Everything we do here is designed to help students connect and grow in the gospel, so that we can go and be on mission wherever the Lord has us. The Yard isn't where you live your life daily, think of it like a training ground; a ridiculously fun training ground full of the best friends you can imagine. While all of those friends are helping you figure out how to love the Lord best where you do live your life daily, you'll come to see that you're doing the exact same thing for them. Check out the "When" section below to join us when we meet!
Each Sunday morning we meet downstairs in the youth rooms during the 9:15am service. Middle School Sunday School is in room 114, and High School Sunday School is in room 120. Expect an informal atmosphere, good fellowship, great conversation, and some doughnuts! Check out the "Teaching" tab on the main page for more info on what is being studied during Sunday School right now.
Wednesday Night Yard meets from 7-8:30pm. On Wednesday nights, you can expect everything from skits/games, to worship, to preaching, to "small group" lifegroups. Besides the fun and fellowship together, Wednesday nights include some of the greatest things we do as a ministry. This is where you have the chance to have Bible study, hang out, ask real questions, really get to know people, and in general spend some quality time with some of your best friends focused on the Gospel.
For Middle School, Wednesday Night Yard will always happen in the church youth rooms. Middle Schoolers simply need to show up by 7pm each week ready to expect all of the awesomeness mentioned above.
In High School, every other week will switch between "big group" meeting here at the church, and "small group" lifegroups meeting in people's homes. Both settings will always happen from 7-8:30pm on Wednesday nights. Can't remember whether it's a "big group" or "small group" week? That's ok, just check the announcements here on this website, or check your email inbox for a weekly update! If you're new and just not sure where to go/what to do, email our youth minister, Malcolm Pettigrew at email@example.com.
I moved here to serve the youth at CHBC in the summer of 2012. I have two incredibly energetic boys (Noah and Leo), two beautiful twin girls (Piper and Lucy), and I'm married to the most incredible wife and mother there ever was, Kelly (all other guys, sorry, I win in this category!). Check out Ephesians 4:11-16. That passage puts two major things into one little nut shell: 1. what pumps me up about youth ministry, and 2. a beautiful description of what our youth ministry is all about!
I am pumped to be hanging out with the YARD this year! I have grown up in Charlotte my whole life but am now studying at UNC - Chapel Hill. I am a junior majoring in Sociology and minoring in Education. I have been a camp counselor for four summers and see the importance of making disciples and continuing those relationships throughout the year and in whatever communities God has placed me in. I'm so excited to get to know students and God more this year!
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Here at Chapel Hill Bible Church, we are INCREDIBLY blessed with the most amazing volunteers that can be found on the planet. Made up of college students, recent graduates, and other adults from the church, our leaders are literally the coolest people in the triangle...and that's not even the best part about them! The greatest thing is the way they care about leading you, loving you, and "discipling" you spiritually. Ultimately, they're here to get to know you, have fun, and point you towards the Lord.
Everything we do at the Yard is aimed at trying to lead the Bible Church youth in becoming disciples to go and make disciples.
Ephesians 4:11-16 gives some great Biblical background for why we care about leading our youth and what we're leading them to. The reason we put it in terms of "becoming disciples to go and make disciples" is to remind everyone that while we clearly need to first bring students to faith in the Lord in our teaching, leading, & relationships; we also cannot leave them there! We believe it's also essential to lead, challenge, and train (in other words "disciple") our youth to encourage maturity and growth in the Lord as they mature & grow into men and women on their own. The ultimate goal is the same goal of the Gospel, disciples making disciples to the glory of the Lord!
Connect, grow, and go are three words we use a lot to remember the Gospel in everything we do. Think of it this way: whatever it is we're doing is about the Gospel because it's either CONNECTING us to other people in Gospel Community, helping us to GROW and learn in our understanding of the Gospel Message, or preparing us to GO and be on Gospel Mission. Sometimes things we do will encompass all three of those ideas, but everything we do focuses at least on one.
Very simply put, the Gospel is God's message of redemption for us all. The problem is that all of us have done wrong (all of us have sinned), and God's penalty for sin is death (Rom 3:23, Rom 6:23, James 2:10). If things stayed that way, none of us could ever be right with God again because there's nothing we can do to earn his forgiveness. The good news of the Gospel is that God gave his son Jesus Christ to pay the penalty of that sin, not because of anything we did, but because he loves us (John 3:16, Eph 1:7, 2:8-9, 1Jo 4:19)! We can't gain the grace of that salvation from sin by any thing or work that we do, other than by having faith in who Jesus is and what he did at the cross (Rom 5:1-2, 10:9). When we believe in that, we are forgiven of our sins and born again into the family of God (2 Corinth 5:14-19).
This is a beautifully simple but not simplistic truth. If you have any questions about the Gospel, Jesus, the Bible, etc...then awesome! Come and ask them and tell us what you think too as we look at it all together. If you want to read more about what we believe and why we believe it, follow this link to the CHBC main website where you can find our church's Statement of Faith.