Wednesday Youth Night
At Five Forks Church we have both Junior and Senior High Youth Groups. These groups meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:45 to 8:15. The teens meet together for a time of praise and worship or games, and then break into different classes for Bible Study. At this time it will be broken down by Junior High (7th and 8th grade) and Senior High (Grades 9 thru 12). However, we are hoping to offer several different classes in the future, which will give our youth the opportunity to begin with a time of praise and worship with their peers and then go to a class where their specific needs and specific desires can be met. This will be dependent on the number of willing teachers that we have available to teach the various "elective" classes.
The senior high youth (grades 9 through 12) at Five Forks participate in mission trips every other year. We are hoping to alternate each trip, with one being in the states and then one as an overseas mission trip. With this format our youth will have the opportunity to travel abroad at least once while attending Five Forks. Most recently, we ministered to the Navajo Mission in New Mexico in June of 2010. There will also be other opportunities for all of our youth to serve in the area of missions, such as the Chambersburg Project and other local mission outreaches.
Outdoor & Recreation
Outdoor & Recreation (O&R) is an outreach ministry within our youth ministry. Its objective is to first identify needs in our church and then to make opportunities for our youth to respond to these needs. Secondly O&R is an outreach to youth who are either not churched or not Christians. The goal is to give youth an opportunity to bring young people to an event that is non-threatening. College football games, amusement parks, hiking outings, bonfires and cookouts are just a few of the events that O&R can have. Our hope is that young people will come to an event and then be interested in doing more with our groups and eventually find a church home at Five Forks. This ministry has not been very active recently, but our hope is to have it thriving again in the near future.
Five Forks features four youth praise and worship bands. These bands will play during our morning service that is for youth, as well as during our Wednesday evening or Sunday evening praise and worship time. They may also play at special events throughout the year.
This is something new that will hopefully come to fruition. With the help of several adults, our plans are to see a drama team that can help lead worship, perform skits that may apply to sermons or lessons, and hopefully put on a full production for the church in the future.