The Middle School group continues to grow with more and more students. When we divided the group two years ago we averaged 8 students, six boys and two girls. Today we have 30 students coming, 20 boys and 10 girls. With over 50 middle school students in the ministry. We had our first year at Island Lake Camp for summer camp and the students had an amazing experience. Our partnership with Crista camps also extends to our winter camp to Miracle Ranch where we have gone the past two years. We see students taking steps to really own their faith and allowing Jesus to mold them into the person He wants them to be. With a great team of adult leaders this ministry is poised for more growth.
Our HS ministry is seeing a lot of new faces. It was fun to watch our ministry grow over the summer. One story is about four new girls who went to a summer camp, three to one camp and one to another. After coming home from camp and decided they needed to get involved with a church youth ministry. They found Veritas. Not only have they been coming regularly but now have all been connected into a small group and are being mentored in their new faith.
We continue to be blessed with amazing interns. They all stepped up and served in creative and meaningful ways. The hands on experience they received prepared them for a life of serving students and for leadership in all areas of life.
Our youth ministry staff, which is the backbone of the youth ministry, is one of the best teams I have ever worked with. This group of adults gives so much of their time and heart to this ministry. They are committed to the spiritual formation, mission, care and leadership development of each student. They are meeting with students one on one, in small groups, in large venues like Sunday night, Wednesday night, camps and events to help students grow.