Youth Ministry

Our Youth Ministry Program at The Village Church is open to all students in Grades 6-12.  We focus on four objectives:

1. Education Our Sunday Confirmation Classes, Bible Studies and Youth Group programs are all about helping students become familiar with God’s Word and to connect with His Son, Jesus Christ.  We have completed a three-year overview of the Bible, studied the life and teachings of Jesus through the Gospel of Matthew, completed an in-depth study of the early Church in the Book of Acts, studied the chronological life of Jesus through all four Gospels, and topical studies on Sunday mornings while working through many different issues and scriptural topics in the evening.  Confirmation classes meet at 11:00 a.m. in the Fall every third year.  Our next Confirmation Class is scheduled for the Fall of 2020.

Our Youth Bible Study meets on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sunday of each month during the 11:00 a.m. service and is the main point of church contact for many of our students.

Our Sunday Evening program meets every week (except Christmas week) and is open to all students in grades 6-12.  Currently, nearly half of our Sunday night attendees come from beyond our church family, and many families have found their gateway to The Village Church through our youth program.

We have recently added Wildcat Wednesdays for our Pacetti Bay Middle School students. The group meets from 1:30-5:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. 

Village Youth Students also have the opportunity to participate in camp during the year.  We are affiliated with Camp Susque (an interdenominational camp in Central Pennsylvania), and Warren W. Willis United Methodist Camp in Fruitland Park, Florida.

2. Fellowship Throughout the year, The Village Church provides many opportunities for students to spend time together socially and at play, including games at Youth Group meetings, off site trips, meals on many non-school Mondays, and activities many Friday nights during the school year.  In addition, we have a full slate of summer fellowship outings for students, spring break activities, and our annual All-Night Christmas Party and Shopping Extravaganza.

3. Service We want to instill in our students the need for service to others and to give back to our church, community, region, and world.  Students have the opportunity to participate in several missions and service projects throughout the year, including helping with Children’s Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, the Nursery, making signs for Kairos Prison Ministry, and working with Builders Care, the Nourishment Network, Dignity U Wear, Habitat for Humanity, Haven Horse Ranch, The Homeless Coalition, Hunger Fight, and other organizations.  Students also participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring, World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine, and Operation Christmas Child in addition to a Spring Break Service Blitz, sponsoring girls in Peru, and summer mission trips (past trips have gone to upstate New York, Tampa Bay, Orlando, St. Louis, Nashville, and York, PA).

4. Worship We encourage students to be active participants in worship here at The Village Church or wherever their home church happens to be, and to make the worship of God a lifestyle and not just one hour of their week.  We also attend worship events geared to youth throughout the year, including Youth Quake Live, Winter Jam, and Rock the Universe or Night of Joy.  Students have also been active in the church choir and worship band.

Our Summer Activities for Youth

SUNDAYS
Bible Study – 11:00 a.m. Service – Modular B (2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays of each month) – Grades 6-12
Youth Group – 5:00 p.m. – Family Life Center – Grades 6-12

MONDAYS
Lunch Bunch – 12:00 Noon (Most non-school Mondays – scroll down for more details.)

