We’re all about helping youth become more like Jesus. Eikon Youth is a ministry for Middle School and High School students to connect with friends and connect with God. We meet each Wednesday night from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The Eikon Youth ExperienceWe gather weekly to provide students with a Large Group and Small Group experience that will help them develop a growing, authentic faith. We start the evening off with snacks, hang-out time, and a group game. Then we gather together for a Large Group experience where students will hear an engaging, empowering, and challenging gospel message that they can discuss with their peers in Small Group. We use a Biblical curriculum designed with the whole family in mind. We teach kids how to embrace gospel truths and how to walk them out in their everyday life. Once the message is over, we break the Large Group up into Small Groups at our weekly location. This provides students with an opportunity to ask questions, share thoughts, and connect with others in their same phase of life and community under the guidance of a background-checked, safe, regularly trained adult Small Group Leader. We also provide opportunities for connection outside of church. We host a variety of events inside and outside of the church for students to have fun in safe and meaningful ways! Get More Info Frequently Asked Questions When and where is Eikon Youth? Eikon Youth, our ministry for Middle School and High School students (grades 6-12), happens each Wednesday at 6:30 pm. What does a new student need to do when they arrive? We’re excited to meet them! They can connect with one of our EY Leaders that will be greeting students at the drop-off spot and that leader will collect some of their info so that we can keep in touch. We’ll then connect them with their Small Group Leader and the fun can begin. If a new student comes with a friend that’s currently attending Eikon Youth, we’ll make sure they’re in the same small group POD if they’re in the same phase of life (MS/HS). What happens in Eikon Youth? When you arrive, your child’s EY Leaders will welcome them and encourage them to grab some free snacks to enjoy They will have some fun hanging out with peers and leaders who are all about discovering great ways to connect faith + life. Then they will move into the Large Group experience which will lead them into their Small Group POD after the message. Small Group PODs: We find the best way to create safe spaces for authentic conversations at our weekly gathering is through Small Group PODS (Point Of Discipleship). These PODs, led by gender appropriate leaders, consist of a smaller breakdown of same gender and same phase students conversing together to review the message and talk through how it relates to them. Who is my student’s small group leader? We’re so glad you’ve asked! Our leaders have committed to lead the same small group for the entire school year. Send your contact info, along with the age of your student to [email protected] and we’ll get you the information on who your student’s Small Group Leader is! What events does Eikon Youth have? We typically provide a monthly event for students to connect with God and each other! Some of our events have included a Spring Retreat, Crud Wars, and community service events. Our events change each year designed around our students’ interests and availabilities. Stay tuned to the Family Ministries e-Newsletter and to our events page to see what we have planned next! How can I, as a parent, get involved with Eikon Youth? We’re glad you asked! There are lots of ways to participate in the fun as you experience your own spiritual growth through serving. You can start by asking your student’s small group leader how you can support him or her. Offer to provide snacks for group, transportation to an outing, or to host a gathering at your place. You could also send an encouraging note. Any time you can provide the leaders an opportunity to just hang out with their students, ministry is happening. If you want to do more, consider becoming a small group leader or joining our one of our other Serve Teams. Can a parent be a small group leader of his or her student? Becoming a small group leader is a fun and exciting way to stay engaged with your own student. We absolutely encourage parents to become small group leaders and, with the incredible growth happening, we need you but we do not permit parents to lead their own children in Eikon Youth. Some students need more space than others and are far more likely to be candid in small group discussions when parents are not present. We’ll help find the best fit for you, as well as the right place to maximize your student’s experience in Eikon Youth. My student expressed interest in getting baptized. What is your process? That’s awesome! We’re excited with you! Check out our Baptism page for more information. Where can I find Eikon Youth on social media platforms? We currently have a NextGen Facebook page and Instagram account that we use to post happenings, updates, and fun interactive content that you and your student(s) can get connected to!