Launch Youth Ministry is our Friday evening program for junior high and high school students. The emphasis in our meetings is to encourage Christlike character in the lives of our students. Here we seek to create a context in which teens are presented with the glory of God in Christ and challenged to apply the truths of Scripture to their lives. This takes place formally through structured teaching and prayer group time. It also takes place informally through the relationships we build in regularly scheduled outings, fun activities, service opportunities, and other special events.
Our teen ministries take place on Friday nights from 7:00 to 9:00. To get involved in Launch, or for more information, please contact Pastor Paul at (845) 454-2790 or by emailing the church office.
The ultimate purpose of our youth ministry is to see Christ magnified in the lives of our youth. In our efforts to fulfill this purpose, we embrace several important convictions. We believe that youth ministry must be God-glorifying, Gospel-centered, Bible-saturated, and missionally-minded.
Youth ministry must be God-glorifying. We believe that we exist for the glory of God (Isa 43:6-7). Therefore, in our youth ministries, we seek to do all things to draw attention to God’s greatness and grandeur (1 Cor 10:31).
Youth ministry must be Gospel-centered. Outward behavior apart from grace is legalism while grace apart from God’s law is license. We thus seek to present moral teaching within the framework of the gospel so as to avoid these two dangerous extremes.
Youth ministry must be Bible-saturated. We believe that our youth ministry must be thoroughly saturated in the Scriptures because the Scriptures provide us with all we need in order that we might be “thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2Tim 3:16).
Youth ministry must be missionally-minded. A critical focus of our youth ministry is to disciple students and parents of students in our church so that they come to view themselves as missionaries who reach out to those in the broader community.