Overview

Our Youth Ministry is dedicated to: “Helping the family make and mature disciples!”. The middle school, junior high, and high school years are formidable for teenagers as they grow and mature. It’s at these ages that teens begin to form their own faith, ask questions, and choose friends to make memories with. To ensure our teens learn to live a life wanting to be like Jesus Christ, our youth group provides opportunities to learn about the good news, participate in activities that help them gain confidence in their talents, and experience the strength of living like Christ.

  • Learn: Our group meets multiple times a week for Bible study with a variety of teaching formats including lecture, group discussion, application activities, and more. Regardless of the teen’s existing Bible knowledge or church experience, we want them to build upon that base and learn to apply it on a day-to-day basis.
  • Participate: Many programs exist to help our young people gain the skills they need to navigate this world and uncover their talents to serve God. Leadership training programs, camps and retreats, devotionals, family-fun events, service projects, mission trips and more create the opportunity to demonstrate their faith in action. Many of our teens also participate in worship services. The programs give them the confidence they need to stay strong in the faith as they approach adulthood.
  • Experience: Growing up as teenager can be tough with the pressures and bad influences that come with the territory. This might be the first time your child talks to a homeless person, asks a stranger “what they believe”, or witnesses a good friend make bad choices. Experiencing these events as a unified group and learning how to handle them brings strength and confidence as they grow older.

Activities

To receive detailed information about current teen activities, please contact Warren to get our bi-weekly parent emails. Those messages will inform you about all sorts of local activities, devos, Connect, and specific details on what we cover in our Jr. High & High School Bible classes.
Here are some big events our students are involved with during the year:
Camp Canaan

Camp Canaan is a weeklong summer camp for our 2nd-5th graders and it provides an opportunity for our older teens to serve as counselors.  We plan this camp session with area congregations to create the best environment possible for the students to learn God’s word with a community of friends.
Our older teens who serve as Counselors also learn valuable skills as they work with our adults to care for and lead the young campers.

To apply to be on STAFF click here.

To register a CAMPER click here.

Camp Ichthus

Camp Ichthus is a weeklong summer camp in July for our 6th-11th graders that our Youth Minister, Warren Shepherd directs.  This camp is a combined effort with area congregations who work together to challenge the teens to grow in their faith, while at the same time helping them have fun building lasting relationships.
To apply to be on STAFF click here

Details for CAMPERS click here (please read before registering!)

Then, to register a CAMPER click here

Mission Trip

Each year our students get first-hand experience reaching the lost through a mission trip. Some trips involve leading a VBS, setting up Bible studies, and other forms of evangelism.  We try to partner with places where our missions ministry has a partnership with the local church.  Some of our recent mission sites include Arizona, Vermont, Pennsylvania & Jamaica.
This year’s Mission Trip information will be available in March.

LTC

Hosted by the North Texas LTC organization, our church participates in the annual Dallas convention for 3rd through 12th graders. Students partake in various individual and group events that promote their Bible knowledge and talents. Events include chorus, Bible trivia, art, drama, speech, song leading, and many more.
This year’s LTC Information and files can be found HERE.

Trek

Every other year we participate in Trek. It’s an intense, experiential camp which teaches about God and discipleship while the students hike a mountain.  Due to its nature, there is also a great sense of community that is built with the others students with you on the hike.

Uplift
Every other year we send a group to Harding University’s summer camp for teens in Searcy, Arkansas called Uplift.  This is a great opportunity for our teens to surround themselves with hundreds of other believers to focus on God and His word.
Work Camp

Occasionally we get our students out in the community to paint houses and do service work as a way to show others the love of Christ. We participate in the Richardson Work Camp and partner with the Greenville Ave church to share Christ’s love with those around us.

Contacts

Warren Shepherd
Youth Minister
wshepherd@waterview.org

Family Development Team
Deacon Group

Resources

LTC (Leadership Training for Christ)

December 3, 2023 - March 31, 2024

Link Groups

March 10

Link Groups

April 14

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