We love teens!  As anyone who has lived through this period of their life knows, this can be a very challenging stage of development.  We love getting together with the youth and not only walking with them through this, but we also love wrestling with the tough questions and issues that come with day to day living.  We’re here to support, guide and cheer on your teen in whatever way we can.  The Bible is our foundation for all that we say and do and we have a talented group of adult leaders that are quite gifted when it comes to relating to teens from all walks of life.

Youth Gatherings

Through our youth ministry, we seek to train and equip young people to own their faith, stand firm, and reach the world with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.  We also strive to address current topics and relevant issues that impact the lives of our teens and to help them apply Biblical principles to the situations of their daily lives. 

schedule
Wednesday Evenings
7-8:30p
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Sunday Mornings
9a
collections
Sunday Evening
5:30-7p
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Events
See Events Below
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS
Youth Group:  Grades 6-12 gather for group games, worship, teaching, Q&A time and small group discussion.

Youth Café: Indulge in a snack or treat while hanging out with friends and leaders before youth group. All proceeds go towards the support of the child we sponsor through Compassion International. The café is open from 6:30-7:00 pm.  Homework assistance is also available for those desiring it - Simply notify a youth leader of the subject and arrangements can be made to provide tutoring free of charge.

SUNDAY MORNINGS
Youth Christian Education

Students in grades 6 thru 12 meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Middle School room (lower level) for a deeper look at Biblical truths.  

SUNDAY EVENINGS
Youth Small Groups

Small groups are led by adult leaders weekly and are designed to help students grow in their spiritual journey. It also allows for more personal discussion and accountability.  Small groups are divided by gender and meet in person on Sundays from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

EVENTS
School Year Events & Summer

SUMMER EVENTS

In the summer we have a few fun events to look forward to, but none of them is as imporant as Summer Ministry. During the month of June, our Summer Interns will be leading our students in creating and leading a camp for 3 different neighborhoods in our community.  You can explore more by clicking here. 

Fun events include: Retreats, Missions Trips, Cedar Point (high school only), an annual Canoe Trip (middle school), and more.  

 

SCHOOL YEAR EVENTS

During the school year we believe it's imporant to get away and give God our full and undivided attention.  We do this by either hosting, attending, or serving at one of the following events.

  • Believe Conference (Middle School ages)
  • Saturday Sports (boys basketball & girls volleyball) from 1-4pm in the church gym
  • Guys & Girls Nights
  • Overnight Lock-Ins
  • Harvest Party
  • Ministry Outreach (pregnancy center, homeless street ministry, foreign orphan support)

 

PARENT SECTION
Important things to know for all our parents of teens

Adolescence can be a challenging time of life – both for the parent as well as the child.  Our team of leaders and our group members can help you navigate through those times and not just survive, but actually thrive.  We strive to create an atmosphere in which your teen will feel welcomed, valued and accepted.  We also seek to have our interaction occur in an environment that is open, honest and loving.  Adult to youth and peer to peer friendships are at the core of our ministry.  We believe that growth occurs best in community and through close and Godly relationships.  We love getting to know our students and just walking through the highs and lows of life and having Jesus at the center of it all.  We want to help in whatever way we can.  Biblical knowledge and life application is a core focus as we encourage our teens to deepen their walk with Jesus.

OUR LEADERS
Our leaders are here for you too!

Speaking of leaders, we have a diverse group of men and women that hail from all walks and phases of the life journey.  We’re both young enough to still play games with the teens and mature enough and wise enough to dispense Godly counsel at appropriate times to those needing it.  And all of this is done with the love of Jesus at the core (1 Thessalonians 2:8).  

WAYS TO SERVE
There are always ways to help out

There are a variety of ways to serve in the youth group.  Within the group, we are always looking for those with technical skills for sound board, audio & video, livestreaming knowledge or even the desire to learn these technical abilities.  People with vocal and/or musical talent are also sought after for helping to lead in worship and outreach.  Sports ministry, prayer teams, social planners and those who just like to be “behind  the scenes” are all welcome to participate as they are led and able.  

It is our plan and desire that our youth take their talents and plug them into the larger church body as often as possible.  The youth are both the church, and part of the church, and we want them to know that we are here to help them find where they can plug- in and serve Jesus as they are called to do.  They are not the church of the future – they are the church here and now.

There are opportunities to serve outside the church as well.  Stow Alliance has connections to a number of local and worldwide ministries and mission agencies.  We always encourage our youth to be involved in Alliance missions – both short term and long term.  See below for a sample listing of the opportunities:

  • Akron Pregnancy Center
  • Haven of Rest
  • CAMA
  • Envision
  • Good Neighbors
SAFETY
What you need to know

Because we firmly believe in creating a safe and secure environment for your children, all of our children’s and youth ministry workers are background checked, interviewed, and go through the C&MA’s Central District’s Safe Place Training in order to volunteer and work with your children.

In the resources section you will also find all the medical release and permission slips that are needed for your teen(s) to attend the events we either host or attend.  These forms are essential in helping us make sure your kids are cared for well.  

 

GREAT RESOURCES
Here's some additional resources to help you along the way.

 

Questions & Answers

Here are some answers to common questions.

Absolutely YES!  We want to see every student in our communities have the opportunity to hear the message of Jesus and be part of the church. All students grades 6-12th are welcome.  We encourage all of our students to invite their friends regularly. 

Upon entering the building on Wednesday night, you will see a check-in station.  We will help you get registered on your visit and collect any necessary info.  Once registered, students will then be checked in by our leaders.

All of our leaders are here for you as a parent, too.  As students get plugged into small groups, your kid's leader will reach out to you so they can be an additional support.  Research shows that teens need at least 5 adults, beyond mom and dad, to invest in their lives.  We want your kid's youth and small group leaders to be on that list. 

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