High school can be a difficult time to grow spiritually.  Without a strong network of mentors and peers, faith can be hard to develop and thrive during these four years.  Grace Youth is a group that is enthusiastic about supporting and helping Sr. High youth to grow to their full potential.  We endeavor to walk with each person on their journey of faith.  Also we are committed to stretch beyond our own comfort zones and grow and reach out to others with the radical love of Christ.  We draw our inspiration from 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

Students gather monthly on the 2nd Sundays from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at Katie’s Cup in Rockford. We gather weekly on Wednesday night at Grace to share a meal, offer support, play games, study scripture, and build relationships. Throughout the year the group also participates in many other activities like lock-ins, retreats, concerts, and much more.  Every summer the group also participates in a mission trip, locally or nationally or the ELCA National Youth Gathering.

Everyone in the 9th-12th grade is welcome to come and participate. Please see the youth calendar for specific information or contact Pastor JoAnna at jpatterson@gracelovespark.org  or the office at (815) 633-8075 with any questions.