Together, we RECEIVE, CELEBRATE, and SHARE God’s love for us in Christ.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children…
what is youth group?
Youth Group is a place for the young people, grades 7–12, in our church to hang out to receive, celebrate, and share God’s love for us in Christ.
We receive God’s love for us in Christ by studying the Bible together to better understand who God is and all that he has done, and continues to do, for us in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
We celebrate God’s love for us in Christ by coming together in worship to sing God’s praises as our grateful response to His amazing grace.
We share God’s love for us in Christ by coming together for fellowship and fun to encourage one another and to testify to the Holy Spirit’s ongoing work in our lives.
As a ministry, our ultimate goal is to glorify God (Rev. 4:11) by nurturing the next generation (Prov. 22:6) to be wise, faithful, and loving disciples of Christ (Matthew 10:16), who proclaim his gospel through words of grace and lives of service in Lancaster County and beyond (Mark 16:15).
Sunday School Classes
Taught by Chris Walker, Dave Kieffer, & Other Pastors
Located in the Annex
Taught by Tim Fanus and Jack Deweese
Located in the Annex
Taught by Hannah Barry
Located in the Annex
When & Where is youth group?
Sunday School at 9:30am & Wednesdays from 6:20 to 7:45pm
Westminster Youth Room Lower Level (LL9)
Our main Youth Group gathering is Wednesday nights. Students are welcome anytime after 5:30pm; and can stay to play sports or other games until 9:00pm.
Please continue to check our calendar/schedule for other fun events and meetings that are happening throughout the year!
Rev. Matthew Collins - Associate Pastor of Youth
Matthew grew up in Laconia, New Hampshire. After high school he served in the Air Force as a mechanic on the F-15 fighter jet for several years. It was during his time in the military that he began to sense the Lord’s call on his life to the ministry. And after receiving his Bachelor’s degree, he studied and graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. While living in Philadelphia, Matthew met his wife, Sue. They have been happily married since 2017 and have two children, Noah and Henry.
Send Matt an email at [email protected]
Jillian Rogers - Youth Ministry Assistant
Jillian joined our church staff in September 2022. Jillian assists Matt Collins in the youth ministry, helping with the planning and organization of programs, leading girls’ Bible studies, and mentoring young women to grow in Christ. She has attended Westminster her whole life and been a member here since 2014. Jillian recently earned her Associates Degree in Education and is currently working towards a Bachelor’s in Religion: Next Generation Ministries through Liberty University’s online program. Much of her ministry experience has come from serving here at the church in both Children and Youth ministries, doing multiple internships, and spending six months serving as Kids and Teens intern at Great Plains Gathering in Billings, Montana.
Send Jillian an email at [email protected]
Youth Talks 2023
Student Leadership Team
The Student Leadership Team is about service, and our primary goal is to grow in our ability to serve the kingdom of God by growing spiritually, growing as leaders, and by giving our time, our efforts, and our intentional focus to inviting, welcoming, and encouraging peers in Westminster’s youth ministry. Student leaders also help lead various aspects of the youth ministry, according to their gifts and callings, and provide input on improving youth group, retreats, and events, as well as the topics we talk about in youth group.
If you are interested in growing as leader and serving others in love for God’s glory, then we encourage you to fill out the application below. Thanks for your interest in the student leadership team!
Westminster’s Youth Ministry looks to hire two college students (one male and one female) from Westminster Church’s membership to serve as full-time summer interns (June–August). Contact Matt Collins ([email protected]) for an application or use the link below. The application deadline is Sunday, March 24, 2024.