“Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants, and our daughters as coner pillars fashioned as for a palace” (Psalm 144:12)

Youth

Ebenezer Church of God of Prophecy’s youth group is dedicated to the discipleship of teens. We strive to create an environment that is fun, spiritually stimulating and most of all, spiritually challenging to our members. We strive to create a place centered on fun and fellowship but will not sacrifice the sharing of truthful scripture. We challenge students to improve their Christian walk by constantly reminding them that Christ is the standard by which we are to judge ourselves.

We strive to create a place centered on fun and fellowship but will not sacrifice the sharing of truthful scripture. We challenge students to improve their Christian walk by constantly reminding them that Christ is the standard by which we are to judge ourselves. We are a fun loving people. Who strongly believe that God has a purpose for each individual and that honesty between brothers and sisters in Christ is one of the four cornerstones of a church built for God.

Our Core Values

Limitless: We believe that in God, we are limitless and we can live full, productive, blessed lives.

Unity: We acknowledge that unity among young men and women from all walks of life is essential to our success.

Service: We embrace our responsibility to humanity through being of service to our members, communities, and society, at large.

President: Marie Mica Gilles

I have been a member of Ebenezer Church of God of Prophecy from its very inception in 1997. I was about 9 years old when the first service took place. I truly believe that God has a plan for each one of us. I am passionate about our youth, they are at the most vulnerable space mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. It is our job to win their souls. I plan to continue planting seeds and letting God do the rest.

I am a wife, mother to two boys. I have my Masters degree in Healthcare Administration and I am director of memory care at an assisted living in New Jersey.

Vice President: Merthide Alexis Romain

I have been humbly serving the church since the age of 14. Now at the age of 30, I am more eager to serve God and help push his Kingdom work forward as a servant leader to the youth. I participate in a variety of ministries at the church: ushering, worship team, youth ministries, but I find I am more drawn to work with the youth. God has worked in me and has given me patience, wisdom, and courage, and has given me a spirit of selflessness and I know these qualities are continuing to grow in me as he guides me to help lead our youth to be a generation ready for what the world has to throw at us.

I am a married mother to two boys. I have my Bachelors degree in Psychology and work as a support counselor for youth in Ocean County, New Jersey.

While many youth group activities are focused on Bible study, prayer, outreach, missions, and other spiritual pursuits, one thing some youth leaders forget is that Christian teens also need time together for fun and fellowship. Youth group ought to be more than just a place where students come to learn about the Bible; it should be a community where believers learn, grow, and enjoy life together as the family of God.
It’s important for youth groups to plan activities that reach beyond Sunday meetings. Planned youth group activities and outings help to foster close relationships between students. They also provide opportunities for teens to invite non-Christian friends who are wary of organized religion to less-threatening events. Here are some ideas for outings that most Christian teens can’t pass up.

YOUTH GROUP ACTIVITIES TEENS LOVE TO DO

THEME PARK

A day spent at a local amusement park is just the ticket for most students. What Christian teen doesn’t love the thrill of riding roller coasters? A theme park outing may require some coordination and a few chaperones, but your students are not likely to resist the chance for some adventurous fun. If you don’t have a theme park near you, you might opt for a local fair, water park, or recreation center.

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COSMIC BOWLING

Who doesn’t like to bowl? While older leaders may remember simple bowling alleys where scores were kept by hand, new alleys have computerized scoring and even “cosmic bowling,” with black lights and fun music.
Neon bowling balls add a funky touch of high-energy to the experience. Most bowling alleys will have a coordinator to work with your group to schedule an outing, including discounted rates on rentals, food, and drinks.

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BIG CITY

If you live in a suburban or rural area, a trip to the “Big City” might be an unexpected highlight for Christian teens.   You can supply students with maps pinpointing places to see and shop. You might even want to design a scavenger hunt or geocaching, giving teens clues to find certain places or people. To keep students safe and on schedule, you may want to assign groups and chaperones, set boundaries for exploration, and designate meeting places and times.

