There’s a lot to be said for hanging out.
If you’re a teenager and are looking for a place to connect with God and find a place where you can belong, hanging out with other youth that are walking on that same path can be a great thing. It might be a night of pizza and a movie, organizing a Christian rock concert in the church basement, sharing in communion at midnight in the sanctuary with a single candle, or doing a mission project in the neighborhood – or over in Colorado.
If you’re a parent of teens or younger children, you can know that we have dedicated adults who have a ministry of hanging out with our youth. They may lead our youth group, chaperone youth activities, lead Sunday School classes, or volunteer in the nursery. Whatever the role, our congregation prizes our youth and seeks to support them as they grow in their discipleship.
Pastor Pat loves to hang out with youth, too. Even if it means dyeing his hair pink, taking (or giving?) a check in floor hockey, or learning the latest version of video games. He finds hanging out with the youth fun and spiritually renewing.
Sometimes people say “the youth are the future of the church.” At Blue Ridge, they’re part of our joyous present. Check the links below about some of our youth programming!