Transformed TEENS Ministries


People often say, “Our teens are the church of tomorrow.”

At Sterling First, we believe our teens are the church of TODAY. Our youth program seeks to help our teens understand how God wants to use them to build His Kingdom. Through our weekly meetings and annual events, we focus on getting teens involved to make a difference for Christ in the world around them.

Youth Group

Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Grades 6-12.
Teens are divided into separate groups for junior high and senior high. Both groups will be able to enjoy a snack from our coffee shop, hang out with friends and enjoy a game or two. Lessons and small group discussion are biblically based and presented in a way to help teens engage with the Bible and see how it applies to their lives.

Sunday School

Teens can get a better understanding of their faith in Sunday school. The teen Sunday school class meets Sundays from 9:45-10:30 a.m. The material and discussion revolves around understanding what Christianity is and what it means to them.

Game Nights – Senior High (9-12th grades)

Quarterly we host a high-energy game night at the church. These outreach events are a highlight for our senior high teens. We play all kinds of high-energy games, with plenty of snacks and pizza to enjoy. Once it gets dark, we turn the lights out for Aliens (extreme freeze tag in the dark). It’s as crazy as it sounds, but a lot of fun!

Teen Camp

Teen Camp is an annual event not to be missed. Teens can enjoy a week-long getaway where they can make new friends, have a lot of fun, and experience God in new ways. Camp is held at Lake Williamson in Carlinville, IL.

Celebrate Life

We have a lot of gifted teens, and Celebrate Life is an opportunity for them to use their gifts to glorify God. Whether it’s music, art, quizzing, or sports, Celebrate Life has something for everyone! Teens first compete on a district level, and then advance to the regional competition in the spring at Olivet Nazarene University.

30-Hour Famine

According to World Vision, more than 22,000 children die every day due to hunger related causes. These deaths are 100% preventable, and our teens do their part to help. The 30 Hour Famine is a weekend for teens to make a definite difference for these children. Through fundraisers, the teens earn money to help feed these children. Then on famine weekend, the teens identify with these children by going without food for 30 Hours. The weekend is a powerful one, making a definite impact on the world and the teens’ lives. For more information, visit