At Cedar Valley, we call ourselves SOAR (Sold Out and Radical) because we believe that Jesus is worth giving everything to and when we do our lives will be radically different!
SOAR Jr. Youth (grades 7-8)and SOAR Sr. Youth (grades 9-12) meets regularly each Wednesday from 7-9pm in the Youth Center here at CVMC. Most weeks we begin with an interactive activity time followed by a large group Bible teaching time ending with us splitting into age appropriate small group discussion and prayer. On our Sold Out nights we give opportunity to Worship and spend time in the Word (Bible). On our Radical nights we there will be more activity time with a devotional time to challenge and inspire. During our weekly time we desire to intentionally provide teaching and encouragement for students to connect with Jesus and trust Him daily. Throughout the month, we include a variety of fun activities as well as opportunities to serve others.
The first Wednesday of each month we set aside as the night for events and activities. These evenings may include the Corn Maze, Scavenger Hunts, or games nights. Activities like this are great for building relationships and group unity so students feel like they are accepted and supported. All students are encouraged to invite friends to join them in an effort to share the hope and love of Jesus as we connect to other students.
Each month we also try to give students an opportunity to serve others in the church or community. These are times of connecting with the world by caring for others and putting their needs first before our own by giving time and energy to someone else without expecting anything in return.
This year we have two retreat opportunities. This first is BOOFEST which happens at Camp Luther in October and the second is FEARLESS which happens in Redmond WA. in January. These are fantastic opportunities for students to get away from the noise of each day, learn more about God and be challenged to grow in their faith and practice of being a Jesus follower. *Mark Your calendar!
We also promote the Sr. Youth IMPACT Retreat which happens in November and the Jr. Youth IMPACT Retreat which happens in April check the calendar for dates.
We also have a special time just for our Jr. Youth (grades 6-8) on Sunday mornings from about 10:45am till 11:30am which we call Cross Training. Each Sunday from September to the end of May the students will have an opportunity to learn a unique Bible lesson in a small group setting. The challenge is for young teens to live flat out for God. We base it on 1 Corinthians 9:25 – “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”
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