Youth are key members of all congregations. They bring energy and purpose, but also represent the next generation of church leaders. The youth groups at King of Kings are active in ministry and in community service. They provide opportunities for fun and fellowship. Participation in youth group shapes and strengthens faith, while also enhancing the church and surrounding communities.
Middle School Youth Group (MSYG)
The King of Kings Middle School Youth Group is open to all 5th through 8th graders. MSYG meets once or twice a month. The meetings always involve fun, fellowship, and food. Youth determine a year long schedule of events that involve service, learning, and fundraising. One month we may do a service project, the next month we focus on a fun event, and the following month a fund raiser. Each spring we meet to decide how to donate a portion of the money we raise to improve the lives of others through things like better access to medicine, support for digging needed water wells, supplying a beehive to provide honey and wax, and disaster relief.
Youth groups are like anything: the more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it. Youth are encouraged to come to all the meetings. Friends are always welcome to attend meetings with youth group members.
Senior High Youth Group (SHYG)
The King of Kings Senior High Youth Group, (SHYG, coined a few years ago by our youth as “their” acronym), is open to all 9th through 12th grade young people and their friends. The meetings involve ministry development, fellowship, and attention to our outside commitment with local, state, and global ministries we support, and of course fun and food.
Our youth usually determine their schedule in August, in conjunction with their high school commitments. We then hold our meetings on Sundays, two times per month.
Some of our major commitments/yearly events include sponsoring a “Compassion International Child”, food drives which we then take to our local Food Gatherer’s pantry, attending Cedar Point’s “Hallow Weekends” event in the fall as we sleep over at a local Lutheran church in Sandusky, and hosting the December cookie walk and other church fundraising events with our congregation’s support.
We encourage our high school youth to attend each event or meeting, as this is the way we build sustaining relationships and create a wider faith community for our young people.