The pre-teen and teen years are some of the toughest years of our lives. That was true a generation ago and things are much harder nowadays. Kids are growing up faster than ever. And the culture is constantly bombarding them with messages that steer them away from Christian beliefs and values.

That’s why a church’s youth program is so critical.

Our goal with Vineyard Teens (6th thru 12th grade) is to help kids move beyond being Christians by default (because they were born in a Christian home) to owning their faith and living it out in a way that makes an impact in middle school and high school. And in the process, we aim to prepare them to thrive spiritually in their college years.

Christina and Tom Petz are leading a small group that meets the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, right during the church service. It is designed to help our teens become biblically grounded to help them navigate the challenges that pre-teens and teens face in this day and age.

What We’re Studying:

In our October 8th session, we looked at the topic of evolution and how the kids can respond to some of the things they will see and hear in their classrooms, as there is a lot of misinformation out there. Specifically, we talked about the difference between evolution and adaptation, what we find in the fossil record, and how traits that may look similar are actually derived from completely different places in the genetic code.

We will continue our look at evolution on Sunday, October 22nd. We’d love to have you join us for this session!

If you’re a parent or a 6th to 12th grader, please fill out the contact form at the bottom on this page if you would like more information on our teens ministry and we’ll forward your message onto our leadership team. And, watch this page for updates on what our teens will be pressing into each month.