These programs are focused on the growth and spiritual maturity of the students. This the best shot at educating them in areas of faith, life, morality, etc.
Sunday Morning Bible Study
Time: Sunday at 9:30 AM
Location: Room 100
Curriculum: currently Group’s Live Curriculum, videos, magazines, etc.
Objective: These studies will vary between topical and books of the Bible. The primary goal of this time is to deepen their understanding of Scripture and what the Bible says about current issues. It is a chance to ask tough questions of them and get them to think critically about their faith and all it encompasses.
Time: Wednesday at 6:30 PM
Location: Room 100 & Various Rooms for Small Groups
Program: Worship, Scripture Reading, Prayer, Message, Small Group
Objective: This night is centered on the more practical areas of Christian life. It encourages the students to take what they are hearing during the sermon on Sunday mornings and apply it to their everyday life. It also promotes opportunities of caring and praying for each other during small groups.
Time: Late October or Early November
Location: Nearby Camp or Retreat Center
Objective: This may or not be attended with other churches in the state/area. The primary objective is to give them a concentrated dose of God’s Word and time together as the school year really begins to get into a routine. The weekend includes worship, panel discussions, and a speaker. Generally the idea is to go much deeper into faith.
Time: Various weeks in June or July (Depending on Grade Level)
Location: Pine Haven Christian Assembly (PHCA) – Park Rapids, MN
Objective: This week is aimed at looking at chosen theme for the week and how it applies to life outside of the week at camp. The goal is to guide the students in a better and more sustainable faith when they go home. Worship, small groups, large groups, speaking, panel discussions, and classes are tools used during the week.
Every Believer Studies
Time: 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 PM
Objective: Valley’s desire is for every attendee to go through this 12-class program. The youth are invited to be a part of these studies. They are designed to give each person a basic knowledge of all sorts of different aspects of their faith that every believer should have an understanding of.
Objective: The youth should also be learning good Bible reading and journaling skills, with the Useful Breath reading plan giving them the opportunity to learn how. A shortened reading plan will also be available to them along with a website to guide them through each passage.
Click here to view the youth Bible reading website.
Objective: Valley has identified several verses that are central to the beliefs and teachings of Jesus. These verses are available for memorization, which will be encouraged. There will also be periodic messages or Bible studies on these verses.
Time: Yet to be determined but several will be offered during the school year.
Objective: It is important to engage in discussions about culture, spiritual disciplines, art, etc. These discussions are meant to give students a chance to do that in a non-threatening setting. Opportunities like these give students a chance to form critical thinking skills and respectful discussion about the things they perceive.
Relationships are an important facet of the Christian faith and there need to be opportunities for students to grow socially, as well. Learning from each other and growing together are important parts of life and those skills should be developed early. This is achieved through fun planned outings and sometimes spontaneous get-togethers.
Crossroads College Day at Valley Fair
Time: Early August
Small Group Events
Objective: Each small group is encouraged to meet together outside of church a couple times each year. It is important for the students to interact with each other outside of a typical church setting.
New Year’s Eve Lock-In
Time: December 31 – January 1
Objective: Themed New Year’s Eve Party with games, movies, and a devotional. This is the most popular outreach event as many students bring friends.
Objective: These are chances for the entire youth group to enjoy each other’s company and time together. These events will be promoted and communicated in a timely manner and will include a wide variety of possibilities.
Sno-Feast (Winter Retreat)
Time: Mid-Winter (Usually February)
Location: Kimball, MN
Objective: This is a multi-church participant event. The goals are a time to see friends from summer camp and spend some time in worship. Speakers and classes are offered. Opportunities to ski, tube, and do other winter activities are offered, too.
Service is a very encouraged part of the Christian life and many opportunities are given to grow in this area. Some of these events are out-service related, where the act benefits those outside of Valley, while others are in-service, wherein the act benefits the youth group or church.
Feed My Starving Children
Time: Every other Month, Friday or Saturday
Location: Eagan, MN
Objective: The youth will team up with World Outreach every other month to participate in packing meals. It also includes wonderful team-building opportunities and the chance to get to know other youth and church members better.
Time: Late October
Location: Church Neighborhood
Objective: The youth group kicks off the time leading up to the Pumpkin Patch Festival with their “Can-or-Treat” Food Drive. The youth dress up and go around the neighborhood collecting canned goods and passing out flyers for the Pumpkin Patch Festival.
Pumpkin Patch Festival
Time: October 31 at 6:00 PM
Objective: This is a service opportunity to the Children’s Ministry and the residents of our community. The goal is to staff the different booths and games and be a welcoming presence for the children and parents that attend.
Time: Wednesdays at 5:00 PM
Location: Room 100
Objective: An opportunity for young musicians to learn their craft and experience what it is like to help lead in music part of our worship. It gives them a chance to become proficient with their instrument but also the teamwork needed.
Location: Midwestern United States
Objective: A mission trip that focuses on service to a community that needs more help than it could take care of on it’s own. This is a holistic chance at service and growth. Each teen serves on a team completing a given work project in the allotted week. Each night is about personal growth through music, speaking, and group time.
Click here to view the TeenServe website.
Open Door (Food Shelf)
Time: Year Round
Location: Dakota County
Objective: This is a very new ministry to Valley, more information to come.