The mission of MBC Youth is to partner with parents in helping their youth become people who care about loving God and loving others. We do this by offering a place for youth to deepen meaningful relationships, serve alongside one another, study the Bible, and worship God together.
What’s happening in July?!
Remember: While there is still Youth Wednesday nights, there will be no food over the summer. So don’t forget to plan accordingly.
Summer Camp Recap – We had a great time last week in Colorado facing challenges both physical and personal. Luckily, Robyn took a ton of great photos along with several others. Those photos are available here and you can watch the video here. At camp this year we discussed various aspects of relationships and learned what it means to be a good friend, find good friends, and find and trust guides and mentors.
Coffee and Cinema Schedule – Coffee and Cinema has been fantastic so far and we are looking forward to having more as we hit Midsummer. Below are the dates and films we plan on watching for the rest of the summer. The locations may change a bit but we will make sure and let you know where we will be meeting for each week. On August 10, we will follow up our film with food and swimming to celebrate a new school year. Feel free to just come to the swimming portion!
July 13 | 3-5:30pm @ MBC- 2001: A Space Odyssey
July 27 | 3-5:30pm @ TBA – The Maltese Falcon
August 10 | 3-8pm @ TBA – Singin in the Rain followed by a pool party
Fall Retreat – I know it’s crazy to already start thinking of another youth trip but it won’t take long for Fall Retreat to sneak up on us so go ahead and save the dates of October 27-29 for our quick weekend retreat. We will have more details to come but save that date!
Ages: Juniors, Seniors
Meets: Every other Sunday, 5:30 – 6:30pm at Luke McDonald’s house.
Synopsis: Summit is a small group of juniors and seniors who are interested in serving MBC Youth. This group learns what servant leadership looks like and then is offered the opportunity to put that knowledge into practice.
Ages: 7th – 12th
Meets: Every other Thursday, 3 – 5:30pm.
Synopsis: Coffee & Cinema is a group that will enjoy watching films and drinking some high quality espresso drinks dreamed up by our very own Mary Henson that will go along with the film we watch at that particular meeting.
The diagram above is all that MBC Youth has to offer students and their parents. Our goal is to make the expectations very clear in terms of student involvement. We realize that time is a precious commodity for students and parents alike so we’d like to make it very simple to be involved in our program. Featured in the image above are the different categories of MBC Youth involvement. There is a specific amount of time required for each category. Our goal is to see students involved in at least one of the following categories: one on one discipleship, small groups, or service projects. To the right is a description of the purpose and goal of each of these categories to help you better understand the different levels of MBC Youth.
Summit is a small group of juniors and seniors interested in serving MBC Youth. This group is responsible for special events like volleyball games, football game tailgates, service projects, etc… This group is involved in the events themselves, the planning of said events, and the advertisement and recruiting for events. Summit members are involved in helping members of MBC Youth feel comfortable and welcome. The group also serves as a feedback loop for the Youth Minister and a MBC Youth brainstorming group. There are very clear prerequisites and expectations that a youth must meet in order to be a part of this group.
In an effort to act out the love of Christ in a practical way, MBC Youth are given the opportunity to take part in various service projects. These projects will vary based on what is needed but the overall goal will always be the same; to love others by serving them.
Every student in MBC Youth is given the opportunity to be mentored and discipled by an adult. These meetings are scheduled according to the availability of the discipler and the student. The goal of this program is to provide very specific and intentional spiritual guidance to students who seek to grow spiritually.
Every MBC Youth is invited to take part in small groups. These groups are divided according to age and gender and typically meet once a week at a time and place scheduled by each small group leader. To take part in one of these groups, a youth or parent simply has to contact Luke McDonald to find out which group they belong in, when and where that group meets, and who the leaders of that group are. Small groups provide an environment for spiritual growth that is more tailored to each demographic as well as offering a place for students to meet other students who are in the same walk of life as themselves.
MBC Youth schedules several events and trips with the primary goal of spiritual growth and development in mind. The goal of these trips is to put intentional focus on the spiritual life of a youth. The Fall Retreat is an example of a growth event.
There are two events that exist in MBC Youth on a weekly basis: Sunday School (Sun 9 – 10am) and Wednesday Night Youth (Wed 7 – 8:30pm). The goal of these meetings is to provide students a place to hang out on a weekly basis where they can fellowship together, study the Bible together, and worship together.
MBC Youth schedules many events throughout the year with the primary goal of fun. These events are an opportunity for youth to cut loose and have fun in an environment that promotes loving God and others in the process. The Chili Cook Off, Midsummer Mayhem Trip, and Ski Trip are examples of Base Events.