Youth Ministries

House of Hope Youth Ministry strives to equip youth with the skills needed to lead a full and meaningful life and to create a safe environment in which they can thrive.

Our Youth Ministry program strives to:

House of Hope Youth Ministry strives to equip youth with the skills needed to lead a full and meaningful life through service and learning, and to create a safe environment in which they can thrive.

At House of Hope, we continue to work on the Christian formation of our youth and their integration into the wider church community. Our goal is to provide them with a safe place to explore issues of faith, morals, social justice, and service. Our youth also grow and learn about their faith through retreats, lock-ins, service projects, and mission trips.

Release Forms:  Click here for the Permission and Release Form.  Click here for the Youth Medical Release Form.

Confirmation

Confirmation is an opportunity to learn about our faith tradition, to understand the core beliefs of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and to take ownership of our faith. Confirmation is a journey we take with our peers, families, and leaders as we deepen both faith and friendships.

A one-year program, confirmation combines classroom and experiential learning opportunities, typically beginning in ninth grade. At the end of the year, students have the opportunity to join the church through a service of “Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant for Those Making a Public Profession of Faith.” Individuals who are not yet baptized may do so on the day they are confirmed.

High School

Our High School Youth Program is a ministry for young adults in grades 9–12 to experience fellowship, faith formation, and faith in practice.

Sunday Gatherings: 
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Youth Room

Dinner & Discussions is on the last Sunday of each month (except December) from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., where youth bring together ingredients, cook a meal together in the Kirk Parlor kitchen, and eat while discussing the topic of the day. Both topics and meals are suggested by youth and drawn the week leading up to the event.

Mission Trips:

The high school youth are invited on a summer mission trip each year. The youth help decide on the location in the fall. Every four years the trip is international: this past summer we served in the Casa De Esperanza orphanage in Zacapa, Zacapa, Guatemala. The previous three trips were to Chicago, New Orleans and Detroit. Typically the deadlines for participating in these trips is the beginning of March. If this is something you are interested in please contact the Director of Youth Ministry.

Other events are on the youth calendars, and if you would like to receive the youth updates, please contact the Director of Youth Ministry, Doug Snaza at dougs@hohchurch.org.

Middle School

Our Middle School Youth Program is a ministry for youth in grades 6–8 to experience fellowship, faith formation, and faith in practice.

Sunday Gatherings: 
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Youth Room

Middle School Mission Days

During the summer, middle school youth are invited to join on daylong service trips, where we serve our home community, our local community, and our global community.

Other events are on the youth calendars, and if you would like to receive the youth updates, please contact the Director of Youth Ministry, Doug Snaza at dougs@hohchurch.org.

Worship

All students in grades 6–12 are expected to worship with the congregation on Sunday at 10 a.m. Each week, our youth help lead worship in various ways, by offering a prayer and/or singing in the choir. For more information, please contact Director of Youth Ministry Doug Snaza at DougS@hohchurch.org.