The vision for the Pearce Student Ministries is to help guide students from 7th grade through college graduation. It is our desire to develop critical thinkers, followers of Christ, who will go out into the world and love others as Christ has loved them. We value people over program, however, the programs explained below help to facilitate the fostering of life-changing relationships. Our desire is to offer programs that are fun, funny, challenging, and exciting, but most of all, programs that will help us develop a community where students can “belong” before having to subscribe to a certain belief or creed.
Download the updated 2017 Student Ministry Schedule.
We believe it is crucial to the spiritual growth of students to learn to serve others. Locally, we take part in Flower City Work Camp – an innercity organization in Rochester that brings students together to repair homes for the less fortunate. Recently we have also adopted a local neighborhood in our community and we seek to serve and love them on a regular basis by providing a Halloween event, Thanksgiving baskets, and a living Nativity and Christmas celebration. Internationally we have partnered with churches in Romania, Argentina and Poland. Every 3rd year we take a teen mission trip to one of these locations.
Algonquin Spiritual Disciplines Canoe Trip–A weeklong trip spent canoeing in the wilderness of Ontario. This trip is structured to create small community groups that can freely explore the soul. As we set out into God’s beautiful creation, we harness the same spirit of exploration to look at who we are, who God thinks we are, and how can we draw nearer to him. The trip takes place in August each year.
Small groups are available for anyone interested in getting into Scripture and the challenges of life and leadership. Small groups are scheduled and designed by the groups themselves, so they vary in time and subject matter.
Junior Teens – 6:30-8 pm (September-April)
Designed specifically for 7-8th graders, this program involves active games and activities, food, and a mix of inspirational messages and thought-provoking conversations.
Senior Teens – 6:30-8 pm (September-April)
Designed for 9-12th grade students, this program places a high value on giving students the opportunity to be a part of a church group without being judged, condemned, or hassled. Students from all walks of life are welcome to enjoy the built-in hang-out time, planned activities, and discussions. Whether ping-pong, foosball, basketball, or coffee is your thing, there is a place for you here.
Summer is just around the corner, and that means the beginning of the Pearce TNT season. Every Tuesday, teens going into 7th grade through 12th grade will gather for various activities. TNT (Tuesday Night Thing) is geared for fun. The teen leaders don’t want to simply be chaperones, but desire to build relationships with our students that will help them navigate the turbulent teen years. Nights at Seabreeze or Hamlin Beach allow the opportunity to laugh and just be with our students. It is a time for our teens to invite others to a low-key event, and introduce them to the Pearce Student ministry. A complete list of events will be posted here in May 2017.