For Grades 6-12
WEDNESDAY NIGHT YOUTH GROUP SNACK SCHEDULE (please feel free to volunteer)
We at times are looking for volunteers to serve with our youth, but to do so you must be a regular attender of EBC for at least six months, and we also ask everyone to have a background check performed. All information will remain confidential and this screening is done at no cost to you. You may request a copy of the screening.
To see teens commit to following Jesus Christ and serving Him in His Church for the rest of their lives.
We invite teens to hear and respond to the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection. First, to respond by accepting the free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus. And second, to respond in obedience to Jesus out of gratitude for His great love, shown most powerfully through His death and resurrection.
Teaching the Bible
We are committed to teach from the Bible. Most often, we teach through books or sections of the Bible. This provides opportunities to grow biblical competency among students and instruct them in the whole counsel of God’s Word. We believe the entirety of Scripture is very relevant to the lives of teenagers, so we seek to teach the Bible in ways that are Scripturally accurate and personally relevant to their lives.
We believe teens need maturing Christian adults in their lives who can help point them to Jesus and can help them walk through the various challenges they face in our modern world. We make sure every student who attends regularly is linked up in a relationship with one or more maturing Christian adults, who is committed to investing his or her life into the life of that teenager.
Connectedness to the Whole Church Body
We want students to graduate from high school but not graduate from the church. For that reason, we are committed to making sure teens learn how to participate as an integrated member of a church body, so that when they complete their time in the Youth Ministry, they don’t feel like they’ve lost their connection to the church. Our hope is to see teens learning to worship the Lord and be instructed in His Word through regular participation in the congregational worship services.
What It Looks Like
Wednesday Night Youth Group – 6:30-8:30
Every week we have a time of teaching in God’s Word and a chance to discuss His Word and their lives with adults in a small group. We play games together and spend time in worship through music. We endeavor for this to be a fun and social night as well as a chance for students to grow in their faith in Christ. Most weeks Middle School and High School function separately, but we do also gather the whole group together for worship, as well as occasionally for teaching.
Summer Mission Trip
Summer mission trips give students great chances to practice putting their faith into action. The trips also have required meetings and homework, which serves as an opportunity to disciple the teens who commit to being a part of the team.
High School Retreats
The Winter Retreat provides a chance for students to deepen relationships with one another and with the adult volunteers, and to spend some focused time hearing from God through teaching and personal Bible study time. Traditionally, we rent a large house and spend a three-day weekend living together, playing around on the beach or by doing any number of other fun activities.
The Spring Retreat takes place at Multnomah University in Portland. Every year they create a high energy event, where students get to have incredible fun and do things way outside of usual, while also getting exceptional teaching from outstanding speakers.