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's Happening Now!

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Youth Group just started!

Join us on Sunday evenings from 6 – 8 pm for Youth Group! All Middle School and High School students are welcome!

Please fill out a waver form below.
 
We hope to see you there!

What we do

Equip and Support Parents

A vital part of our mission statement is to “come alongside parents” as they disciple their students. What we do is supplement the ministry of the home. For that reason, we have put together a resource page for parents and mentors to aid them in their ministry to students.

Every month we send out an e-mail newsletter from mailchimp with important information about what’s happening, what events we’re having, and much more. Click below for the most recent newsletter. Also, if you are not subscribed to our newsletters please e-mail pastor Chris at cvonholt@cedarcrest.church.

Gather with and Disciple Students

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. This will pick up again in the Fall.

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.

The young men and young women gather separately (Journeymen & Girl’s Quest) to interactively learn about who they are in Christ and how to live faithfully as such.

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

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.

Sunday Mornings

Our High School and Middle School Students will be studying “The Master’s Doctrine for the Church” at the same time the adults do. Our pastoral team and elders decided it was an appropriate time for our church to have a strong refresher of our denomination’s doctrine so that we can build on it going forward. So, for this school year the High School students will be joining the adults in the Worship Center and the Middle School students will be studying a similar doctrinal curriculum by Wayne Grudem called: “Christian Beliefs” in the Youth Room. This will span from September 2021 – March 2022.

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Wednesday Nights

Our world, under the direction of the Evil One, continually attacks the truth of God’s Word. A main target is our young people and the main snare is their identity as a man or a woman made in God’s image. On Wednesday evenings we seek to equip our male students with a biblical view of their God given manhood and our female students with a biblical view of their God given womanhood.

We meet weekly from 7-8:30 pm. Our young women meet in the youth room for Girl’s Quest and our young men meet in the Activity Center for Journeymen.

Student Ministry Calendar

Discipleship

Permission/Guide

For the safety of our students, we require either an electronically (preferred) or paper permission form for each student be filled out by the parent/guardian for each school year (once each school year is sufficient).

Mentoring

An essential part of discipleship is mentorship. We want all of our students to have a more mature believer mentor them in their walk with God. If you are interested, please click the appropriate button below.

Baptism

Every disciple of Jesus is called to be baptized. At Cedar Crest, we delight in baptizing young people who have counted the cost and chosen to follow Jesus. We have a study that we ask mentors to take young people through. Please (as a parent/mentor) click the button below to submit a baptism application on behalf of your student. Pastor Chris will reach out to you with more details.

Teaching & Preaching

All of these recordings are the weekly teaching students hear at our Sunday Night Gathering. It’s a phenomenal way for students to be reminded of truth they’ve hard and parents to engage with what their students are hearing.

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