Youth Ministries

Our Youth Ministry is our church’s effort to help each & every young person grow personally & spiritually. One purpose is to prepare students for effective ministry to middle high, senior high, or college students and their families. Our intent is to train young people to lead the cause of Christ, and apply Christianity to every area of life. Our Youth ministry is more than programs and events.

Please join our effort of the Christian community to reach out to the youth with the love of God as revealed to us in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is one vehicle for both junior high and high school students to grow as individuals while exploring ideas, values, and faith within the context of a supportive community of peers and adults.
Because we love our youth, this church-wide ministry strives to provide a variety of opportunities and experiences to draw teens into active, responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community and the greater church. This program of love is designed to help spiritually train and equip teens in a fun and Godly atmosphere to the Glory of God.

Also as an umbrella focus which oversees the systematic attention our community gives to young people which enables them to reach their full God created potential. That is, everything the Christian community is involved in that promotes both healthy development and faith growth in adolescents. We work to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person and seek to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Christian community.

Our Youth Ministry seeks to help youth share their gifts, grow in life skills, develop a positive self-image, overcome prejudices, develop respect for differences, serve those in need, and foster social change, participate in the sacraments, develop a personal spirituality and prayer life, apply Christianity to daily life, integrate Christian values, participate in the Church, and develop a personal relationship with Jesus.

The Christian Youth Fellowship (CYF)

CYF is designed to promote Christian faith and growth, outreach and witness, fellowship and stewardship for youth ages 12-18. The CYF offers opportunities for young people to meet together and use their time and talent in positive ways. The organization seeks to assist youth in coping with stresses they face in today’s society and empowers them to become Christian leaders. Some activities in which CYF members participate include workshops (which address issues of concern to them), field trips, and fundraisers. CYF members also attend and participate in district and annual conference events.

The Christian Youth Fellowship meets monthly, on the 2nd Saturday at 1:00 PM. in Thomas Hall of the church. All youth between the ages of 12-18 are invited and strongly encouraged to become members of the CYF. Mrs. Saundra Roberson is the Youth Director. She is assisted by Sisters Sheila Coleman and Shayla Hall.

Along with the CYF, the youth participate in the Ministry of Music, thru the Youth for Christ Choir, on the Third Sunday’s.

The Praise Dance Ministry is directed by Sister Shayla Hall with assistance from Sister Shelia Coleman and Sister Saundra Roberson. This ministry is dedicated to the praise of God thru dance.

CYF_YouthShield

The CYF Shield

The CYF Shield represents the total function of the Christian Youth Fellowship. The cross in the center lifts up the fact that all CYF activities should be centered around Christ, and that the spirit of Christ should prevail in all things. It represents the word “Christian.”

The word “Youth” is represented by two hands at the right of the cross holding an hourglass, which is symbolic of youth dedicating to Christ their time and their talents. The hands at the left of the cross, holding the offering try, is symbolic of youth dedicating a portion of their material possessions to the cause for which Christ died.

The word “Fellowship” is represented by two hands clasped in friendship above the cross, symbolizing the highest type of love and fellowship which is born of Christ and perpetuated by loyalty to Him.

CYF Pledge of Loyalty

We pledge loyalty to our Church, and to the Master’s Kingdom that it helps build;
We love and honor its long history, and are proud of its noble work;
We will be loyal to its program; we will support its effort with our offerings;
We will join with others in its activities; we pledge to continue its work,
That it may carry Christ’s message to this community and throughout the world.

Christian Youth Fellowship Creed

Teach me eternal, how thine orders run,
and I will follow them step by step;

Instruct me how to carry out thy law,
and with my whole heart I will keep it;

Lead me along in thine obedience,
for this is my joy;

incline my heart to thy behest,
and to no love of gain;

make me alive to follow thee,
and turn mine eyes from craving vain;

Fulfill thy promise to thy servant,
to advance thy faith;

Remove thy insults that I dread,
and intervene for good;

As thy art true, revive me;
I am yearning for thy will.

Rise Up O Youth for Christ
Words by C.D. Coleman

The words of this hymn set to the music of
“Rise Up O Men of God”

Rise up O youth for Christ,
The day for you has dawned.
Join in the fight for truth and right
Till Victory is won.

Rise up O youth for Christ,
The task for you doth wait.
Join hands with Him, the King of Kings
And make the conquest great.

Rise up O youth for Christ,
Be valiant, brave, and strong;
Defend His cause with all your might
And end the reign of wrong.

Go forth O youth for Christ,
Be quick to heed His call:
Bear tidings of His wondrous love
Proclaim Him Lord of all.