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Youth & Kids

Ellis Avenue Church currently has a sizable group of youth and children that attend our service.  In fact,  often one-third of our congregation for worship on Sundays is under 25 years of age.   We recognize that the young people are an amazing gift and we encourage them to participate in all aspects of our service.

Ellis has several specific programs to meet the spiritual and educational needs of the young people in our community.

For middle school and high school students we offer:

  • Participation in our church choir – Generations of Praise – which is comprised of adults and youth singing together.
  • Participation in Bible Study – held from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings – that focuses on issues of Christian discipleship and basic Biblical literacy.
  • Special worship services led exclusively by the Youth.  Twice per year we have these ‘Youth Sundays’ where all aspects of the worship service are led by children and youth.  These Youth Sunday services often include songs by the youth choir, a praise dance or mime, poetry, and a sermon preached by one of our current college or high school students.
  • Participation in our church mentoring program.  When young people reach 5th grade they are assigned an adult mentor in the congregation.  Mentors are encouraged to plan an activity with their youth several times per year.  We also schedule large group mentoring outings where all of our mentor/mentee pairs go together to do a large group activity.  Large group mentoring outings often include trips to baseball games, movies, or a trip to the Sweet Sounds of Gospel Choir Competition.

For the youngest children among us we offer:

  • A children’s story taught by the pastor during some Sunday morning worship services
  • Children’s Church, a more traditional Sunday School program including Bible stories and arts and crafts, for kids ages 4-8 that takes place during the final half of the worship service (children are released for Children’s Church prior to the sermon).
  • Opportunities for elementary school kids to participate in the worship service by reading scripture and even offering our opening prayer.
  • A fully staffed nursery for children 0-3 years old
  • In addition to the programs outlined above, the church supports the STRIVE afterschool tutoring program and summer day camp that is housed in our church building .  To read more about this church ministry click here.
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