Youth Ministry

West Angeles Youth Ministry

Mission Statement

West Angeles’ Youth Ministry exists to Teach our youth the empowering Word of God, which familiarizes them with biblical characters and pillars who have helped shape our faith; to Develop and Strengthen their relationships—including their walk with God through his Son, Jesus Christ; to Enable them to become leaders of today by giving them practical skills based upon Christian principles.

West Angeles’ Youth Ministry – otherwise known as “The W.A.Y.,” taken from Jesus’ description of himself as being “The Way, The Truth, and The Life (John 14:16)” – is a place that leads middle and high school students to Christ, while empowering them to live a transforming and contagious life worthy of the Kingdom.  We are “light set upon a hill,” beacons shining brightly, pointing the way to eternal life, hence our purpose:

“Reflecting the light of Christ while leaving our mark on a dark world.”

HOW WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Directed by Minister Donnie Briggs, our ministry impacts youth through:

  • Sunday Teen Worship Service
  • Mid-Week Bible Study
  • Community/High School Outreach
  • Retreats
  • Mentoring

WORSHIP SERVICES

Join us for Worship services and Bible study geared especially for youth and teens.

Youth Ministry Sunday Service

Sundays at 11:00 AM

Location:

Middle School – West AngelesYouth Center

High School – North Campus Sanctuary

Youth Ministry Bible Study

Wednesday Nights at 7:00 PM

Location:

All Ages – West Angeles Youth Center

For more information, please use the contact form below.

CONTACT THE WEST ANGELES YOUTH SECTOR

Nursery and Preschool Ministry

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Nursery and Preschool Ministry

West Angeles’ Nursery and Preschool Ministries  operates every Sunday morning at the West Angeles Cathedral during the 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM services.  Our hours of operation are 7:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Nursery Ministry –

The Nursery Ministry accommodates infants and toddlers up to 2 years old.  This ministry is located in the Cry Room at the West Angeles Cathedral.

Preschool Ministry –

The Preschool Ministry accommodates potty-trained toddlers and kinder-aged children between 3-5 years old.  Our little ones actively participate in praise & worship, as well as activities which teach them about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Bring your children ages 3-5 to the Cathedral Hangar before Sunday morning services (behind the Cathedral parking lot).  The maximum room capacity is 10 children and 3 adults.

Light snacks are served during this time of ministry.

For information on our Children’s Ministry, please click HERE to download our Youth Sector Brochure. Click HERE to visit our Children’s Ministry page.

Nursery and Preschool

Preschool and Nursery Ministry

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The​ ​W.A.Y. – ​How​ ​Do​ ​You​ ​Share​ ​The​ ​Good​ ​News? 

Television, the internet, and social media can take a large share of our lives.  But have we become too busy to share the goodness of God with others?  Please join Westa.org and the West Angeles Youth Bible Study Group as we explore the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Roman church, and its impact upon how we spread “The Good News”. 

 For the past two months our Youth Bible Study group (The W.A.Y.) has been dissecting Paul’s letter to the Roman church. The Book of Romans is arguably one of the Apostle’s most popular books of the New Testament. In fact, we could learn a lot about Paul, and his position on Jesus, God, and His people, from just reading verse 16 of Chapter 1, in which he states: 
…For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes–the Jew first and also the Gentile – Romans 1:16 (NLT). 
At first glance, one may think that Paul is simply excited about this Good News, or Gospel, and how it makes us right with God, but what one may not realize is that like any good rapper or poet, Paul is using word play in the opening lines of his letter to strengthen his argument, and to get his point across to his audience in a way they could understand. 
 
 You see, to those living in Rome, whenever they heard of this word Gospel” (“Good News,” “Glad Tidings,” or “Good Message”; euangelion in Greek) it was usually in reference to: 
the Roman Emperor (i.e. Tiberias, Augustus, or Nero),  
● the status of the emperor as Supreme Ruler and conqueror of the then known world,  
● the emperor’s many victories, accomplishments and building projects, or 
● the vitality of the empire itself. 
 
