The Atonement Youth Ministry’s mission is to meet students where they are spiritually, and walk alongside them in the direction of a mature, joyful faith in Jesus Christ. For us it follows that students are best served for the long term when their walk with Christ includes their being integrated into the body of Christ, as part of the whole the church. Because of this, we encourage and disciple our students to be involved in the life of the entire church (worship, service, fellowship, evangelism, and discipleship), while at the same time ensuring specific opportunities for them in those ministries. In addition we generate activities and learning settings that are geared specifically for youth.
Atonement Youth Ministries (AYM) consist of High School and Middle School aged students. The programming is distinct for the needs at each level.
Some of the elements you’ll find in place at Atonement are:
Sunday School: Sundays at 9:50 am.
HangTime and Small Groups: On Sunday Nights high school and middle school students meet in Rankin Hall at the church from 5-7PM for a time of games and a meal and then they split off into either HangTime (our youth group meeting), small groups depending on what week it is.
Youth Choir: Choir practice for both MS and HS students is held from 8:30am – 9:15am on Sunday mornings.
Mentoring: Dedicated volunteers as well as our staff leader engage students one on one, both through the web and personal contact.
Events: Monthly events are planned for fun, fellowship and outreach. Some integrate both MS and HS students. Others are designed as ALL PLAY events, and include the rest of the congregation.
Service: Opportunities are regularly scheduled and often age-integrated, shoulder to shoulder.
Summer Youth Ministries: When the youth are out of school for the summer, we beef up our youth ministry with paid interns and take advantage of their extra time for comprehensive ministry and positive, healthy activities. We welcome visitors. Our hope is that visiting students will feel like one of us. We hope that they will walk away informed…refreshed…and excited about this new-found place where they are welcome, are free to be themselves, can ask questions, and grow.
Parents: We understand that parents are the real youth ministers. Parents are their child’s teachers, mentors, correctors, and life-long advocates. This is huge. AYM desires to support and help equip parents in their quest to “bring up a child in the way he should go, so that when he gets old he will not depart from it.”