If you are in high school, you know the endless list of demands and challenges that come your way every day – academics, social life, career choices, life after high school, dating, peer pressure and on and on. Between homework, extracurricular activities, family responsibilities and other commitments, where is God in your life? Is God in your life? Does God seem relevant for you? You are invited to be a part of our community of high schoolers where questioning and doubt are just as important as answers and faith. One of the unique realities of our youth ministry is that our youth attend 20 different school districts and yet develop close and long-lasting friendships.
High School Church School classes for 9th through 12th grades meet every Sunday morning (except for the Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday) throughout the school year from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Classes are designed to foster a fun approach to learning the stories in the Bible and the foundations of our Christian faith tradition while building relationships among the members of the class.
Our Confirmation Class is designed to help 9th-12th graders who have not made a public profession of faith in Christ as Lord and Savior explore the many questions that come with taking this leap of faith. The goal of the class is to help individuals make an informed decision whether to make a public profession of faith in Jesus, the Christ, as their Lord and Savior and to accept their responsibility in the life of Christ’s Church at this point in their life. There is no expectation that all participants will be or must be confirmed. The class meets on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. as part of Church School from September through mid-June.
HIGH SCHOOL FELLOWSHIP
This time of fellowship, discussion, recreation, service and worship is for all 9th-12th graders. Join us on most Sundays during the school year from 6:15-8:00 p.m. beginning with dinner.
The Youth Choir is open to all youth, Grades 6 – 12 and rehearsals are held Sunday evenings during the school year from 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. to prepare anthems for worship about once a month. This choir prepares additional anthems for Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday, and sometimes for Advent and Lenten special music. The Choir takes a goodwill tour out-of-state each spring and gives the gift of music to residents at nursing homes, at senior living centers, at church services, and sometimes at sporting events or theme parks.
The Gospel Choir is open to youth and adults of any age. They meet for a brown bag lunch and rehearse approximately twice a month on Sunday’s from 12:00-1:15 p.m.. The Gospel Choir is home to many singers with different vocal abilities who proclaim the gospel of Christ through the passionate singing of African American spirituals and gospel sacred songs from throughout the ages. The Gospel Choir sings in traditional and alternative worship approximately 4-6 times per church year.
The Youth Handbell Choir meets weekly on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m.. It is open to all youth in grades 6-12. Music reading skills is not a requirement and is taught from the first rehearsal. The Youth Handbell Choir rings in traditional and alternative worship roughly 6-8 times per church year.
The Chancel Choir meets Wednesday evenings from September to June from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. to rehearse anthems for worship, where the choir sings about twice a month. This choir also prepares masterworks for Advent and Lent, as well as anthems for special services throughout the church year – Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Maundy Thursday. The Chancel Choir is open to singers college age and up, and no audition is required.
Cantate Domino is a vocal ensemble comprised of singers from high school to adult. Rehearsals occur on selected Sundays from September to June, about twice a month, from 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Anthems are sung in Traditional Worship about once a month. There is no audition for this group, but prior choral singing experience is helpful.
Opus Voce is a relatively new small ensemble of selected singers, often from the other choirs, who have solo or advanced choral singing experience. The singers in this group could range from advanced high school students to adults. Singers rehearse only once or twice before they sing in worship, and this occurs three times a year. There are no auditions for this group, but excellent music reading skills are important. Director: Laura Rabenold
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Youth are invited to mentor and guide children and tweens who participate in our annual Vacation Bible School, which takes place during the summer months. The weeklong event, which uses a particular theme for the week, helps participants to explore the Bible through entertaining hands on activities and fellowship within their age group as well as the larger group.
SUMMER HIGH SCHOOL MINISTRY
- Mission Mornings
- Vacation Bible School
- High School Workcamp
- High School Beach Retreat
- Montreat Youth Conference
- End of Summer Youth Ministry Celebration