Train a child in the way they should go and when they get older they will not depart. It has become harder to be a kid in our society, especially as faith loses importance to the mainstream. Well we don't ascribe to the mainstream. We believe faith in Christ is the only thing that protects our children and offers them true lives of joy, against this surrounding backdrop of material values unconcerned about eternity. So we work hard to create a safe and fun environment where kids learn to be confident followers of Christ in all spheres.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Our goal is to make confident, self-reliant and faithful adult believers in Christ. We do this by offering programs that promote all three and encourage our parents to get involved with the kids.
Friday regular Meetings (@ 630PM) – a time of fellowship, games and bible lessons that promote their trust in Christ.
Primitive camping – a time when the youth learn to be self-reliant in the woods. The skills they learn are: how to build a shelter from nothing; how to make fire with minimal equipment; how to find clean water; how to recognize wild edible vegetation; how to process food; and how to navigate without electronics. All these are done in an environment of faith ending each night with lessons learned and their relationship to living with Christ. We always conclude this event with and exciting worship in the woods. Along with Gabby, the program is supervised by pastor Bill and other adult trained individuals.
Concerts and Youth events – the youth regularly attend Christian concerts and statewide youth gatherings together.
Missions - The youth are encouraged to attend and participate in both our international and domestic missions. To date many of our youths have: taken several trips to the Dominican Republic to do construction and work with youth; locally repaired a low-income medical clinic and sister church; and are planning a trip to work at a orphanage in Peru.
Karate – Pastor Bill who has taught martial arts for over 30 years offers a program in the community call “Risen Son Taekwondo. Children in the community get lessons and testing for free. The only catch is the kids are required to read age appropriate but classical books in order to test for their belts. He works with several other schools in Florida and to date has graduated 8 students to black belt since arriving in Florida four years ago.
Richard Gosling is our Youth Leader. Richard has been serving our youth since May of 2022. He graduated from FGCU with a B.S. in Marketing and is now pursuing a Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary seeking pastoral ministry. Richard loves boxing and hiking amongst many other outdoor activities.
"My chief desire is to foster an environment where we are one family. There are no cliques in the body of Christ. In this way we can truly fellowship together and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus." - Richard