James River Youth

A Place Where Your Teenager Can Make Lasting Friendships and Encounter God in a New Way

Your student will have an incredible time at James River Youth! Our leaders are passionate about pouring into 6th-12th graders’ lives and developing them into the students God has called them to be. At James River Youth, your student will experience what a lifestyle of worship and faith looks like and how they can apply it to their lives. They will not want to miss out on all the amazing things God is doing at James River Youth!

Be a part of reaching teenagers with us!

James River Youth is always looking for volunteers who love helping, serving, and equipping students in their walk with the Lord. If you’d like to become a volunteer, we’d love to serve alongside you!

FAQs for Parents

It is my student's first time attending James River Youth – How will they know where to go/what to do?

James River Youth leaders are pumped to connect with first time guests! So much so, we roll out the red carpet – literally!

At each venue, we have a VIP lounge staffed by an energetic team of volunteers that are ready to host your student and help them know where to go and what to do! They’ll give tours of the facility, make introductions to other students and leaders and offer delicious food options from the VIP lounge!

After checking in, your student will experience a service full of fun, high energy worship and a message that is focused on God’s love!

How do I keep up with all that is happening with James River Youth?

The best way to know what’s happening with James River Youth is by following us on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook. We’re constantly posting updates about what is happening, what is coming up and what we love the most: sharing what God is doing in the lives of students at James River Church!

We also have a parent email that is sent out on a monthly basis that keeps you in the know of what’s going on each month. If you’re not already getting this email, please contact us.

How can I be involved with James River Youth?

We never get tired of hearing this question! James River Youth works because of the dedication and heart behind every one of our volunteers! We offer a variety of areas in which you can serve, such as VIP & auditorium hosts, Life Groups, James River Youth Café, student check-in, security, and more.

To get started, we ask that every potential volunteer complete Grow Track. Upon completion, one of our staff members will contact you on next steps to serving in the youth ministry.

How do you choose life group host homes?

Because life groups are designed to help students grow in their walk with God, we are also committed to their safety and overall experience with this incredible community of like-minded believers.

Every person who hosts a group at their home is a current member of James River Church and has gone through a background screening approval process. Host homes are also approved by one of our James River Youth pastors.

What kind of resources would you recommend when it comes to parenting or families?

As we come across resources and tools that we find helpful regarding parenting and/or family related topics, we share them through our social media channels. Additionally, you can check out the James River Blog or one of the following resources below:


Can I come with my child?

If you would like to check out one of the James River Youth services with your student, stop by our student check-in desk and one of our team members will be happy to assist you.

Are students allowed to leave the building?

For their safety, once a student checks in with James River Youth, we ask that they remain in the venue until the official dismissal from service is given. Once service is over, students are welcome to leave and meet their parents/guardians at your designated meeting place. We provide security volunteers that assist us in helping students be where they should be during our Sunday and Wednesday services.

Service Times & Information

We offer exciting services for both our 6th-8th grade (6.8) and 9th-12th grade (9.12) students on Sundays and Wednesday nights. We would love for your student to join us this week! Find the service times for your student below.

Is your student graduating soon?

James River College is an incredible two-year associates degree program where your student can receive hands-on leadership training while getting their degree as a full-time student at James River Church. See if James River College is right for your student.