Youth

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In Ecclesiastes 12.1, King Solomon challenged his readers, saying, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.'”
 
At Emmanuel Baptist Church, we are committed to raising up our youth to be servants of the Lord Jesus Christ, who know His Word and do His will. We believe that our students are the church, not the future church, nor the church in training, any more than the rest of the Bride of Christ.
 
 
We strive be good worshippers, lovers of Christ and His present Kingdom. We
 
believe that parents are the spiritual leaders of their children, and we pray for, come alongside, and undergird the family.  We desire to create an environment where youth can be themselves and discover who God calls them to be.  We want them to minister to each other, the entire church family, our community, and the world.
 
We invite you to come and be a part of our Youth Group. We are sure you will fit in and form friendships that will last a lifetime.
 
WEEKLY EVENTS
 
 
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Sunday morning Bible study is one of the few times where we divide our group into smaller groups by age. With teachers who love students and the Bible, these studies delve into knowing our great God and our fallen world.
 
Youth Choir-Sunday 4:30 PM
The youth choir is open to students in Grades 7-12 and rehearses regularly to sing in worship and other opportunities. Led by Bro. Paul and Cathy DeRousse, this choir is a great way to use your voice and you are invited to join. In the summer, the choir goes on a week long trip to sing and serve.
 
Disciple-Makers-Sunday 5:30 PM
Year round, we are studying how to be a disciple with the intention that all of us are called to make disciples.  Each week we wrestle with God’s call meeting our humanity.  This class is for middle and high school students.
 
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Bible Drill-Sunday 5:30 PM
From September to May, Emmanuel encourages students to memorize and comprehend the Word of God in Bible Drill.  With Middle and High school divisions, Bible Drill is an interactive way for students to learn the Bible.
 
IMPACT-Wednesday 6:00-7:30 PM
On Wednesdays, we worship, we pray, we plan mission and ministry opportunities, we ask hard questions and hear hard answers.  Each Wednesday is different.  This is our chance to recharge for the week.  In the summers only, we do something “extra” after IMPACT each week.
 
SEASONAL EVENTS
 
In addition to our weekly events, many exciting seasonal events are added to the Student Ministry Calendar to encourage and challenge students in their relationship with Christ.  Whether a concert, See You at the Pole, D-Now weekend, a camping trip, a Destination Unknown, or a weekend retreat  is on the calendar, these are moments your student does not want to miss! 
 
Also, opportunities to serve are given to the students throughout the year.  We are always trying to serve the Church and community.  In our church, we serve at the Easter event for our children and the Fall Fair.  We serve during Vacation Bible School and at any church-wide meal, we serve the church family.  We serve the food at the annual Deacon-Widow Christmas Banquet as well as work projects on our building and grounds.   We also are always trying to plug students into serving in  Emmanuel’s many ministries.  If students have desire and/or ability, then they are encouraged to serve.
 
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We whole-heartedly strive to engage and involve the youth in the life of the church.  We want to be in the middle of what God is doing in our church.  This may not be what students want, but it is what they need.  The roots, the connection and experience of Emmanuel is not something we do from afar.
 
We also serve our community through a variety of ministries as called upon and needed.
 
On top of these events, each month we add a couple of extra events to our schedule to give the students time together and various experiences, since they attend so many different schools.  These times are fun, yet purposeful.  These extras each month could include fellowships, home Bible studies, parties, eating out, game nights, sporting events, events with other churches, and trips to fireworks, the Maze, paintball, the Red River Revel, and more.
 
Summer Missions
Each summer, all Emmanuel youth are invited to serve the Lord by serving others and attend camp.  Each year the trip is different and usually to a different place.  We have gone from Colorado to Canada to Pennsylvania and
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everywhere in between doing missions and ministry.  Each September, we pray and choose next year’s destination and project and then we do 4 or 5 fundraisers throughout the school year to earn money for the trip. Then we have a cake auction and the church family makes sure we make it to camp.
In addition to our mission trip, we keep our eyes open to ways we can serve in our local community.  Summer gives us extra time to help a family or ministry in our city.
 
Challenge Week

For a week during June or July, we divide our youth and their friends into teams for some friendly competition and experiential learning. We take a section of Scripture, a make projects that are judged for excellence. While Challenge Week is nightly for about four hours, the groups work many more hours before and after the time at the church buildings both together and individually to accomplish their tasks and perhaps win.