Valley Students

Fun and Faith -- Just for Teens!

At Valley, we seek to meet middle school and high school students right where they are and encourage them to grow in their relationship with God. We believe these years are vital to the longevity of a young person's faith. As a result, we want students to worship together, get connected, dig into the Bible, grow in their faith,and lead the way. We are focused on helping parents equip their middle school and high school students to be disciples of Jesus. Scroll down to explore all the exciting opportunities at Valley Students!

Wednesday Nights: Riot

At Riot, students engage in fun activities and hear Bible teaching relevant to their everyday lives. Students then break into small groups called "Huddles," where they become more acquainted with their peers and leaders as they encourage each other in their faith. Invite your friends! No need to register. 

Sunday Mornings: Amp40

Our Middle School Community meets during the 9 a.m. worship service on Sundays. Students begin in the Sanctuary and then are dismissed to Room 305 before the sermon begins. 

Student Ministry Team

Student Ministry Team (SMT) is for all 7th and 8th grade students who want to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ and learn to live by faith: students who are ready to commit to a team that will make the Middle School Ministry more exciting and effective. SMT meets once a month on Sunday afternoon at the Avon Campus throughout the school year. Click here to apply. 2020 Dates: January 12, February 9, March 22, April 19

Wednesday Nights: Synergy and Life Groups

Synergy and Life Groups are the alternating formats of our weekly gatherings outside Sunday Morning Community. They offer environments where students can connect to Christ and His community.

On Synergy weeks, students start by choosing from a variety of activities: hanging out in the café and enjoying some food, playing competitive games, etc. Students then gather for live music by our high school worship band and a relevant message shared by a fellow high school student or adult leader. Finally, students break into Life Groups, where they become more acquainted with each other and their leaders as they grow together in faith.

On Life Group weeks, students meet with their respective Life Groups in various locations. Life Groups offer a unique atmosphere for students and leaders to "do life together" and support each other as they seek to follow Christ, not just in church, but in life as a whole. A customized curriculum is designed by each Life Group leader to best meet the spiritual needs of his or her students. Click here for Life Group locations.

Sunday Mornings

Sunday Morning Community meets at 9 a.m. and offers high school students the opportunity to establish a Christian worldview, get rooted in the Bible, and find belonging and support as they prepare to follow Christ in the real world. Students will learn on their level as they choose electives relevant to them. Students will also be encouraged to act on their faith and live it out through a variety of service opportunities. Please identify a worship service for you and your family at a different hour if you attend Sunday Morning Community. 

Student Impact

High School Student Impact is for students who want to go the extra mile in their walk with God; students who want to be known by their love and grow deeper in and live by faith; students who want to be the church rather than just go to church; and students who are ready to commit to a team that will make High School Ministry and our church ministry more exciting and effective. Fill out an application here. Student Impact meets on Sunday afternoons, once a month, from 12-1:30 p.m. 2020 Dates: January 12, February 8, March 22, April 19

Drive Home

Drive Home is a guide for parents to see what their kids have learned about during Riot and Synergy. Each week, we will post the topic and include questions about the lesson so that you can engage your student in deeper conversation. We will not post for high school on Life Group weeks.

February 26 Middle School Drive Home

TRUTH

  • Through simple stories Jesus told to His followers, He taught us really important truths about God.
  • Luke wrote down a parable that described Jesus’ response to a Pharisee questioning who would be in God’s Kingdom. Jesus explained that there was a man who invited a lot of “respectable” people to a party, but they all made excuses for why they couldn’t make it. In response, the man invited everyone—especially those considered less respectable—to the party. No matter how the world saw them, they were invited and wanted. (Luke 14:21-23)
  • This parable explains that we can get so focused on doing the right thing that we miss having a relationship with God. No matter who we are, what we’ve done, or what other people think about us, we’ve made God’s guest list. We simply have to accept His invitation.
  • At God’s party, the invitation is for us all.

 APPLICATION

We can change the way we see our faith and God’s invitation by:

  • Remembering that God is inviting us to spend a life following Him.
  • Recognizing that His invitation is open to all of us.
  • Extending the invitation to others.

DISCUSSION

  • What are we doing with this invitation that God is offering to each one of us? Do we easily forget about it or consider it a treasure?
  • What does this parable show us about the way God sees all people? How can this help us in how WE see the people around us?
  • Is there someone you wish knew about this invitation? What are steps you can take to share this invitation from God?

 

 

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Julia Brown

Interim Associate Director of Valley Students

office: 860.673.6826 x103

Ben Dery

Interim Valley Students Associate