The youth ministries at Batavia Covenant Church exists to reach out to students in our church and in our community to draw them into a relationship with Jesus Christ through providing opportunities to learn about God with biblically based teaching and to respond to the story of the gospel with a safe, accepting, and inclusive community of peers and leaders. Explore some of the information below to learn more about the programs and opportunities we offer our middle school and high school students at Batavia Covenant Church!
Our programming for the year is in full swing and there are a number of ways for middle school and high school students to get involved in the Youth Ministries at Batavia Covenant Church; to learn, grow, and serve together around the central message of the gospel. Come and join us! Here’s a look at the schedule for this month:
Our first Youth Group series of the year in 2019 will be an inductive study on the Gospel of Mark. We'll be spending most of January and February looking at the life of Jesus found in this book of the Bible and exploring the implications that it has on our life and faith today. Students have the option of really digging into this series by keeping up with a daily reading and journal schedule that will take them even deeper into the text! Here’s a look at the reading schedule for this series: Reading Schedule. Here is a link to Mark Introduction for the first day on the Reading Schedule. Students following the reading schedule should read the passage for the day and then journal on the prompt, How did God speak to you through this passage?
Mosaic is the name for our high school youth group that meets almost every Tuesday night during the school year. Some of these nights are combined with Brink (middle school youth group) and some are only Mosaic. Mosaic is a welcoming community where we are always happy to have new students or visitors. It is a time for students of all backgrounds to come together as we tackle issues of the messy, yet beautiful, crossroads between faith and life. A typical Tuesday night will consist of snacks and time to hang out followed by a game or two that will get us moving and having fun together. After that we all go into the youth room for a brief lesson and then we break out into small groups. Small groups are where our students have time to discuss and apply what they heard in the lesson as well as what has been going on in their own lives. Small groups stick together throughout the year with the same leader so that those bonds of trust and friendship are built up to best benefit the students in each small group. After small groups Mosaic usually ends with a short time of worship & prayer. Come and join us!
Batavia High School students are invited to BCC on Thursday mornings for a free breakfast! We have a team of leaders and volunteers that enthusiastically prepare and serve breakfast to BHS students every Thursday morning that school is in session from 7:30-8:15am. This is an outreach we provide to the students free of cost as a way of loving our across-the-street-neighbors. At its heart, Bulldog Breakfast is a relational outreach that seeks to communicate God's love and grace to the high school students that come through our doors for a delicious breakfast.
Brink is the name for our middle school youth group that meets almost every Tuesday night during the school year. Some of these nights are combined with Mosaic (high school youth group) and some are only Brink. Brink is a welcoming community where we are always happy to have new students or visitors. It is a time for students to discover who they are and who God is as we journey together through stories, lessons, and Scripture. A typical Tuesday night will consist of snacks and time to hang out followed by a game or two that will get us moving and having fun together. After that we all go into the youth room for a brief lesson and then we break out into small groups. Small groups are where our students have time to discuss and apply what they heard in the lesson as well as what has been going on in their own lives. Small groups stick together throughout the year with the same leader so that those bonds of trust and friendship are built up to best benefit the students in each small group. Come and join us!
This program is designed to help our youth in middle school (grades 7 and 8) to engage with their faith on a deeper level, by learning more about scripture, church history, and theology. Our goal is not merely to teach content, but to help our youth move forward on their faith journeys and come into a transformative encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ. Discipleship/Confirmation meets on Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:30am, except for the final Sunday of the month when we meet for lunch from 12:00-2:00pm. Contact Pastor Eric for more information on this program.
Meet Our Team
At Batavia Covenant Church we have a network of leadership that plans, prays, and advocates for the students and their spiritual development.
Parent Volunteers: We are always looking for ways to get parents involved in the youth ministries at BCC. Whether volunteers are greeting students, bringing snacks, helping with a fundraiser, or attending a retreat or event…we’re all a team!
Small Group Leaders: We are very blessed to have a team of adult volunteers who pour into the lives of our students, pointing them to Christ on a weekly basis. Our small group leaders spend time with their small groups almost every Tuesday night, building relationships and digging deep into their lives and their faith. These adults are a huge part of the youth ministry program at BCC and provide our students with tremendous leaders and mentors.
Student Leaders: Our student leaders at BCC are empowered to lead and serve in areas according to their gifts and passions within the youth ministries and the greater church body. More specifically, they are in charge of planning and running our Friday Night Live program. Under the supervision of the Youth Director, these students spend time learning about leadership through the process of prayerfully planning and running an actual program for students in grades 3-5 that meets four times a year.
If you are interested in being involved in any of these areas, please contact the Director of Worship Arts & Youth Ministries, Dan Raymond.