Christpoint Church gets new youth center on Bockman Way
By Kim Swindell Wood | July 8, 2019 12:06 pm
Last Updated: July 8, 2019 at 8:40 am
By Rachel Auberger
The high school youth program at Christpoint Church had long outgrown its home and had spent the last year renting spaces in the American Legion building and school gymnasiums. That changed this spring when, according to youth pastor Sara Yott, they were blessed with a building of their own.
“We were lacking a home for this program, and the kids were longing for a space they could make their own,” Yott said. “This spring, our prayers were answered when the Lord blessed us with a building for these kids.”
The new building, on Bockman Way, which has been named “Christpoint Student/Youth Connect Center, will house the church’s high school program, on Wednesday evenings, as well as be available to small groups of all ages that need a meeting place. Additionally, the middle school group will use the building every third Friday for their group activities.
“We feel that it is very important to invest in our teens,” Yott said. “We want to help guide them through challenges they face every day and to show them love. With this new building, we can be there for them when they need us.”
Yott said part of the plan for the youth is to provide them with service opportunities, and the new student center will allow them to host outreach programs for the community.
“We want to get our youth volunteering,” she said. “We hope that they will develop a heart for service.”
One outreach program that is already being planned is to have youth nights. The new building will allow the church to provide a fun and safe environment for the community’s teenagers to use for a local hangout.
“We are planning youth nights, not just for the teens in our group, but for all teens in the community,” Yott explained. “This won’t be a church service – just a time to hang out as friends. Some place safe where they can have fun.”
Other community activities that are in the planning stages are camps, team-building activities, meals, and other service-related opportunities.
“We have an excellent group of team leaders,” Yott said. “They have a real passion for helping our teens focus on and commit to God. This building has been a real answer to their prayers.”
Yott said the youth that regularly attend the programs offered by Christpoint are excited and have already started to make the building their own.
“Part of our church motto, and something we always say, is ‘Welcome Home,’ and now, our youth know that that means them, too,” Yott said. “They have a home for their group now.”