Middle school, junior high, and high school are some of the most challenging years of our lives. There is a plethora of change that occurs in just a short amount of time. Stability, consistency, and unity are three factors that contribute to building meaningful relationships and growth. In the youth group at Center Hill (CHYG), we hope to offer a safe and welcoming environment to all of our teens throughout all of this change.
Here are some ways we strive to accomplish and maintain this atmosphere:
Edification – We all have rough days—days where we feel like giving up. We intentionally create and participate in events to edify one another (1 Thess. 5:11). Throughout the year we go to a number of youth rallies, church camps, and retreats to build up one another and hold one another accountable.
Education – Our teen classes are geared toward ages 12-18. We look intently at God’s word and are continually looking at everyday application scenarios. Along with classes, we offer monthly family centered devotionals, 5th Sunday night young men’s services, and participate church-wide in the Lads to Leaders program.
Evangelism – We believe in the great commission (Matt. 28:18-20). Our church participates in a Vacation Bible School each summer, where we door-knock throughout our community and welcome our surrounding neighborhoods. We let them know we are here and would like to serve them. We participate in and support several missions (domestic and international.) We also truly believe in serving our local community. Each year we participate in an area-wide mission (Radius) specifically structured to serve the Northeast Arkansas area.
Our ultimate prayer is that our students fall deeply in love Jesus Christ our Savior and love others because of what he has done for us (John 15:16-17).
They leave with a firmly established understanding of God’s word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
They learn to pray fervently with the help of the Spirit (Romans 8:26-27).