{2:42} – The Student Ministries at New Life

For students in 6th–12th grades, {2:42} is an opportunity to experience life with their peers as they pursue Christ and live for His Kingdom. For many years now we have shaped the culture of {2:42} around the question, “Are you hungry?” We don’t simply mean hungry in a physical sense, but rather spiritually hungry for God and emotionally hungry to belong to a true community.

What {2:42} Means

{2:42} comes from the verse where we believe you see people answering our central question best.

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Acts 2:42

Out of this verse comes the four elements of our group’s identity that we try to maintain at all times.

  1. The Apostles’ Teaching: We strive for teaching that is faithful to scripture and meaningful for teens’ lives so that they might see the Kingdom of God and find life.
  2. Fellowship: Teens need a safe place to build meaningful relationships around fun and sharing, so we value times of community that are for goofing off and for opening up to one another.
  3. The breaking of bread: We share meals together because in nourishing our bodies we can tend to our hearts as well.
  4. Prayer: We seek to cultivate an authentic relationship between teens and the God who loves them by helping them practice elements of prayer and worship and incorporate them into their daily lives.

When {2:42} Meets

While we share in a number of events throughout the year, our primary time together is Sunday evenings between 5 and 7 p.m., where we intentionally practice our four elements every week. We hope to continue to cultivate these elements, while finding new and powerful ways for students to become a more intentional part of the community at New Life—INTERWOVEN into every aspect of the church and seeking Christ every day.