Youth Auxillaries and Ministries

Quick Reference Schedule of Youth Ministry Meetings
 Boys to Men

 The boys to men program is a mentoring entity that seeks to provide biblical, cultural, academic, recreational, and leadership training to the young men of Mt. Zion Baptist and the community to increase their spiritual strength and skills for life as growing young men.  This ministry meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 8:30 a.m. until noon.  This is open to all ages.

C.A.P.S. Afternoon Tutorial
 Because of the growing need for preparation for each new grade level in our school systems, Ms. Elaine Williams (a teacher in the DOCO school system) and others under the leadership of Pastor Simmons have implemented an afternoon tutorial program for students here and throughout the community.  The main objectives of this ministry are to 1) help students to prepare for Standardized Tests, 2) provide extra help with homework assignments in areas of low performance, and 3) give spiritual support to ensure success in their school environment.  The acronym C.A.P.S. stands for “claiming academic power and success.”  The tutorial takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30pm in the Mt. Zion Community Reinvestment Center located next to the church.  Students in grades K to 12 are welcome to sign up.

C.A.P.S. Youth Academy
 The Mt. Zion Youth Academy is primarily a summer enrichment program that extends throughout the school year for boys between the ages of 9 and 15.
 For six weeks during the months of June and July, this program uses academic study, leadership training, character building, recreation, and community awareness to help shape the minds and abilities of young boys to prepare them for the world ahead.

Cherub Choir
 The Cherub Choir is a children’s choir ministry that seeks to introduce young children to songs of the praise, hymns and spiritual/gospel songs.  Young people are trained to use their memorization, vocal, and cooperation skills within a choir structure.  Membership is open to children up to age 9.  The choir meets every Monday and Thursday at 6 p.m., the week before 3rd Sunday and sings on 3rd Sundays during the worship hour.

Children’s Church
 Children’s Church provides children between the ages of 4-10 an opportunity to spark a fire of passion for Christ in their hearts, experience meaningful worship, and prepare them to honor God throughout their early life.  This ministry is held every Sunday at 11:15 a.m. during the general worship hour.

Daughters of Zion
 This ministry exists to empower young ladies to become women of excellence through development of their God given talents and skills.  They meet on Saturdays at 8:30 am at the church.  In this effort, sister Mary Dunham, the deaconess ministry and other women of Mt. Zion come together to mentor and educate young girls from September to May.

 This ministry uses our youth of Mt. Zion between the ages of 16-21 to welcome all visitors during the worship hour on Sundays through formal public acknowledgments with creative speech and godly exhortations.

Junior Mission
 The purpose of the Junior Mission is to train the young ladies of Mt. Zion in the Word of God and serve as an evangelistic and missionary tool of the youth ministry.  Activities include attending the First District Union meeting, participating in General Missionary Day in November and the Annual Candlelighting Service the 2nd Sunday in May, and serve as hostesses during Church Anniversary.  Future plans include visiting nursing homes and those members of Mt. Zion who are sick and shut-in.  The Junior Mission meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month.  The membership consists of young ladies from ages 9-18.

Scouting (girls & boys)
 Our scouting programs function in accordance with the national organizations, respectfully.  These programs offer young girls and boys the opportunity to develop a wealth of skills from life and survival to health and medical to family and character to leadership and work ethics and on and on.

 At the end of each school year, we award a few high school graduates with scholarships from Mt. Zion.  Scholarship recipients are chosen based on criteria set by the committee and are presented their scholarships on Youth Day in June.

Student Recognition and Achievement
 This ministry is designed to publicly recognize the academic and extra- curricular achievements of the youth of Mt. Zion.  Students are rewarded after Sunday worship each term report cards are given out.

Summer Reading Program
 This program is held for six weeks spanning the months of June and July that helps young people of all ages maintain academic continuity while school is out.  Various subjects are reviewed including reading, math, writing, biblical training and the like. Students are served breakfast and lunch and have exposure to peer fellowship and exciting extra-curricular activities.

