what we do…

We are absolutely committed to creating a radical culture that disciples the next generation to become lifelong passionate followers of Jesus Christ.  We see Yosemite Church as the place in Merced children and youth want to be.  We see hundreds of children and students gathering on campus and in homes to be discipled into passionate followers of Jesus Christ.  We see hundreds of trained and equipped adults investing their time mentoring relationships with students.  We see gathering places/worship spaces designed to help children and students connect with God, with age-appropriate activities to promote relational engagement.

We see a growing team of staff and interns working together to equip volunteers for effective mentoring of our children and students.  We see a cohesive spiritual development road map from birth through high school - including age-appropriate curriculum, rights of passage, intentional transitions and integration into adulthood in the church.  We want to see our students worship with their families and serve during our weekend services to ensure that inter-generational relationships are formed and students feel they are needed and valued by YC.

We know this will take strong teamwork between staff and parents and will require patience.  The success of our Next Generation Ministry will be largely connected to our parents.  We believe parents are the most important influence in students' lives.  We want to partner with and equip parents to be the primary spiritual caregivers of their student(s).  Parents are always welcome to attend any of our groups.

 

 
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Provided to children birth through kindergarten during all three weekend worship services:

  • Saturday - 6p

  • Sunday - 9a & 11a


0-4

The YC childcare ministry strives to offer a safe and fun place for children ages 0-4 to learn and grow through Christ.

Our nursery is a place for children under age 2 to discover, play and rest during our weekend services.

 

Pre K -K

Our toddler and preschool rooms are where the spiritual feeding truly begins with a 6-week rotating curriculum that focuses on simple Bible stories and concepts including age appropriate crafts and worship.

 
 
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Family Time

This helpful tool is designed for you to use during the week with your child(ren). You’ll find out what they learned today at church, and help them prepare for next week by exploring the themeand spending time together in God’s Word. Click the icon to the left to view and/or print

 


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Proved to children 1st through 5th grades during all three weekend worship services

  • Saturday: 6p

  • Sunday: 9a & 11a

 
 
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Midweek explorers

For kids 2nd-5th grade on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:00 PM.

Midweek Explorers is a curriculum-based program that teaches your children about what it means to live like Jesus. No pre-registration is required. They will be given a small snack at the end of the group session and sent home with an activity page that includes a memory verse and a review of what they’ve learned.

Midweek Explorers is from September-May, and resumes September 25, 2019. Volunteers needed!!

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please call Jen (209)383-5038 x21 or email Jen below.

 
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home front weekly

Home Front Weekly is designed for you to use during the week with your son or daughter. You’ll find out what they learned today at church, and can help them prepare for next week by exploring the theme (or Ponder Point) and spending time together in God’s Word.

 

 
 
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If you’re interested in being a coach for the 2020 basketball season, we’d love to have you! Drop off your application to the Yosemite Church office. No prior experience is necessary.

Yosemite Church office hours are:

Mon-Thurs 9a-5p

Friday 9a-3p

Sunday 9a-12p


 
 
 
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Middle School

6th-8th grades

Worship Auditions

 
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Sundays 11am, HD 101

Students will join main service for worship, then be dismissed right before the sermon to have a discussion around the weekend message in a student friendly environment.

Sundays 5-6:30p, EC15

Combined Bible study for middle and high school students.

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Wednesdays 6:30-8:30p, EC15

Middle School Group begins with fellowship at our E-xtreme snack bar, followed by games, worship, teaching, and small group time. It’s a good way to make new friends, get to know other believers, and meet our awesome leaders and interns. Students visiting for the first time get a free meal deal (2 slices of pizza and a soda) - a $2.50 value!

 

Volunteers & Parent Volunteers continually needed!

Contact Jen Williams at 209.383.5038 x21 or email Jen below.

 

 
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high school

9th-12th grades

Worship auditions

 
 
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Sundays 5-6:30p, EC15

Combined Bible study for middle and high school students.

 
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Thursdays 6:30-8:30p, EC15

High School Group begins with fellowship at our X-treme snack bar, followed by games, worship, teaching, and small group time. It’s a good way to make new friends, get to know other believers, and meet our awesome leaders and interns. Students visiting for the first time get a free meal deal (2 slices of pizza and a soda) - a $2.50 value!

 
 

Volunteers & Parent Volunteers continually needed!

Contact Jen Williams at 209.383.5038 x21 or email Jen below.


Parent Resources

Here at YC, we want to equip you, as parents to raise your children in a spiritual environment. We are committed to walk alongside you in mentoring your next generation. This page compiles resources we believe help in that commitment.

 
 

Crash Course on Teenage Boys

This five-session video course is to help you, as parents, to begin to understand the world of your teenage boy. Click on the following topics for a quick video to help engage your teen and understand what they’re going through:

Body Changes

Sex

Pornography

Communication

Friendships

 
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Crash Course on Teenage Girls

This five-session video course is to help you, as parents, to begin to understand the world of your teenage girl. Click on the following topics for a quick video to help engage your teen and understand what they’re going through:

Body Changes

Mood Swings

Dating

Friendships

Identity

 

Articles

Click the pictures below for helpful articles we’ve hand-picked for you!


 

Links


Wish there was an easy way to teach your kids the books of the Bible? Check out these videos for catchy songs from the Old and New Testaments!

 

Downloads


 
 

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