New Hope’s Youth Ministry applies our mission to the particular needs of Middle and High School students:
A key part of our Youth Ministry is fellowship – providing plenty of fun activities, but also teaching and modeling for students how to form relationships with Christian peers and newcomers. We want our students to love one another, enjoy their time together, and learn how to relate to others with grace, forgiveness, and humility. The following programs help us reach these goals:
Wednesday Youth Bible Study Fellowship
Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7:45 PM, Middle and High School youth meet at the church for fun games and activities, snacks, worship, Bible study, and prayer. These meetings continue year-round, with periodic breaks at Christmas and other holidays. For many, it is the highlight of their week, so we don’t stop for summer!
Fall and Spring Youth Retreats
Each fall our students are invited to a weekend retreat at an area camp. New Hope youth join together with youth from two of our sister churches, Hope Presbyterian and Redeemer Presbyterian. This trips offers great times for teaching, worship, recreation, and bonding. It’s also a great time for our youth to invite their friends!
Special Events and Excursions
During the school year, the youth are invited to several different special events: Game nights, Movie Nights, Christmas parties and dinners, and fellowship basketball games, just to name a few. During the summer, students get to take part in Lake Days – outings to Belews Lake for swimming, tubing, water skiing, and for the truly daring, wakeboarding!
Another key part of our Youth Ministry is learning. Students need to know the Scriptures in greater depth, and acquire the ability to study and interpret them on their own. They also need the ability to apply the Scriptures to their lives and the world around them, navigating complex moral and intellectual challenges. The following programs help us reach these goals:
Youth Sunday School Classes
Middle and High School students meet each week for Sunday School classes (11:30 AM). For fall 2017, the youth are learning about basic Christian doctrine and about how to develop a spiritual life of their own.
Wednesday Youth Bible Study Fellowship
Regular teaching is part of our weekly Youth Bible Study Fellowship. The night starts with some games and fellowship time, followed by a time of worship and prayer, and then Bible study and discussion. For fall 2017, the youth are working through Paul’s letter to the Romans.
The third key part of our Youth Ministry is service. Students need to trust that God has given them spiritual gifts and natural talents, and that they can use these to serve others in the church, the community, and throughout the world. We want our youth to know that they are valued in God’s kingdom, and that their efforts to help build that kingdom are significant. Two programs help us reach these goals:
Youth Service Projects projects benefit families in the congregation and the community, students at West Forsyth High School, and local ministries like Solus Christus and the Clemmons Food Pantry. Past projects have included feeding pre-game meals to the Titans’ football team, minor home repair and painting, yard work, child care, and assisting with Operation Christmas Child. These projects promote fellowship among our students, help them see the value of service, and teach them how to worship God outside the walls of the church.
Summer Mission Trips
Graduating seniors and juniors are given the opportunity to travel to Dominican Republic with youth from our sister churches (Hope Presbyterian and Redeemer Presbyterian). Together, they work with new churches on outreach efforts to children and adults, and provide teaching, training and material support that will help these congregations and their leaders grow.