However, when Paul used this term, “Good News” (Gospel), his goal was to make it known that he was referring to the true ruler and King, Jesus the Christ, whom through his own battle (sacrificial death), and triumph (resurrection) offered victory to those who would come to believe on His name and build His kingdom.  
In essence, Paul very intentionally “jacked” a term that he knew was very common to his audience, and reassigned it to the subject of his letter — Jesus, the true Crowned King. Paul realized that he was serving One who was far greater than that of Caesar, and who had the power to do what Caesar in all of his accomplishments could never do — offer salvation to the believer — and in that, and in Him, there was nothing to be ashamed of. 
I challenge you and your family to discover ways in which you can, boldly and unashamedly, profess the Good News of Jesus Christ to those in your communities, schools, and social media platforms. Discuss ways in which you can live your faith out loud, and empower others to do the same!
In the words of St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.”

Remain In His Grip!

By Minister Donnie Briggs


Donnie Briggs is the Youth Pastor of West Angeles Church Of God In Christ, where Presiding Bishop, Charles E. Blake, Sr. is Senior Pastor.

If you have a unique way that you share the Good News of Jesus Christ with friends or with the world, share it with us below, or on social media!

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Children’s Ministry: Spending Time With God

Westa.org welcomes a new contributor: The Children’s Ministry!  Join us as we share inspiration for you and your little ones to help keep them fortified in the Lord.

Before you go to school each day, remember to keep Jesus first! Start each day with a “Good Morning Jesus!” and remember to spend time with God. Also, read your Bible every day! Reading God’s Word will help you to grow into a strong Christian full of power, strength, joy, and peace.

Jesus, Our Example

Throughout Scripture, we see that Jesus spent a lot of time in prayer with the Father. Regularly, after He

Spend time with God daily.

Spend time with God daily.

performed miracles and healings, Jesus would separate Himself from the crowd and spend time with God in prayer.

Jesus knew that His purpose was:

  1. To glorify God
  2. To destroy the works of the devil
  3. To bring good news to the people

And guess what? You have the same purpose! God created you to glorify Him, to spend time with Him, and to share the good news of salvation with others. Although everyone has the same task, God has a special way for each of us to fulfill the task.

To God, In Prayer

Do you know how God wants to use you in His Kingdom? To answer this question, you must spend time with Him to know what He desires. Spend time with God by praying, reading the Bible, and singing praise and worship songs to His glory. As you spend time with Him, He will let you know what it is He has planned for you. Pray to ask God to help you to spend time with Him.

Let us pray:

 “Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for being with me every day. Please give me a greater desire to fellowship with You by reading Your Word and spending time in prayer. I want to fulfill the purpose You have for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Jesus loves you and you are very special to Him. Make sure you spend time with God  every day, and ask that He reveal to you His purpose for your life!

West Angeles Church of God In Christ wishes you a great school year!

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REGISTER NOW: 2016 Summer Enrichment Program

It’s that time again! Register now for the 2016 Youth Summer Enrichment Program! Mandatory orientation for the 2016 West Angeles Youth Summer Enrichment Program is:

Thursday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m.

For registration package, please see the bottom of this page.

 

 

Education Enrichment 2016 Summer Program

Education Enrichment 2016 Summer Program


To download the Summer Enrichment Program Registration Package, please 

BUTTON CLICK HERE

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Youth Ministry Releases A Call to Action For Parents

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Youth Ministry Director, Minister Donnie Briggs, writes an astounding call to action for Parents hoping to see a change in the lives of their children. Here’s a short excerpt with a link to the article below!

I see it every Sunday afternoon and Wednesday night, parent’s gathered on the playground, huddled in the multi-purpose room, or arriving and departing in vehicles like a N.A.S.C.A.R. driver entering and exiting “Pit Row”—all to retrieve their youth from service. Each time I find myself asking: “Why don’t they come in,
introduce themselves, or get involved?” While some parents may think parental involvement or influence in their child’s “youth church” is not a matter of great importance, the truth is parents have the most influence on and in the lives of their child….

 

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In an environment where work schedules, and student activities attempt
to dominate the home life, Youth Director, Donnie Briggs explains the
importance of parental involvement in teen spiritual development, and
having an active role in Youth Ministry.