Sunday School
 What would a church be without Sunday school?  We believe in educating God’s young people about God’s word.  This is why Sunday school has been a consistent discipling program for countless years.  Sunday school meets every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with classes for different age groups of young people.

Youth Athletics
 The purpose of the youth athletics is to bring boys and girls between the ages of 10 to 18 into fellowship with God and other Mt. Zion youths through basketball. Youths will be given the opportunity to develop their leadership, team building, and basketball skills.  The boys currently meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the gym from 5-6:30 p.m.

Youth Bank of Zion
 The Youth Bank of Zion at Mt. Zion Baptist Church is the fruition of a vision given to Pastor Simmons.  He felt that opening a bank would be beneficial to our youth and young adults by teaching them at an early age that a wise steward invests what God gives, teaching them to master their money rather than be a slave to it, and equipping them with knowledge, which is a vital principle for financial security in future years.  Through this ministry, youth will be able to get experience as bank executives and representatives as well as establish and maintain financial accounts with the help of Capital City Bank.  The bank is open every Sunday immediately following the 11 am worship hour.

Youth Bible Study
 The youth bible study is one of the discipleship components of the youth ministry that utilizes education of the scriptures for life and growth in the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ.  There are four different classes according to age: nursery class, elementary age, middle school age, and high school.  Youth bible study is held every Wednesday at 6 pm.

Youth Choir
 The youth choir exists to model a lifestyle of praise and worship among the youth of Mt Zion Baptist Church.  Youths will be able to develop an appreciation for various styles of gospel music and learn to vocally express the sentiments and passion of the Word of God through songs that inspire and proclaim the message of the gospel of Christ.  The youth choir goes from ages 9 to 18.  The youth choir meets to rehearse on Monday evenings at 6 pm.  They sing on 3rd Sundays.

Youth Observance Ministry
 This ministry is made up of four major youth programs/operations that were brought together under one heading.  It includes the Black History Month Celebration, Graduate Recognition, and Youth Day Celebration.  There is a team of adults who incorporate the participation of the youth of Mt. Zion for each of these efforts.  The Black History Month Celebration is held each Sunday at the 10:15 a.m. worship hour during the month of February.  Graduate Recognition is held for all high school, college, and post-baccalaureate graduates in which each graduate is recognized during the worship hour and presented with a special gift.  The Youth Day Celebration is held the 2nd Sunday in June of each year.  During this program, the young people are “in charge” of the worship, various youth auxiliaries are on display and awards and scholarships are given.

Youth Praise Team
 The mission of the Mt. Zion Pantomime team is to minister to the youth, adults, and visitors of Mt. Zion as well as the community through liturgical dance and sign language.  Because of the belief that there are many ways to praise God, the team uses movements to provide a visual worship experience to show others that praise can and should involve the whole body.  The team is open to all ages, male and female.

Youth Ushers
 The youth ushers are comprised of a group young people in Mt. Zion who serve the congregation in Sunday morning worship.  Youths are trained to greet and seat members and visitors of Mt. Zion, receive offerings, monitor exits and assist with any ministerial needs that arise.  The youth ushers embody the true spirit of Christ’s statement of us becoming servants of all, thus becoming great in the kingdom of God.  The youth ushers meet every 1st Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. for training and perform their duties on 2nd and 5th Sundays.  This ministry is open to all ages.  

Zion Informer – Youth Section
 The youth ministry has a section in the “Zion Informer” (Mt. Zion’s monthly newsletter) entitled “Preparing the Next Generation of Kingdom Citizens.”  This is to recognize any achievements and special accolades that are due our young people for their abilities, efforts and any awards or recognitions they receive in and out of church.

Responsive Reading
 The responsive reading ministry uses the youth of Mt. Zion to play a vital role in the worship hour on Sunday mornings by reading the selected scripture for the hour.  We believe that it is important not only to involve the youth during the worship but to provide opportunities to learn the word of God, both spoken and written.

 Vacation Bible School

 Vacation Bible School is a week long program at the beginning of summer for all young people during the day.  Students are taught in the word according to a particular theme for the week.  At the end of the week the students put on a final program displaying what they learned.