Our Youth Ministry hopes to develop disciples of Christ

so we want our 6th-12th grade students to love and follow Jesus in amazing, contagious, and adventuresome ways. Read more about the philosophy behind our youth ministry here. You can also check out our core values here. Join us as we strive to become better disciples and share Christ's love to those around us. Read below for gathering times & upcoming dates.

>> For more information about our Youth Ministry contact Jim Hinkle or Fawn Bauer.

Roots on Sunday Mornings & The Grove on Wednesday Nights

6th-12th graders are invited to go deeper in Scripture, to practice spiritual disciplines to mature in their relationship with God, and to connect with their friends during the school year. Friends are always welcome! 

Roots Sundays from 9-10AM in the MPAC. All 6th-12th graders come together for a big group teaching time to study New Lessons from Ancient People and then join their Roots small groups led by our adult Roots Guides. Groups are divided by gender and grade.

The Grove meets on Wednesdays from 7-8PM in the MPAC. The first Wednesday of the month we meet at 6:15pm for a meal together. At 7pm we begin our time of worship and hear a guest speaker share about a way to serve in the city. The middle Wednesdays of the month we split HS and MS. The HS series is The Red Words. The MS series is Habits. On the last Wednesday of the month we split Guys and Girls. 

Upcoming Dates At-A-Glance:

  • Oct. 22 Father/Son Footprints: Paintball
  • Nov. 10-12 Family Reunion In-Town Retreat

Fall Event Details 


Father/Son Footprints: Paintball at Paintball Park in Lakeland. After worship, we encourage you to grab lunch together or go out with some other dads and sons. Then meet at Paintball Park (right behind Cracker Barrell) at 1:00. We'll have a private game and play for a couple hours. The cost is $45 per family (even if it's more than two). If you know of a youth group son whose dad or father-figure can't make it, just let me,, know, and I'll be glad to make sure they get an invitation from one of many awesome substitute dads. There is no advance registration. Just show up and please bring cash or a check to pay. Let me know know if you have any questions.

Family Reunion, our in-town retreat, is November 10-12 for 6th-12th graders. Students come together for worship, fellowship and service during the day and go to SVC Host Homes at night. It's an exciting weekend of helping people see Jesus! This year our theme is Imperfectly Perfect with guest speaker Kayci Ross! Cost is $35 per student. Sign-up HERE by Nov. 5.