Students… you matter to God!
At ERPC, we believe God wants to radically change your life through a relationship with His Son, Jesus. And we are gathering a community of students who are coming to know Jesus and serving the world for the glory of God.
We are committed to helping both youth and families grow deeper in faith. Each of our programs has been designed with youth in mind, to foster spiritual growth through Loving God, Loving Others, and Serving the World. We want each of our youth to have a memorable experience in their teenage years, and to develop a lifelong faith.
ERPC YOUTH MINISTRY IS:
• Biblically-Grounded • Christ-Centered • Gospel-Shaped
• Mission-Focused • Relationship-Driven • Community-Based
YOUTH MINISTRY STRATEGIES
Deep Spiritual Friendships
At the center of our vision is developing “deep spiritual friendships” with every teenager. Programs are necessary tools in youth ministry but a hundred hours’ worth of programming does not compare to the impact of an adult investing in youth as a discipler. We ask our volunteers to spend time pursuing deep spiritual friendships with our youth.
Special Events and Trips
Getting away from it all, and spending larger amounts of time to let loose, build relationships, and focus on Jesus have proven to be a major influence in helping teens create community. We want to provide special events and trips throughout the year that helps strengthen our youth by creating community and deepen their relationship with God.
We are not here to replace you but support you. We are here to supplement the discipleship that the students are getting at home (Proverbs 22:6, Eph. 6:4). Our hope is that we partner as a team to raise up an army of teenagers who know and follow Jesus, are being changed by Him and are committed to His cause,
“Come and follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” - Matthew 4:19
We believe parents are the greatest influence in the life of a teen. We know you have a difficult job. Therefore, part of our strategy is to encourage and resource parents to lead their teens well.
CORE YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS
Fall Youth and Parent Informational meeting – An opportunity to gather together and hear what is coming up for the school year.
Various Events – Events are held throughout the year such as lock-ins, movie nights, game nights, and other themed nights.
Serving Opportunities – During the year, we will serve throughout our community along with various non-profits, within our congregation, and other opportunities as they arise.
Retreats –Retreats for middle and high school youth will be held to foster community building and spiritual growth.
Summer Mission Trip – We will serve others, grow in community, and deepen our faith by sharing and telling others about God and inviting them into a relationship with Jesus.
Vacation Bible School – Middle school students are invited to attend their own VBS program that is a mix of study, fun, and service. High school students are invited to be VBS volunteers.
PCUSA Triennium Youth Conference - This once in a lifetime opportunity is for students in grades 9 - 12, and happens once every three (3) years.
YOUTH MINISTRY DISCIPLESHIP
Youth Groups are focused on building community through fellowship, spiritual growth, and relevant teaching. Our goal is to challenge our students to build genuine relationships with God and each other through our three ministry values: Love God, Love Others, Serve the World.
Confirmation meets throughout the school year and is open to 8th grade through high school. Through confirmation, students personally confirm their faith and baptism. They meet for teaching, service, and discipleship. In May students are confirmed, and invited into our congregation as full members.
Sunday school for 6-8 grade youth meets Sunday mornings. It is under the direction of the Christian Education program. This class is designed to help middle school youth grow in their faith and knowledge of God.
Middle School Ministry at ERPC is a big deal and it matters.
As a matter of fact, we believe these three years (grades 6-8) are crucial in a student’s life and we want to do all that we can to build a foundation that will carry them the rest of their lives. We believe that middle school students need to be challenged because they are world changers.