Haymarket Church’s youth ministry serves students in grades 6-12. Being a teenager is difficult. Being a faithful teenager in today’s world is even more so. At Haymarket Church we work to provide a safe space for our teens to be themselves while experiencing and learning about God’s great faithfulness. We have outstanding adult leaders and a fabulous group of students. If you are in 6-12th grade or know someone who is, be sure to check us out!
What is Youth on the Roof?
Youth on the Roof (YOTR) meets most Sundays during the school year at the Old Bank Building (OBB) from 6:00- 8:00 PM. At YOTR we play games on the roof of the OBB (weather and daylight permitting), have a meal together, study Scripture through various means, and engage in conversation with one another. At times we venture out into our community* to serve our neighbors and to get to know one another better through scavenger hunts, challenges, and mystery road trips.
All 6th-12th grade students are welcome to join us for Youth on the Roof (YOTR). Be sure to check out the calendar below for YOTR updates and information.
*We must have a permission slip on file (updated yearly) for students to travel with us away from the OBB.
Sign Up to Help Serve Dinner!
We all know that the way to a teenager’s heart is through tasty food. Will you help serve dinner this year? We serve dinner to our students every Sunday night. Please sign up to serve! You don’t have to have a student in the program to serve a dinner–serving a dinner is a great way to be involved with and minister to our Youth on the Roof students! Kecia Greene coordinates our weekly dinners. Use the orange button on the right to sign up or Sign Up Here. Thank you!
Haymarket Church worships every Sunday morning at 10 AM at Gravely Elementary School. Our teens are an active part of our weekly worship service–both as worshiping participants and as people who help make worship happen. Many serve on the tech team, running the sound equipment that makes the service go. Others are a part of the worship band. We even have some who help out in the Children’s church class or in the nursery. Youth are encouraged to help serve communion, assist with greeting and welcoming, and, of course, worship with friends and family.
Haymarket Church youth have many opportunities to serve. Our students are welcome to serve in many areas of worship leadership on Sunday mornings. We also offer opportunities throughout the year during YOTR meetings for service to our community. Each summer we take a mission trip, usually to Project SPY, where our students spend a week doing home repairs and community partnerships.
Haymarket Church also offers many opportunities for service (see our Serve page for more details) that our YOTR students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in.
Our youth summer mission trip is an important part of our YOTR year. Students spend a week away from home in service to the community. This week away is a great opportunity to get to know each other better and to engage in helping our neighbors in a real and tangible way. Project SPY, housed out of Fieldstone United Methodist Church in Christiansburg, has provided our mission opportunity for the past several years. In 2019 our students will be traveling to Nashville, TN for a “Week of Hope” mission trip. (July 13-20, 2019) We will serve alongside existing community partner organizations in Nashville and will experience a different kind of mission week this summer! There are a limited number of spots on this trip, so students will need to get their reservations in early!
New this year we will hope to take our upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) on an urban immersion mission weekend in May. We will travel to Washington DC and partner with local organizations to help the homeless and hungry. This opportunity will provide students a different kind of mission experience and we are really excited about it. Stay tuned for more details.
All students who sign up for our summer mission week will be expected to participate in at least 3 service opportunities at Haymarket Church during the school year. Such opportunities are noted on our YOTR calendar below.
Youth on the Roof hosts monthly study days at the OBB. The building is open from 3 PM- 6PM on those days for students to hang out, play board games, play video games, and do their homework. Snacks are provided. Adult leaders are present during this open OBB time. Typically these take place on the third Monday of the month, but be sure to check the calendar below for the exact schedule.
From 5 – 6 PM on Study Days, the group transitions into Bible Study where we dig into Scriptures and topics together. This Bible Study is more in depth than our typical Sunday night program and offers students the opportunity to wrestle with the Scriptures and ask questions in a smaller group.
Over the summer we have a weekly Study&Shakes bible study at a local ice cream shop.
Youth on the Roof 2018-2019 permission form. This form must be complete and on file in order for a student to participate in YOTR activities.
Download the Youth on the Roof 2018/2019 Information Calendar. This explains a bit about what we do at Youth on the Roof and what we have planned for this year.