Wednesday, September 10, 2008

POGM Youth / Young Adult Ministry

POGM Youth / Young Adult Ministry

A balanced, effective and active church youth ministry can change the life of a young person. But it is impossible for one person. An alternative to the all too common lone ranger youth minister is a team approach. Our adult leaders take part in a team ministry with youth. Each of several teams creates a support group that is committed to the same tasks and as we share in Christ's ministry no individual is overwhelmed.

This approach puts into action the church's belief in the importance of youth ministry by involving both adults and youth in the life of the congregation. Being involved with youth says more to them than any spoken word: God and the church (via a real person) care about them. Youth benefit from relating and serving with a variety of adults with diverse gifts and personalities. The participation of adults in youth ministry helps youth feel more a part of the whole church--the family of faith.

Our vision for Power of God Ministries rests upon a biblical framework. We seek to bring young people and adults together as a community of God's people where:

  • Jesus Christ is the central focus in celebrating the Word (Colossians 3:16-17)
  • Youth develop important relationships with their peers and adults (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
  • Young people grow in faith, their personal relationship with Christ and who they are as God's people (Ephesians 3:16-19)
  • Youth can ask hard questions and find answers about faith and life (2 Timothy 3:14-17, Matthew 7:7)
  • Confession, forgiveness and unconditional love are the hallmarks of Christian community (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Young people join in worship, nurture, service, outreach and fellowship activities (1 Timothy 4:12, Acts 2:42-47)
  • Young people know that they are accepted (Romans 15:5-7)
  • Young people are able to serve in meaningful ways in the church and in the world (2 Corinthians 9:12)
  • Youth can use their gifts to the glory of God (1 Peter 4:10, Romans 12:4-8)

As a ministry of POGM our youth and young adult ministries seek to not only teach them about a relationship with God, but also how to live that out. Our gathering times and experiences are geared to help give them a unique perspective on practicing their faith.

Our Youth and Young Adult Ministries provide several opportunities for involvement for youth in grades K-12 as well as those under the age of 22. Young persons from all walks of faith are welcomed to come and join us as we hope you will find our community welcoming and nurturing to your spiritual formation. The Youth and Young Adults meet in the Youth Lounge in the lower level.

Weekly Activities

Sunday School- Sunday school for all our youth classes is held every Sunday morning from 10:00am-10:50am in the lower level. There are individual classes for all grade levels:

· Nursery

· “Pure Oxygen” - Pre-school – ages 3yrs – K

· “High Voltage Kids” – grades 2nd – 5th

· ‘Emerging Generation” – Juniors – 6th – 8th

· “Lifestyles” - High School – 9th – 12th

· “Unstoppable” – Young Adults – up to 22yrs of age

POGM “Fuel” Choir - Youth choir meets every Friday night from 6-7pm and sings on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.

POGM “Xtreme” Choir – Youth choir K through 8th grade. Meets every 5th Saturday and sings every 5th Sunday.

Student Ministry Teams – S.M.T. meets 7 - 9:00pm every Friday evening. This is our regular Friday evening gathering for youth during which they meet for fellowship, concerns, devotions, prayers, lessons, games, activities and snacks.

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