Youth Group 2020-2021 Year
When: Every Wednesday 7-9 pm (6:30 pm hangout before it starts)
Where: Laurelwood’s Sanctuary/Gym
What: Every Wednesday will be different based on what our High School Planning Team leaders decide. However, a typical night will feature games, worship music, an interactive lesson, and mentor groups where students can share about their lives and make friends.
COVID Requirements: Students and adult volunteers will be required to wear masks at all times and remain socially distant from one another.
Current Series – God 2020: Seeing God Clearly
Written by David S. (High School Senior)
The purpose for the series is to help students and staff have a clearer understanding of God through dismantling misconceptions (lies), and speaking the truth. Although we all have our own biases being honest with ourselves will help in knowing our view of God, and how that may be right or wrong. Using scripture, testimonies, forums, etc. we as a youth group can prepare ourselves for future discipleship, and relationship with God.
God 2020’s main theme is that God has a caring heart towards individuals on a personal level, God is not distant or afraid to help in fact that’s his desire to love and guide humanity in his ways. God cares for humanity as a whole that he allows people to turn against him. Through our walk with God we have a tendency to think that it means to be comfortable although that’s not our calling as followers of Christ which can create an inner struggle because we may feel like God has turned away from us when we don’t feel comfortable. All of these things intertwine in who God is, and our relationship with him. Being able to know that God is caring, and personal. And that that is a desire of his helps us rely, and turn to him in our discomfort, and in our day to day life
What is Youth’s Ministry?
- The apostrophe s in Youth’s Ministry is actually a really big deal! It means that students have ownership and lead the ministry instead of adults.
- Student planning team – With the coaching of Luke & Sam, these students plan the ministry calendar, weekly schedule, and implement the youth group nights. Any Sophomore or older can apply if they have been to youth group for a year.
- Student leaders – Can join and help serve in three different teams. Activity team helps with games, worship music, etc. Caring team helps with prayer, welcoming, and checking in on others. Teaching team helps with the lesson, studies, words of encouragement. Any student can apply to the leadership team.
- Adult roles – Changed from doing the ministry activities, to being mentors and coaches.
- Youth get to have ownership over ministry which leads to more discipleship.
- Youth care less about how we can entertain them. They have endless entertainment on their devices.
- Youth would rather be believed in, and invested in, rather than just told what to do.
- Youth are currently part of the church, not the future. Our hope is that more and more of them are trained to do ministry now.
Full Send Ministries
What are Full Send Ministries?
Full Send ministries are created by students through a 7 week process of prayer, training, and planning. Throughout the program these students have learned how to create and run a ministry. Below is a list of all of our current full send ministries. Learn about the ministries our students have created and how you can support them! If your student is interested in creating a Full Send Ministry, please contact Luke at Luke.Jech@laurelwoodbc.com for more details.
Current Full Send Ministries
Caden – Video Game Ministry
Connecting with those who don’t have a social group and cope with videos games. Reaching out to them and inviting them into a community that talks about life and faith while playing games together.
Needs – Money for games that can reach more variety of people. Prayer for making connections with the people who need God the most.
Johnny – Friend Ministry
Making friends with other kids who are struggling socially, especially during the season of Covid.
Needs – Prayer for connecting with other students and helping them to be more open.
Liam – Church & Park Clean Up
The goal is to pick up trash and weed both at the church and in the park to make it a more inviting space for everyone who comes.
Needs – Prayer for my time and work to make a difference.
Mia – Helpful Hands
A group that meets to make crafts that encourage other people.
Needs – Donations and crafting supplies. Pray for us to be a blessing to others
Myah – Sabbath Relaxation
A ministry that teaches and shows others what Sabbath rest is all about through hikes, walking in nature, and talking about God.
Needs – Prayer for those who come to the ministry to learn about God and the Sabbath. Donations of water bottles and snacks.
Oreen – Youth’s Writing Squad
Connecting with other youth to teach them how to express themselves through writing. Also helping these students to connect with others, especially if they’re shy.
Needs – Prayer for people to actually join the ministry and for it to help others.
Rowena – Positive Affirmations
I want to be a ministry that brightens up people’s day and brings them out the darkness by writing them notes of encouragement.
Needs – Prayer for confidence and boldness to bless others.
Sioryann Fitim – Youth’s Ministry Planning Team
Helping out the Laurelwood Youth Group by planning youth group, teaching, and leading other activities.
Needs – Prayer for confidence in the abilities that God has given me.