WHEN THE TEENS GRADUATE FROM OUR PROGRAM, WE WANT THEM TO:
View the world around them as a follower of Christ
--Understand some cultural forces and their interaction with Christianity
--Be familiar with the overall Story and where they fit in it
--Know how to use the Bible effectively and accurately
--Have their imagination sparked about the possibilities that God has for their lives.
--To know that Christianity is about laying down one's own life to light every dark corner of the world with the abundant love of Christ
--Children of God (cherished by God and recipients of an inheritance)
--Saints not sinners (accepted by God)
--Reconciled with God
--Ambassadors of God’s Love
--Hearing His voice through Scripture as well as through prayer
--Have found resiliency and help in difficult times through their close community within this congregation
--View others in different Christian congregations as valuable and an integral part of the Christian community
--Be equipped and encouraged to find a faith community if/when they leave Los Alamos
Have been equipped to manage relationships
--Appetite management/dating etc.
VALUES WE TRY TO INSTILL IN OUR YOUTH
Scripture – the foundation that all of our experiences and life should be in line with
Holy Spirit – the movement of God on the earth who we want to learn to partner with
Community – we are designed to be in relationship with others who will help us in our Christian lives
Worship – the place where everything makes sense
Prayer – aligning our will with God’s will and co-laboring with God to bring His kingdom to the earth
Voice of God – we believe that God communicates to us in various ways and that His words are infinitely valuable
Ministry – simply loving those around us in tangible ways
ACTIVITIES WE REGULARLY ENGAGE IN TO MEET OUR GOALS
Sunday School – (Sunday 9:00-10:00 am at the Church Building) This is the primary teaching time for the youth ministry.
Wednesday Class – (Wednesday 6:15-7:15 pm at the Church Building) This is a time of worship, teaching and discipling.
Friday Morning Donuts – (Friday 7:00-7:45 am at various locations) We get together to eat breakfast together and we affirm the positive characteristics of one student, and pray for one family in our congregation.
Game night – (6:00-8:00 pm every other Sunday at the church building)
Worship Night – (6:00-8:00 pm every other Sunday at the church building) This is a time with no other agenda besides adoring God.
Unights – (Once a month with other local youth ministries) We gather several youth groups together for worship, games, and a teaching. We strive to create unity among teens in Los Alamos.
Trek – (One week in the summer) We backpack in Colorado and climb one a 14,000+ foot mountain. We use this time to dedicate a week to the Lord and various teachings.
Personal Interaction – We strive to connect teens with adult in our community to help give godly advice in specific ways.
CELEBRATIONS/RITES OF PASSAGE
Initiation - (One Sunday evening per year) We gather the entire congregation to celebrate the graduation from elementary school and welcome the new class of 7th graders into the youth group.
Senior Banquet – (One Sunday evening per year) We gather the entire congregation together to celebrate the graduation of the high school seniors.
Baptism – Based on New testament teaching and example, we believe that baptism is integral to God’s plan for us. Consequently, we celebrate the teens that choose to be baptized.
Communion – We celebrate communion every week and emphasize this wonderful rite.