The Refuge Youth Ministry
"But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the sovereign Lord my refuge, I will tell of all your deeds" Psalm 73:28
Youth Christmas Extravaganza
Saturday, December 7
Save the date for our Christmas party! Details coming soon.
Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm
Small groups meet at the Youth/Community Center.
Fall Sunday School
Sundays at 11 am
"What Matters Most" meets in the Youth/Community Center.
About Youth Ministry at Christ Church Mandarin
Discipleship is the core of youth ministry at Christ Church. We believe there is no more important task than passing down the essentials of faith to the rising generation of the church. To that end, the focus of our ministry is providing encouragement and support to parents as well as opportunities for youth to understand, grow in and live out their own faith. It is our hope, prayer and intent that as students grasp their role in the cosmic story God is unfolding they will reach out to their peers in the city, nation and world with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Small groups form the core of our youth ministry at Christ Church Mandarin. A team of dedicated adult volunteers meet with their groups on a weekly basis during the school year. During small group meetings students are encouraged to develop community with their peers, discuss the application of Biblical truth to their lives and spend time prayer for each other. Groups are divided by gender and age with two volunteer leaders shepherding each group. Parents are encouraged to get to know their children’s small group leaders and partner with them as together we pass down our faith to the next generation.
Listed below are our small group leaders along with their contact information. All small groups meet on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 pm in the Youth/Community Center.
Middle School Boy Leaders:
High School Boy Leaders:
We offer two Sunday school classes, one for middle school students and another for high school students, during the school year. The classes are lead by adult teachers and cover various topics related to living out our faith.
Large Group Events
A number of times throughout the school year we will have special large group events for youth to gather together and enjoy fun, food and fellowship with friends.
Youth from both congregations gather once a month in the Mandarin Community/Youth Center for a time of corporate praise, prayer and worship led by our youth worship team. Youth are encouraged to develop their musical, vocal and technical gifts through this ministry. The next Youth Worship is Saturday, September 21 from 7-8:30 pm.
Summer Opportunities & Missions
During the summer we take a break from our normal small groups and gather together with the youth from our sister congregation for a weekly summer Bible study. Other highlights of the summer schedule are our two mission opportunities. Each summer we take a week-long journey to serve at Palmer Home for Children in Columbus, Mississippi and also offer an international mission trip for our high school youth. We also serve with the children’s ministry during Backyard Bible Clubs.
We always welcome folks who desire to help our ministry by providing food, transportation or chaperoning various events. If you would like to help please contact us! Please note that we require background checks for volunteers in certain roles.
For more information or questions, contact our Pastor to Youth and Families:
Mike Sherburne: email@example.com or 904-813-8773
What Matters Most Youth Discipleship Class Resources
+ New City Catechism: click here
**Please note: Parents are strongly encouraged to preview the video clips below before sharing with their youth. While we have imbedded the videos on our site to minimize potential for inappropriate material to appear, there is still a possibility for material that you may deem inappropriate to appear in the form of advertisements or video suggestions following the YouTube clip.
Week 1: The Story
Week 2: About the Author
Week 3: The Plot Thickens
Week 4- The Pursuit
Week 5- The Leading Lady
Click here to view clip- Royal Wedding (unable to embed video)
Week 6- Casting for Your Role
Week 7- Learning Your Lines Between You and God
Week 8- Learning Your Lines Between You and God's World
For parents: Audio Link - James K.A. Smith (begin listening at 4:55)
Week 9- Stepping Onto the Stage at the Foot of the Cross (baptism/communion)
For Parents: Audio Link- James K.A. Smith
Week 10- Lights! Camera! Action! Telling God's Story Through Your Story