During our regular Sunday meetings, we focus on honest engagement with the Bible and encourage our youth to ask tough questions about their faith and God. We believe that questions are normal and an important part of owning their faith.
We place a high value on prayer, listening to God and to one another. Our teachings focus on sharing real life stories of faith rather than 'preaching at' our youth.
We live in one of the richest places in the world, and we encourage our youth to engage with people who are different from them. With our Community Partners, we facilitate regular service opportunities in the community. Our favorite event is “Urban Plunge” at the end of the school year, where our youth volunteer for 2 days in local urban centers such as San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, and East Palo Alto.
All youth in our ministry are invited to participate on a team. We have teams to celebrate birthdays, prayer, worship, service, and fun activities!
Aside from our regular games and activities, we plan several special events to build a community where youth can be honest about what they think and feel. These include our annual Winter Retreat, Labor Day Retreat, camping and beach trips, our Christmas party, and Urban Plunge. The coronavirus pandemic has put a hold on some of these events, but we plan to resume as soon as it is safe to do so.
In addition, we are launching our high school mentor groups, where high schoolers can connect monthly in 2 on 2 meetings with adult volunteer mentors.
Youth ministry thrives on healthy relationships between adults and teenagers. Our youth leaders and mentors strive to be the kind of adults with whom our youth discuss questions of faith, and the challenges that face teens in a digitally connected world: bullying, sexting, dating, family challenges, difficult friendships, suicide, abuse, and much more. We also understand, however, that interactions between teenagers and adults hold the potential for abuse. We grieve the stories of adults who betrayed their positions of trust and are now infamous for hurting teens.
We have an extensive screening and training process for our volunteers, and while we are doing church online, we are taking extra precautions to make sure our youth are safe. Click on the link below to learn more.