We exist for students to meet Jesus, grow in their relationship with Him (through Bible studies, service opportunities, discipleship, camps/retreats...), share his love in action and in truth, and worship Him in everything we do.
We meet on Wednesday nights from 7-9pm at Harvest. This group is available for students in 6th grade through their senior year of high school. Most Wednesday nights consist of teaching from the Bible, time in small groups for discussion, fun games, and time to hang out to encourage and enjoy one another.
Our volunteer youth staff is made up of adults who are committed to following Christ, attend Harvest, have a heart for youth, and have time to pour into their lives. If you're interested in working with youth, contact Matt to see what is involved or you can click here to begin your application.
Experience The Valley (high school): July 7-13
ETV is a week-long summer camp for high school students focused on helping students enjoy the best environment possible to hear from and respond to Christ. The week is packed with fun, friendship, and personal growth in Jesus Christ. Come “Experience the Valley” in Tygh Valley, Oregon. Every day is a new adventure at ETV. Experience whitewater rafting, wakeboarding and tubing, team building, service projects, night games, live music, sleeping under the stars, and more!
Early bird cost of ETV is $325. You can qualify for this early bird cost with a $100 deposit. After June 17th, the cost goes up to $350. Checks can be made out to Harvest Church with "ETV" and your student's name in the memo line. You can also pay online by selecting "Youth" and the subaccount "ETV". In addition to registration and payment, a Harvest medical release form is also required. Click on the image below to download the form or pick one up at Harvest!
Experience The Mountain (middle school): July 28-August 2
For the second time, Harvest is joining with other local churches to create their own awesome camp for middle school students! Camp will be July 28-August 2 and held at Camp Arrah Wanna in Welches, Oregon. There will be many activities to participate in and lots of fun to be had, as well as Bible teaching, worship times, and cabin discussions.
Parents will be required to provide transportation for their student to and from Camp Arrah Wanna. The camp is about an hour drive from Harvest. Carpooling is encouraged. Let us know if you need help finding a ride! Check in will be at 4pm on Monday, July 29th. Pick up is at 10am on Friday, August 2nd.
Camp Arrah Wanna: 24075 E Arrah Wanna Blvd, Welches, OR 97067
The early bird cost is $240. You can qualify for this early bird cost with a $100 deposit. After July 8th, the cost will go up to $265. Checks can be made out to Harvest Church with "ETM" and your student's name in the memo line. You can also pay online by selecting "Youth" and "ETM" in the subaccount options. In addition to registration and payment, a Harvest medical release form is also required (below).
Interested in Junior Camp for your 4th or 5th grader? Contact Matt Eldredge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Wednesday night teaching
Middle school: Uncomfy Jesus
We far too often dumb Jesus down to being who we want him to be: friendly, nice, happy, etc. While Jesus does exhibit these attributes, he also displays the fullness of who God is which is not limited to this list. During this series we will look at some of Jesus’ harsher/harder teachings and see how God does not just brush things under a rug or pretend like our problem of sin is a small deal. At times Jesus will even say things that offend us but our goal is to hear what he’s saying in the context that all that he says is true and that he loves us, and hopefully we will get a new idea of what the fullness of God’s love for us actually is.
High school: Early Church
In Acts we see how the first church saw themselves as the representation of Jesus’ physical body on earth, which set into motion the gospel spreading to the ends of the earth. We are the continuation of what Jesus charged his disciples with; do we still see ourselves as his physical representation in the world?
One of the most important goals for this next school year is to have more opportunities for students to meet in smaller groups with an adult volunteer for the purpose of growing in their relationship with Christ. If you want to be part of a group like this talk to Matt or any of the staff to find out what is available.