New Life (Youth)
OVERVIEW (GRADES 6-12)
Grace Redeemer’s Youth Ministry exists to bring the youth of Northern NJ into a life transforming encounter with the Kingdom of God. Our ministry is centered around the best news in the whole world: the gospel of Jesus Christ, which alone has the power to save (Rom. 1:16-17), and we want every teen to have a relationship with God through Christ. We pursue spiritual formation in our teens through Bible study and teaching, apologetics, mentoring, mission trips and projects, and other special events.
Discipling teens in the covenant community.
Our Four Core Values
- Biblical and Doctrinal Education | Sunday School
- Cultural Engagement and Evangelism | New Life
- Life-on-Life Discipleship | Mentoring Program (One-on-One & Groups)
- Missions and Service | Trips and Projects
Biblical and Doctrinal Education | Sunday School
Meets on Sundays from 10-11 AM. The core objective of Sunday School is to impart Biblical truth to our youth and help them be grounded in the Gospel. Our Sunday School follows The Gospel Project curriculum (gospelproject.com/students). This material tailored to teens, focuses around the centrality of the gospel and God’s grace throughout all of scripture.
Cultural Engagement and Evangelism
Most Friday Nights 7-9PM (See calendar below for specific dates)
New Life meets the first, second, and third Fridays most months of the year. A light dinner is always served and the evening includes a game, worship, and an interactive lesson. The focus of our New Life Youth Group is on engaging the culture around us and evangelism. Youth group is a place where our youth can bring their non-Christian friends to hear the gospel as well as strengthen their own faith in a fun and interactive environment.
Life-on-Life Discipleship | Mentoring Programs
To supplement our Sunday School and New Life teaching, we are also continuing our mentoring program. Our hope is to foster a deeper sense of community and belonging among our youth and also aid them in growing in their individual relationships with the Lord. Our mentoring program is led by youth leaders and includes both small groups and one-on-one meetings.
Special Events and Retreats
In addition to Sunday School, our youth group has a variety of other events going on throughout the year:
- The Great Escape Youth Retreat in Lake Champion NY. The Great Escape is a multi-church retreat bringing together hundreds of youth and youth leaders
- "GRC's Got Talent", our annual talent show which raises money for our mission trips
- An annual Lock In
- Christmas Party
- A high school senior outing
- Six Flags / Waterpark
Missions and services
Grace Redeemer Church is a church with a missional outlook. Our missions’ philosophy is gospel centered: gospel of the cross and gospel of the Kingdom. Participating in both local and long-distance mission trips reminds us that the work of the Great Commission begins right in our community and expands outwards. Some of our previous missions and service projects include partnerships with: New City Kids (Paterson, NJ), Open Door NJ/NY (West New York, NJ), Living Hope Church (Chicago, IL), Jesus Presbyterian Church (Progreso, Mexico).
If you’re a teen who’s interested or a parent who’d like more information, please contact Pastor Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org.