Youth Ministries

Youth Ministries

Junior High (7th-8th Grade)

7th & 8th-grade students combine for Sunday School in room 422 during the Sunday School Hour.

Please see the map below. 

2019 Room Map


Nothing from December 13, 2019 to January 13, 2020.

Confrontation Point will be our main trip this summer July 21-27, 2019 and we would love for you to be a part of this exciting experience. Confrontation Point occurs every other year; therefore students have only one opportunity to take part in this life-transforming trip. Please take some time to look over the details below and I hope you consider signing up for this trip of a lifetime!

What is Confrontation Point?

Confrontation Point is a 5-day adventure, deep in the Kentucky mountain wilderness. Our youth will experience first-hand: Rock Climbing, Worship, Caving, Devotions, Rappelling, Hiking, Swimming, Backpacking, High Ropes Course, and sleeping (with a tarp) under the stars. God will do amazing things as each student is stretched and sees firsthand God’s beautiful creation.

Confrontation Point will be an experience that is not “easy” or “comfortable”. It will be challenging and difficult, yet achievable. Students will be outside their comfort zones where they have to rely on God and their peers to help them.  Students will covenant together to work as a team and develop leadership skills as they work together to overcome challenges and engage in team building exercises.

Students grow as they are placed in leadership roles in daily adventure activities, meal preparation, worship, and devotional times.  This is a week to get away from the noise and busyness of life in order to hear, see, experience, and connect with God in His beautiful creation in a way like never before.

When and where will this trip take place?

Trip dates:    

July 21 – 27, 2019


Natural Bridge State Park, Kentucky

What should students expect if they go?

Connect with your group:

You will overcome challenges with your group, create memories together, and will get to know each other in new ways.

Grow closer to God:

You will have time for devos when you can focus on connecting with God.  Then, keep your eyes open all day because God is there and will show up.

Be a leader:

You will have chances to be a leader.  From cooking dinner to reading the map and leading the hike, your actions and decisions will affect the whole group.

Be challenged:

You will be challenged to step outside your comfort zone, and you will be surprised at how this can help you grow in many ways.


We are not going to jump into the woods for a week without preparing.  There will be two meetings where we will cover: Backpacking 101, Tarp Tent Making 101, Teambuilding 101, and Covenant Making 101.

Serve others:

You will have plenty of opportunities to use the gifts God has given you to serve others.

Have fun:

For over 16 years, most SJM students by the end of the week are saying…“That was really hard, but fun. I’m glad I went!”

Who is this trip for?

7th and 8th grade students (from the 2018-2019 school year) are invited and we hope you invite your friends!

This trip is not only for students who love camping and hiking. If that was the case I would never have chosen to go. I’m not an outdoors kind of guy – Holiday Inn is what I consider camping! This trip is for students who love the great outdoors and students who don’t It’s for those who love being smelly and stinky and for….well that’s basically every Jr. High student I know.  So I guess THIS TRIP IS FOR EVERYONE!

What kind of adult supervision will there be?

St. John Church will provide:

  • Adult Male Sponsors
  • Adult Female Sponsors
  • High School Student Leaders

Confrontation Point will provide:

  • Qualified Christian Male and Female Leaders (Guides)
  • Certified Leaders in all high adventure activities
  • Food for the entire week (breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day)
  • All basic camping equipment like:
    • Tarp Tents
    • Propane Stoves
    • Cookware
    • Dinnerware

How much does this trip cost?

The cost is $175/student

  • Total cost of trip is $450/student
  • Youth Ministry will pick up the remaining balance
  • Additional scholarships are available upon request

How do I register?

Click on the link provided below to register online.

Senior High (9th-12th Grade)

Sr. High Sunday School Schedule

The 1st Sunday of the month is “Testimony” Sunday – This is a time where adults from the church are scheduled to come and share their story with the students.

The 2nd Sunday of the month is traditionally our joint ABF Sunday – This is a time where the entire adult classes and youth classes hear what God is doing in the lives and ministries of the missionaries we support.

The 3rd Sunday of the month is  “Hmmm?” Sunday – This is a lesson Sunday on varied topics that get the students to dig deeper in their knowledge of Christ.

The 4th Sunday of the month is “Sunday Serve”  –  This is when the students meet at Mennonite Memorial Home (410 W. Elm St. Bluffton, Ohio) at 9:00 am.

** Students who choose not to participate in Sunday Serve are invited to help volunteer in Children’s ministry, hang in the Fellowship Hall, or join their parent’s ABF Class.

The Sr. High classroom is room 420. Please see the map below.

2019 Room Map


Nothing from December 13, 2019 to January 13, 2020.


We exist to bring glory to God by making disciples who make disciples – a ministry of multiplication.


Our vision for Youth Ministries is to develop a community of young people who are experiencing the joy of a relationship with Jesus Christ, who recognize Christ’s purpose for their lives, and who seek to know Christ more. We desire for our youth to make Him known to others while simultaneously building healthy friendships and experiencing meaningful fellowship. In general, we desire our Youth Ministry to enhance what parents are doing at home, but not entirely replace it.

We seek to create…

…a place where you are encouraged to connect with friends — old and new.
…a place where students feel welcome and comfortable to explore what it means to know and follow Jesus.
…a place where you can join with Christ in building his church.


For more information please contact Paul Ginther, Director of Youth Ministries.