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Youth

Bel air youth

Bel Air's Youth Discipleship has grade-specific groups that allow for lasting friendships and relationship with Jesus. Select the grade-level to learn more:

Emerge: 5-6th Grade | Element: 7-8th Grade | Edge: 9-12th Grade



emerge :: 5th & 6th Grade Discipleship

Given the unique developmental needs of pre-adolescence, emerge is a group designed specifically for 5th & 6th graders that allows the church to more appropriately minister to this age group and their families.

Students around the ages of 10 and 11 are at the precipice of the adolescent journey.  This is a unique and complicated time for students and families, however most of the students in this category have not yet stepped into the adolescent journey.  This creates a quandary in how to best meet their developmental needs especially in faith development.  This group doesn’t quite fit with childlike programming, but is also a bit premature for a faster paced youth model. .

At Bel Air we have found this to be true.  Given these concerns we are able to do a better job meeting the needs of this unique age group with a specialized program just for them.

Emerge Programs

Families in Worship :: The first Sunday of every month we ask families to join together in worship. For this reason students are encouraged to attend the worship portion of the main service. After they students are dismissed from the service, they will be greeted outside by their Emerge leaders and taken to Evans chapel for the rest of program.

Sunday Mornings :: Our Sunday morning meeting is held weekly in Evans Chapel from 9:00 – 10:15 AM.  Our time together includes interactive group games, large group teaching and small group discussions. 

We also offer a small group for 5th-8th graders during the 11 am service.  Students meet in Evan's Chapel at 11:00 AM and participate in interactive games and a small group lesson.
 

Mid-Week Program :: Our mid-week evening program is held Tuesdays in the Chapel from 6:30 – 8:00 PM during the school year.  This is a great time for hanging out with friends, playing a crazy game and having a corporate, interactive teaching time.

Events

We have a couple events each quarter, usually including a kids-only event and a family event.  Check the events schedule for details and bring your friends!

Service Opportunities

One morning or afternoon dedicated to serving others in the community, usually at our partner organization Hope Gardens.  Check out www.hopegardens.org for more about this great organization!

Camps & Retreats

Overnight adventures intended to give students a chance to experience God outside of their normal routine.  Our camps and retreats include class retreats, Forest Home Juniors Winter Camp and Forest Home Adventure Mountain Summer Camp.




element :: 7th & 8th Grade Discipleship

Element is a dynamic group of 7th and 8th grade students and their families led by an amazing team of leaders at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, CA. The mission and purpose of the program is for students to encounter the life-changing message of Jesus Christ and to experience discipleship within the context of personal relationships. The program is geared towards the heart of today’s teenager with the specific context of Bel Air Presbyterian Church in mind.

The program is designed to simply provide opportunities to do ministry–to hang out with each other, to laugh and play, and to share Christ. We build programs on the premise that early adolescents want to experience the real and active God in the world, and not just the idea or concept. They want to see God in action; not in theory

Pieces of the Program


Club 905 :: Sunday Morning Meeting, Evans Chapel, 9:05–10:15 a.m.

We begin the morning with all middle school students together for announcements, skits and songs of worship.  Then we break into small group teaching times, led by our amazing volunteer leaders.

We also offer a small group for 5th-8th graders during the 11 am service.  Students attend the beginning of the 11 am Main Worship Service with their parents, then dismiss themselves during the Meet & Greet.  A youth staff person will meet the kids and walk with them to Evans Chapel for small group.

Shift Reality :: Tuesday Evening Meeting, Student Center, 6:30 –8 p.m. during the school year.

This is a great time for hanging out with friends, playing a crazy game and having a corporate, interactive teaching time.  During the summer, we take Shift Reality poolside with Pool Parties on Tuesday nights located at different homes.

Fun Fridays :: Our big ’"shabang" event, held on Friday nights throughout the year.  Check the events schedule for details and bring your friends!

Service Opportunities :: One morning or afternoon a month dedicated to serving others in the community, usually at our partner organization Hope Gardens.  Check out www.hopegardens.org for more about this great organization.

