what we do
Kid's Bible Club -Monday 5-7PM
Kid’s Bible Club for ages 3-11 meets each Monday from 5-7:00 pm. Our attendance has risen in the last two years from forty to sixty children weekly, due to on-going relationships and our commitment to following the children when they relocate, as they are very transient. During the first hour, we provide a safe environment for kids to play inside (crafts, video games, board games, coloring) or outside (playground, basketball court, other field games). During the second hour, we have a special upbeat worship time and a Bible lesson followed by small group question/answer times. We are currently using the Gospel Project Curriculum. We provide a full meal before sending the children home with snack-packs to get them through the week. Volunteers to provide a meal for sixty children each week are needed.
Teen Night Bible Study -Tuesday 6-8PM
Teen Night Bible Study for ages 12-19 meets each Tuesday from 6-8:00 PM. Teen Night has always been our largest group, but it has grown from an average of 45 in two years to 65+. For the first hour each week some of our teens hang out inside playing video games and visiting with friends, while outside there are typically a few intense basketball games going on. During the second hour, they are served a full meal and then enjoy an upbeat time of worship and learning from God's word.
Our teens are growing spiritually, building healthy relationships, and learning how to serve others. We provide various opportunities throughout the year for our teens to participate in service projects in their local community and leadership development camps with mission projects in surrounding states.
We provide one-on-one school tutoring, job interview etiquette, and basic life skills as needed. We are in need of volunteers to provide a meal for over 65 hungry teens each week.
Teen Life Groups -Thursday 6-7:30PM
Teen Guys: 20+ teen males age 12-19 meet every other week on Thursday evenings
6-7:30 PM. Our focus is on deeper discipleship, which we foster best through the small group setting. We spend many of our evenings doing service projects, whether that be maintenance at our community center or moving single moms into a new home; we are building a community of young, godly men going in a positive direction.
Teen Girls: 20+ teen females age 12-19 meet every other week, opposite the guy’s group. Our focus this year has been on spiritual growth, purity, relationships, and identity in Christ. We spend the first part of our night in Bible study, then we get a meal or ice cream to celebrate just simply being in our community of friends.
We have doubled our attendance in both groups over the last year. Our needs for each group are additional volunteers of each gender to help provide more one-on-one discipleship time for their specific group.
Adult Discovery Classes -Weekly
Ladies Discovery Group is one of our smaller and more intimate groups. We meet each Monday from 11:30-1:30 PM. We enjoy studies that challenge our walk with Christ and teach basic doctrines of the Christian faith. We will focus on God's Word, the history of our faith, learning Godly discernment and understanding, and letting Him do what He is so good at - heart work.
Men's Discovery Group meets once a week at various times depending on job schedules.
We gather as a group men, looking towards scripture to learn how it applies to being a man, walking through this world as a husband, and becoming leaders in our homes and community. We acknowledge the attacks on faith and family and strive to dig into the Word in a way that combats them daily.
Our group verse is: 1st Corinthians 6:13 "Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong."
We strive to have at least one big event each month that brings our neighborhood together. Along with our partners, we have hosted mattress giveaways, block parties, an annual trunk or treat, coat drive, passing out 450 Christmas lunches, and many others. We use this time to get to know the neighborhoods we serve on a more personal level. While what we do inside the walls of our community center is very important, it is reaching the families right outside our doors that allow us to be actively sharing Christ with our neighbors and inviting them to be a part of all God is doing at Young America Ministries.
Summer Camps & Leadership Development
The summer camps, youth retreats, and home mission groups reach kids on a deeper level by getting them out of their usual environment and exposing them to Christian volunteers, uplifting bands, speakers, and fun activities. We host various day camps for the children throughout summer and our teens attend a camp in Millington, Tennessee called MERGE, which merges evangelism with missions. We spend a week literally merging our lives with the community of Millington and reaching the people there with the Gospel through our many acts of service. We also receive daily evangelism training and ministry discipleship classes. We have seen the most spiritual growth out of the students who choose to participate in these camps and leadership development opportunities.
Our two greatest needs for the summer programs are: volunteers willing to take a week dedicated to becoming the hands and feet of Jesus, and funding as these trips and activities cost several thousands of dollars we typically host fundraisers to raise.
Our annual Christmas party for the children who regularly attend Young America Ministries is always a great celebration. They each receive a fun gift along with other practical gifts to help meet their physical needs, a full meal, a time of worship and learning the Christmas story, and a visit from Santa.
Our teens travel to a Christmas retreat in Gatlinburg, Tennessee each year where they are exposed to many great Bible teachers and Christian musicians. We use this time to remove them from their normally chaotic environment and to introduce them to an atmosphere where they can better focus on their relationship with Christ. Young America provides all expenses for this rewarding trip.
We need child & teen Christmas Sponsors each year to be able to provide for the needs of our ever-growing community.