South Harbor Church

One Church Family. Where you live.

1951 64th Street
Byron Center, Michigan 49315
616.531.3500
Sundays 9:00am & 11:00am

Welcome to Student Ministries

Our mission:  Helping Students Find Their Way Back to God

All the teaching at South Harbor is designed to be meaningful and impact students where they are, and help them take a step closer to God. We want each student to know and experience God’s love and grace while cultivating authentic relationships with other students and leaders. If you are someone who doesn’t know Jesus or you have known Him their whole life, our teaching engages students to figure out what it means to grow as a person, as part of a community, and in their spiritual lives. Our prayer is that you and your children will grow in your passion for God and live it out in every area of your lives.

Concerned that you “won’t fit in”?  Don’t be! We currently have seven different school systems (as well as many who are home schooled) represented in our youth group; in other words, we have made it a priority to do away with cliques.  We think Jesus would want it that way.

About our Sunday night format… Matthew 22:37-40 and Matthew 28:19 are the words of Jesus which are commonly called the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.  They are the two most important statements which gives insight to how disciples of Jesus live, and what our mission should be.  From them, three dominant themes of a community of disciples emerge:

                                            UP – worship together  | IN – gaining community as a group | OUT – serving our community

 

Middle School: Grade 6 -8 meet Sundays 6:15-7:30pm.  Location: Room 1 in South Harbor Kids Wing.

High School: Grade 9-12 meet Sundays 7:45-9:00pm.  Location: Room 1 in South Harbor Kids Wing.

 

  • +Middle School Sunday Nights

    Middle School programming is for students in grades 6-8, meeting at 6-7:45pm.

    Below are the dates for our upcoming UP/IN/OUT schedule:

    Feb 5 – No Youth Group – Enjoy the Superbowl!

    Feb 12 – No Youth Group due to our Winter Retreat at Camp Geneva

    Feb 19 – “UP ” Night – also Profession of Faith starts 10:15-11am

    Feb 26 – “IN” Night

    Mar 5 –  “UP ” Night

    Mar 12 – “IN” Night

    Mar 19 – “UP” Night

    Mar 26 – “OUT” Night

    Apr 2 – No Youth Group – Spring Break

    Apr 9 – No Youth Group – Spring Break

    Apr 16 – “UP” Night – Easter

    Apr 23 – “IN” Night

    Apr 30 – “UP” Night

    May 7 – Final Night of the Year!

    May 14 – No Youth Group – Mother’s Day

    May 21 – Youth Week 2017 Orientation

  • +High School Sunday Nights

    High School programming is for students in grades 9-12, meeting at 7:45-9pm.

    Below are the dates for our upcoming UP/IN/OUT schedule:

    Feb 5 – No Youth Group – Enjoy the Superbowl!

    Feb 12 – No Youth Group due to our Winter Retreat at Camp Geneva

    Feb 19 – “UP ” Night – also Profession of Faith starts 10:15-11am

    Feb 26 – “IN” Night

    Mar 5 –  “UP ” Night

    Mar 12 – “IN” Night

    Mar 19 – “UP” Night

    Mar 26 – “OUT” Night

    Apr 2 – No Youth Group – Spring Break

    Apr 9 – No Youth Group – Spring Break

    Apr 16 – “UP” Night – Easter

    Apr 23 – “IN” Night

    Apr 30 – “UP” Night

    May 7 – Final Night of the Year!

    May 14 – No Youth Group – Mother’s Day

    May 21 – Youth Week 2017 Orientation

     

     

  • +Register Your Student

    To Register your student who is in grade 6-12 for Student Ministries, please click here.To download a printable registration, please click here. Email any questions to Student Ministries Director, Matt Koomen, matt@southharbor.org.

  • +Trips and Events

    Some of our trips and events that we run annually are; Winter Retreat, Youth Week and Summer Discipleship Trip.

    Winter Retreat: February 10-12, 2017  This year we will again be on the shores of Lake Michigan at Camp Geneva.  Outdoor games and amazing worship are just some of the fun we’ve packed in as we grow together and learn more about God. Cost: Early Bird Nov. 13-Dec 18 $80, Dec. 19-Jan. 29 $100

    Youth Week: June 18-24, 2017  Middle and high school students will partner with ministries throughout West Michigan for mission work all week long. We’ll spend the week at Fair Haven while we work during the day and experience an awesome program and worship every night!

    Summer Discipleship Trip: July 19-23, 2017  This year we will be going to pictured rocks on Lake Superior at Harlow Lake Cabins in Marquette. We will be hiking, camping, and learning more about what it means to be a family on mission together. This trip is for incoming 9th graders to outgoing 12 graders. Cost $200. Deadline to register is Sunday, May 28. Email Matt Kooman for full details and registration form at matt@southharbor.org.

     

  • +Fundraisers for Trips

    In order to reduce the cost of trips for families, we have two fundraisers a year. Students are paid for the hours they work at the fundraisers. The money earned goes directly into the student’s account which can only be used for trips or Youth Week.

    Pig-in-a-blanket – Early November – On a Saturday, students make pig-in-a-blanket which are sold to our congregation.

    Trivia Dinner Night – Early March – Three-course dinner with trivia.

     

  • +Profession of Faith

    Students, grades 6-12, are paired with a mentor for a six-week process learning what it means to be a part of a church and to live out their faith.

    Profession of Faith for 2017 begins on Sunday, February 19. To learn more email Matt Kooman at matt@southharbor.org for more information.

Communication 

We send a weekly email to keep parents well informed of what we’re teaching in Student Ministries each Sunday so that you can carry on the conversation at home! It also includes upcoming events and general information so you’ll never miss what’s going on!  If you’re not receiving this weekly communication and would like to, email Matt Kooman: matt@southharbor.org

 

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