High school can be one of the most challenging times to build strong friendships that will last. That's why we offer weekly gatherings, small groups, and special events throughout the year as a way for students to be personal and stay connected. They'll be able to share with, lean on, learn from, and teach each other as they grow in their faith.
Our large group gathering is every Saturday night. Students gather to encounter Jesus through message, media, worship and community.
6:30 - 7:45 PM
The Block Basement (downstairs in the Student Ministries building, next door to our Main Auditorium)
Encounter offers Small Groups from September to May each year. These are groups of 8 to 12 students that meet weekly to build community, study the Bible, pray for one another, and to find support through all the crazy things that they go through. Each group has one to two adult leaders that are there to mentor, support, and lead the students in their group.
Groups meet on Wednesdays nights in The Block from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Click below to register. For questions about Encounter small groups contact firstname.lastname@example.org.ENCOUNTER GROUPS
Our Special Needs ministry is prepared to serve all children, teens, young adults, and families with unique needs. Our programs offer children and teens with special needs an opportunity to interact with each other and with typical peers in a variety of environments. We offer special needs classrooms and buddies for children and teens during all of our weekend gatherings, and seek to support parents and siblings in their unique family situations
We also offer a monthly Kidsfest Respite Night for children, teens, and their siblings to gift parents with a night off. Our Respite Nite is typically held on the first Friday of each month (6:00 - 9:00 PM) at the church. Advanced reservations are requested so that we can ensure we have the proper staffing in place to welcome and care for your children.
Click here to learn more about our Special Needs classrooms and Respite Night.
SF CITY IMPACT MISSION TRIP
Join us over Spring Break for this amazing opportunity to grow in your faith and make a difference. We head to San Francisco to serve the poor and marginalized with City Impact in the Tenderloin district. Click here for more information.
Save the date! We are headed up the hill to Sly Park, July 10-14, 2017. Registration opens March 18. Don’t miss it as space is limited.
SPARK CREATIVE ARTS CONFERENCE
Spark is our Creative Arts Conference for 6-12th grade, developed to raise up young talent and empower the next generation of artists and musicians. We offer over a dozen workshops taught by local artists and musicians, creative experiences, pre-conference and late night festivities, and an art show Saturday night. You can look for Spark in the early fall.
ENCOUNTER ALL NIGHTER
It's a night of adventure including everything from movies, mini-golf, bowling, trampolining, field games, and always lots of food. All Nighter takes place each November on Veteran's Day Weekend.
We want to be sure that you have all the information you need to get plugged in with everything great we have to offer. Along with this website we also post information about the weekly happenings on Facebook (/encounterlakeside) and Instagram (@encounterlakeside). Be sure not to miss the monthly email that gives an outlook of the upcoming dates, events, and important information. Click here if you would like to request to be added to the email list.
We are always looking for parents that are interested in becoming a part of our volunteer team. MSM has several opportunities to get involved – from small group leaders, to helping prepare food for special events, there’s a place for you to come alongside our students. Or you may have something to offer this ministry to help us with annual events (i.e. the use of your pool for a BBQ event or your cabin for one of our trips). If you would like to learn more about ways you can help, please contact us!
We dive into a variety of topics throughout the year. If you'd like to learn more about what we're talking about and discover ideas to spark conversation at home, check out our "Current Encounter Topics" page.
Want to have coffee with Doug? We would love the chance to get to know you more and discuss how we can better partner with you to transform your student into a passionate and productive follower of Jesus. Click here to schedule a time to meet.