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.
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"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 (Middle School 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 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.
Small Group Night: This is an informal time that is scheduled by each group's leaders to go have fun together. It happens 2-3 times a month.
Service Component: We want to be a group that emboldens students to love and serve their community!
YOUTH GROUP (High School Youth Ministry)
Youth Group is our youth ministry program that involves high school students in 9th-11th grade.
The 9th grade students meet 2 times a month for their small group time with Kira and a couple of other leaders.
Our 10th & 11th grade students also gather as an extension of our youth ministry program. Their small group time is led by Zach & Emma Bussard.
The Youth Group and Connect join together for large group activities.
To learn more about CONNECT or YOUTH GROUP, please contact Kira, our Youth Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP (Church Education/Sunday School for 3 year olds through high school)
Our church education program takes place during the academic school year and involves 3 year old through high school. Children 3 through TK attend Promise Lambs during the worship service. K-12th grade meet following the worship service.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.