We are junior high and high school youth in grades 7-12. We have Youth Sunday School @ 10:40 AM and we currently meet regularly at the Taylorsville campus on Sundays from 6-8 p.m. and at other times in other places for small group sessions. We frequently have special activities so be sure to check the Youth Blog or Calendar for the most up-to-date information!
Sunday activities include:
- Normal youth group meetings (if you could call anything we do normal!), which are a mix of group activities, games, snacks, and lessons
- Dinner on Faithweavers nights (every other Sunday during the school year)
- Service projects in and around the community (more about that below)
Small group activities are usually decided by the group, so get involved and make your ideas heard for what you’d like to do!
The church provides youth with a safe, comfortable, dedicated environment with energetic, creative, caring, and sometimes crazy adult leaders (don’t worry, we’re all background-checked, though perhaps not sanity checked…). We know that youth in our culture face tough challenges every day and we strive not only to give them the spiritual tools to deal with these challenges and pressures but also the tools to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ everywhere they go.
Our adult leaders spend lots of time developing deep faith-relationships with the youth, walking with them through their identity-forming years and teaching and modeling lives driven by a love and desire to serve God in all we do. We provide a safe resource, a sanctuary, and a sounding board for their thoughts as they begin to build their individual identities, rooted in Christ.
The youth develop confidence in their faith and the maturity to share it with others. We teach and learn in an environment of acceptance and respect, no matter what beliefs or background anyone starts with. In short, the youth are loved and taught to the best of our ability, to become disciples and lifelong followers of Jesus.
Sometimes we have more fun than should really be allowed! We love to play active games and get our blood pumping (just look at some of our YouTube videos). We rarely play the same game twice, so our youth never know quite what to expect! We love to have fun as a group whether we’re at the church, on a retreat, serving dinner to the community, or anywhere else.
Sulphur Grove is a mission-oriented church and the youth group is no exception. We do local, state, national, and international mission trips. The youth have the total support of the congregation in their work and are covered with prayer in all that we do.
We find the experience of getting out of the comfort zone of home, school, and our church building opens up new ideas (and minds) in our youth. Talking about Jesus feeding the poor and actually doing it in the inner city, or the poverty of Costa Rica, are two very different things! Missions are a core part of who we are and what we do. Sometimes we have amusing, unplanned adventures, sometimes we serve food, sometimes we build houses, but we always come back changed and more intent than ever to serve Jesus in all that we do.
Our youth group also does monthly service projects both within the church and out in the local communities around Huber Heights. We rake leaves, assemble food kits for soldiers, make blankets for the local Children’s hospital, serve meals to people in need, and a variety of other activities. Some of it is exciting, some of it is hard, but all of it helps build a service heart in our youth.
Our youth participate in a variety of activities besides Sunday night activities. Many of them sing in the youth choir or are part of our youth band, some perform the readings during regular church services, others are members of the scouts that meet at the church, some even help when maintenance is needed on the building. There are always lots of opportunities for involvement, just ask!
The Sulphur Grove youth program embraces the church’s Safe Sanctuaries policy. There are always at least two background-checked adults present and we never post last names online, among other things.
Interested in learning more? Want to help? Have an idea or a project the youth could help with? Visit the Our Staff page to send our youth director a message!