“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
Journey is name of the high school youth program at Community of Hope. Our goal is to help high schoolers on the journey through navigating school, friendships, and a relationship with Christ as they start transitioning from school to the bigger world of college and beyond.
Sunday Morning Faith Walk
Middle and high schoolers are invited to join us Sunday mornings for time in fellowship and learning about the Lord. Faith Walk happens during the school year from September through May in between our two services from 10:00 am – 10:55 am. Faith Walk pauses over the summer months. Come hungry for donuts!
Sunday Night Youth Group (September through May)
Sunday Nights are a fun time full of games, food, and activities. Nights are often themed. Past themes have been: Glow Night, BBQs, Duct Tape Night, Capture the Flag, Photo Scavenger hunts, service projects.
Throughout the year we have additional fun traditions such as our annual White Elephant Christmas party, Blazer Games, Bowling, and more! We are looking forward to the opportunities for fellowship and learning this year! These times are combined with our middle school youth.
Wednesday Night Youth Group (June through August)
Over the summer, we have youth group on Wednesday night. We start the summer activities with Tour de Fries, our French fry tasting event. Over the summer we have many campfires complete with s’mores and hot dogs. We play with water balloons and squirt guns. We have a volleyball court outside where we play games. We also have a time in God’s Word after dinner and before the games begin. These times are combined with our middle school youth.
High School Only Activities
A few times a year we have high school only activities! This gives the high schoolers time to hang out without the middle school youth. In the past we have done ice cream tasting and a murder mystery party progressive dinner. We went around to different people’s houses and had to figure out who did it!
Our high schoolers have gone on TWO amazing mission trips to the Dominican Republic in July 2017 and June 2018. We worked with a local church and put on a Vacation Bible School camp for kids in a low-income area. Let us know if you are interested in helping or have a youth that would like to go on a future trip. It is our goal to use the mission trip to teach youth to serve and interact on a global scale. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus tells the disciples they must go and make disciples of all nations.
Around Christmas and Easter time we have choir. Choir practices after the children’s message during the 11:00 am worship service. Christmas choir goes from the end of October through December. And Easter choir takes place around a month or two before Easter. Our choir is a children’s and youth choir from Kindergarten through high school. We have speaking parts and solos available to those who would like them! No try outs or experience necessary. The practices lead up to a performance a few weeks before Christmas and a week or two before Easter.
Quarterly we have girl’s nights for the middle and high school girls of Community of Hope! In the past we have painted pottery in Wilsonville. We have had a tea party with another church before, and we have had a sleepover movie night. These evenings are a great time to come together as the girls of the church (and their friends!). These evenings normally involve yummy food, fun activities and lots of laughter.
We offer confirmation classes for middle and high schoolers. Confirmation is a time where kids are given an opportunity and a place where they can ask questions and take a deeper look at their Lutheran beliefs and faith. When the classes are over they stand before their church family and confirm their faith and their responsibility in continuing to grow in their faith. This is a rite of passage for older children taking steps into adulthood.
“I have sworn and I have confirmed it, that I will keep Your righteous ordinances.” Psalm 119:106
Health and Release Form
Youth attending events are required to fill out both sides of this health and release form below. If they have friends attending events, the friends also need to fill out the form. If youth will get dropped off or picked up by someone other than a parent or guardian, they need a note explaining this. These rules are in correlation with our child and youth safety policy.