Our vision for our young people here at Bay City is to see humble young people who go into all the world as servant-leaders for the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the glory of God. This is the “why we do what we do.” Below you will see some examples of what we have going on here with our teens, each of which exists in order to best accomplish this vision.
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Our program for students in grades 7-12 is designed to help teens and their families know God and live for Him. Because the Christian home is the God-ordained agency for shaping and nurturing a teen’s faith, we want to support the home in this work.
We believe that ministry to teens should be home-based and church-supported, not church-based and home-supported. Parents must play the major role in discipling their children. While the church does have a biblical responsibility to teach and minister to our entire church here in Green Bay, including its children and teens, it does not have them in adequate blocks of time to do the job alone. Parents will always will be the primary influence in the life of a teenager, so ministry to teens must begin at home. In cases where a teen does not have a Christian home, we seek to provide a nurturing Christian atmosphere where that teen can grow.
Every summer, we set aside a week or so to serve local churches around the country. Mission trips are focused on serving the local church by coming alongside the church and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to lost people in those communities. They are a great way to see how our big God is working in and through His local churches. Click here to visit our Facebook page photo stream in order to see pictures from recent mission trips and other activities.
Prime-Time Wednesday Nite
Prime-time is our weekly gathering as a youth group and youth staff. We meet from 6:30-8PM every Wednesday in our youth room for some fellowship, coffee from our cafe, a group game, singing praises to our Savior Jesus Christ, and to study God’s Word together.
About two or three times per month, we get together as a youth group on weekends for an activity. These activities range from capture the flag nights, movie nights, scavenger hunts, snow camp, all-nighters, t0 just hanging out eating food. They are a great time to have some fun and enjoy a “cheerful heart that does good like a medicine” (Prov.17:22).
On Sunday mornings at 9:30, the whole church gathers together in smaller groups for Bible study. The teens all meet in the youth room to pray and study God’s Word together.
Snow & Summer Camps
Each February, we go for a weekend to a snow camp, such as Camp Chetek or Northland camp, where we enjoy tubing, hot cocoa, Bible preaching, and other various winter activities. Occasionally, we take a week during the summer to go to a camp.
Along with Pastor Aaron, his wife Meagan, and teenagers from 7th-12th grade, we also have eight adults serving as youth staff. Youth staff help with various tasks during youth group and activities, come on mission trips, and build relationships with the teens to cultivate Christ-likeness.