We believe it is crucial to a young person's faith to be involved in the church congregation as a whole which is why we highly encourage teenagers to be in our regular weekend worship services.
At ThornCreek Church, we ultimately want to connect Jr. and Sr. High students to the greater body and mission of Jesus, which is, His Bride.
We feel that it is absolutely essential in the spiritual development of teenagers to be comfortable with, involved in and in love with The Church as a whole, not just the youth ministry. When we offer a youth group only class at Church, we are separating teenagers from the greater Body of Christ. The main concern with doing this is that teenagers never really get connected to, or engaged into "Big Church". The problem with this is, when they graduate from High School, they often feel like there is no place for them in the church anymore... They feel like "Big Church" is only for adults, and they feel like they no longer belong anywhere. We want to change this problem in the life of the church.
We believe it is not only healthy for teenagers to worship with all ages, we feel like it is essential for their faith development.
Youth Group, our Wednesday Night Program, is really designed for teenagers and this service, we believe, is also an essential part of their faith and spiritual development. This is why we put so much effort and time into our Wednesday night program, because we want to see teenagers WIN in their Faith. Being a teenager in today's world is tough... we want to help, support and love your kids along in their faith development.
All that being said, we encourage you to come to our weekend worship services and sit with your kids as a family in worship. It is good for them to worship with you, be involved in the service, and be surrounded by others of all ages who are doing their best to walk with God.
It is our prayer that God uses ThornCreek Church to help people of all ages grow and mature in their walk with God.