Student Ministry

Explore the ministry opportunities for your students at New Hope

At New Hope our students (6th through 12th grade) experience safe, age-appropriate environments where they learn about Jesus in a creative and relevant ways. We call our Student Ministry "The Element".


We would love to see you and your students visit The Element. We meet every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm in the Main Campus. Yes, your student can be dropped off as early as 6:00pm.

"I look forward to the Element every week to worship and grow closer to God alongside my life group!" - Connor Skiles

Your first visit

Here's what to expect when you or your student visits The Element for the first time:


First, find the area marked for "new students" inside of the Main Campus Lobby. There we will meet your family, check your child into our system, and then one of our volunteers (or students) will show your child around the building so they can check out the snack shop, game room, auditorium, and then show them which room their Life Group will meet in after the message.


Upon checking in for the first time, we will ask for the following personal information (NOTE: We value your privacy and will not share this information with anyone):


  • Parent/guardian name(s)
  • Child's name
  • Child's birthdate
  • Child's grade
  • Home address
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Any special instructions (allergies, special needs) for your children


“The Element gave me that sense of community that I didn’t realize my soul craved.” -Abby Fernihough

A typical night at The Element

In total, a night at The Element is about 2 hours in length. Services begin with the New Hope Worship Team leading the students in music - song lyrics are projected onto the screens so you can sing along and/or engage with worship however you feel most comfortable. After the music portion of service is complete, one of our pastors will come out to share an encouraging message that will help your student take a next step towards finding hope. After the message, students will break up by grade and gender and meet in a Life Group led by a caring adult (who has passed a background check). Students will talk about their lives, faith, and challenges they are currently facing.

How check-in works

Before The Element: You can check-in your child at any available kiosk. After the first visit, your child will check themselves in. We ask students to check-in in case of emergencies and for their safety during their time at The Element.


After The Element: After the service is complete, you can pick up your child by driving under the Main Campus awning and waiting for them to come to your vehicle.


During The Element: In the event that we need to contact you during the service, we will contact you via your home/cell phone. If you need to contact us, you can call 419.636.1362

Parents! Be in "the know"

We have a few different ways for you to stay connected with us here at The Element. You can sign up for our parent newsletter that goes out once a month, prior to us beginning a new series. You can download or subscribe to our ministry calendar for the year. With this ministry calendar you will have access to every event for the entire year! Yay! Every week you can watch or listen to the message that students hear at The Element and also access the questions that they discuss in Life Group.

“We really appreciate the Element volunteers for coming along side of us and taking to time to invest in our kids as we raise them” – Steve & Cherri Meyer

Meet our Student Ministries Team

Nik Walborn joined the New Hope team in 2012. Nik oversees grades 6th thru 12th, is the main vision-caster and communicator for The Element.

Alex Moss joined the New Hope team in 2018. Alex oversees Life Group leaders for The Element and also teaches and interacts with students on Wednesday nights.

Got questions?

If you have further questions concerning our Student Ministry experience or visiting New Hope Community Church with students, simply click the button below and get in touch with us!