Ventures is a disciple and leadership development program focused on 9th -12th grade youth. Youth and adult staff travel to various congregations in the mission center to learn, fellowship, serve and provide a vibrant worship experience for the congregations.
|Date||Worship Theme: S T ( ) R Y||Location|
|January 19-21, 2018||Find Your Story||Farwell|
|February 16-18, 2018||Write Your Story||Saginaw|
|March 16-18, 2018||Hear Their Story||St. Johns & Muskegon|
|April 20-22, 2018||Share Your Story||Galien|
|May 18-20, 2018||Your Story Continues||Northview & Brighton|
*Subject to change, you will be notified of any changes prior to the huddle, so pay attention to the Ventures Facebook group (Michigan Youth Ventures for Christ 2017-2018) and check your messages.
What is Ventures?
Youth Ventures for Christ, or Ventures, is a group of senior high aged youth that works to serve Christ by bringing ministry to a Community of Christ congregation and the surrounding community. It started in Detroit in 1972, and then started on the west side of the state in 1990, but has now grown to include the ENTIRE mission center. In short, we call these gatherings “huddles.”
What happens at a Huddle?
You arrive at the church between 7 -8 p.m. on Friday for registration. The time we spend together Friday night is spent getting to know knew and old friends as well as worshipping and going over the weekend’s events. Saturday, we spend time in classes, worshipping, and a majority of time is spent planning and rehearsing the service. We sometimes have a talent show (so come prepared) and visiting session with those in the congregation. There is also an activity like bowling or skating that occurs on Saturday. On Sunday, we put on the service for the congregation and then cleanup and debrief. Then it is off to Pizza Hut or some other restaurant for lunch and goodbyes.
Do I go home each night?
No. You will sleep in a host family’s house with other youth and staff.
What should I bring?
Items you should pack include: sleeping bag & pillow, toiletries, scriptures, gym clothes & swimsuit if recreation calls for it, dress clothes for Sunday, signed Medical Release and conduct forms, weather specific clothing.
Is there a cost?
Yes. For all huddles it is $20 per huddle to cover the costs of the weekend and includes lunch on Sunday. Please don’t let money stop you from coming. If there are any problems, see a staff member. If you need a ride, contact a staff member.
If you have any other questions, do not be afraid to ask. Stephanie Tew is the Ventures Leader this year. You can reach her at (616)648-0943 or email@example.com.