Youth — 8th through 12th grade

We know each of our kids and their families—and in their final years under our care, we pray for them and surround them with people and programming that aim to send them out into the world with a lasting and authentic faith in Christ, which they can claim as their own.

Mobilizing each teen's potential—through service, with a support network of peers and faithful adult leaders, and in a space where questions and conversation are welcome—is the most important thing at this stage. Youth Sunday School groups are more than peers or friends—they become like family. On Sundays, they meet in comfortable “family rooms” in the Youth Center to study the Bible and have honest and real discussions. After church, the Youth choir, ensembles, and handbells foster not only musical ability but also leadership and an appreciation for worship. Other activities, such as retreats and Mountain Camp, are designed to give Youth an opportunity to address hard questions about God, and understand how He loves us.

The Youth's role in church life extends beyond Sunday School and worship. Every Sunday, some of our Youth lead our children in Little Church. On Wednesday evenings, our Youth serve all over the campus, sharing their gifts and passions in a variety of meaningful ways, such as playing with Pre-K and Kindergarteners on "playground patrol", bagging rice and beans for the Emergency Aid Coalition, assisting with children's choirs and handchimes, or playing chess with some of our homeless neighbors in the Manna Chess Club. Every month, groups of Youth and young adults get together to play ball or read books. Our Youth also raise money for camps, retreats, and mission trips—and get to know people of all ages in the congregation—by doing chores. And they're often involved in South Main's mission activities, such as 5th Saturday Missions or Operación San Andrés.

Things to know before you visit for the first time

  • Our Youth meet for Sunday School in the Youth Center, located on Colquitt Street across the street from the Sanctuary. If you park in the front parking lot and enter through the Welcome Center, one of our greeters will be happy to give you directions to the Youth Center.
     
  • On most Sundays, the Youth sit together in worship services.
     
  • Guests are invited and encouraged to have lunch with the church family in the Fellowship Hall and then join the Youth for Choir and Handbells until 2:15 PM on most Sundays.