Youth Sunday School
Designed for sixth through eighth graders, this ministry provides a worshipful environment combined with age-appropriate Bible teaching and topical book studies. A team of adult teachers take turns coordinating a variety of large- and small-group discussions and hands-on learning experiences. This is a great opportunity for youth to grow in their relationship with Christ as well as with others. The Middle School classes meet in the Youth House from 9:00-10:15AM each Sunday.
Middle School Youth Group
Middle school youth from Newberg and North Valley Friends churches continue to meet each Wednesday in the Friends Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Our focus through March is on experiencing God and having fun together.
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, content understanding, and much more. This year’s focus is on I & II Corinthians. Middle and High School youth meet for practices each Sunday in Barclay B, from 3 to 4 p.m. The third meet of the year will be in Greenleaf, Idaho, where Newberg’s quizzers will gather together with roughly 200 youth and adults from around the Pacific Northwest and compete over material from I Corinthians and the first six chapters of II Corinthians. The last meet of the year will be at Metolius Friends in Central Oregon on the weekend of April 17.
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.
Service projects are a great opportunity for the youth of our congregation to be involved in the community. By selecting specific service projects to help a member of our church or community, youth have a chance to make a difference. Service projects have been done in conjunction with Faith In Action and Love INC.
This is an opportunity for youth to be discipled or mentored by an adult, allowing for personal and spiritual growth.
It is important to address the needs of individual youth, and small groups help provide them a sense of identification and belonging. Small groups for Middle School students create an encouraging and affirming environment, enabling youth to explore their values, beliefs, and questions while applying Christ’s word and God’s WORD to their lives. The group stresses accountability and spiritual growth.
Camps / Retreats
Junior High Jamboree (February)
This four-day weekend retreat for middle schoolers serves as an opportunity for fellowship and spiritual challenge. The focus is primarily on fun and activities with teaching and instruction woven into all the events. This is a great opportunity for middle schoolers to get away and meet up with new and old friends from other churches.
Junior High Jamboree takes place during President’s Day weekend (February) at Twin Rocks Friends Camp.
Tween Camp (July)
July 11-17 is set aside for middle schoolers to head to Tween Camp. Meeting at Twin Rocks Friends Camp at Rockaway Beach on the Oregon Coast,youth get the chance to be challenged in their walk with Christ, make new friends, and have fun at the beach. Early registration (before June 25) is $267, and scholarships are available.
Register for camp here.
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.
Samuel School I (October)
Alternating between the Idaho mountains and the Oregon coast, this retreat provides a strong challenge for spiritual development. Two to three Middle School students from each Friends church in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho are selected by local youth leaders and church elders for their openness to the Spirit of God and evidence of potential leadership gifts. They are then paired up with an adult mentor (an Eli) who journeys with them for the six months following the retreat.