The purpose of Highland Congregational Church Youth Ministry is to provide a community where youth can experience God’s love and truth, grow in their commitment to Christ, and actively live out their faith for the rest of their lives.

School Year Youth Schedule:

NOTE: When Huron Valley Schools are cancelled for weather, we will not have Youth Group.

Middle School Youth Night takes place on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:15 PM at the church (September to June). Youth will hear a relevant, age-appropriate message. Their evenings can include live music, recorded music, video presentations, games, activities, and snacks. All youth grade 6 to 8 are welcome! In addition, off-site events are occasionally planned.

High School Youth Night takes place on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:15 PM at the church (September to June) Youth will hear a relevant, age-appropriate message. Their evenings can include live music, recorded music, video presentations, games, activities, and snacks. All youth grade 9 to 12 are welcome! In addition, off-site events are occasionally planned.

Events:

Throughout the year, special events are planned for all students. Events can include open gym dodge ball, volleyball, road rally’s and mystery nights. Off site events might include a movie, concert, putt putt or other. This provides a great opportunity for students to invite their friends for a great time while also introducing our ministry to them. Meeting times vary depending on the type of activity scheduled.

Please contact Denise Harrison for our current schedule, deniharrison@comcast.net.

Note: most of our events require both a permission slip and a medical release form. You can download the permission slip from the list.

Winter Retreats
Our Middle School and High School students travel to SpringHill Camps in Evart, Michigan each winter for a time of awesome activities, great music, and challenging messages from God’s Word.

VBS
Students are very active in providing our key leadership roles for our Vacation Bible School. They are involved in leading children, helping with snacks, games, crafts and stories.
Service and Missions Project

Throughout the year, we serve the community, our congregation, and the world through service projects. These projects range from raking leaves to participating in the 30 HR famine.

Once a year, we go on a missions trip. Some of our day mission trips have included the Baldwin Center, Gleaners Food Bank, Christian Resource International, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Rebuilding Together, as well as projects for our congregation. For the summer of 2011, we are going to Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Some of these projects are prepared on our own and some are through missions trip organizations (i.e. GroupWorkcamps). These trips have proven to be life-changing not only for the recipients of the project but also the participants.

Resources For Parents:

Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers.
http://cpyu.org/Default.aspx

Plugged In
A Christian perspective on what to see at the box office, which TV shows are worth your time, and what music comes up clean.
http://www.pluggedinonline.com

Screen It
The #1 Source of Entertainment Reviews for Parents: We offer the most comprehensive and detailed reviews available anywhere.
http://www.screenit.com/index1.html

Focus on the Family
Focus on the family provides timely, relevant information and advice on marriage , parenting, faith, entertainment, life challenges and social issues.
http://www.focusonthefamily.com

Resources for Students:

Questions on Christianity
EveryStudent.com is a student run website that answers some of the difficult questions that many people have asked of God and Christianity.
http://www.everystudent.com/

Ignite Your Faith
Formerly known as Campus Life magazine, Ignite Your Faith features contemporary and relevant editorial dealing with the real-life issues of high school and college students, including spiritual concerns, friendships, school and music.
http://www.christianitytoday.com/teens/

Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry
CARM is a nonprofit organization. Its purpose is to equip Christians and refute error. Christianity is under attack everywhere and we need to articulate our faith intelligently and biblically. To this end, CARM offers a concise, comprehensive explanation of the Christian faith along with logical analysis of errors in popular beliefs, both secular and sacred. It is easy to use, and covers a huge range of topics.
http://www.carm.org/

Crosswalk
Crosswalk is a Christ-centered corporation that exists to equip people to grow in their faith and the practical application of it in their lives; enhance fellowship, communication and relationship-building within the Christian community; and encourage and enable personal involvement in the care of those who are spiritually, emotionally, physically or financially poor.
http://www.crosswalk.com/