ABOUT YOUTH MINISTRY

The purpose of the SVPC Youth Ministry Area is to provide an environment and rigorously inclusive programming where students (defined as 6th-12th graders or “youth”) and their families are able to experience what it means to have a relationship with Jesus, to equip them to be able to articulate that faith, and to empower them to live out that faith in service to themselves and others within the context of a church community and the world. In short, our purpose is to create communit(ies) for youth and their families to connect with God and each other. We strive to foster a ministry that reduces harm to others, seeks the liberation of God’s people, and mirrors radical grace and radical hospitality to all young people we encounter. View our SVPC Youth Ministry Area Charter here

FLASH

FLASH is our middle school (grades 6–8) youth program. All students are invited to join us for fun events throughout the year. We help students grow in their faith as well as in their relationships with each other and adult advisors.

CLUE

CLUE is our high school (grades 9–12) youth program. At CLUE, the goal is to build relationships with God, with each other and with other adults in our church community. We emphasize building a faith that gives students purpose and is based on action.

THEOLOGICAL EXPECTATIONS & YOUTH MINISTRY AREA COMMUNITY NORMS

• We seek to always make God bigger, our theology deeper, and our love for the world wider.

• We agree to use expansive language about God.

• We agree to see each child in the programming as a child of God.

• We agree to model adulthood authentically. We consent to learn in public and be honest about our doubts. We don’t have all of the answers and we know faith is often messy and ambiguous.

• Use a restorative (not punitive) justice model when it comes to discipline: we repair where harm has been done and heal together as a community.

• We agree to honor difference and mystery in our theology.

• We reject all forms of language about people that is ageist, racist, sexist, and othering.

WEEKLY YOUTH PROGRAMMING

Sunday Night Programming

We meet each week to discuss issues in community through the lens of Jesus’ radical hospitality, call to social justice, and the way God shows up in the pop culture of our lives.

 

FLASH (middle school)

FLASH is our weekly fellowship program on Sundays, 5:30-7:15 p.m. We meet around a specific topic. For next week's topic, visit our linktree

 

CLUE (highschool)

CLUE is our weekly fellowship program on Sundays, 7-8:15 p.m. We meet around a specific topic. For next week's topic, visit our linktree.


"The Well" Wednesday

Life can be wild in middle and high school! Join us for our weekly midweek program on Sabbath keeping and self-care. Come each week for meditative music, weekly check-ins, and an intimate gathering that focuses on feeding your soul when life is chaotic.

 

Middle School (FLASH) and High School (CLUE) "The Well" meets 7:15 to 8 p.m. in the CLUE (High School) Youth Room in the Phoenix Center. Small groups will always be separated based on age (middle and high school).

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

FAMILY WINTER PARTY: PAINT & SIP

February 6, 2022, 6–8 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

We are excited to begin a new year with you in 2022, and to invite children, youth and their families to attend our annual Family Winter Party!

CLUE 2022 WINTER RETREAT: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT SEX & SEXUALITY

March 26–27, 2022

Hey CLUE (High Schoolers)! Join Youth Ministry for a SVPC Youth Retreat at Westminster Woods for a chance to have frank and age appropriate discussions about sex, gender, and sexuality as it relates to living a faithful Christian life. Inviting a friend? Use the code HALFSCHOLAR22 for 50% off! Learn more and register here.

2022 CARAVAN MISSION TRIP

July 16 – 24, 2022

All 8th graders and older are invited to participate in this trip to Chicago's South Side to learn about the impact of housing segregation.

Questions? Contact the Youth Ministry staff!

NEW HERE?

Welcome to SVPC Youth! To view all of our most up to date programming, forms, and events visit linktr.ee/svpcyouth. Join us for one of our regular in-person events to get connected or take a moment to introduce yourself here

WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED

To learn more about event, for youth subscribe to our e-newsletters. Check out Youth ministry’s Instagram, Linktree, or text ‘FLASH’ (Middle School) or ‘CLUE’ (High School) to 51400 for live updates.