O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. (Psalm 71:17)
And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. (Genesis 17:7)
No matter your age, the Lord Jesus Christ calls you to follow him. At Hope, we take seriously the calling of young people to faith in Christ (Matt. 19:14). We also take seriously how both parents and the church are responsible for their discipleship (Deut. 6:7 and Matt. 28:19). Youth ministry at Hope strives to make disciples of our young people by helping families to grow in the Lord together, as well as by gathering young people together to be taught from God’s Word.
Our Youth Group for grades 6 to 12 meets every Friday evening from 7:00 am to 8:30 pm for food, fellowship, and most importantly, instruction from God’s Word. Our goal is for young men and women to grow in their knowledge of the truth as well as their love for God and one another. Accordingly, our teaching strives to always be both biblical and practical. As a congregation of the PCA, our teaching is also distinctly reformed and presbyterian. A typical Youth Group meeting involves a large group teaching from Pastor Stephen, and then discussion and prayer in a large or small groups. We are blessed at Hope to have a wonderful group of adult volunteers who help serve the Youth Group, and are always looking to welcome additional people. Our recent studies have included the book of Revelation, the doctrine of the Church, engaging the Bible’s critics, worship, and prayer. Our current study is on the emotions of Jesus as presented in the Gospels, based on the classic study by B. B. Warfield, The Emotional Life of Our Lord.
Students have the opportunity to study the Bible in greater depth in Sunday School. Classes meet from September through May at 9:30 am. Our Middle School class (grades 6-8) has recently studied John and Romans, and our High School class (grades 9-12) has recently studied The Westminster Confession of Faith, 1 Corinthians, and Genesis. Our current Sunday School topics are Philippians (Middle School) and Hebrews (High School).