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This year's youth theme, Outrageous Faith!, will help us explore some of the seemingly outrageous things Jesus said and how our faith calls us to live radically in the world. In our Sunday night Bible studies, we will explore the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5-7. The book Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris will help us to dream big of the outrageous ways God is calling each of us to make a difference.

Lakeside's Youth Ministry is a vital part of the life of our congregation which seeks to involve youth in every aspect of our church's overall ministry. Designed for young people in grades 6 through 12, the youth program offers activities for spiritual formation, education, service, and fellowship that will equip young people for deepening their relationships with God and others, handling life situations and decision-making, and making a difference in their community and the world.

Click here for a complete calendar of activities.

*Sunday School classes are offered Sunday mornings throughout the year beginning at 9:45 a.m. each week. Based on the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, youth are divided into three classes: Rite-13 (grades 6 - 7); J2A (grades 8 - 9) and YAC or Young Adults in the Church (grades 10 - 12). These classes explore Scripture in creative and engaging ways to encourage youth to apply biblical principles to their daily lives.

*Sunday Night Live (SNL) is our Sunday night youth program which meets each week, September through May. Youth participate in a variety of Bible studies, recreation, missions and creative activities to help them grow in their faith and to foster friendships within the group. SNL is led by the Associate Minister with assistance from youth Sunday School teachers and members of the Youth Committee.

*Lakeside Youth Fellowship is an informal time of food, fellowship and fun which allows us to deepen our relationships with one another. One Sunday night each month, following SNL, we go out for ice cream, donuts or coffee. Everyone is invited. Bring a few dollars for a snack and let us know if you need a ride home.

*Through regular participation in Sunday School, SNL, and group fund-raising activities, youth may participate in summer trips which incorporate the themes from the Journey to Adulthood curriculum. Recent trips include Anchorage, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, and Richmond.

*One of the hallmarks of Lakeside's youth ministry is Gatekeepers Workcamp. Held for one week each July, our congregation hosts a workcamp for approximately 120 youth and 50 adult volunteers from area churches. Volunteers provide home rehabilitation and repairs for elderly and disabled homeowners in the Rocky Mount community. This year, 2012 will be the twenty-first year of Gatekeepers Workcamp. Click here for more information about Gatekeepers Workcamp.

*Youth are encouraged to become involved in a variety of other projects and activities within and beyond our congregation. The youth host an annual Valentine Banquet for our senior adults, assist with Vacation Bible School, the Easter Egg Hunt and Fall Festival for our children, and serve as members of various committees of the church. The group also attends an annual ski retreat, participates in an annual spiritual formation retreat, volunteers with various local charities, and holds several recreational and fellowship events throughout the year.

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