Youth are the future of the church. Or, at least, that’s the prevailing wisdom. At Northminster, we believe that youth are the future of the church, but we believe they are the present, too. The youth group at Northminster is an active and engaged bunch that gives the congregation a lot of energy and excitement. Our kids come from all over—some of them are in the Roanoke County public schools, some are in the Roanoke City public schools, and still some are in the Salem system. Their diversity isn’t limited to geography, though, as we have athletes, dancers, musicians, designers, and academics in our group. The youth group meets every Sunday for worship, fun, food, and devotion. Games are active and center around faith and practice. Devotions are connected to how the Christian faith is played out day to day. And the food? Usually homemade. Always good. Youth programs include an annual Youth Sunday, multiple road trips throughout the year, service projects in the Roanoke Valley, and a Vacation Bible School week that involves helping mentor the little kids in addition to playing games and studying God’s Word. A visitor will find themselves nourished—by the study of the Bible, by the great food, and by the fellowship. Recently, some of the kids toured the Heritage Room at Northminster, which houses the congregation’s history. They looked around studiously and reverently, then several of them stated that fifty years from now, their accomplishments for the church will be catalogued in the display cases and hung upon the walls. The future is already meeting the present.