The mission of the Harbor (the youth ministry of FPCOS) is to develop a community of students growing in discipleship of Jesus Christ through unconditional love, in relationship with one another and the church and in service to others, equipped to serve in the world.
Our students face a number of challenges in today’s culture that is continually trying to redefine who we are and what our purpose is. As our culture continues to become more secular, it is easy for our students to begin to drift spiritually and become apathetic to Jesus. Our world is successfully shaping what students experience and believe concerning friendships, relationships, academics, sports, extra-curricular activities, and social media, among other things.
We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ speaks compellingly and beautifully into each of these. The purpose of youth ministry, then, is to bring the gospel to bear in the lives of our students. This happens most dynamically through relational ministry that is people-oriented, not program-oriented. The church seeks to disciple and train up our students through regular, intentional contact that is rooted in the truth of the transformative gospel of Jesus Christ. We also recognize that the most effective discipleship starts with parents and is then further supplemented by the church.
Groups will meet in the Harbor House on campus or the Jackson Ave Office across from the gravel lot on the corner of Jackson and Ocean Avenues. If this is your first time attending Faith Foundations and you are in grades 7-12, please come to the Harbor House.
Breakdown Each Week:
10:00-10:15 – Announcements and Video (all together in Harbor House)
10:15-10:45 – Small Group discussions of video (in different locations, see below)
On the first Sunday of each month, we will continue to study the Fruit of the Spirit in a large group setting in the Harbor House.
But this spring during the rest of the month, we will begin a 10-week video series from David Platt fittingly called Faith Foundations. Each video is about 10 minutes long and discusses an aspect of becoming a mature disciple of Christ. It will cover topics like our purpose, living in the power of the Spirit, missions, making disciples, and more. Reach out if you have questions about it!
Juniors and Seniors (all)
Location: Jackson Office
Leaders: Mike and Maureen DeJonge and Heath Haggard
9-10th Grade Boys
Location: Front Room of Harbor House
Leader: Micah Lewis
Middle School Boys
Location: Upstairs in Harbor House
Leader: Russ Allman
7th-10th Grade Girls
Location: Back Couch Room in Harbor House
Leaders: Juliana Lewis and Joanna Allman
*We will not meet on March 31 or April 21.
6:00-6:15 PM — Music (together in the Harbor House)
6:15-6:45 PM — Teaching (high schoolers depart to the chapel)
6:45-7:30 PM — Games and Fellowship (in the Harbor House)
This spring, we are combining age groups so that Youth Group is for everyone from 5:30-7:30 PM each Sunday. But with a twist.
During teaching time, we will be splitting middle and high school ages up so that the teaching can be more age-appropriate. Some weeks, we may split middle and high school for the game as well.
Last fall, we started building a Ministry Team (a group of junior and senior students) who will be taking a greater leadership and service role in the Youth Ministry. One of the ways they will be serving and growing is by having an opportunity to teach. So this spring, Georgia and I are working, week to week, with a different student from the team to help them prepare to teach the middle schoolers during youth group. Meanwhile, I will continue to teach high school. (This teaching plan is just for this series. For future series, I or other adult leaders will still teach middle schoolers.)
During the first half of spring, we will have a 7-week series on the “I Am” statements of Jesus from the Book of John. To go along with Pastor Scott’s Mark sermon series, our series will examine Christ’s most clear declarations about who He is. Not only will we learn about His claims, but we will also seek to understand 1) why they matter to us, and 2) where He meets us in our needs.