Roots leaders guide the group through biblical and topical studies, team building activities, and opportunities to serve others. Topical studies are video-driven series that are age relevant and encourage the youth to have a biblical perspective on their everyday lives. Bible studies are teen led and focus directly on God’s word and application of it through group study, personal reflection time, and prayer.
Roots meets on Sunday evenings as part of our 1Family nights from September through April, 5:30 – 7:30pm. The group also schedules monthly fun events which have included disc golf, a cooking night, and nerf gun wars.
During the summer, our schedule changes. We have a weekly backyard Bible study, serve at the Soup Kitchen, and take our yearly mission trip. We also schedule a few fun events during these months.
Each year, the Roots group goes on a summer mission trip. The location varies each time, but the goals remain the same. They are: 1) Align with the vision of our church by answering God’s call to use our gifts by serving others. 2) Encourage each youth and the adult leaders to discover new gifts. 3) Explore opportunities that will further mature our individual faith walk in Christ. 4) Build a sense of “community in Christ,” both within our own group and with God’s community at large.
Here are our most recent summer mission trips:
2021 - Altoona, PA
We partnered with TEAMeffort and worked at a local church that is in the heart of Altoona. We were able to help the church continue its mission of serving the local community. See Our Altoona Blog Posts!
This is a trip we have taken every 4 years since 2004. We partner with Eaglecrest Alaska Missions to live, serve, and play at a camp that was started as a ministry to the local community that was ripe for seeing God’s love shown through tangible acts of service. Every time we go, the work that needs to be done is a little different. We have cut wood, sided and painted houses, assisted with yard work, cleaned community parks, provided a community wide picnic, served lunch at Kingdom Air, and shared our testimonies of God’s work in us. We also get to see God’s majesty and wonder through his beautiful creation as we hike and explore the beautiful area around Sutton.
2019 – Warrensburg, MO
We participated in the CIY Move convention that was designed to amplify the call of Christ on students lives to become Kingdom Workers. Through the study of Elijah, students learned that God calls us into his story, we can trust God to provide, God will sustain us when we despair, and God sends us to reach others.
2018 – Chicago, IL
We worked with YouthWorks and served the local community by working in community gardens, at food distribution centers, in a children’s program, and through interior painting projects for the elderly.
We would love to have your high schooler join us!
Contact our leaders for more information: Josh & Lesleigh Wingate – firstname.lastname@example.org.