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ROLLER SKATING OR ICE SKATING

Skating is something most teens enjoy, with retro-skates coming back into fashion. Most communities have access to a roller rink or ice skating arena. These centers usually have a contact person who can schedule and help plan a group activity. If you don’t have a local facility, you can create your own outing in a local park, parking lot (for roller skating) or lake (for ice skating).

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PAINTBALL

Like laser tag, paintball is a popular youth group activity that fosters teamwork and friendly competition. Some communities have specialty parks designed specifically for paintball activity. You can also design your own paintball field with boxes, hay, trees, etc. Be sure to check with your church administer to see if any liability paperwork is required. Also, be sure all students are supplied with equipment and appropriate safety gear.

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CAMPING

Depending on your preference, consider renting cabins for your students or camping the old-fashioned way in tents. Unless, of course, you prefer “glamping.” This youth group activity involves careful planning to be sure you take all of the appropriate equipment, supplies, and food needed for the duration.
Inevitably, there will be students who forget certain supplies, so pack extras or do a group inventory before leaving. Many campgrounds and Christian retreats offer rental equipment, group meals, and other facilities.

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COMEDY CLUBS

The Bible says laughter is good medicine, and most teens would say amen. A trip to a comedy club can be a great time of making memories as a group. Several clubs cater to young audiences, offering clean comedy routines. Check with the club to see if they host events for youth groups or have comedians who use only family-friendly, age-appropriate material.

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LASER TAG

Put some teenagers in a darkened maze, hand them laser guns and vests, and just wait for the fun to ensue.
Most students (and leaders) can’t turn down the challenge of a laser tag competition. Some laser tag companies offer special group rates and exclusive use of their facility for certain time periods.

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DINNER AND A MOVIE

Here’s an easy hang out to throw together that most teens would find inviting. Pick up some pizza and popcorn, choose a movie and a meeting place, talk, eat, and enjoy the show in good company. Try to choose a film that will appeal to a wide range of teens.

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MALL MADNESS

The mall is a tried and true favorite hangout for teenagers. Consider taking your youth group on a trip to a distant mall for a new experience. Teens can explore different stores and meet new people. Like the trip to the city, you can incorporate fun activities like a scavenger hunt.

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What activities does your youth group like to do?

Are you looking for new and refreshing ideas for the Christian teens in your group? From games to Bible studies, check out all the ways a youth group can reach out to students to help them grow in their faith.

GAMES

Games are a great way to get things going during a service or get-together. There are plenty of outrageous games that make Christian teens laugh and icebreakers that allow students to get to know one another. A fun game at the start of service can make even skeptical student come back to find out more.

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OUTINGS/ACTIVITIES

Name one Christian teen that doesn’t like to blow off a little steam by doing something fun. There aren’t any. Everyone likes to get out and do something entertaining. Whether it’s going to an amusement park or sitting back watching a movie, there are some fun outings and activities that you can do as a group.

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BIBLE STUDIES

While regular services help to feed Christians, a Bible study is a great way to help Christian teens to grow in their faith and become more knowledgeable about the things they believe. However, there is a lot of planning required to run a long-lasting Bible study. It starts with effective planning and involves choosing topics, activities, and even the right Bible for your group.

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LEADERSHIP

No youth group is complete without good leadership. While many leaders feel called to Youth leadership, it takes work to be an effective youth leader. Youth workers make an investment in disciplining students and taking the time to support Christian teens in their development and growth.

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MISSIONS TRIPS

Some Christians may feel a call to missions, and it is a call that leaders should want to encourage. If you do not know how to plan a mission trip, then you can go through an organization that can help you organize a trip for your students.
There are plenty of trips available during Spring, Summer, and Winter breaks. The trips go all over the world and help to spread the gospel, build communities, provide food, and more to people who are in need.
Isaiah 49:6 -“I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” (NIV)

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OUTREACH

While mission trips may not be available or appealing to all students, outreach events are. Outreach is a chance for Christian teens to reach out to their own communities to be an example of Christ. Some outreach events involve witnessing to people, while others are forms of service that have very little preaching involved. Every youth group should have some sort of regular outreach to teach teens how to give back to the world around them.

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“Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honor dwelleth”. Psalm 26:8