Our teen program focuses on our 7th - 12th grade youth. We have a dedicated teen center for this age group, which hosts all our Bible classes for this age and provides an area to hang out in together. Below is a list of many our activities throughout the year. It is our goal to help families lead their teenage children to a deep and meaningful walk with Christ during a time period that brings about many challenges to their faith.
Teen Devo - Each fourth Sunday from 6-8 pm we have a devotional at various homes. Supper is provided, and followed by an uplifting time of singing and a lesson from God's Word.
Connect - Once a month, usually on Thursday the teens gather at Wesley's home for games and a time of prayer or singing.
Evangelism University - Held in January at Savannah, TN, this weekend trip focuses on teaching our youth how to share the gospel.
Lads to Leaders Convention - Held on Easter weekend in Memphis TN, this weekend trip allows our youth to compete in speech, song leading, debate, puppets, etc after training in these areas over the previous year.
Spring Retreat - Held in March at Sardis Lake Christian Camp, this weekend trip is sometimes combined with our UCSC and sometimes is focused on our youth and parents.
Vacation Bible School - Usually on the first week of June, our teens help to offer a great VBS program to the children of our congregation and community.
Winona Workcamp - Usually on the last week of June in Winona MS, we attend a workcamp from Sunday to Thursday that focuses on painting houses for the needy and other service projects for the community.
Sardis Lake Christian Camp - Our congregation organizes a session of SLCC that begins the Sunday after July 4. This is a great week long summer camp that is a highlight of the year.
Foreign Mission Trip - Each year usually towards the end of July, we offer a foreign mission trip to our youth and anyone in the congregation that would like to join. Often other congregations across the state of MS join us. We usually go to Honduras.
Monday Night Live - On Monday nights during the summer, we visit various congregations within an hour and a half range for supper, singing, and a Bible lesson. This event is from 7-9pm + travel time.
Various Local Activites - We often have family fishing days, game nights, and other fun activities in and around Starkville.
5th Quarter - Snacks and activities from 10pm - 12am after home SHS games
SALT - Seeking A Lasting Truth is a weekend youth rally in early August at the Siwell Road church of Christ in Jackson, MS.
RUSH - Reaching Unlimited Spiritual Heights is a weekend youth rally in early September that introduces youth to Freed Hardemann University.
DISCOVER - Come join us each fall during MSU's final home non-conference football game for a weekend youth rally that introduces youth to the University Christian Student Center at Mississippi State University and to our local body.
Christmas Party - Food, fellowship, games, and gifts abound at the fun December celebration.
New Year's Eve Celebration - Ring in the new year with our local body as we eat snacks, play games, and celebrate together.
Wesley Thompson is our minister focused on youth. He and his wife Natasha have been here 15+ years. Their experience nurturing and dealing with teens is impeccable! "With the Bible as our authority and Jesus as our example, our Youth Program exists to expose young people to God's love and encourage them to accept, experience, and share the joy of Christian life and service."
These youth have volunteered to be leaders within our youth group