Serving as a Hopeland acolyte is a rite of passage, usually performed by the youth of the church. It is an opportunity to participate in the worship service by lighting and extinguishing the altar candles.
In the Methodist tradition, the lighting of the altar candles in the worship service is a symbol of Jesus' coming into the presence of the worshipping community. Before extinguishing the last altar candle at the end of the service, the acolyte relights the candlelighter and processes out, symbolizing the light of Jesus Christ going out into the world where believers are called to serve.
Anyone in grades 6 through 12 is invited to serve as an acolyte. A brief 15-minute training session (date to be determined) will be scheduled after the service for new acolytes explaining the traditions, equipment, and expectations. A yearly schedule is handed out, and acolytes can expect to be asked to serve 4-6 Sundays a year, depending on the number of acolytes available.
Hopeland Youth Group is a blend of games, Bible-based lessons, teen fellowship, mission work, movie nights, and field trips. Youth Group is open to any students between grades 6 and 12. Meetings are held weekly on Sunday, 6-8 p.m. at the Youth Center (upstairs).
Throughout the school year, we do a variety of service and fellowship activities, like movie nights, a retreat weekend, road cleanup, live nativity, and a prayer walk. Each summer we participate in either Creation or go on a mission trip for a week.