It is important to address the needs of individuals, and small groups help provide a sense of identification and belonging. Small groups for High School students create an encouraging and affirming environment, enabling youth to explore their values, beliefs, and questions while applying Christ’s teachings to their lives. The group stresses accountability and spiritual growth.
Youth Sunday School
This ministry provides High School youth an opportunity to gather together, worship and learn. With an emphasis on what might happen to the church if it traded in what it often is for what God created it to be, teachers and youth explore what it means to live together as part of a faith community that takes its identity seriously. 9:00-10 AM each Sunday in Barclay B.
Bible Quizzing is a fun and rewarding program for those interested in learning the Bible and who love to have a great time. It provides a mix of Bible memorization and content understanding. The next quizzing season starts in September.
Mexico Serve Trips
This cross-cultural missions trip provides Newberg-area youth and their families with an opportunity to serve the people of a San Luis church to which we’ve been ministering for almost two decades. Projects include building and repairing homes, installing bathrooms in homes we’ve built on past trips, and a semi-annual reunion with the many families and church members we’ve worked with over the years. North Valley Friends and West Chehalem Friends Church join with us in this ministry. Our next trip is scheduled for Spring Break 2011.
Youth Challenged to Expand their Worldview (YCEW)
If you have completed your freshman year in High School and are interested in cross-cultural missions, this adventure is for you. YCEW provides youth with the opportunity to spend six weeks traveling to another part of the world to work side-by-side with missionaries and the nationals who live there while developing a deeper relationship with Christ. Applications are due in December and the team is chosen by mid-January. Cost is dependent upon which country is chosen.
Youth Challenged through Local Service (YCLS)
This short-term inner city mission for youth, in partnership with Bridgetown Ministries takes youth into some of the neediest areas of Portland to serve those who have been marginalized by our society today. Applications are due in March.
Camps / Retreats
What is Midwinter? It’s a camp for Northwest Yearly Meeting high school youth and their friends in the middle of winter! And… it’s awesome! It’s a chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, worship, serve others, play games, and have a whole lot of fun!
Volleyball Tournament (April)
Join over 200 other youth as they gather for a weekend of fun, competition, and friendship. This year’s tournament is scheduled for April 30 and May 1 in Hayden Lake, Idaho. We’ve formed a team for the competitive division, and we have room for up to a dozen high school youth to play on one of two teams in the just-for-fun category. A come-and-play night for any high school students interested in a just-for-fun team will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at West Chehalem Friends on Friday, April 23. Call me at 503.538.8381 for information on how to get involved (or just show up). Program cost is $60 per student (includes registration, transportation, housing, and meals). Scholarships are available.
Samuel School II (May)
This retreat is designed to further develop spiritual sensitivity and leadership abilities of high school students. Workshops, stretching activities such as a high ropes course and extended solo time, and journal activities combine to challenge youth to help nurture a Christ-centered lifestyle. Samuel School II occurs during Memorial Day weekend, alternating between the Newberg area and the Boise Valley. This year, it will be held at West Chehalem Friends in Newberg, May 23-26. Students are selected by their local church elders for their openness to the Spirit, their eagerness to learn more about their relationship with God, and their leadership abilities.
Youth Yearly Meeting (July)
Youth Yearly Meeting, designed for middle schoolers and high schoolers, has a strong focus on leadership development and application of faith to modern society. Special speakers and service projects enhance this fun, challenging and worthwhile conference for Northwest Yearly Meeting youth.
Youth Yearly Meeting takes place the last full week in July on the George Fox University campus: July 25-29, 2010.
Surfside Camp (August)
Over 230 High School students attend this camp for fun, fellowship and spiritual growth. Classes emphasizing spiritual and personal development are combined with activities that develop friendships. This camp is a great chance for youth to challenge, encourage and affirm each other. Scholarships are available.
Surfside happens for one week during the first full week in August at Twin Rocks Friends Camp: August 8-14, 2010