South Run Baptist Church Youth Group – 2016-2017 School Year
Contact: Jeff and Lori Secrist, Youth Group Leaders
Team Members (Leaders/Teachers)
K-Group Teachers: Marty Baugh (7th/8th Grades), Gary Alexander (9th/10th Grades), Jeff Secrist (11th/12th Grades)
DOG Pound Leaders: Jeff and Lori Secrist, Jennifer Allcroft, Cheryl Hammond, David and Deena Hugel
Wednesday Night Bible Study: Ben and Jeanie Ervin (Teachers)
Ministry Purpose: Our focus is to teach and equip middle- and high-school students so they can develop and grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In following Christ, their lives are changed and they are driven to invite others to encounter Christ so they may know, believe and understand the life-changing power of Jesus Christ.
Theme for the 2016-17 School Year: “Come and See” – We are called to invite others so they can encounter Jesus Christ and establish a personal relationship with Him which will result in a life that is immediately changed.
Regular Activities (weekly/periodically/yearly)
Koinonia Groups: Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Small group classes for students in 7th/8th, 9th/10th and 11th/12th
DOG (Disciples of God) Pound: Youth group meeting on Sunday evenings, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Join us for a time of food, recreation, worship, discipleship, and small groups.
After Class Enrichment (ACE) @ Saratoga Elementary School, Springfield, VA: most Tuesdays after school (~3:00 – 5:30 pm); starting October 18th and going until mid-May. ACE is an opportunity that provides Saratoga students in grades 1-4 with positive experiences while developing relationships with middle-school and high-school students from Fairfax County. Students learn about character education through art, exercise, games and conversation. ACE gives students extra one on one time that is not always available in a classroom setting.
Youth Bible Study: Wednesday evenings, 6:45-7:45 p.m. We study the Bible, God’s word to us, to learn what it has to say firsthand, to help others know Christ, and to know God better. Through His words, we come to know the nature and attributes of God, as well as to understand His plan for us.
Youth Blasts (April 22): Times when our youth meet for fun, food, and interaction with each other.
Mugs ‘n Muffins (June 7): This bi-annual event introduces parents of youth to the upcoming activities planned for the school year (in Sept.) and summer (in June). We also provide opportunities for families to get involved with planning efforts for these activities and to sign up for various support needs (serving as host homes, providing transportation, etc.) for our youth events.
Paintball @ Hogback Mountain (Columbus Day): Youth spend the morning playing a series of paintball games, and then have lunch on site.
Christmas Party (First Friday Night in December): Youth join together in celebrating Christ’s birth.
Disciple-NOW @ SRBC (Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend): This event, led by a group of college students, is designed to provide youth an opportunity to study God’s word and participate in other activities.
Spring Variety Show (March 18): The youth serve our congregation and provide an evening of food, games, entertainment and fellowship.
Support for Children’s Easter Egg Hunt (April 15): Each year, our youth support the annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt. Please save the date so we can help the Children’s Ministry with this community-wide event celebrating Christ’s resurrection.
Easter Sunrise Service (April 16): Over the last several years, our youth have led South Run’s Sunrise Service at 6:30 am. This year, our youth praise team will lead in worship and provide a devotional message. Youth who are participating in the service should be there around 5:30 am. Please make plans to worship with us as we watch the sun rise on Resurrection Sunday!
Summer Camp (June 26-30): The goal of a week-long summer camp is designed to strengthen our youth group and encourage its leaders. We enjoy an action-packed week of exciting worship, powerful devotions, and invigorating mission work in the local community. Camp is open to students who have completed 7th – 12th grade. This year, the youth will be attending Lifeway’s XFuge on Mission at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. We’ll provide more details in the coming weeks.
Other activities (things that we do occasionally—i.e. retreat, certain service activities, special study, etc):
The FISHERMEN – Our Youth Praise Team leads in worship at DOG Pound and other youth-led worship services.
Mission Trip (tentative date – July 30 – August 4) – We look for opportunities for our youth to put their faith into action through challenging and rewarding missionary trips. They will complete projects such as repairing and renovating homes for families in need, building mission and ministry facilities, leading children’s outreach programs, working at homeless shelters, responding to natural disasters, and reaching out to individuals and communities through Christian service.
Support for Key Church Ministry Programs – Our Youth provide leadership for small groups, and organize/plan games for elementary-aged children at many of SRBC community ministry events. These include: Children’s Easter Egg Hunt (April), Vacation Bible School (July), Trunk or Treat (October), and Operation Celebration (December).