icYouth is all about students. Our goal is to provide an environment for your teenager to think, believe, and practice... together. The seven years of middle school and high school can be challenging as new ideas, academic stress, and relationships all become more prevalent; students are trying to figure out who they are and what life is all about. Each time we gather together we want them to feel accepted, loved, and supported as they navigate all of it, and we want to do that consistently. So we've put together a team of volunteers with huge hearts and listening ears, ready to help your student make their relationship with Jesus their own.
There are several environments for 6th-8th grade students to engage, get involved, and be challenged in. They'll find life-long friends as they search for answers to the question: who am I?
Sunday morning is an opportunity for students to be together, have a snack, play some games, and hear a message that is applicable to their lives on a weekly basis. We've built JAM with a middle school student in mind who is coming to Immanuel for the first time with their friend or family. You'll find us in the Lower Auditorium of the B-building...or you can just follow the sound!
Wednesday nights are all about getting connected and making friendships that will last forever. In addition to some great teaching, we add a small group component for discussion and building relationships. Students get partnered with a group of leaders that are committed to listening, answering questions, and praying for their students on a regular basis.
As a group, Identity wants to be known as a team of students who not only know how to have fun, but how to serve Jesus too! Every spring, we gather the chairs that our congregation sit in each Sunday and give them a good cleaning. We want the students to understand that the environment for people to learn about Christ should be a welcoming one. What’s more welcoming than a chair just for them? Cleaning the church is a great way for our students to serve the community of Christ.
Did you know you can make outrageously cool outfits out of duct tape?! Did you know you can play extremely fun games with duct tape?! Your student will not want to miss this great outreach night. The students come in their duct tape costumes, play games, eat candy and put on a fashion show of their creations! This is a great night for them to invite their friends to show them how fun Identity can be!
Every year, we celebrate our last night of Identity with a cookout. We keep it classic with burgers, brots, chips, cookies, and more while students have the chance to play some “backyard” games. At this event, we also say farewell to our 8th graders and send them off to our high school ministry: Impact. It’s a night of reflecting on the past year, celebration of the future and some good old fun!
Every summer, Identity puts on three different events… one for each month of summer break. We are excited to share with you our events for the summer of 2019, including one of them being our traditional campout! Specific dates with times and event details will be coming shortly! Keep your eyes peeled!
High schoolers are under a lot of pressure to make all kinds of choices. Should I go to that party? What college should I choose? How will I impact the world? Is my faith my own or my parents? At Immanuel, our leaders provide a safe and consistent environment for students to ask these questions. We also believe many of the answers are found with one another.
IMPACT is an environment where high school students come to think, to believe, to practice...together. We use music, skits, engaging teaching, ridiculous games, and more to help create an unforgettable experience every week. If you've never been to an IMPACT before, let us know and we'll help you get plugged in right away!
Next summer students will be given the opportunity to participate
in one of the following trips: Wilderness trip, Youthworks, or Haiti.
More details will be available as the summer approaches.
See information on Summer 2019 trips below.
Eh fugetaboutit huh? Mafia Madness has been an Impact event for many, many years. It is an outreach opportunity for high school students to invite their friends to dress up and laugh together while having a blast being in the “mafia”. We eat a spaghetti dinner together, get into different mafia (teams) and play a churchwide game. We ain’t clownin around!
We are so excited to partner with this awesome organization to help those in need, in our very own backyard! High school students will get the chance to deliver furniture to people who might not have a couch, or even a bed in their homes. We will get to meet families in the area and help make their house a home.
Break out the red carpet and your fanciest outfit, you have been invited to Impact’s annual Impy’s! Much like the Golden Globes, Impact hosts an award show for “best film” of the youth group. High school students have the chance to make a movie for their leaders and peers to judge and potentially win an award! It is always a good time that you won’t want to miss!
Our 2019 international summer missions trip! This trip is for upperclassmen only. Your high school student will get the chance to spend a faith-stretching, wonderful time in a country full of amazing people. They will help teach children’s vacation bible school, build for the community and so much more. There will be meetings beforehand to help your student raise funds for this trip.
Youthworks is an organization with locations all throughout the United States, giving students a chance to start serving in the missions field. Impact will be going to Oklahoma again this year, as they did last year as well! We want to be consistent with this area and show how much the people mean to us. Students will follow Youthworks’ program while there, whether than means painting houses, helping in kids’ bible camps, or whatever else the community needs are at the time of the trip!
Immanuel has been hosting Springhill camps for years now and love it every summer! Your high school student can be a camp counselor during a week of unbelievable fun for the little ones of Immanuel. Rock climbing, crafting, and good old fashioned camp songs are just the beginning of the fun Springhill brings to this summer camp!
High ropes courses, white water rafting, rock climbing and more are a part of this trip of adventure. This trip gives high school students a wonderful chance to really get to know each other through all of these heart-racing activities! If you’re wanting to pump some adrenaline, you could come on the wilderness trip!
Calling all incoming freshmen! This event was made for you! Do you want to get to know the leaders and students of our high school youth group, Impact? Do you want to go away for a weekend to play games and have fun? We want YOU to join us for our annual Summer of ‘89 retreat!