Middle School and High School are a time where students are trying to figure out who they are, what responsibility is, and where their faith fits in. As a youth group, we strive to balance learning and playing, fellowship and study. Part of our learning is taking ownership of our faith and creating opportunities to serve our community. At Grandin Court, we are learning from the research of the Fuller Youth Institute, and strive to create an intergenerational atmosphere where our students are learning from those more experienced in life, but are also leading and mentoring our younger students.
Our regular schedule looks like this:
10am – Sunday School: We have a middle school class and high school class that meet between our two morning worship services. We focus on learning the Bible and relating it to our everyday lives. Middle school focuses on the learning to wonder and delve deeper into the Biblical story, and high school focuses on how to convey the Biblical story as well as connecting it to their life story. For the 2017-2018 school year the middle school will be using a curriculum called re:Form – a topical look at our faith lives, and high school will be using a curriculum called Colaborate where they will delve deeper into the history of our scriptures and various parts of our faith story.
5:00-7:00pm – Youth: This is a time for all the youth to come together to fellowship through sharing a meal, and then through various activities and study. We invite adults in the congregation to prepare dinner and then share dinner with us around the table where stories are told, memories are made, and community is built. Our activities vary from a mission project, time at the park, or playing games in the MAC. This is a time for students to de-stress amidst the pressures of being a teen.
Wednesday (September to November, January to April)
5:30pm – The church has a family fellowship time where we can connect over a meal.
6:15pm – Bible Study: The youth remain together as one group and delve deeper into Biblical and faith topics. In the Fall of 2017 the topic of study will be The Reformation and understanding our history, our denomination, and how these things impact our faith lives.
There are also regular opportunities to travel and grow through retreats and trips.
Coming up in 2018:
Spring Clean-Up and Retreat at Eagle Eyrie
A week long summer mission trip to New York City (working with Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries)
A possible intergenerational recovery trip to Florida for hurricane recovery
Yearly events include:
Senior Adult Sunday when the youth serve the senior adults in our community who carve the path before us
Graduation Sunday where we commission the seniors and show our continued support to them as the begin the next part of their journey.
GCBC Road and Trail Challenge – The 5k/10k that raises funds for our mission trip each year.
The Day – A day of service and fun before school starts back in the fall.
MUD Night – The night we welcome the rising 6th graders into youth group with messy games and hoses on the front lawn.
There are also many opportunities to reach out to our community in Roanoke throughout the year. Be on the lookout for that information.