Youth in grades 9-12 are a part of the Senior High Youth Ministry. We feed our faith through regular small group gatherings, service projects, trips away, and occasional special events. One youth describes us this way:
“We have a lot of fun studying the Bible and learning about our Faith, helping others in need, as well as playing games and getting to know each other better.”
The Benefits for Senior Youth
The senior high youth ministries of Our Saviour benefit the youth themselves by providing a fun and safe environment to help grow their relationship with God through Jesus and the church. They develop friendships beyond school or activity boundaries. This ministry helps the congregation in that we teach by example, lifting up the congregation, encouraging generosity, and creating new leaders for the church. And the youth ministry helps the world by spreading the Word of God’s love and doing good works in the community, such as volunteering for Fauquier Habitat for Humanity, traveling a bit to repair homes in Hurley, Virginia, and even further by helping to put an end to world hunger through the 30 Hour Famine, and more!
When Do We Meet?
The senior youth group usually meets on the second and fourth Sunday evening of each month, 6-8pm, during the school year. Special events and outings are scheduled each month in addition to these regular meetings onsite.
What Do We Do?
Sometimes youth group is “Servant Hour” because we do projects to help the church and learn skills within the program. All youth groups include Bible study, prayer and mutual support, and fun. Check with us to be sure we’re meeting as scheduled.
Special events and trips happen throughout the year, including attending events with youth from other area churches and with Lutherans from all over Virginia and even from all across America. One of our biggest local events is the 30 Hour Famine with World Vision, and each year we take our service out into the community with a mission trip to Hurley, Virginia.
The senior youth ministry is for youth in grades 9-12—church members and their friends. Adult leaders guide the time together and support the youth.
The senior youth planning group is made up of adults and youth, to meet monthly to plan upcoming events and activities. In 2016-2017 that group is
- Bridget Shorey
- Matthew Proctor
- Tom Bartkiewicz
- Jim Hottle
- Troy Stansell
- Krista Coyner
- Susan Bingler
- Paul Lockhart
- Pastor Terri Church
Get on the email and text message list by sending your contact information to Office@oslc-warrenton.org. If possible, let us know you are coming. But mainly, come and see!
In truth, most of our work has been on ourselves—allowing God to make our lives better and having fun. That said, one example of the youth ministry benefitting others is that 30 Hour Famine. Through the 12+ years that we have been holding a 30 Hour Famine, we’ve been able to help feed and care for children all over the world. Think of it this way, by raising an average of $18,000 through the Famine per year, when you add it to the matching grants, we have saved the equivalent of all of the students of Fauquier High School each year!
“In general, the youth ministry has had a positive impact on my life. I come because, not only do I learn about the Bible and faith, I also learn a lot about myself, too. I like to apply what I learn here in my everyday life. Although I’ve learned many building and life skills, what I’ve learned mostly is overall character, learning how to be generous and how to care for others. Especially through the mission trip to Hurley, Virginia, God’s work is really opening my eyes. Since then I’ve tried to be a little more open and friendly and helpful.”
—Chris Kiser – 10th grade