At Greenwood Forest, we believe in the spiritual formation of the whole person in every generation, including our young people. The youth among us can have the freshest and clearest understandings of our faith, so we want to look to them as leaders not just followers in our community. Like the whole community of faith, the youth ministry is welcoming and affirming of all persons inclusive of their diversity of genders, sexualities, races, ethnicities, abilities, and backgrounds. We hope that everyone can find a welcome home with us.
Our ministry with youth seeks to help young people know how their faith makes a real difference in their lives and the lives of others. It is a place where love, compassion, and honesty abound as we struggle together to become co-laborers with God, sharing Christ's love and the vision of God's kingdom with the world. The GFBC youth meet weekly for worship, discipleship, and fellowship. The youth also engage in special retreats and ministry projects throughout the year.
Primary Contact: Rev. Wesley Spears-Newsome
Sundays at 9:30 am | Year-Round
All youth gather in the Youth Hall at 9:30 am. Faith Formation is a time to focus on God's word and reflect on current issues our youth face in middle school and high school. We also take advantage of this time to build relationships with one another.
Alpha & Omega
Sundays at 4:00 pm | September through April
Alpha & Omega is the primary time for youth to engage in fellowship, worship, and discipleship together. A&O begins at 4:00 pm with worship led by Rev. Stacks and some of our youth. We have a variety of activities from music to fun games anchored by a discipleship lesson by Rev. Spears-Newsome. At the end of our gathering, we have dinner together in the Youth Hall. A&O typically ends at 6:00 pm.
Second Wednesday Meal and Fellowship
Second Wednesday of the Month at 5:30 pm | September through May,
Every Second Wednesday of the month from September to May, the church meets for Community Meal at 5:30, followed by fun activities for the youth. Come join us!
Our Youth also participate in retreats, mission trips, and fellowship activities. These include:
- Fall and Spring retreats
- Senior Retreat
- Passport Camp
- Summer Mission Trip
- Youth Kick-Off Party
- Advent Party
- Summer Middle School Events
- Home Mission Week
In addition to a specialized youth program, we seek to integrate GFBC Youth into many aspects of church life. Youth help lead the congregation in worship on Youth and Graduation Sundays. They read scripture, lead prayers, sing, and play instruments. On Graduation Sunday, our high school seniors give their testimonies in worship. Youth serve as leaders during Vacation Bible School and work with our Sanctuary Adornment committee to decorate the Sanctuary for Advent. Youth are encouraged to attend business meetings and church-wide fellowship events. Youth are an integral part of our Community Partnership program through their involvement with the Backpack Buddy program and Food, Friends, and Fun ministry.
All 6th-12th graders are welcome and included—we would love to have you join us!