“For I know the plans I have for you,”
says the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, Plans to give you hope and a future.”
The middle and high school years can be some of the most challenging of a person’s life. At The Falls Church, we want to walk alongside young people as they grow and help them to build for themselves a community that is strong, safe, and empowering. Teens are remarkable people who bring unique gifts and passions to The Falls Church. Our hope is to help them find places to use and grow those gifts so they can become adults who can depend upon their faith in times of needs, and draw strength from their faith to serve the world in whatever way they are called.
On Sunday mornings between services, our middle and high schoolers meet for food and formation using a curriculum called re:form. It utilizes a series of videos and activities to focus conversation around a different question each week such as, “Did Jesus know he was God?” or “Do I really have to believe that Mary was a virgin?” The goal is to model for our young people that not only is it okay to ask questions in church, asking questions of and about God is actually an important part of being in relationship with God. We believe that God welcomes our questions because our curiosity and even our doubts are important gateways to a deeper knowledge of the Divine.
On the first and third Sundays of the month, the High School Youth Group meets from 6:30 – 8 pm. The Middle School Youth Group meets on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, also from 6:30 –8 pm. When each group meets, a snack will be provided and a variety of activities will be offered.
Youth are invited to participate in various retreats and day trips throughout the year, often as a part of the Diocese of Virginia’s Youth programming. Students from across the state meet up at social services organizations or at the diocesan camp Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs, VA. These events are filled with games, opportunities to serve, and chances to reflect on God’s involvement in their lives in conversations facilitated by their peers.