Youth Ministry Activities
The youth ministry of Heartland Community Church seeks, by God's grace, to help our students (grades 6 - 12) grow up in their relationship with Christ and to live as commissioned disciples who spread the good news of the gospel to those around us in word and deed.
When & Where-
Heartland Community Church 6:30-8:30pm
457 S. Woodlawn, Wichita, KS 67218
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Because we know who Jesus is, what He did, what He is still doing, and what He is going to do in the future!
- We are people dependent on God’s Mercy and Grace to build up our youth in the understanding of God’s love for his people in community together by:
- Living in community with friends, students, and adult leaders alike
- Growing in their relationship with Christ and each other.
- Living out Christ’s commission by His Grace spreading the good news of the gospel to those around us in word and deed.
- Observing God’s Holy direction which leads to human flourishing
- Making disciples and learning together how to follow Jesus's example with joy in a lifelong relationship now and for the rest of our lives
- Please join us and learn about God’s Peace, Presence, Hope, and Joy in community and lots of fun!
6th-12th Graders, Graduated seniors and incoming sixth graders are welcome!
Meet the staff!
|Hi, my name is Jeremy Houser, I'm originally from Central Kansas near Salina but have lived in Western Kansas near Colorado for the past 5 years. I absolutely love being outside and doing anything physically taxing, if I was an animal I would be a draft horse! I love Jesus because he called me out of the darkness into light and saved me for a purpose. Part of that purpose is getting to serve with the youth and help them bring cohesiveness to what they know about Jesus and the Bible! Something interesting most people don't know about me, I am still driving my first vehicle that I bought 20 years ago!
Hi, we are Ben and Kristen Jones. Originally from the great state of Texas we started our foreign assignment in Wichita about 4 years ago. All jokes aside, Ben works for Spirit which brought us up here, and Kristen is a teacher and educational consultant. We were married two and a half years ago in Heartland’s sanctuary. Having joined a PCA (Presbyterian Church of America) church in college, Heartland was the first church we visited upon moving to Wichita. We loved it’s focus on community and discipleship and have been here ever since. We love being outside either disc golfing (Ben) or gardening and chicken keeping (Kristen). We love Jesus because He first loved us by dying and saving us from our sinfulness and giving us truth and purpose in Him. We decided to volunteer in youth ministry because we have both had youth leaders who made significant impacts in our lives and we want to be a strong example to the next generation.
Fun fact, in college Ben ate Jesus Chicken (Chick-fil-a) for two meals a day for an entire week. Fun fact number two, Kristen has been to over 30 countries around the world.
|Hi, my name is Claire Weber, I’m originally from Derby Kansas and have lived in Kansas my whole life! I love playing volleyball when it’s nice out and love spending time with friends! I love Jesus because he’s always been my protector, comforter and continues to grow me in a way to be a light to others. Getting to be part of the youth group has been something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time because I really want to help this group of students learn to be more Christlike and learn how to walk in a way that glorifies the Lord! Something that people may not know about me is that I prefer cleaning a moldy fridge over any other basic cleaning job.
|Hi, my name is Hailey Smith. I have lived in Wichita since I was 5 and have been at Heartland for around 2 years now. I love doing anything artistic or performing arts related, especially ice skating, swing dancing, embroidery, and watercolor painting. The Lord’s grace has sustained me through every hardship and joy, and I am grateful to know His mercies. I love getting to be involved in youth group and witness how God is transforming the lives of the students at Heartland. What a joy it is to praise God in the different stages of life. Something interesting that most people do not know about me is that while I have a pretty calm demeanor, I am extremely competitive in board games.
|Hi! I'm Nicholas Lu. I'm from Virginia, but I moved out to Kansas last year to follow God's call for me to pursue a career in engineering in Wichita. History and cooking are two of my great loves, and I find particular joy in exploring their intersection by finding recipes or dishes from the past and recreating them in my kitchen. (Ask me what I think about ancient Roman condiments!) I found that I loved working with youth when I taught at a math learning center, and now I want to share the joy and peace that Christ gives to those that love and follow him. One fun fact about me is that I also studied astronomy in college and used to work as a telescope operator at an observatory!
WHAT IS A TYPICAL NIGHT AT YOUTH GROUP LIKE?
Heartland students (6th-12th grade) gather together on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Gathering Area. Our time consists of a game or ice breaker, worship, a message, and guys and girls small groups. We would love to have you join us!
ARE JR. HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TOGETHER?
Yes, All of our students begin the time together, then break into small groups according to age.
WHO LEADS STUDENT MINISTRIES?
Our new Director of Youth and Outreach, Jeremy Houser, leads our students with a group of volunteer youth leaders.
HOW DO I VOLUNTEER WITH STUDENT MINISTRIES?
Volunteers are always welcome and encouraged to participate in Student Ministries! We do require that all volunteers be members of the church and have completed background checks. To learn more about volunteering with Student Ministries, contact Jeremy Houser at firstname.lastname@example.org.