Currently our youth are meeting virtually! Please contact Mark Shelby at or 803-315-2254 to find our more about The Gathering and about connecting with Faith!



This is a great place to start if you are new to the Columbia area or to Faith and are interested in learning a bit more about what the high school and middle school students at our church are up to. Mark Shelby is our Director of Ministries.  Connect with Mark if you want specific information – he will be glad to talk with you over the phone or meet you for coffee. You can reach him at or 803-315-2254.

This ministry is about encouraging our youth to rely heavily on Jesus as we are studying His Word, learning about praying, living in community together, and serving the people around us – wherever we are. 

After Breakfast middle school and high school students gather downstairs in the Youth Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings.  This is a time for an engaging discussion-based small group time. This is a great opportunity for students to dive deeper into Christian community and God’s Word. Join us from 9:30 to 10:45 on Sunday mornings (breakfast starts upstairs any time after 8:30).

The Gathering takes place the 2nd and 4th Sundays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm during the school year in the Youth Fellowship Hall.  It is a time for food, fun and friendship.

Evening Small Groups
Currently, there are a couple of small groups happening on the 1st and 3rd Sunday nights.  More can be developed as we see an interest either on those nights or some other time during the week.

Swampfire is a large group time that has been developed for high school and college students by several of our Elders and their families that meets on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm.  Ask Mark for details including where Swampfire meets.

Trail Life and American Heritage Girls are high adventure leadership training with a Christian focus.  This meets on Thursday nights at the church during the school year and has outings on certain weekends.

Other Events happen throughout the year as we enjoy each other and fun activities, service projects, retreats, mission trips and more! 

We hope to get to spend time with you soon.

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 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6 NLT