Young people have a special place at Valley.
The children and youth spaces at Valley are large and located in the center of the church as a symbol of our commitment to sharing our faith with young people. The children and youth ministries are supported by dedicated directors and a large group of committed volunteers. Many of our former youth return to our programs as trusted adult leaders.
We meet on Sunday Nights from 6:00-8:00pm throughout the year. We start by gathering together in the main entrance where we greet one another and share news about upcoming events. We then move to our youth rooms where we share information about our week, discuss stories and topics relevant to our lives as teenagers, play games, and pray together.
Middle School Youth Group (grades 6-8)
Senior High Youth Groups (grades 9-12)
Central to our faith is learning about the ways in which people are hurting and in need. Our young people are involved in building relationships with individuals and agencies that are meeting some of those needs. They are actively engaged in solving problems and practicing skills to help alleviate suffering. They do this work throughout the year.
Our congregation has been offering summer mission trips for our teenagers graduating from grades 6th-12th for over 35 years. These trips leave a profound impact on our children and their adult leaders.
Teenagers have so many life changing decisions to make: how much to study, where to go to college, how to drive, which friends to spend time with, what career path to follow, or whether to get confirmed and join the church.
The way we choose to receive and interpret God's guidance during the pivotal moments in our lives, when our paths become unclear, can have profound impacts on how we live our lives and how we serve God.
At Valley, we view confirmation as an opportunity to teach young people how to listen to God, engage in an intentional period of discernment, and find the best spiritual practices that will draw them closer to God.
Valley has a long standing relationship with Presbyterian Clearwater Forest, a beautiful Christian Camp and Conference Center located in the heart of Minnesota's most popular resort and recreation area. Clearwater Forest encompasses more than 1000 acres of pristine forest and 3.5 miles of lake shore.
Youth at Valley have many opportunities to visit Clearwater throughout the year. As campers and councilors, youth can attend week-long summer camps that include sailing, swimming, singing, campfires, and much more. There are also opportunities in the fall and winter months to visit Clearwater for retreats and gatherings that include other youth throughout the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area.