Youth Ministries

Youth are a vital part of the church now!

If you are a young person, our longing and intention is to integrate your voice, energy, and vision into the worship and service of our congregation.

Didn’t catch Youth Sunday?

It’s still available to watch on our YouTube channel!

Upcoming Events

5/2
Last youth group for the 2020-2021 academic year at 4pm

5/16
Meeting for those signed up for the Summer Trip! High schoolers will meet at 5pm. Middle schoolers will meet at 2:30pm at the Roosiens’ house. More info is in the weekly youth emails!

6/6

We will honor seniors in worship. Keep your eyes peeled for an email so we can include you in an email announcement and the bulletin for that Sunday.

Survey on Youth Programming for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

We are discerning the timing for youth and youth choirs this fall and need your input! Please fill out this survey by May 4.

Graduate Video

Graduates! We are creating a video of all our graduates, both high school and college. Please send a photo of your graduate as well as the school they are graduating from, their degree, and any future plans to Laurie Hartzell (laurieh@wpcgr.org) by May 22.

Mission Statement

The youth ministry at WPC invites all youth into a brave space so that the Holy Spirit and the practices of prayer, worship, learning, and service empower them to live in compassion, peace, justice, and hope with our faith community and in the world.

Leadership

Our work is guided by a Youth Committee composed of youth and adults. Our adult leaders include one of our pastors, a high school ministry coordinator, and two teams of faithful volunteers.

Staff Leadership

High School Leaders

  • Karyll Russell
  • Matt Russell
  • Sonja Fryer
  • Jim Fryer

Middle School Leaders

  • Keith Lawrence
  • Jake Kutilek

Our Core Values

Faith Journeys We will create a context for exploration of our communal and individual faith in Jesus Christ.
Inclusion We will foster a brave space where all youth will be welcomed, accepted where they are and celebrated for who they are.
Friendship We will cultivate an environment that removes barriers for friendships among youth and creates connections between youth and adults.
Integration We will encourage interconnectedness in which youth experience meaningful community with each other and the broader congregation.
Servant Leadership We will equip and empower youth to lead within the church and challenge them to follow God outside the church.
Joy We will celebrate and rejoice God’s creation and embrace the fullness of life in its messiness and beauty.