SUN. MAY 26 - Bible Study - 11:00 a.m.
SUN. MAY 26 - Youth Group - 5:00 p.m.
MON. MAY 27 - Lunch Bunch - 12:00 Noon 
WED. MAY 29 - Island Escape - Leave at 10:00 a.m.  $30 - Deadline May 27.  Limited to first eight people.
SUN. JUN. 2 - VBS Training for all Youth Volunteers - 3:00 p.m. - FULL
MON. JUN. 3 - VBS - 9:00 a.m. - ALL YOUTH SPACES FULL
MON. JUN. 3 - Golden Corral Lunch Bunch - 1:00 p.m. - FULL
TUE. JUN. 4 - VBS - 9:00 a.m - ALL YOUTH SPACES FULL
TUE. JUN. 4 - Scavenger Hunt - 1:00 p.m. - FULL
WED. JUN. 5 - VBS - 9:00 a.m. - ALL YOUTH SPACES FULL
WED. JUN. 5 - Beach Day - 1:00 p.m. - FULL
THU. JUN. 6 - VBS - 9:00 a.m. - ALL YOUTH SPACES FULL
THU. JUN. 6 - Adventure Landing - 1:00 p.m. - FULL
FRI. JUN. 7 - VBS - 9:00 a.m. - ALL YOUTH SPACES FULL
FRI. JUN. 7 - Inflatable Play Day - 2:00 p.m. - FULL
SUN. JUN. 9 - Bible Study - 11:00 a.m.
SUN. JUN. 9 - Youth Leadership Team - 2:30 p.m.
SUN. JUN. 9 - Youth Group - 5:00 p.m.
MON. JUN. 10 - Lunch Bunch - 12:00 Noon
WED. JUN. 12 - Mystery Tour - Leave at 7:30 a.m. - $65 - Deadline June 9 - limited to first 15 people.
THU. JUN. 13 - Refresh - 6:35 p.m.
SUN. JUN. 16 - Bible Study - 11:00 a.m.
SUN. JUN. 16 - Youth Group - 5:00 p.m.
MON. JUN. 17 - Skyzone Trip - Leave at 12 Noon - $25 plus food - Deadline June 13
THU. JUN. 20 - Service Project with Camp I Am Special - leave at 10:00 a.m.
SUN. JUN. 23 - Bible Study - 11:00 a.m.
SUN. JUN. 23 - Youth Group - 5:00 p.m.
MON. JUN. 24 - Lunch Bunch - 12:00 Noon
WED. JUN. 26 - Service Project with Camp I Am Special - leave at 3:00 p.m.
FRI. JUN. 28 - Tubing Trip to Ichetucknee Springs State Park - leave at 7:00 a.m. - $20 - Deadline June 23
SUN. JUN. 30 - Youth Group - 5:00 p.m.
MON. JUL. 1 - Flamingo Lake Fun Day - leave at 11:00 a.m. - $20 plus lunch - Deadline June 25
FRI. JUL 5 - Cumberland Island Fun Day - leave at 6:30 a.m. - $30 plus food - Deadline June 28
SUN. JUL. 7 - Youth Group - 5:00 p.m.
MON. JUL. 8 - Lunch Bunch - 12:00 Noon
TUE. JUL. 9 - Rainbow Springs State Park - leave at 8:00 a.m. - $10 - Deadline July 1
THU. JUL 11 - Refresh - 6:35 p.m.
SUN. JUL. 14 - Youth Bible Study - 11:00 a.m.
SUN. JUL. 14 - Youth Group - 5:00 p.m.
MON. JUL. 15 - Lunch Bunch Food Tour - 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. - $40
SUN. JUL. 21 - Youth Bible Study - 11:00 a.m.
SUN. JUL. 21 - Youth Group - 5:00 p.m.
MON-WED. JUL.22-24 - Tallulah Falls Adventure Trip, leave at 6:00 a.m. - $200 - Deadline July 13
THU. JUL. 25 - Whirlyball Trip - Leave at 1:00 p.m. - $50 - Deadline July 15
SUN. JUL. 28 - Youth Bible Study - 11:00 a.m.
SUN. JUL. 28 - Youth Group - 5:00 p.m.
MON. JUL. 29 - Matanzas/Guana Exploration Day - leave at 9:00 a.m. - $5 plus food - Deadline July 18
THU. AUG. 1 - Alligator Farm - leave at 9:30 a.m. - $27 plus food - Deadline July 20
SUN. AUG. 4 - Youth Group - 5:00 p.m.
MON. AUG. 5- Lunch Bunch - 12 Noon
WED. AUG. 7 - MOSH Trip - leave at 10:00 a.m. - $15 plus food - Deadline July 25
THU. AUG. 8 - Refresh - 6:35 p.m.
SAT. AUG. 10 - Wild Adventures and Skillet concert - leave at 7:00 a.m. - cost is Food and Extras - Deadline July 27
SUN. AUG. 11 - Youth Bible Study - 11:00 a.m.
SUN. AUG. 11 - Youth Group - 5:00 p.m.

To sign up or for more information, contact Tom Bowers at urstinkinawesome@yahoo.com 

Important Youth Links

Facebook Pages
CHURCH
YOUTH GROUP

Other Important Links
Youth Quake Live – http://www.youthquakelive.tv/
Young Life/Wyldlife – http://northstjohnscounty.younglife.org/Pages/default.aspx
Camp Susque (Trout Run, PA) – http://www.susque.org/
Warren W. Willis Camp (Fruitland Park, FL) – http://www.warrenwilliscamp.org/
Group Mission Trips – http://groupmissiontrips.com/week-of-hope/
The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding – http://www.cpyu.org/

For more information contact our Youth Director Tom Bowers at 904-940-6768 or urstinkinawesome@yahoo.com.  .

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