Hope Youth


Hope Youth

Hope Youth is a ministry for 6th to 12th grade students to love and walk with Jesus together. Faith & friendships are built-up through weekly gatherings, engaging events and take-home practices.  Youth are connected to God through study of the Bible and watching Him work in lives.  They are engaged in deeper conversations to consider what it means for God to show up in their life and challenged to live that out in their lives. 

2021 Gatherings for Hope Youth

High school students (912 Youth) gather on Thursday nights and middle school students (678 Youth) on Sunday morning.  Quest to Confirmation for 7th & 8th graders meet on select Mondays.  All youth meet in our Higher Ground space upstairs. Enter by the west door by the playground, the “Kids and Youth Ministry entrance” for all activities. Take a right toward the hallway and enter the stairwell labeled “Hope Youth”.

Subscribe to the Hope Youth calendar hosted on Google.

Masking is recommended for youth participating and required for staff and volunteers during on-site gatherings and events.


Grades 6-8

678 Youth

678 Sundays 9:15 am -10:45 am

Quest to Confirmation Mondays 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Sunday mornings grades 6 to 8 have a large gathering studying the Bible together, smaller groups to discuss and engaging activities to foster community.

678 Youth
9:15 – 10:45 am
November 21, 28 December 5,12,19
No meeting 12/26


Grades 7 & 8 Quest to Confirmation

Mondays 6:30 – 8:00 pm
no further Mondays in 2021

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Grades 9-12

912 Youth

912 Thursdays - 6:30 pm -8:00pm

Thursday nights grades 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th engage Bible study in large and small groups.  Snacks, Game room and activities each gathering help build relationships.

912 Youth
Thursdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm
November 18 – Trip to Compass Care
December 2,9,16

No meetings 12/23, 12/30

2021 - 2022 Upcoming Events*

KidsMin Service Opportunity

WednesdayDecember 1 at 6:30 – Gingerbread Bash Kit making – we need a bunch of youth (the more the merrier) to join us in the kitchen to create the kits for the Gingerbread Bash link for signup: here <—

FridayDecember 3 at varying times –  Gingerbread Bash volunteers: setup, during the event and cleanup! link here <— 

Flower City Work Camp 2022

Flower City Work Camp 2022 is 4/18/2022 it’s:


Words to Live By

Saturday December 4, 2021 from 10am – 12 pm in Higher Ground

A Scripture Memory workshop for 7th-8th grade Quest to Confirmation students and their parents with Pastor Kirk and the confirmation team.

Caroling & Coca

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Save the Date – More info to come.

Snow Day Event

TBA after a good snowfall
In partnership with KidsMin we’ll invite families together for a day of Snow Fun.  Save your large cardboard for a sled building contest and race! More details to come

*Parents – Events require an up to date Youth Participation Packet.
Please let us know if emergency or health information changes.

Hope Youth Serving Others

 If you have a heart for serving others, there are lots of ways for you to serve through Hope Church! 

Check with your school to see if you can qualify for community service hours too.

For 678 & 912 Youth

  • Sarah could use your help with restocking the Food Pantry in the Center 4 Hope, see the sign up here.  (Ages 13 and under need to serve with an adult.)  Any questions, please email Sarah Jacobs.  
  • Becky could use your help on Kids’ Sundays (Small Group Leader, Check-In Team, Kids Worship Leader, at-home craft prep and more), click here for more details and to sign up.  For additional questions, contact Becky Kilbride.

For 912 Youth Only

  • Leanne needs help in the new cafe!  It’s a once a month commitment. There are 2 shifts, 8:15-10:30 or 10:30-12:45. Free coffee/lattes when you serve. And a great recommendation for either National Honor Society/scholarship applications/job references. 15 years old and older, please email Leanne or stop her in the hall or come to the cafe on Sunday and she’ll put an apron on you.
  • Paul needs help with the Tech Arts Team, either in the tech booth, tech office, or as a stage handler, click here for more details and to sign up.  For additional questions, contact Paul Christopher.
  • More service opportunities at Hope Church can be found here.

Hope Youth FAQs

This is the name for our Youth Ministry program here at Hope Church. It’s open to all Youth from 6th Grade to 12th Grade and is led by John Brown, our Youth Director.  Our mission is to walk with youth, discipling them in faith, life, and mission.

The name of our high-school aged Youth Ministry (grades 9 through 12).

The name of our junior high/middle-school aged Youth Ministry for students in grades 6 to 8.

The area for Youth Ministry is located above the south Preschool hallway. There is a stairwell at each end and an elevator for access. It used to be called the “Upper Room”, so you may hear that term also.

Higher Ground is the name for our Youth Ministry area, the only second-story area on campus.  It was completely renovated at the end of 2017 to provide Youth an attractive and functional area to meet.

The west end area of the Higher Ground where we serve snacks and coffee and hang out on the comfy couches.

The east-end game area of Higher Ground, with board and card games plus larger games like air hockey, ping pong, foosball, and a basketball hoop challenge.

IMPORTANT packet of emergency information for ALL YOUTH, required before participating in any Hope Youth outing. It provides us with everything from contact information to medical conditions, so that we can keep our Youth connected and safe.  It can be filled out online here and is good for one school year.

Our weekly time with youth may include worship, prayer, teaching, small groups, games, service and community building. In other churches, this may be called “Sunday School” or “Youth Group.”

Quest to Confirmation is the a program that meets weekly from September to April. It’s most often 7th and 8th Grade Youth who are learning what is means to follow Jesus as a member of the church.  Youth are Confirmed after the 2nd year, typically on the first Sunday in May. 

Our annual summer servant event trip for 912 Youth.  For this event, Hope Youth and leaders travel to other communities for faith-fueled community service.  Team applications (for students and adults) are usually done in the late fall.

The purpose of Hope Youth ROC, the youth ministry of Hope Church for students in grades 6 to 12, is to meet Youth where they are with the redeeming and restoring love of Jesus Christ. We are here to walk with Youth through both the highs and lows of real life. Nurturing faith, equipping and empowering, and partnering together are all found in the context of community centered around our Savior.

  • The infallible Word of God leads, and at its center is the Gospel.
  • Youth are a unique part of the Body of Christ, with gifts to serve the Church now, even as they are discovering God’s plan and preparation for the future.
  • Safety to ask difficult questions and wrestle with the real-world issues of faith we encounter in our daily lives is necessary for continued development of an owned faith.
  • Stewardship requires equipping and empowering of Youth in their God-given talents and giftedness. We are called to partnership as the Body of Christ.
  • Technology and Music are gifts from God, not ends in themselves.
  • Speaking the truth in love is an expression of our willingness to bear one another. We are called to life together, including respect for other opinions and perspectives.
  • Every person matters to God. Every Youth, no matter their background or experience is welcome.
  • We affirm the value of every person and walk with them in discovering God’s purposes in their life.
  • Families and family relationships are God’s design as a place for Youth to grow and develop. We will support parents and Youth together.