Young Disciples (YD) is a ministry of St. Luke’s youth in grades 6-12. The mission of YD is:
- To learn about God and how God acts in our lives
- To pray and worship together
- To support one another as Christ teaches
- To serve others as an expression of our love for God and one another.
St. Luke’s recognizes that our young, by virtue of their baptism, are powerful ministers of the Gospel and full members of the faith community. Together, we explore the cost and promise of being Christians. We seek to be mature in our relationships and in our faith. And, we strive to fulfill our individual ministries for the sake of Jesus Christ.
Young Disciples gather each Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The programs vary from worship, study, fun and service. Service projects are usually outside the church such as Concern and Agape Mission. An evening meal is almost always a part of the Wednesday plan and adults are asked to be Wednesday Chefs for our youth by cooking a simple meal for the youth.
If we aren’t involved in a service project or a Christian education night, we participate in activities that build up our community, like games, going to see a movie together, laser tag or bowling.
Banner events happen throughout the year, such as Bible Jeopardy and production of various videos. Weekend events are sometimes scheduled consisting of ropes courses, river float trips, all night lock-ins, retreats and short road trips.
YD has permanent adult sponsors. In addition, all adult members of St. Luke’s are encouraged to participate in the mentoring of our youth, whether they have children in YD or not. Wednesday chefs, project leaders (“how-to” projects), and chaperoning are ways to show our youth they matter, they are important and what adult Christians are all about.