Family Night :: A chance for the whole fam to come and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship together. Students, parents and siblings are all invited!

Retreats + Camps :: Overnight adventures intended to give students a chance to experience God outside of their normal routine.  Our camps and retreats include class retreats, Forest Home Ojai Fall Retreat, Forest Home Winter Camp and Mount Hermon Summer Camp.


Confirmation :: Confirmation is a time when young people claim the promises that were made on their behalf in baptism.  It is an opportunity to learn what Presbyterians believe and to become full-fledged members of Bel Air Presbyterian Church.  Students who have not been baptized will have the opportunity to do so when they are confirmed.

At Bel Air, the confirmation program (also called Confo) is available for students in 8th – 10th grade.  The program consists of a parent/student orientation, 7 classes, a retreat, a mentor relationship, church attendance, a service opportunity and study of the material.  Because we take this step on your faith journey seriously, all of these pieces are mandatory to be part of the program.  Students have three years to participate, so if scheduling conflicts prohibit participation one year, we encourage you to wait until another year when you are able to make the commitment to the program.

There will be a program fee for anyone going thru Confirmation to help cover the cost of the program.

Next Confo session will be in Spring 2016.




edge :: 9th–12th Grade Discipleship

Edge is a relational youth ministry committed to connecting students with Jesus. Everything we do has that as a goal. Each year we do many trips and events where relationships can foster and grow, such as Forest Home Winter Camp, Summer Camping Experiences and Mission Trips. We also encourage students to participate in a small group to study the Bible together and encourage each other throughout the school year. It is through these Small Groups that some of the most growth happens in the lives of students. Weekly meetings of support, accountability, study and prayer provide faith building discipleship.

Pieces of the Program

For any questions about upcoming events, or to be added to our e-mail list to receive announcements, please contact: lauren.garcia@belairpres.org

Sunday Morning Programs :: Our Sunday morning meeting is held weekly in the Student Center from 9–10:30 a.m. We begin the morning with all high schoolers together for announcements, skits and songs of worship led by our student/leader band. Then we break into teaching times in which 9th and 10th graders split into small groups while the Juniors and Seniors stay together for a more focused and interactive teaching. On the first Sunday of the month we have "Families in Worship," and high school students attend one of the main worship services at 9am, 901, 11, or 6pm.

Tuesday Night Program (Refuge)
:: Our Tuesday Night High School Bible Study meets in Room C303 from 6:30-8:15pm. This Bible study is co-ed with all grades mixed together, and is a great time of catching up with friends midweek, playing a game, and digging into an interactive teaching time. It's a great opportunity for "digging deeper."

Events :: Our fun times to get together and enjoy each other's company, once a month or every other month—game nights, broomball, gak games, etc. Bring friends!

Camps + Retreats :: Overnight adventures intended to give students a chance to experience God outside of their normal routine. Our camps and retreats include Forest Home Ojai Fall Retreat, Forest Home Winter Camp and Houseboats Summer Camp. We also offer a trip to Yosemite for our graduating Seniors.

Mission Experiences :: A chance to serve and learn within a different culture. Currently, we offer a mission experience every summer, alternating each year with stateside and worldwide experiences.

Confirmation:: Confirmation is a time when young people claim the promises that were made on their behalf in baptism. It is an opportunity to learn what Presbyterians believe and to become full-fledged members of Bel Air Presbyterian Church. Students who have not been baptized will have the opportunity to do so when they are confirmed.

At Bel Air, the confirmation program (also called Confo) is available for students in 8th – 10th grade. The program consists of a parent/student orientation, 7 classes, a retreat, a mentor relationship, church attendance, a service opportunity and study of the material. Because we take this step on your faith journey seriously, all of these pieces are mandatory to be part of the program. Students have three years to participate, so if scheduling conflicts prohibit participation one year, we encourage you to wait until another year when you are able to make the commitment to the program.

There will be a program fee for anyone going thru Confirmation to help cover the cost of the program.

Next Confo session will be in Spring 2016.

 

 

 

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