Welcome to Next Gen Ministries!
Welcome to the youth ministries of Church of the Holy Cross.
We call it… Next Gen and we believe it’s an incredible place to belong if you are in middle school or high school. This is our vision: “We want to be a place to belong, where students, believing in God and trusting in his Word, are becoming passionate disciples of Jesus Christ.”
Check out what’s happening via the links and pages in our menu. There’s information by ministry area, info for parents, and an invitation to consider leadership in our ministries.
Contact Jonny Keys our Senior Youth Pastor or Melissa Bennett our Associate Youth Pastor at the church to learn more, ask questions, to participate, or if you want to hear an English accent from Jonny not Melissa!
Upcoming Next Gen Events
RETREATS YOUTH GROUP
High School Youth Group
HS Youth Group meets every other month throughout the school year from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm on Sundays in the Youth Room at Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island, for excellent bible teaching, prayer, fun activities, small groups, skits, prizes and food.
Middle School Youth Group
MS Youth Group meets every other month throughout the school year from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Sundays in the Youth Room at Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island, during the school year
for excellent bible teaching, prayer, fun activities, small groups, skits, prizes and food.
When we don’t have Youth Group we will either be going on special outings or learning to love and serve those less fortunate than ourselves.
MIDDLE SCHOOL LIFE GROUPS
MS Life Groups meet almost every week throughout the school year and we also have MS Youth Group or a special outing each month.
This year we have three MS Life Groups meeting. We have one in Mt. Pleasant and two on Daniel Island. We hope to add another one in Mt.Pleasant or on Sullivan’s Island later this year if possible.
Life Groups are the perfect place for your child to build community and live out the Christian life together with their peers. The purpose of Life Groups is to care for each other and grow as disciples of Jesus.
WED 6:00-7:30pm [Boys & Girls]
The Chico's, Mt. Pleasant
with Keri & Matt Peterson & Elizabeth Burwell-Jones
SUN 7:00-8:30pm [Girls]
The Side's, Daniel Island
with Annie Hamlin & Zoe Sides
SUN 4:00-5:15pm [Boys]
The Bennett's, Daniel Island
with Michael Friedrich, Erik Swanson & Melissa Bennett
HIGH SCHOOL LIFE GROUPS
HS Life Groups meet almost every week throughout the school year and we also have HS Youth Group or a special outing each month. During June-July we have HS Summer Group, click in the tab above to learn more.
This year we have three HS Life Groups meeting. We have one in Mt. Pleasant, one on Sullivan’s Island and one on Daniel Island.
Life Groups are the perfect place for your teens to build community and live out the Christian life together with their peers. The purpose of Life Groups is to care for each other and grow as disciples of Jesus.
The Brahen's, Sullivan's Island
with Jonny & Katie Keys
The Bennett's, Daniel Island
with Melissa Bennett, Kelly Swanson & Barry Emerson
The Crunelle's, Mt. Pleasant
with Jonny Keys & Sara Pilling
Meet our staff
Senior Youth Pastor, Jonny Keys
I am proud to say this is my 12th year in youth ministry at Holy Cross. And I am just as passionate for students to grow in their faith now as I was in 2006 when I arrived from England. Before Holy Cross I served at my home church from a student leader at 17 all the way to Youth Pastor, 10 years in total. I have been married to Katie for seven years and she serves alongside me which is awesome. We both love working with students and seeing them live into their God given identity as disciples through the gospel. We look forward to helping you share faith in Christ with your children.
In my free time I enjoy: watching English football (come on you SPURS), the Packers, movies (lot’s of movies), and sunsets. Board games with friends, traveling, pizza, anything with caramel, a good cuppa tea and all the above with Katie.
Contact Jonny: email@example.com
Office: 843-883-3586 Cell: 442-8327
Associate Youth Pastor, Melissa Bennett
I have been doing youth ministry in some way, shape or form since 1998 and in June 2015 I joined the staff of Holy Cross and the Next Gen team. I am passionate about teaching students God’s Word, helping them learn how to read the Bible for themselves, and steering them in the direction of Jesus as they navigate this world…and adolescence!
I am married to the Rev. Jonathan Bennett and together we have three children: Hannah, Caleb and Lizzie.
In my free time I enjoy: sewing, baking, cooking, reading novels, exercising, playing games, and being active.
Contact Melissa: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: 843-883-3586 Cell: 469-2201