In a world that is more "connected" than ever, we have found that our teens have a hard time forming genuine, healthy relationships. One of our goals at Sunset is to help students form deep relationships with other Christian students and adults that will help foster their spiritual formation.
Squads are small groups. It can be intimidating and difficult for a student to build relationships in a room filled with a 100 people they don't know. So we have divided the youth group into six smaller squad groups based on age. These groups help alleviate some of that fear by creating more intimate settings that allow for more interactions between your student and other kids their age.
Squads meet on the first Wednesday of every month and they do a variety of different activities. Service projects, pizza parties, or nights of prayer are just some of the activities that our squads might participate in. They are designed to meet the needs of the students in that particular group, so if they need to pray with one another, they can! If the students want a night to forget the stresses of school, work, and life and have a game night, they can do that! The events are crafted by the students (with the help of adult mentors) to help create opportunities for them to grow closer to one another and to God. If you would like to join a squad all you need to do is show up on the first Wednesday of the month and we will help you find the squad that's best for you!
Spiritual formation in teens works best when adults are involved.
We see this in all the recent research and we see this in the Bible. Because of this, we have trusted adults in each of our squads who are there to build relationships with our students and mentor them. These mentors have their fingers on the pulse of each squad and can help create experiences that are molded to the unique needs of their squad.