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 February 11th session, we started up a Lent series focused on prayer that ties into a larger initiative the church is doing. This week, we talked about the story of Honi the Circle Maker and how his bold prayers brought rain to a drought starved Israel in the first century B.C., an account that was deemed to be one of the most significant events in the entire history of the Jewish nation! As “homework,” we asked the kids to “think like Honi” about what dreams they think God is asking them to pursue and would success would look like in pursuit of those dreams.

Our next session will be on Sunday, February 25th, and we’re going to talk about how to pursue big dreams in prayer. We’d love for you to join us! 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.