We exist for students to meet Jesus, grow in their relationship with Him (through Bible studies, service opportunities, discipleship, camps/retreats...), share his love in action and in truth, and worship Him in everything we do.
We meet on Wednesday nights from 7-9pm at Harvest. This group is available for students in 6th grade through their senior year of high school. Most Wednesday nights consist of teaching from the Bible, time in small groups for discussion, fun games, and time to hang out to encourage and enjoy one another.
Our volunteer youth staff is made up of adults who are committed to following Christ, attend Harvest, have a heart for youth, and have time to pour into their lives. If you're interested in working with youth, contact Matt to see what is involved or you can click here to begin your application.
Youth Winter Retreat: March 15-17
Middle school and high school will be on the same weekend in separate buildings at Big Lake Youth Camp in Sisters, OR. Register below! (Click the Medical Release Forms link to download a current medical release form.)
COST: A $50 early bird deposit was due on Wednesday, February 20th. The total cost is $125 ($150 if you didn't submit a deposit by 2/20).
If you bring a friend (not a regular at Harvest youth group), you AND your friend will qualify for $25 off the total cost of the retreat after both of you have registered and given a $50 deposit by 2/20.
LEAVING AND RETURNING:
The students will be leaving at 10 am on Friday, March 15th (originally a school non-attendance day). Check-in will be 9-9:30 am at Harvest. We suggest pulling your student out of school to go on the bus in the morning with everyone else (so the bus can arrive at camp before dark). If for some reason your student is not able to go early, we do have a driver with limited space leaving at 4:30 pm. If you absolutely need that option for your student, please contact Youth Pastor Matt as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon arrival, we’ll be looking for three things for each student: 1) online registration completed (Click the "Register here!" below), 2) a completed and signed medical release form (download below to print and fill out at home), and 3) final payment for the retreat. The earlier you can get all three of these things completed and submitted, the better!
The students will return to Harvest on Sunday, March 17th around 4 pm.
PACKING LIST: Packed lunch for Friday, Sleeping bag & pillow, Towel, Bible & pen, Snow clothes, Warm clothes for the weekend, Dark clothes for night games, neon/white shirt, Toiletries, Flashlight, Good attitude, $ for lunch on Sunday ($10), IMPORTANT: pack your snow clothes & shoes in a separate backpack (you will need them on arrival), (any electronic devices will be turned off and stowed for the weekend!)
Current Wednesday night teaching
Middle school: Uncomfy Jesus
We far too often dumb Jesus down to being who we want him to be: friendly, nice, happy, etc. While Jesus does exhibit these attributes, he also displays the fullness of who God is which is not limited to this list. During this series we will look at some of Jesus’ harsher/harder teachings and see how God does not just brush things under a rug or pretend like our problem of sin is a small deal. At times Jesus will even say things that offend us but our goal is to hear what he’s saying in the context that all that he says is true and that he loves us, and hopefully we will get a new idea of what the fullness of God’s love for us actually is.
High school: Early Church
In Acts we see how the first church saw themselves as the representation of Jesus’ physical body on earth, which set into motion the gospel spreading to the ends of the earth. We are the continuation of what Jesus charged his disciples with; do we still see ourselves as his physical representation in the world?
One of the most important goals for this next school year is to have more opportunities for students to meet in smaller groups with an adult volunteer for the purpose of growing in their relationship with Christ. If you want to be part of a group like this talk to Matt or any of the staff to find out what is available.