The Youth Ministry at New Hope is an open community in which middle and high schoolers can build meaningful relationships, engage in thought provoking worship and Bible study, learn tools for personal spiritual formation, and cultivate a lifestyle of service and social awareness through missions. Some of the youth activities include Sunday School, Wednesday Night Youth Group, Missions & Retreats.

Wednesday Night Youth

Youth group will begin at 6:00 PM, in person, in the Youth Lounge.  Youth should enter via the entrance beside the Church Office, off of Calvary Dr and take the elevator to the top floor. The Rec Room will be open beginning at 5:30.  
Our current theme for Wednesday nights is a discussion Exploring Race, Culture, Immigration and Power.  “Young people are constantly exposed to racial and ethnic diversity.  But they dont have the tools to navigate that diversity well, or interpret it through the eyes of their faith.  Jesus was no stranger to this kind of world.  He was a bilingual, bicultural, border crossing, brown skinned Palestinian Jew.  He broke all sorts of historical and socially constructed boundaries that had organized people groups as either “insiders” or “outsiders” and invited us into a new way of being the people of God.  Jesus took his Jewish background seriously, but chose to extend himself to other cultures, language groups, immigrant communities an even historically rival religious and political groups.” (Talking about Race with Teenagers, Fuller Youth Institute, 2020.)

Sunday Recreation

Youth are now meeting for recreation on Sundays at 5:00 PM off of Calvary Dr.  If the weather permits, we will be outside playing kickball, 9-Square, Soccer, etc.  Otherwise, we will move inside and open the Rec Room for Foosball, Table Tennis, Pool, etc.  You are always welcome to invite a friend! We now have 3 tv screens installed if you would like to bring your game system (bring enough controllers to share).

Brian’s  Sabbatical & Summer Youth Ministry Plans

While Brian is away on his sabbatical, we are happy to have Taylor Edwards as our CBF Student.Church summer ministry intern again this summer.  Taylor grew up at New Hope and is a 2021 graduate of Campbell University.  In addition, she has just completed her first year of Campbell Divinity School.  Under the supervision of Dr Carter, Taylor will have primary leadership responsibilities with youth and young adults this summer.  Listed below are some of the specifics for the summer.

 

Monday, May 24 – Taylor’s first day of the internship
Monday, June 7 – Brian’s first day of sabbatical
Sunday, August 8 – Taylor’s last day of the internship
Monday, August 30 – Brian’s first day back

 

Sunday Morning – Student Connect

  • 9:00 – 9:15 – Breakfast (sign up here to make your breakfast reservation)
  • 9:15-9:45 – Ron Miller, Emily Goldsmith will facilitate Bible Study
  • Taylor will assist

Sunday Afternoon Recreation

  • Recreation will continue at 5:00 PM
  • Includes: Kickball, Volleyball, Video Games, Pool, Foosball, Ping Pong, and more!
  • Taylor will plan / facilitate activities & recruit chaperones
  • Youth will not meet August 11, 18 & 2

Mid-Week Bible Study

  • Youth will continue to meet on Wednesdays
  • 5:30-6:00 Game Room open
  • 6:00-7:00 Youth Group meets
  • Taylor will be teaching The Ground on Which We Stand: Apostle’s Creed
  • Youth will not meet the week of the mission trip & August 15, 22 & 29

Mission Trip to Duplin County

  • ***New departure date – Monday, June 21 through Friday, June 25
  • 2 Male chaperones needed & 2 female chaperones still needed
  • Signup deadline – Wednesday, May 26

Young Adults

  • Taylor will facilitate weekly Bible Study & a Book Group

Communication

  • Taylor will manage weekly communication with families via Facebook, Instagram, Email and Remind Texts

Stay Connected

Weekly emails and text reminders are sent with reminders for youth and parents.
If you would like to receive these reminders, please email your request to Brian using the button below.

Sunday Morning Bible Study

On Sunday mornings, the students gather in the Youth Room (C105) at 10:15 a.m. During this time, middle schoolers and high schoolers are separated into different classes for bible study led by members of the church. This is a time for youth to interact with their peers through discussion and learning.

Wednesday Night Youth Group

During this time, the youth minister leads Bible studies, discussions, and recreation for the students. From small group interaction to large group discussions, the youth gain vital fellowship opportunities during this time.

Youth Dinner Theater

For the past 10 years, New Hope Youth have presented a Dinner Theater weekend in early spring. Each performance has been written, directed and performed by New Hope youth and adults. This event has become one of the more popular fundraisers for summer missions. Each year, the script is written with youth group participants in mind so that everyone who wants a role has a place in the show.

Summer Missions

Every summer, the youth travel to different communities to spend a week working on whatever projects they need help with. Over the years, they have traveled as far as Ukraine but have also stayed close to home doing work in the church and surrounding New Hope community. This June, our youth will be leading Sports Ministry Camps in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. In addition, our older youth and college students will be in Pavana, Honduras this July to build relationships with the Honduran people while building a cinder block home in a nearby village. Our third mission opportunity this summer will be a trip with PASSPORT Missions at Furman University in Greenville, SC. At PASSPORT, youth explore their faith with other campers from around the United States through bible study, group activities, and missions.

Retreats & Lock-Ins

Each year, our Youth Ministry Council plans multiple weekend retreats to provide opportunity to get away and reconnect with God and with friends. The year begins with a Ski Retreat, followed by a High School Senior Retreat shortly before graduation. Once school starts back in the fall, Middle School and High School students have their own Fall Retreat. During these retreats, the youth participate in activities such as recreation, small group discussions, large group devotions, and worship. Shortly before Christmas, we wrap up the year will an all-night Lock-In. This event is designed to fill the night with games, food, worship, more games and plenty of laughs.

Youth Leadership Opportunities

During this time, the youth minister leads Bible studies, discussions, and recreation for the students. From small group interaction to large group discussions, the youth gain vital fellowship opportunities during this time.