Youth Ministries

Youth Ministries


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.


Sunday School is to educate (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) about being disciples of Jesus Christ, using the Bible as the primary input, seeking to build and equip believers for works of service, evangelism, and ministry.

WHO: 7th – 8th graders WHEN: 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Sunday mornings WHERE: Room 422 (Junior High Room) at St. John Mennonite Church


Ever been in the middle of Walmart during a Black Friday Event? (a whirlwind of excitement and confusion) Middle school students often feel that way, even when they’re alone! It can be a confusing and exciting time. Jr. High is a unique time where many important life decisions are made. Club 2 is a Wednesday gathering tailored to help them sort it all out. With gifted presenters, heartfelt small group discussions broken down by gender, led by caring adult leaders, with the Bible as the main source of input – Club 2 seeks to provide an environment where:

…students feel welcomed to come.

…students feel safe to be themselves.

…students are encouraged to connect with friends – old and new.

…students feel welcomed & comfortable to explore what it means to know and follow Jesus.

WHO: 7th – 8th graders

WHEN: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Night’s

WHERE: Paul Ginther’s Home (11375 Phillips Road Bluffton, Ohio)

October 24, 2018
October 31, 2018
November 7, 2018
November 14, 2018
November 21, 2018


Each week there will be a different emphasis for the High school students to come together and experience. The four different emphases are: Combo ABF, Testimony, Hmmm?, and Serve. Below is a short description for each category to help give you an idea of what the different Sunday’s will look like.


Once a month someone from our church family will come to our class and share their faith story.

Combo ABF

As a class we have the opportunity to join the Combined ABF hour and hear missionaries from all around the world share what God is doing in their lives and ministry.


This is a time where we will come together as a class and be led in a discussion/teaching on a relevant topic the kids want to talk about.


As a class we desire to find ways to serve others in our church family and currently we are serving the residents at the Bluffton Mennonite Home (410 West Elm Bluffton). Every Sunday morning at the Nursing Home there’s a 9:30 a.m.service for the residents (many who have in the past attended St. John) and we have the honor of worshiping together, building relationships, and helping with transport to and from the service.


What’s the purpose of Small Groups?

The heart of our small group ministry is provide a place where, for starters, high school students would want to come because their friends are there, it’s fun, and theirs good food. But we want to go further than just have fun and eat good food. We want to take time in each meeting to talk about relevant topics that affect every teenager’s life. We want to talk about topics like friendship, making wise choices, identity, hurt, doubt, and family to name a few and we want to look at each of the topics from a Biblical viewpoint.

Who are Small Groups for?

Every week starting September 11th, 2017 there will be many high school students (9th-12th grade) from many different schools meeting together for usually 90 minutes. Small groups are divided by school and gender and currently we have Pandora-Gilboa, Bluffton, and Columbus Grove girls and guys small groups established.

How can I get connected to a Small Group?

If you are interested in joining a small group please contact Paul Ginther and he will direct you to a group that best fits you.

October 28, 2018
November 4, 2018
November 11, 2018
November 18, 2018


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