I am so glad you have shown interest in our Student Ministry! First and foremost, I want to welcome you to Gateway. This is a loving, accepting and kind church. Truly a great family to be a part of. Youth Ministry is more than just a group on a Sunday Morning/Wednesday night thing. It really is the Body of Christ.
We exist to participate in God’s mission within the world as it is. We believe through Jesus, we can see the world as it can be and we strive to make that real. We want to be reflections of Christ. We want to be participants in the Kingdom of God. To love is to know who God is and we strive to love in all we do.
Our Student Ministry is a fun, dynamic gathering of teenagers, 7-12th grade. I would love for you to scroll through our web page, which you are currently at!
Our Student Ministry is heavily involved in all of the other ministries at Gateway and we are always looking for ways for our teens to grow closer to Christ, closer to each other and the Body here at Gateway and be reflections of Christ in their daily lives. We do this by creating environments for them to excel in. To practice in. To learn what it is to have a heart of worship, to forgive, to be held and to hold others accountable, to reflect the love of Christ through all of their interactions. These environments range from class time, local hang outs, retreats, camps, service opportunities and more. These environments will look different then a teens average daily life, but this is OK! We want them to see what life CAN be like when surrounded by the love of Christ. Our goal is to create an environment in which the Kingdom shines forth and the teens can see that this is the life that Christ has called them to.
Our group is not without its challenges. Any family has a bit of a messy side. We strive to break down naturally formed clichés, that tend to be age based. We can struggle at times with being welcoming of new people. While we would love for every grade level to get along perfectly, to spend time together, to mentor one another, we also understand that much of what is happening in the Student Ministry is a time for growth and learning. We are teaching our teens how to be and this will come with various learning curves and challenges. Friendships that have spanned years can be challenging to come into as a new student, so we strive to teach our teens how to be warm and accepting and open in the name of Jesus. I ask for patience and grace, as we are all constantly maturing in Jesus. Time is a vital part of a growing Body of Christ. Time to learn each other. Time to gain trust. Time to grow. Time to mature.
Sunday Morning – 9:00 a.m Bible Class
10:00 a.m. Worship
5:30 p.m. – Life Group every other Sunday
Wednesday Nights – 6:00 p.m. -Bible Class
Our classes are discussion/lecture based times of learning that span many topics and are always biblical. We want our teenagers to engage the Word in a positive, meaningful and lasting way.
We also worship every time we get together. Our worship style ranges from quiet devotional singing, dynamic, high energy praise and worship with a great mood setting atmosphere, worship led by our praise team, worship led by our students who engage their musical gifts and abilities, instrumental and acoustic worship, to VBS style worship with the children (and yes, the teens enjoy this as well).
All of this is to make much of the name of Jesus. These are the very environments our teens will learn and grow from. I hope you choose to join us on this beautiful journey!
Thanks for checking us out! Hope to see you soon!
Below is the 2021 Medical Release Form. All Teens participating in ANY event in 2021 will need one of these on file! Please fill this out and return it to Seth.Madaris@gmail.com.