Immanuel has a very active youth ministry program, with after-school youth groups beginning in Grade 3 and continuing through early college age. The youth ministry program has five initiatives, all of which incorporate activities that lead youth toward a lifelong servant focus.
This group of 3rd & 4th graders meets monthly after school. Service project highlights include items like creating a “Blessing Tree” to adorn the church and school campus.
This group of 5th & 6th graders meets monthly after school for fellowship and faith activities. Service projects included making Christmas care and craft packages for kids at the Good Shepherd home and writing letters to support military members serving in combat zones.
This group of middle school students is designed for young women to learn how to be grace-filled. The group meets monthly and service projects have included visiting patients at the hospital, making blankets for poor children in Mexico, making cookies for people experiencing homelessness, and reaching out to younger girls. For example, this group annually hosts a Valentine’s Day tea party for their “little sisters.” They also reach out to the school family with messages regarding anti-bullying, inclusion and exclusion, and suicide, and to their own families with an annual Mother’s Day tea in which they create tributes to their moms to express their appreciation.
This group of middle school boys and girls meets twice monthly. Service activities have included traveling to Angel Fire, NM, for a week-long servant trip, where servant activities included working at the Santa Fe Food Depot, helping clear a very ill gentleman’s land of dead trees and brush, creating hiking trails, rehabilitating a butterfly garden, and helping with landscaping of a church in Angel Fire.
Senior Youth League
This group of high school youth meets twice monthly. Some service highlights include impromptu Christmas caroling at the hospital; making care packages for the homeless, which include food, water, socks, and a Bible verse; serving at campus workdays and additionally supporting the congregation by leading worship services, cooking and serving meals for church members, hosting youth mini-gatherings for churches in Albuquerque, and serving as youth leaders from the annual Vacation Bible School; serving at Good Shepherd and the Storehouse, both of which are organizations that support the homeless and the hungry in Albuquerque; and raising awareness and money for starving children all over the world by participating in the 30-Hour Famine.