Grandview's youth ministry works to nurture and encourage the students and ourselves to “lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as [we] bear fruit in every good work and as [we] grow in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10).
The youth are a part of the Grandview family and a part of the body of Christ. In the youth ministry, students are challenged to grow as individuals and as a part of the body. The events of Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday night, as well as the special events throughout the year, are important components in the continuing spiritual formation of our students and leaders, and we encourage everyone to dedicate themselves to the ministry through participation in these programs. Our hope is that this guide can assist you in understanding the nature and purpose of those programs and facilitate your youth’s participation in them.
All youth 7th-12th grade are welcome to join us as we seek to grow in faith, obedience, and love together. New friends and visitors, including parents, are welcome at nearly all gatherings of the youth.
To learn more about what the youth ministry's doing, check out the youth events calendar.
"I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good acceptable and perfect" (Romans 12:1-2).
Paul teaches us that worship is a response of our entire life — mind, body and soul — to the gracious activity of God. Everything we do each day should be an act of worship. Our training and rehearsal of those lives that are pleasing to God, however, take place on certain occasions set aside for the body of Christ to come together in worship. The activities that take place in those gatherings — prayer, singing, silence, teaching and preaching, and a sharing in the Lord's supper — help to transform our lives into those that are set apart from the world and acceptable to God.
The primary gatherings at Grandview take place each Sunday morning at 9:30 and 11:00 when the church gathers together for worship. We believe that it is essential that Christians of all ages have an active role in these gatherings and we encourage all students in the youth ministry to participate.
There are other occasions, however, when we gather for worship as a smaller student body. These gatherings take place on Wednesday nights as a part of our church-wide Two4Two program. After the multi-generational gatherings of dinner and Rendezvous, the youth meet for a time of singing, prayer, teaching, and the Lord’s Supper. Through these activities and with the help of the Holy Spirit we celebrate God’s goodness and move toward a better understanding of who God is and how we can be more like Christ.
At Grandview we believe that every follower of Christ should live in close relationships with other believers. These relationships offer all of us the support, accountability, and motivation necessary to grow as Christians. We hope to foster this type of relationship among our students through our small groups. By pulling away in age and gender-specific groups, we work to nurture a life centered around Christ in a more personal setting. Our adult small group leaders offer valuable guidance and care to our students through these formative years.
At Grandview, our youth small groups meet on Sunday nights from 6-8pm throughout most of the year. Our small group leaders plan the details of each meeting, including topics of discussion and study, location of the meeting, and special small group events. For small groups, the youth are divided into four: 7th-9th grade girls, 7th-9th grade boys, 10th-12th grade girls, and 10th-12th grade boys.
We believe that every follower of Christ should be continually growing in their relationship with God through regular Bible study. Sunday school classes meet each Sunday morning at 9:30 & 11:00 to equip students with the scriptural knowledge necessary to follow Christ in daily life and to help them grow as independent Bible students. Here we focus on both biblical content and methods of study in order to prepare our students to effectively use the Bible as a guide for the journey ahead. Classes are divided by grade: 7th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade.
We believe that all Christians are ministers and that the whole world is a mission field. Therefore, the Grandview youth ministry encourages, equips, and sends out students to use their gifts to bless and serve in the world. Whether we are in the church building, at school, around town, or away in distant parts of the country or world, our mission is to serve and be a witness to Christ.
Youth at Grandview have many opportunities to serve. Each summer our junior and senior high students have the opportunity to come together for week-long mission trips. These trips are for personal growth and Kingdom service. Mission trips are challenging and require students work to minister with people experiencing great need. Destinations for these trips have included Cleveland, OH, New York City, Puebla, Mexico, and Knoxville, TN.
Closer to home, students have the opportunity to participate in local missions on what we call Fools' Days. Why "Fools' Day?" Because by the world's reckoning, service and sacrifice are foolish ways, but it is exactly through these foolish acts that God blesses the world. We celebrate foolishness through acts of service preformed for members of our church family and local service organizations and ministry to others in our community with pressing needs. Fools’ Days happen regularly when Two4Two is not in session.
Archbishop William Temple once said, "The church is the only voluntary organization that exists solely for the benefit of non-members." Our mission in the Grandview youth ministry is to live up to Temple's ideal and "be the church for our world." In everything we do we aim to reach out to those surrounding us to be a blessing to them through friendship and service.
During certain occasions throughout the year, though, we will make a special effort to introduce ourselves to the community and create new friendships through events designed especially for outreach. Those events we call Youth Fools Night, opportunities to show the love of God by serving those inside and outside the church. Youth Fools Night happens every two weeks during the summer and winter months, when Two4Two is not in session.
We strive to make participation in the youth ministry an inexpensive venture and insist that cost not be prohibitive to any family that wishes to participate. It is our desire through communication and cooperation to work with families to minimize any financial stress that youth ministry expenses may create.
We believe the first step in reducing potential stress is advance knowledge of expenses. We hope that knowing about costs ahead of time helps families budget appropriately. While it is impossible to anticipate every expense during a year, there are some annual expenses that change little. Those expenses are approximately as follows.
- JANUARY: TCTC - $90
- MARCH-APRIL: SPRING RETREAT - $20-$30
- JUNE MISSION TRIPS: JUNIOR HIGH - $100; SENIOR HIGH - $200
- JUNE-JULY CAMPS: JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH CAMPS - $250-$350 AT CAMP ACC
- SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER: MOUNTAIN MISSION SCHOOL SERVICE RETREAT - $15-25
Mission trip expenses can vary significantly based on the destination of the trip. Over-night trips frequently also require money for meals on the road.
The cost of many events is subsidized by the church through a budget for youth ministry and through money raised in the semi-annual yard sales.