Central has a vibrant ministry to its students. The student ministry concentrates on ages 6th-12th grades. It is led by our Youth and Family Minister, Sam Welsh. This area at Central is one of the most active of all our ministries. Our youth have monthly devotionals together, do service projects, attend multiple youth rallies throughout the year, attend an in-country mission trip each year and a week of Bible camp. They are constantly busy doing great things and produce great leaders within our congregation.
Student Ministry Mission Statement
The Central Church of Christ, under the guidance of our congregation’s Elders, will maintain a ministry for our youth and their friends that will help the saved ones continue to grow in Christ, and teach the others how to become a Christian and follow Christ. With God’s help, sound biblical teaching, and a variety of activities, we will preserve a safe and encouraging Christian environment for our young people and their friends. We also exist to help promote parent-teen involvement and help promote parent-teen relationships. Parents are encouraged to be heavily involved in youth activities and to be the primary means of spiritual guidance in their children’s lives. With strong parental involvement, our aim is to help facilitate spiritual growth in our youth as they assume their place as vital members of the church, serving alongside the adults as fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
AIMCON is a weekend trip in July. We head to Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama to join around 60 other youth groups for a weekend of games, singing, and awesome classes. Students get to stay in dorms and experience what college may be like.
East Coast Evangelism Conference
The East Coast Evangelism Conference is a weekend trip hosted by the Charlotte Ave. Church of Christ each November. This is a hands-on evangelism event that teaches our students how to practically tell others about Jesus.
Exposure Youth Camp
Exposure is a youth group favorite! December 27-30 the CYM (Central Youth Ministry) heads to Huntsville, Alabama along with 3,000 other Christians to worship God together! Students have engaging spiritual challenge sessions, team time, and a lot of fun with friends every year.
"Fellowship, Food, And Truth To The Youth." Every month the CYM gathers together in a members home to eat, hang out, sing, and have a devotional.
Palmetto Bible Camp - 3rd Week
Bible camp is awesome and everyone knows it. PBC 3rd week at Palmetto Bible Camp is directed by our very own Jeremy Hinote and is one of the most spiritually engaging trips we take all year. A full week of Jesus, friends, and the outdoors!
PBC Spring Youth Rally
Every May the CYM goes to Palmetto Bible Camp for a weekend retreat with other youth groups from Camp. It is a little slice of Bible camp that we all love so much!
Rainbow Omega Work Camp
In the heat of the Summer the CYM travels to Eastaboga, Alabama to spend a few days with the amazing people at Rainbow Omega. Rainbow Omega is a haven for adults with special needs. Their facilities are supported by growing and selling seasonal plants. We help them in their greenhouses, fields, and front shop as well as spend time with the residents. This is Sam’s favorite trip of the year!
SOAR Youth Rally
"Seeking Our Awesome Redeemer." SOAR is a weekend youth rally that Central has hosted for 18 years and it is awesome! We have over 650 middle and high school students come from all over the southeast to hear awesome lessons, breakout into small group classes, and have a lot of fun together! SOAR is held at a local high school and students stay in hotel rooms with their youth group, or in host homes provided by Central members.
Each Summer the CYM has a lock-in from 9pm-7am. Some years we will spend all night at the church and others we will go to an adventure park in town!
Teen Led Worship Services
Each quarter our young men lead the Sunday pm worship service. They will lead songs, prayer, the Lord's Supper, and a few of them will give a short lesson. This has always been a great learning experience for them and an encouragement for our congregation!
In February the central youth ministry go on a spiritual weekend getaway to Camp Canaan in Rock Hill, South Carolina. It is a great weekend for our group to grow closer together and closer to God!