Teens need to have a place to belong. To grow in their faith, build relationships, and connect with God.
We designed our Students program for Junior High & High School Students (7th-12th grade) to do just that. Check out the ways you can keep your Students connected.

student Night


All students are invited to Gather At The Gate on Wednesday nights twice a month. We made this night hassle-free for you and your entire family. Simply join us for a complimentary dinner and then your teen will engage in youth-led worship, relevant teaching, and have time to hang out with friends.
>> Dinner from 6-6:45p & Groups from 6:45-8p.
>> Meeting Dates: September 15 & 29, October 13 & 27, November 3 & 17, and December 1 & 15.

Student Night FAQs

What happens at Student Night?

We start our time together hanging out and playing games, then we move into the worship center for student-led worship and a message. After that, we break off into age-appropriate small groups where students can connect with one another and discuss the topic of the week.

Does my student have to wear a mask?

Masks are optional.

Do what is most comfortable for you—whether it’s masks on or off you are welcome at Shepherd’s Gate. Safety & sanitizing protocols are in place to keep you safe.

Can my student bring a friend?

Absolutely! We love to see students bring their friends and we encourage it.

What if my student doesn't know anyone?

If you don’t know any other student then that is all the more reason to come. You can also have your student bring a friend if that makes them feel more comfortable.

What are small groups like?

Small groups are mostly separated by age and gender. In these groups, students will be able to build relationships with other students and leaders while sharing about themselves and discuss the lesson from that night.

What about the weeks there is no Student Night?

Each of our small groups also meets on the weeks when we do not have a Student Night. Our hope is that every one of our students and their friends have a safe place to build relationships in our small groups.

first communion & confirmation program

Your Student’s Next Faith Steps

First Communion and Confirmation (FCC) are two important stepping stones in your Student’s faith walk. During this two-year program, your student will expand their connection with God and learn to own their faith.

The program kicks off with our overnight Junior High Retreat on Sept 25 & 26 to Michigan Christian Youth Camp (MCYC) in Attica, MI.  While there, students will have the opportunity to make new friendships and strengthen old ones through group activities, games, and worship. If you want to have your Student attend the Junior High Retreat, but not the FCC program, you can. Friends are always welcome.
Deadline to Register: Thursday, Sept. 16
FCC including Junior High Retreat: $175
Junior High Retreat Only: $125
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Questions? Email our Student Director, Ben Marsh.
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