The Refuge is the youth ministry of Harvest Community Church that exists to glorify God by learning together to live like Jesus to reach our world.
As a youth ministry, we purposefully operate under the same mission as the rest of Harvest. We protect the youth ministry from becoming it’s own entity or from becoming its own church within a church as it is best for the life of our church; as well as, for the discipleship of our students. How we accomplish the mission will be unique to the youth ministry as we strive to disciple students.
the Refuge Vision
Refuge exists to walk with students and their families as they begin the
process of owning their faith through knowing great doctrine, knowing
their identity in Christ, and knowing their value in the kingdom of God.
God is calling every disciple of His to be a leader as He calls us through the great commission to be disciples and to make disciples. This is why, in everything we do, we lead our students purposefully to know God, know themselves, and know their value.
We utilize one weekly gathering to help us accomplish this vision, as well as a variety of annual events. Check out these purposeful gatherings in the sections below.
the school year we use a variety of fun events to accomplish our vision and
grow closer together. Many of our off-site events require a medical
release to attend (link above, we need an updated copy every school year).
Check out our calendar below to see what is ahead! Further event
details can be found at our Welcome Table during our Wednesday gatherings or by
emailing Isaiah Shipman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We gather weekly on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30pm, although many of our students show up as early as 6pm to hang out. We use the first half of our gathering time to laugh and have fun together as we build relationships with each other; we then transition into a time of worship, unpacking the Bible, and breaking into small groups to discuss how these concepts apply to our lives.
All students from 7th-12th grade are invited to join us each week!
It is part of our vision to walk with both students and their families because parents are the greatest influences in their student’s life. The ultimate question is, how are you influencing them? You are leading them somewhere, which direction are you leading them?
Fortunately many of our parents follow Jesus and have a strong desire to have their students do the same. The question we continually ask is how can we best partner together to disciple students? No discipleship happens accidently. It must be intentional. One of our goals as a ministry this year is to take a step in in the right direction by first, informing parents of what we are teaching on a weekly basis and second, give you some advice on how you can best instill these biblical truths.