Students at Gateway have a lot of fun, but our highest priority is helping them discover their faith and live it out in the real world. Whether it’s at a Back-to-School Party or on an out-of-state mission trip, we want middle and high school students to understand who God is, how much he loves them, and how awesome it is to live a life that honors him and blesses others.
Most Sunday mornings, middle and high schoolers start in the main service for worship and announcements, then are dismissed to their classes for the rest of the morning. About once a month, middle and high school students combine for a Youth-Only service that is planned and lead by student leaders.
We use creativity and fun to convey Biblical truth that will encourage and equip students for their everyday life. On Sundays when the youth are in the main service, we try to use them for scripture readings, announcements, prayers, and even on the Worship Team.
Unhinged is another ministry we offer to our middle schoolers. We meet in the big red barn behind our church office (24796 Gum Spring Road, in Stone Ridge) most Wednesday nights from 7-8:30pm, starting with fun activities and then moving into small groups for discipleship and discussion. We also schedule youth retreats and Middle School youth conferences throughout the year, along with a ton of fun outings that students can invite their friends to.
Whether it's on a mission trip to another state, or spending a day at Kings Dominion, our High School students enjoy being together! We challenge them to spiritual growth through interactive teaching on Sunday mornings, small group discipleship, youth conferences and mission trips. We encourage them to put their faith into action through things like "Stop Hunger Now" meal packaging events, providing Christmas gifts for people in need, and visiting local senior adult centers. We equip them as pace-setters with a focused student leadership program and opportunities to serve middle school and elementary kids.
Youth Mission Trips
Middle and High School youth at Gateway have tons of opportunities for "hands on" mission experience. Every August, we take a small group of teenagers to McDowell County WV to work in one of the poorest communities in the country. There's also Mission Camp, local mission projects, and much more!