What is Hopewell Youth Ministry? Great question! We are a VERY active ministry. One of our beliefs within our leadership is to develop a ministry that offers many different opportunities for middle and high school students with different personalities and interest. Success for our ministry is not to have one meeting that has a lot of students attending. Rather, success for us is connecting our students to each other, to God, to scripture, and to missions. Our desire is to make sure students are finding a place to connect; they need that. We all do.
Just about every Sunday night we meet from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. A regular Sunday night meeting has students gathering at Hopewell at 6:00 pm, where they can enjoy some free time until 7:00 pm. We offer basketball in our gym, Group Games in the Upper Space, and the Cafe for games, talking, eating, and just normal hang out time. At 7:00 pm all students move to the Cafe for Worship and a short lesson, followed by small group time from 7:30 to 8:00 pm. Around the holidays, Sunday nights become an evening of service, shopping and preparing items for those in need.
During the academic year, Sunday school is held at 9:30 am in the Cornerstone Café. We are happy to invite students in grades 7-9 to join us. Sunday School is lead by multiple adult leaders who use a variety of teaching tools from DVD's and other media, book material, personal education, and personal experience and study. High School students are encouraged to attend worship with their families.
Confirmation is a journey...an important step in the life of a young person. Not only is confirmation a time of learning who God is and what God has done through Jesus Christ, confirmation is the process of committing one's life to Christ. We invite those who are in 7th grade and above, who are interested in taking such a journey, to consider joining this year's class. And informational meeting for parents AND students will be held on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 at 6:30pm in the sanctuary. We will review the expectations and requirements and invite you to consider if now is the right time for your student. Questions can be directed to Joel Bielefeldt, email@example.com.
Lifegroups are an amazing way for our students to take time during the school week to grow in Christ together. The groups eat together, talk about what's going on in life, and do Bible study. Students are grouped by grade level and gender. If your student is interested, sign up on the Youth Event Registration page and we will contact you with more information. New students are welcome to join at any time!
Missions & Fundraising
Missions are very important to our church and to our ministry. Ninety percent of our summer effort and focus is spent on missions.
High school students are offered: a Long Term (week long) mission trip in July out of state, a trip to Philadelphia, and to be a student leader on our middle school trip locally.
Middle school student are offered: a 4-day Short Term local mission trip in June and a mission trip to Philadelphia in July.
We also encourage all of our students, middle and high school, to be student leaders at our Vacation Bible School. We see over 500 kids at our VBS, so student help is much appreciated. It's not mandatory, of course.
We also participate in multiple local mission throughout the year. We take a Sunday and buy Thanksgiving dinner for 75 plus people in Coatesville.
Through the year, we raise funds for all these events. We offer many different fundraising opportunities that are run by students (often 1-2 fundraisers a month). We ask that all students who are going on Summer mission trips participate in at least two fundraisers to receive the benefit of the money raised for our trips.
Trips & Retreats
Each year our students are offered many different retreats that focus on spiritual growth and fun. We attend a Youth Rally in Ocean City Maryland the first weekend of January, a Ski Retreat the last weekend in January, a middle school summer beach trip to Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware, and a high school summer beach trip to Cape Henlopen.