Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Gathering?
When do we meet?
Where do we meet?
What are Small Groups?
How do I join a Small Group?
How do I get involved as a high school student?
How can I get involved with leading worship through music in The Gathering?
How do I get involved as a non-high school student?
Who is the youth pastor?
How do I find out more information about events?
How can I stay informed on the current series?
Where can I watch the sermons?
What is the difference between interns, volunteers, and student servants?


What is The Gathering?
The Gathering is our Senior High (9th-12th grade) ministry at Shadow Mountain Community Church.

When do we meet?
We gather for our regular meetings every Wednesday at 6:15pm for small groups and Sundays at 9am for our church service.

Where do we meet?
We meet every Wednesday and Sunday in The Gathering room. The room is found in our Generations Building, located at the back left portion of our church campus, just below the baseball field. The main entrance to the room is on the side of the building, nearest to the parking lot. If that still doesn't make sense, send us a message and we can get you a map.

What are Small Groups?
Small Groups are one of our favorite parts of our ministry. They are more than just a midweek Bible study time with worship and fellowship, but an opportunity to live in intentional community as Jesus did with his disciples. We pair every student with a leader and a few other students of the same grade and gender who they can connect and talk about their lives with. In these groups, our leaders guide the students through discussions that relate to the message we hear on Sunday morning to help make it personal and apply Biblical truths to our lives. It is within these groups that we believe students will connect, learn, and grow most.

How do I join a Small Group?
The best way to join a Small Group is to simply show up on a Wednesday evening in The Gathering room and go straight to the front table. From there, we’ll assign you to a group that you can start meeting with starting that night. And if you want to go one step further, feel free to contact us ahead of time and give us a heads up that you’ll be joining us on a Wednesday evening.

How do I get involved as a high school student?
The best ways for students to get involved are to plug in with our Wednesday small groups and attend our Sunday services. On top of that, we always have opportunities for students to participate in trips like our annual River Trip and summer camp at Hume Lake, along with a host of other special events throughout the year. Follow us on social media (@GatheringSMCC) and watch our Events page for announcements regarding upcoming events. And then for students who are looking for yet another opportunity to be involved, we invite students to join our Student Servant team, a group for students to practice and learn about leadership. You can find more information and how to apply on our Serve page.

How can I get involved with leading worship through music in The Gathering?
We love it when our own students lead our group in worship through music. All students who are interested are asked to join our worship mentorship program, called the Gathering Worship Collective (GWC). This group is not just for instrumentalists and singers, but choreographers and techies too. Participating students will be given opportunities to lead in our high school group, main church services, and help with other performance events throughout the year. Visit the Gathering Worship Collective page for more information.

How do I get involved as a non-high school student?
We have two main ways for non-high school students to get involved in The Gathering. First, we are always looking for Volunteers to join us for service on Sunday mornings and lead a small group of students on Wednesday evenings. Volunteers are a core part of us reaching all of our students. They are not just chaperones, but help ensure that each student who enters the Gathering is known and cared for. We also have Interns who are part-time staff members of the church. Each intern has a specialized role within the ministry, carrying out personalized tasks throughout the week and prepping for all our events, in addition to connecting with students on Wednesdays and Sundays. We welcome the help of new volunteers year-round, whereas intern positions open up less frequently as they are based on longer commitments. If you are interested in either of these two positions, please visit our Serve page for more general information and contact us for applications and more information about applying.

Who is the youth pastor?
We are currently in the process of hiring a new youth pastor. Visit Our Team page to learn more about the rest of our incredible team.

How do I find out more information about events?
We update our Events page regularly with our upcoming events, so definitely keep an eye on that page. Also, visit our Connect page to get the latest alerts about our activities through our social media platforms. If you’re more interested in physical handouts, visit The Gathering room and check our front table for any announcements.

How can I stay informed on the current series?
Obviously we would love it if you join us every Sunday and Wednesday to follow along with each series, but if you are not available to do that, the next best option is to visit our Vimeo channel, which is where we archive all of our Sunday sermons. As a bonus, if you are a parent and want to receive our beautiful weekly email newsletter for parents, you can complete our Signup Form or visit our Parent Involvement page for more info.

Where can I watch the sermons?
The best place to watch our sermons live is from the front row seats during our Sunday services. But if you are not able to make it to one of Sunday services, we record all of our sermons and share them on our Youtube channel. We archive all of our past sermons, event recaps, and other ministry videos on this page.

What is the difference between interns, volunteers, and student servants?
Our interns are part-time employees for our church ministry. Having specialized jobs, they do a lot in making each event, on top of leading small groups on Wednesdays and carrying out our Sunday services. Volunteers are another vital part of our ministry. Their main role is to lead a small group of students and continue to follow up with them throughout the week, including our Sunday meetings as well as at our larger events and trips. Unlike the previous two roles, student servants are high school students who have stepped into leadership roles within our group. They do so much for our ministry in helping us greet new students, lead activities, brainstorm new ideas, and much more. We meet with them regularly to discuss leadership, fun, and Jesus. We have a good time.

 

Still have a question? Just send us a message on our Contact Us page.

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