Making disciples of Jesus Christ

Student Ministry

Learning and Living the Gospel Together in Every Relationship  

Who we are

Our Mission: To glorify God by coming alongside parents in making student-aged disciples of Jesus Christ in the Lehigh Valley who are equipped to bear Gospel fruit in the home, in the church, and in the world

Our Values: Word Focused, Doctrinally Grounded, Holy Spirit Dependent, Gospel Centered, Worship Oriented, Community Minded, Culturally Engaged

Our Vision: Students who seek to glorify God by believing in His Son Jesus, knowing Him through His Word, living for Him through His Spirit, corporately worshiping Him with His people, and who seek to serve those around them both spiritually and physically

Ages: 6th – 12th grade

Connect with us!

Student Ministry Pastor: Chris Von Holt 

Phone: 610-432-2200

Email: students@cedarcrest.church

What we do

Gathering & Training

Our discipleship institute is designed to train our students through our seven year plan to know, believe, and live out the Gospel. We have three 12 week long trimesters for Middle School and High School students.

**Currently our discipleship institute is not meeting on Sunday mornings due to COVID-19.

Our night begins with FUN where we want our students to build relationships with one another and the adult leaders through games and conversation in the Activity Center.

We then transition to a time of worship in song where our Student led band leads their peers in Christ-centered time worship.

Following the singing, we are fed the Word of God by our student ministry pastor or another adult leader. Our method is to walk verse by verse through a book of the Bible, applying God’s truth in those passages to our students life experience.

We wrap up the evening with our age/gender specific small groups. Each small group is led by one or two of our student ministry leaders who seek to disciple our students in a smaller setting by guiding discussion, leading in prayer, providing accountability, and forming a relationship with our students.

On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, students 8th grade and up gather at Chris and Courtney’s home for an engaging study of Scripture or relevant topic. Students who want to hang out afterwards are more than welcome! For their address please contact Pastor Chris (button at the top of webpage)

We have gender and grade specific small groups for our students to participate in on Sunday nights and throughout the week. This is for our students to get to know other students and specific leaders on a more personal level for accountability, prayer, and community. Each small group will try and keep in touch via technology and get together for their own activities.

We believe God uses one on one discipleship between older and younger believers as a main way to mature younger Christians in their faith. If you would like to be mentored or mentor a student, please scroll down to our resources to start the process!

Events & Activities

*All events & activities subject to change due to COVID-19

In January we attend our denomination’s weekend Winter Retreat in the Poconos called Sno Glo. Students hear Christ exalting teaching, sing Christ exalting songs, have life-changing conversations, play crazy group games, and participate in various tournaments of their choosing.

In June we attend Boyce College’s week long week of discipleship called D3 in Louisville, KY. The content of the week is similar to Sno Glo but at a higher level.

In November we attend our denomination’s Reformation Rally where we learn from the life of one of the Protestant reformers. At this event we also have tournaments, food, and fun!

In April we attend our denomination’s Core Challenge where students 8th grade and up hear in depth teaching on a particular topic of the Christian faith (i.e. – How can I know that I am saved?)

In November we have a flag football game that includes breakfast.

In December we host a Christmas party at the church. We have games, prizes, and food!

In February we watch the Superbowl together at the church and hear the testimony of one of our members during the halftime show.

In May we celebrate the graduation of our seniors with a formal dinner and presentation time for them and their parents.

In December we sing carols to the residents at Fellowship Community.

Throughout the year each small group organizes one service project together.

Throughout the year we encourage all of our students to serve within our churches other ministries (i.e. nursery, sound/media, worship team, babysitting for lifegroups, etc.)

Current Studies

Youth Group - Sunday Evening Gathering

Join us on Sundays for our weekly gathering from 6 pm – 8pm for fun, community, accountability, and worship as we sing to God and hear from His Word. This school year we are studying the Gospel of John.

Gathering Guidelines are below.

Dive Deeper - Wednesday Evening Study

This is new this school year! We will be hosting a bi-weekly Bible study through Galatians for 8th – 12th grade students at the Von Holt’s home (e-mail pastor Chris or check crossroads for address) on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 7 – 8:30 pm. Students who want to stay later to hang out are welcome.

*Please RSVP the Monday before by e-mailing Pastor Chris (cvonholt@cedarcrest.church)

Student Ministry Calendar

Resources for Students, Parents, and Leaders

Permission Slip/Waiver and Gathering Guidelines

For the safety of our students, we require either an electronically (preferred) or paper permission form for each student under the age of 18. For the 2020-2021 school year, we are also requiring that you familiarize yourselves with our gathering guidelines.

Mentoring

We believe God uses one on one discipleship between older and younger believers as a main way to mature younger Christians in their faith. If you would like to be mentored or mentor a student, please click the appropriate link below to start the process.

Teaching & Preaching

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