We are so excited about your youth's next step in their journey with Jesus Christ. CONFIRMATION!!! Our dream is that this will not be a time of just checking off a duty but truly a time when they will investigate and explore what Christianity means and how a relationship with Christ will make a powerful impact on their lives.
The Next Gen Youth Team wants to partner with you as your student starts the teen years. There will be ups and downs as you maneuver through hormones, school, friends and the search for identity, independence and purpose. With that in mind, we have planned our first Student and Parent Confirmation Retreat!
We will meet at West Hills at 6:00 pm on Friday, October 13 and head to Camp Calvin Crest. We have a great time planned with games, s'mores and a time to grow in our relationships with Christ and each other. We will head home by 1:00 on Saturday. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday but plan on eating on Friday before we head to camp.
Because we believe so strongly about the importance of this time, there is not cost but it is a mandatory retreat for student and a parent...ideally, the same sex but if that does not work out, no worries. We have a guys and gals cabin reserved. They have showers, heat and air-conditioning so wont be roughing it too much.
We do need to get to know how many people to expect so please register below!
Starting in 7th grade, students enter into the Next Generations Ministry at West Hills. Junior High students can participate in a number of exciting activities, including:
Sunday School: Starting at 9:30am every Sunday located in the Youth Lounge downstairs, junior high and high school students meet, eat doughnuts, and play games. Then junior highers split off from the large group and listen to a short bible message followed by a discussion. Sunday school ends at 10:30am.
Confirmation: Confirmation at West Hills Church is designed to lead our 8th graders into a deeper understanding of who God is and how the church as a whole functions. It is focused on enhancing biblical literacy while allowing the students to meet our staff members and learn first hand what goes on at West Hills on a daily basis. After a student is confirmed they are considered members of West Hills Church, with all the rights and responsibilities that come with that commitment. Confirmation is also a great time to build relationships and have incredible amounts of fun, both in and out of class.
Sunday Night Worship: From 6:30 - 8:00pm West Hills offers all students a chance to gather together to worship, hear a sermon, and break off into small group bible discussions. This is our Next Gen church service! We meet in the Youth Chapel which is located upstairs and to the right of the sanctuary.
The Next Gen Praise Band: All Next Gen students are encouraged to join the Next Gen Praise Band! 7th graders - recent college graduates are welcome to join. All musicians are needed. Singers, drummers, guitarists, pianists, bassists, saxophone players, violin players, hand clappers and snappers. If it's musical, we want you to join! But what if you don't play an instrument? No problem, be a part of our media team by running slides, doing light shows, running sound, and setting up our technology! We practice Wednesday evenings at 6:30 and perform during our Sunday Night Worship Services. If you are interested in joining please contact Luke Burns (Listed at the bottom of this page!) Need a little more encouragement to join? See the video below!