Youth Church School
6th and 7th Grade
Sundays, twice a month at 11:00 a.m. (leaving with Children in Worship)
The class follows Crossings, God’s Journey With Us, which is published
by Logos Productions. Crossings uses eight key Biblical themes as a foundation and uses these themes to frame the larger Biblical story. This enables young people to understand the value of life in community with God and the church. This class is led by Pastor Beth Carroll.
8th and 9th Grade: G.I.F.T. Class
Sundays at 9:40 a.m.
G.I.F.T. (Growing in Faith Together) Class is a focused time for participants to explore faith in God and their connection to the church and faith. The group often visits other places of worship and ministry. Some might call G.I.F.T. a “confirmation class,” but this is a bit different. Some participants will be led to make profession of faith in Christ at Hope Church, but it’s not required. Each person will sort through that step when the time comes. The broader idea of G.I.F.T. is that it is a unique experience at an important age to deal with issues of faith and life as a part of the church. This class is a two-year experience led by Pastor Gordon Wiersma.
10th – 12th Grade: High Hopes “Unshowered”
Third Sunday of each month at 9:40 a.m.
This group meets with Pastor Jill Russell and Pastor Beth Carroll for Bible study, fellowship, and prayer. A three-year cycle leads each student through a year of thinking about their faith (theology), exploring how to live their faith in very practical terms (Christian practices), and how to sustain a lifelong commitment to study of God’s Word (Bible study). The approach is interactive and relational. Journal writing, singing together, praying for one another, and study are all woven together in this one-hour gathering that meets September through May. All 10th – 12th grade students are welcome, showered or not!