Church isnâ€™t just a place for adults!Â Children need a place where they can have a strong, Christ-centered community.
During theÂ church service, let your child build lasting friendships, have fun, learn about God, and know that He loves them!Â Every week, we offer childrenâ€™s church during services. This is for ages 13 and under.
Although there are no special services for other age groups, theÂ teens and young adults in our congregation have a strong community. They tend to sit together at the potluck each week, and every year they organize their ownÂ Christmas party for ages 13-30.
We team up with other GCI churches in the area to haveÂ annual teen events, such as World Visionâ€™sÂ 30 Hour Famine.Â However, the big event that children, teenagers, and adults really look forward to every year isÂ SEP So CalÂ youth camp for ages 8-17.Â Campers participate in activities such as swimming, high ropes challenge course and zip line, basketball, water slide, praise & worship, a talent show, dance class, and more. This one-week Bible-based camp in the San Diego area always has campers coming home on fire for Jesus!Â Staff at the camp are ages 18+ (both young adults and older adults). Our churchÂ gives scholarships to campers for SEP if they regularly attend our congregation and are actively involved in a ministry.
Children and teenagers have many opportunities to get involved in ministry, especially in theÂ worship team! One of our worship teams is made up of children from our childrenâ€™s church, and the otherÂ worship teams consist ofÂ several (or all) teenagers or young adults.
Another ministry opportunity isÂ summer mission trips! In the past, we have taken international summer mission trips with teenagers as young as 13 to places like Native American reservations, Mexico, the Philippines, the Bahamas, India, and Colombia. You can read more about these tripsÂ here.
Our summer camp and mission trips are headed by GCIâ€™sÂ GenMinÂ (Generations Ministries), which also sponsors Leadership Development opportunities, such as the Journey with the MasterÂ weekend program, the yearlyÂ ConvergeÂ conference, and the Pastoral InternshipÂ program.
Young adults in our congregation are also in the church advisory council, as well as having other leadership positions and many opportunities to speak in front of the church. One of our weekly small groups is just for young adults.