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 by providing opportunities to learn about God with biblically based teaching and respond to the story of the gospel with a safe, accepting, and inclusive community of peers and leaders. Explore the information below to learn more about the programs and opportunities we offer our middle school and high school students at Batavia Covenant Church!
Youth Group is in full swing for this year! Youth Group is a weekly program for middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students to learn, grow, and serve together around the central message of the gospel. Be sure to check out our Youth Group Schedule for Winter/Spring of 2021. If you would like more information about Youth Group or Youth Ministries, make sure you sign up here for email alerts and newsletters or contact Pastor Dan for more information!
Youth Group for our high school students meets almost every Sunday night during the school year from 6:00-8:00pm. Some of these nights are combined with middle school and some are only high school. Youth Group 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 Sunday 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 engage in a brief lesson and then break out into small groups. Small groups provide an opportunity for our students 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 we usually close our time with a short time of worship & prayer. Come and join us!
CURRENTLY NOT RUNNING DUE TO COVID-19... 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.
Youth Group for our middle school students meets almost every Sunday night during the school year from 5:30-7:15pm. Some of these nights are combined with high school and some are only middle school. Youth Group 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 Sunday 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 engage in a brief lesson and then break out into small groups. Small groups provide an opportunity for our students 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 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 in 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 Sunday night, building relationships and digging deep into their lives and 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 Pastor Dan, 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 Associate Pastor of Worship Arts & Youth Ministries, Dan Raymond.