theSWITCH is the Youth Ministry (Grades 7-12) of Fellowship Bible Church.
During the school year Middle Schoolers meet at the church on Wednesday nights from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, High Schoolers meet in homes for small groups on Wednesday nights from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, and both groups meet together at FBC on Sunday mornings at 9:30am. During the summer both groups meet together at the church on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, as well as Sunday mornings.
Here are some of the things we focus on being:
We want teenagers to sense an environment of authenticity. Athletic kids can be athletic. Gamers can game. Nerds can be nerdy. Strugglers can struggle, and on-fire believers can be on fire. Our leaders lead authentically; they share their failures as much as their successes. Good days are celebrated and bad days are cared about.
We aren’t the coolest youth group in town, but we do try to create a youth ministry that feels relevant to the world a teenager is trying to navigate. Our lessons, our events, our music and our overall atmosphere are designed to make church feel relevant to our audience. It’s not about us, it’s about teenagers.
We want teenagers to know that relationships matter. We celebrate friendship. We purposely make room in our programs for conversation, prayer and the various biblical “one anothers”. We want our youth ministry to feel like a place where relationships are a priority.
Teenagers are stressed out. Stressed out trying to get better grades. Stressed out trying to make peace at home. Stressed out trying to navigate the dating scene. Stressed out trying to make the sports team. Stressed out trying to fit in. We want our youth ministry to feel like a place of rest and relaxation. We want the cares of the world to fall to the floor the moment they step through our doors.