High School Youth Ministry is directed by a team of adults who willingly give of their time, unique skills, finances and lead with hearts that are open to care authentically about island teens, beyond those in their own families.
Primary program tool is a gathering on Monday evenings called Devo’, short for Devotion or Devotional, depending on who you may ask. Fifteen years ago, a group of high school teens chose that name because for them the two-hour break centered around the question, ‘to what or whom are you most devoted?’ This question still serves as a foundational pillar in our discussions, reminding us each week to consider where our heart is most settled.
Devo’ is a missional youth group. This means the group is intentional about creating space where teens are comfortable, regardless of their current beliefs or lack thereof. Due to our discussion-based, narrative-style, question-dominated way of teaching, Devo’ has always been a place where all teens can come to respectfully dialogue without expectations that everyone will agree fully by the end of the evening. This purposeful atmosphere has drawn teens who do not identify themselves as Christian along with those who are quite firm in their faith in Christ.
All of our adult leaders are followers of Jesus and we do teach from Scripture to understand what our Creator God intended and to learn of this new Kingdom way, we are invited to live.
Devo’ meets every Monday evening from 6:45 – 9 pm and offers dinner for those coming straight from sports practices or other after school events. Sylvia Sullard is the HS youth director and is joined by four other adults (2 men, 2 women) who are part of the weekly team. There are many other behind-the-scene youth workers who minister to island teens in various ways, from food preparation to coaches to small bible study leaders.
Our ‘discipleship’ piece of the ministry looks like one-on-one coffee dates or smaller groups of 2-3 teens gathering with a leader to discuss life, Scripture and share in prayer together.
We do random ‘outreach’ events within the Devo’ structure to help teens check out the group in a fairly easy manner. Recently we hosted Turkey Bowling in November and we are about to kick off the New Year with a Diamond Smuggling Dinner event here at FHPC.
Each summer, we have opportunity to participate in a local Young Life weeklong camp or mission-based program tools. Depending on the stories of the teens who regularly attend Devo’, we choose which tool best fits the group.Events Coming Soon.