Gateway’s Student Ministry exists to make disciples. It is really that simple. We want to cultivate environments that help 6th-12th grade students follow Jesus.
We have 4 unique environments for students to get plugged in and connect!
Reach, Connect, Grow, Serve, Worship
Our youth ministry exists to REACH students, to CONNECT them with other Christians, to help them GROW in their faith, and to challenge them to SERVE in ministry and WORSHIP God with their lives.
Safe, Welcoming, Relational, Fun
We strive for all of our student environments to be places where students and volunteers feel safe both emotionally and spiritually.
OUR WEEKLY PROGRAMS
The programs we put into place for our youth were carefully designed in response to the latest research that suggests we can, as a church body, give our teenagers the foundation they need to build lifelong faith-habits so they stay in church even after they leave home. The research shows that the best results are achieved when teens are integrated into church-wide opportunities. This includes providing a specific environment for them to talk through their faith, and also encouraging them to step outside the confines of the youth building to attend worship and serve with the whole church body. It is our goal to help teens develop lifelong faith, and that’s why we encourage teens to attend worship service with the whole church body, attend our student sessions, and serve!
There are four environments for teens within our ministry. Each environment is specifically and strategically designed to engage teenagers and to encourage deeper relationships with peers, leaders and, most importantly, with Jesus. These environments have been structured and developed with every teenager in mind, from the first time visitor to the seasoned church kid.
Keep scrolling to learn more about what we offer and how you can get plugged in!
Middle School (6th - 8th)
Middle School Large Group: Middle school students gather every Sunday morning at 10:30am in the Student Building, NEW times coming soon! Our Large Group offers students a place to interact with other students, be involved in games, worship through music, and to learn life applicable teachings from God’s Word. All students 6th-8th grade are welcome!
Middle School Life Groups: These are small groups of students that meet in the Xplex during our Large Group time on Sunday morning. They allow students the opportunity to discuss and work through what was just taught, build meaningful relationships, and to do life together. There is no need to sign up! We divide students by grade and gender during our large group time, and they meet at tables in the Xplex with the same leaders every week.
High School (9th - 12th Grade)
High School Large Group: Students gather every Sunday evening from 6pm-7:15pm in the Xplex. Large Group offers students a place to interact with other students, be involved in games, worship through music, and to learn life applicable teachings from God’s Word. All students 9th-12th grade are welcome!
High School Life Groups: These are small groups of students that typically meet in homes with the purpose of bringing people together. They allow students the opportunity to study the Bible, build meaningful relationships, and to do life together. You can join a Life Group at anytime during the year by signing up in the Xplex or by calling us at (803) 732-0590.