. Focusing on our kids’ behavior and wanting them to act right is important, But that is not God’s heart for them! God is less concerned with their behavior and more  concerned with their hearts. And the way our kids will develop hearts that love Him and want to obey Him is through the gospel transforming them. This is why we always need to point our kids to the gospel and allow that to inform how they live. Their behavior matters—but why they behave the way they do matters far more. Focus on heart change through Christ.