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 9:15 AM
Grades 9-12 • Room 100 • Christian Growth
Objective: High School students will be studying how to take all the things they've learned and begin to apply it. This class is geared towards training young men and women to be leaders in their youth group, school, and the greater church.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bethel Youth MegaRally
Objective: Hundreds of junior and senior high students from all over the Twin Cities gather at Bethel to be encouraged, challenged, and entertained. They hear from great speakers and worship with well-known bands at this high-energy, Christ-centered experience.
New Year’s Eve Lock-In
Time: December 31 – January 1
Objective: Celebrate the New Year with Lock-In. We'll spend tons of time enjoying each other's company and hanging out, but we'll also make sure we spend some time talking about the renewal we find in Jesus. Don't forget to invite your friends to this one!
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.
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.
Children's Musical Food Service
Objective: The youth have a wonderful opportunity to help serve the kids, their families, and all other guests that attend the musical dinner theater. Students are responsible for serving the meal.
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.
Lakota Youth Camp Mission Trip
Location: Louisville, NE
Objective: A mission trip that is all about loving on elementary kids from the Lakota Native American Reservations in South Dakota. The students plan, implement, and perform every aspect of this trip; everything form teaching, to crafts, to games is done by them. It's a great exercise in leadership training, but also very cross-cultural experience.