Youth Ministry (Koinonia)
Youth are invited to participate in the Koinonia Youth Ministry beginning second semester of their sixth grade year, and youth remain active through their senior year of high school.
“Koinonia” is a Greek word, found in the New Testament, meaning “communion," “fellowship,” and "community.” Koinonia is an expression of God’s desire to be in relationship with all of God’s people.
Through engagement in God’s word, the Koinonia Youth Ministry provides a diversity of opportunities for mission, education, and fellowship that aim to connect youth and parents to God, each other, and all members of the congregation as we seek to live out God’s word together.
The Koinonia Team
Claire completed a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School and a Master of Social Work from the University of Tennessee in 2012. After serving as an assistant to the children's ministry at Westminster she became one of the Youth Directors in 2009.
Whitney has been in Nashville since 2004, when she moved here to attend Vanderbilt University. After a year as a Young Adult Volunteer in Seattle, she returned to Music City to attend Vanderbilt Divinity School and is exceedingly pleased with the post-graduate Nashville life.
T.J. then served two years as a Young Adult Volunteer. One year in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and one year in Nashville, where he spent his time at Room In The Inn, as well as with the youth of Westminster.
Keith is all about the great outdoors. Whether it is hiking with one of her dogs around Nashville or with one of her children out west, she is in her element outside. Just check out her instagram as she tried Goat Yoga this summer. Raising her children at Westminster, she has experienced the Youth Group from the parents side and now enjoys planning those upcoming events for the Youth.
Youth Council is a leadership committee available to 6th-12th grade youth to provide feedback, to communicate opportunities to other youth, to be a welcoming presence to all youth, and to present the youth ministry with new and exciting ideas. The positions include a moderator and a representative for every grade. Youth must run for these positions, and be voted for by other youth.
Once a semester, youth are invited to a fellowship event that is specifically for a particular grade. This event could be dinner or an activity, and is always a time for everyone to catch up and have fun!
BIG Wednesday Nights
All 6th-12th grade youth from WPC, St. George’s, and Preston Taylor Ministries join together a couple Wednesday nights each semester for food, games, and worship!
Churchball (Church Basketball)
The 2016-2017 Churchball season is currently wrapping up. Churchball games take place on Saturdays against other churches in the West End Sertoma League. Stay tuned for eventual information on the 2017-2018 season.
Preston Taylor Ministries
Preston Taylor Ministries (PTM) [link to PTM] was founded in 1998 to confront many of the problems present in the Preston Taylor public housing area, like drug use, gang involvement, teenage pregnancy, illiteracy, poor school performance and crime. In order to provide hope for children and families living in this environment, PTM sponsors several avenues for building life-changing relationships. At PTM, it's about relationships. The Koinonia Youth Ministry partners with PTM to build relationships between youth who are active at WPC and youth who are active at PTM. Once a month, WPC youth either goes to PTM to read, play games, and have fun with the children and youth there or we host a holiday party at WPC.
Serving at Room In The Inn’s Downtown Campus
Room In The Inn [link to Room In The Inn] is a well-oiled machine that has been fine-tuning their Winter Shelter program for over 30 years. From November to March, T.J., who used to work at Room In The Inn, is inviting two youth at a time (7th-12th grade) to accompany him on Monday evenings at the downtown campus to learn about this program and to engage with good people who are experiencing homelessness. Room In The Inn creates a space that allows for youth to experience the Holy Spirit on the move, and to see interfaith community-building at its finest. Please contact T.J. if you are interested or have any questions about this opportunity.
If you missed the latest announcements for the Youth Department, please click here to find out what's happening and where.
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