Bridge of Hope takes seriously the responsibility to educate our children in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. In this process, we look for ways to transfer head knowledge to heart knowledge so that their whole being may know Jesus Christ as their Savior and King over all creation. Because our middle school and high school students attend various schools, we are challenged to provide educational programs that allow kids to grow, even though they have different educational backgrounds.
"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when
they are old they will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6
CONNECT (Youth Ministry)
Connect is our youth ministry program that involves our middle school students in 6th-8th grade. It exists to empower students to be deeply rooted in Christ, encourage fruitful and meaningful relationships with one another, and embolden students to love and serve their community.
The main building blocks of the program consists of:
Connect Groups: There are gatherings 2 Sunday nights each month for large group and small group times. The small groups are broken up by age and gender with 2 leaders (CGLs--Connect Group Leaders) walking alongside each group.
Outings/Events: At least once a month the group will get together for a fun event that will help build community. The events will vary from "going out" to places or "staying in" at places such as the Ministry Center.
Connect Time: This will be an informal time that is scheduled by each group's CGLs to go have fun together. It's to happen once or twice each month.
Service Component: We want to be a group that emboldens students to love and serve their community!
Our 9th grade students also gather as an extension of our youth ministry program. They join Connect for large group activities but meet separately for their own small group time.
To learn more about these program, please contact Marcus, our Youth Director at email@example.com
YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP (Church Education for Middle & High School Students)
Our church education program for our 6th-8th grade students and 9th-12th grade students follows Bridge's discipleship process. We study topics pertaining to knowing Jesus, growing in faith, and learning to go and serve. The topics are studied in 5-week small group settings. After one 5-week session, a service-Sunday or break is offered after which the next 5-week small group session begins. The topics/sessions that are being studied include:
The Study of the Gospel of John
Classic Christianity Illustrated
Essentials of the Christian Faith
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 and the availability of classrooms in the facility we rent, our 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade students are currently not meeting for church education. The Council will continue to monitor the situation and keep the congregation informed as to when we can safely begin to offer classes.
CHURCH PARTNER YOUTH PROGRAMS
We partner with other community churches for midweek programs such as GEMS & Cadets; more can be read about those in the paragraphs below. Our high school age kids are invited to be active in various local church youth programs.
GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) is a faith-based program for girls in grades 4-8. They meet two Wednesday evenings a month during the school year from 7:00pm-8:45pm. Bridge of Hope’s GEMS Club is a joint effort with Covenant & Faith Christian Reformed Churches. The girls meet at Covenant Christian Reformed Church at 106 2nd Street NE. If you have questions or want to learn more about our local GEMS Club email the coordinator at .
To learn more about GEMS Girls’ Clubs go to https://gemsgc.org/
Cadets is a youth ministry for boys in 5th – 8th grade. Bridge of Hope, Covenant CRC and Faith CRC’s Cadet program is combined and uses Faith’s building; they meet most Wednesday evenings from 7:15-9:00pm during the school year. For more information regarding our local Cadet program email .
To learn more about the Calvinist Cadet Corp go to https://www.calvinistcadets.org
Because the issue of abuse is relevant in our society, Bridge of Hope instituted an Abuse Prevention Policy in 2006. Its purpose is to safeguard our children, as well as all of our members, offer guidance and outline appropriate steps should a situation of abuse occur.
Everyone who serves our children is asked to read through the policy (click on the link below), and fill out, sign, and turn in the Volunteer Application form to our church office or a member of our Abuse Prevention Team before serving in any role which involves our children.