On any given Wednesday night at Faith Center, you will find a group of millenials breaking the stereotype; 18 to 30 year olds sharing life and the Bible. It’s a rare sighting for the modern church, in a time where only two in ten Americans under 30 believe attending a church is worthwhile.
But despite the odds, this Young Adults group keeps growing.
“We started off with only a handful of people,” Co-Director Zach Stewart said. “We have since grown to a group of almost 20+ each week. New young adults keep coming.”
The group makes it a priority to meet new young adults right where they are.
“Sometimes people think that they have to have it all together before coming to church or joining a small group,” Co-Director Samantha Karges said. “Some might say, ‘oh well I keep doing this, or that’ or ‘they’ll judge me by my past/present.’ That isn’t the case. Christ meets us where we are, sin and all. We follow His example.”
The idea is to create a community space where young people can make friends and share their lives with their peers. Through games, activities, Bible study and the occasional dinner, connections are happening.
Another focus of the group is community service. Each month the group is given the opportunity to volunteer in some capacity. This year the group has helped with Kid Zone’s Bounce City Night, the Chris August Concert, VBS and more. The group is now gearing up for it’s biggest project of the year, a mission trip to the L.A. Dream Center.
The Dream Center is a volunteer-driven organization that finds and fills the needs of over 40,000 individuals and families through mobile hunger relief and medical programs, residential rehabilitation programs adults, a shelter for victims of human trafficking, transitional housing for homeless families, foster care intervention programs, job skills training, life skills, counseling, basic education, Bible studies and more. The center works to meet people where they are at, to bring them hope and a way off the streets.
A group of seven young adults will be leaving August 6 to serve for a week at the Dream Center. To raise funds, they will be hosting a trivia night in the Faith Center Dome on Friday, July 14 at 7 p.m. For $15 (online registration) you can enter the trivia contest and play to win the grand prize, which includes a one night stay at the Benbow Inn, with a free round of golf and golf cart. Desserts and non-alcoholic drinks will also be on sale.
Register online for $15 to compete in the trivia night here. Tickets will be $20 at the door.