Healthy things grow, and that means change.
Stay Current on the ideas and changes we’re discussing below. Have something to say? Speak up!
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December 4th: Parents Night Out
Offering an open invite to parents at Harvest Church, to drop off their children for a free babysitting service, allowing them a free Date Night, or opportunity to shop for Christmas.
- Details and times TBD
December 7th: Youth Lock-In
- Events to include: Christmas Cookie decoration, video games, board games, crafts, a large-screen showing of The Princess Bride, and more!
January 11-13th: Fort Wilderness Retreat
- Price: $75 per student, $55 per additional students from same household.
- Please confirm ASAP if you plan to attend!
- Additional details to come...
Jesus directs us to do life together. Leaning on each other for encouragement, refinement, and to more fully know Him as we walk into eternity together. The Youth Discipleship program pairs interested students to do just that.
Students have been paired up, and matches have been assigned. We'll provide limited time on some Youth nights for these groups specifically to chat, but the program is more largely intended to be self/student-driven. Groups are encouraged to communicate through the week to provide each other with personal encouragement, accountability and support in our mission to look like Christ. If you have any questions, please let us know!
+ Why the Name Change?
This program was thought up by students leading into this semester, and discussed under the name “Mentorship”. The format and goals remain, but the name has been adjusted for a couple of important reasons:
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus directs us to make disciples. Sure, that starts with conversion, but also includes the ongoing “formation” as we’re molded in His image, until we’re finally remade in the day of the Lord. Since the goals of the “Mentorship” program align with Jesus’ charge to make disciples, it helps the program point to Jesus by calling it “Discipleship” rather than the more common, worldly title “Mentorship”.
Students are an important and very influential part of the church! Today’s church in America commonly misunderstands what “Discipleship” looks like. If we can get this program right, and name it in a way that points straight to Jesus, this could be a powerful example, for God’s glory.
Simply put: We’re not just “Mentoring” each other to become better people, we’re “Discipling” one another to be radically transformed by following Jesus.
+ Additional Info
For more on Biblical Discipleship, how it’s commonly misunderstood, and what it “really” looks like, check out the article here: Discipleship: That’s It?
+ What’s Next?
Matches have been determined and were announced at the Youth feedback meeting. We'll let this program roll for a few weeks, and then ask for feedback. Feel free to let us know how it's going until then!
Fort Wilderness Winter Retreat
Check back in this space, for the most recent info!
Update - 10/23:
Our dates (Friday, 1/11 - Sunday, 1/13), as confirmed at the feedback meeting, have been secured with Fort Wilderness. The retreat is officially "a thing"!
Update - 11/11:
Leaders have solved transportation & pricing! $75 per student, $55 for each additional student from same household. We'll have a 15 passenger van, and additional cars.
- Please pray for the Lord's hand to be on this trip!
- Leaders working through Content and final details
- Updates will be given to students at major milestones
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is worthy of praise. The bible calls us to sing songs and worship our God. So, that's what the Youth Band does: Lead us in worship through song.
Every-other week, we'll start out Youth night singing to God, led by our fantastic Youth Band. Practices are held on Tuesdays at 5:45p, on the weeks we'll have music.
Interested in joining the band or helping in some way? Looking for lyrics or videos of the songs we sing? You may either:
- Use the form on the main Harvest Youth page, or
- Talk to Joshua or Pastor Isaac