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Parkwood Youth Ministry is designed to capture the interests of both ‘churched‘ and ‘non‐churched’ youth. We incorporate evangelism, teaching, worship, relational/social formation and a community atmosphere. We value the diversity and struggles of young adolescence and seek to encourage & love teens where they’re at as they navigate that road. 

With this in mind, each Boost & Elevate ‘large group’ night has a blend of music, drama/art, smaller group interaction, mixers/games, interactive teaching, chill time, and the occasional surprise!  This is generally the best venue for a first‐time guest, however we also understand some prefer the smaller group venues, as opposed to the larger ones.

For detailed info on Boost Jr. High and Elevate Sr. High ministries, just click the logos on the Youth Home page.
 

SMALL GROUPS

Our small groups are groups of 4‐10 students, organized by grade and gender, led by at least one trusted and safe adult (Boost groups also have teens gr. 10+ as assistants). They offer students a place of discipleship, friendship, accountability, interactive learning, and deeper community. Our small group leaders facilitate discussion and prayer times following our large group teaching, as well as work to coordinate occasional group community service projects and organize fun, social group outings! 
 

CORE VALUES

THE WORD – we believe it to be absolute truth, and value teaching it in an effective, creative & relevant way.

WORSHIP –  we value living our lives to bring glory and honor to God in all we do as a lifestyle, not merely a “program.”

MENTORING –  we feel it’s not only important for us to grow in our own faith journey, but to also help others along in theirs.  There’s many opportunities for godly, caring adults & teens to invest in and serve our youth.

PRAYER –  we value the strength and power of prayer, knowing through the Holy Spirit, all things are possible.  We recognize worship & prayer as core expressions of our faith and passion in the Lord.

COMMUNITY – we recognize we’re created to belong, to have community with one another…not to live in isolation. We value the encouragement that comes from Christ-like community and building relationships that disciple & transform lives.

HOLY SPIRIT – We want to experience the presence, power and gifts of Holy Spirit operating in harmony with Scripture. We want to see the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control) evident in the lives of all teens who claim to follow Jesus. (1 Cor 12-14; Rom 12:4-8; Gal 5:22-23)

OWNERSHIP – we believe we’ll all uniquely gifted as many parts that make up one body (1 Cor. 12:12)…so we want to  allow students opportunities to take ownership in different areas of their ministry…areas like prayer, drama, socials, evangelism, music.

JUSTICE & MERCY – we value our faith & love for God expressing itself in our lives through service to others and spreading the gospel message of Christ to bring about change in our world. (local, national & global).

AUTHENTIC – we value being real, honest & transparent with one another…loving each other as we are.

MOVEMENT – we value the journey and process of spiritual growth (discipleship). We value understanding youth culture and challenging students to know God, own and embrace their faith, and to make God known.  It’s about moving forward in our relationship with Christ and each other as we become Kingdom leaders.

FUN – we value having fun, being fun, and creating fun…hey…we work with young people!!

FAMILY – we value our families, and seek to come along side to be a blessing, not an extra-added burden in our ministry programming.  We’ll work hard to keep families informed, encouraged and equipped as best we can!