Youth Discipleship

Discipleship matters to us. We want to help youth take steps of spiritual growth, be a part of life-giving community, to encounter God, to live into the Spirit’s calling, and to embody the life and ways of Jesus to all people in all places. Below are the variety of ways we are working to provide a holistic approach to discipleship:

Weekly Gatherings:

  • Sunday night youth group from 6-8pm. Community is formed through dinner, games, worship, prayer, offering, small group conversations and occasional nights of prayer stations and prayer journeys
  • Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 we get together for conversation and faith formation through a variety of ways

Retreats

We offer 3 retreats for times of taking a break from life to rest, renew, worship and spend time with one another. You can sign up for these retreats under the retreat tab

  • Fall Retreat – Nov 17-19 at Summit Lake Camp
  • Journey Weekend – March at Rockbridge Alum Springs
  • High Retreat – April at Bethany Beach

Missions

Engaging our community and world through service and witness (see missions tab):

  • St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer – September 22-23
  • Complete the Circle – Help End Hunger with Britepaths – October 29
  • Mission Weekend with Center for Student Missions – February 16-17
  • Serving dinner for our guests when we host the hypothermia shelter
  • Sunday night youth group offering to give to mercy and justice causes
  • Summer week long mission trips
  • And we are discerning for possible community partners that we can continually support and connect with

Fellowship

Through fellowship and times of being together to relax, have fun and celebrate life

  • Sunday nights trips and outings during three day holiday weekends (i.e. President’s Day, Memorial Day, etc…)
  • Overnight Lock-ins at the church in December and June
  • Monthly mid-week dinners at a variety of restaurants around Fairfax
  • Christmas and Super Bowl parties
  • Summer events – kick of the summer swim party, ice cream at Woody’s on Tuesday nights in August, and end of the summer full day trip

Hospitality Groups

These are new groups we are introducing this year to help extend gospel hospitality to our youth and invite them to extend hospitality to others and to lead our youth group. Each group will have 2 youth counselors and together will have:

  • Weekly check in with each youth
  • Weekly group text to engage the whole group in fun and serious conversation
  • Groups will work with the youth director on a rotation to help plan Sunday night youth group
  • Groups will come up with a fun name
  • Group members will pray for one another
  • Groups will consider how we can extend gospel hospitality to teens in our community
  • Groups are also invited to provide a devotional for their group and to help share ideas on the youth group blog
  • Each group will be responsible for helping lead one are of our group: youth room design, social media, mission opportunities, and fellowship events