Shelter Rock is a vibrant, life-giving church, and we are committed to the youth of our area. Student Ministries works with 6-12th graders and their families. Our vision is to see students become FULLY-DEVOTED, PASSIONATE, LIFE-LONG followers of Jesus Christ. Wherever a student is at on his or her spiritual journey, our purpose is to help them learn what it means to HONOR God in worship, SERVE God by serving others, REACH people who are far from God, CONNECT in life-giving relationships with other students and leaders, and GROW in their faith.
Weekly Student Ministry During Covid
We have Small Groups meeting both in person and online. All of our small groups include time for fellowship, discipleship and prayer. Each week the discussion for each group will be based on a video message delivered by Peter Ladenheim, the Student Ministries Director, or a member of the Student Ministries Team. These videos are posted every Friday and can be found on: Facebook at Facebook.com/ShelterRockSM, Instagram at Instagram.com/ShelterRockSM or @ShelterRockSM, and Youtube at Youtube.com/channel/UCtwHmUd0z_CsRXdqP-_rZfA.
Small Group Directory:
Central Nassau Middle School - This group is for students grades 6-8 that live in the Central Nassau area. This group will meet in person at the Syosset Campus on Mondays from 7-8:30pm. To join this group head to: shelterrockchurch.churchcenter.com/groups/small-groups/student-ministry-central-nassau-middle-school.
Central Nassau High School - This group is for students grades 9-12 that live in the Central Nassau area. This group will meet in person at the Syosset Campus on Mondays from 7-8:30pm. To join this group head to: shelterrockchurch.churchcenter.com/groups/small-groups/student-ministry-central-nassau-high-school.
West Nassau/Queens Middle School - This group is for students grades 6-8 that live in the West Nassau/Queens area. This group will meet in person at the Manhasset Campus on the first Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30pm and online via Zoom all other Tuesdays of the month from 7:30-8:15pm. To join this group head to: shelterrockchurch.churchcenter.com/groups/small-groups/student-ministry-west-nassau-queens-middle-school. For Zoom Link please email
West Nassau/Queens High School - This group is for students grades 9-12 that live in West Nassau/Queens area.This group will meet in person at the Manhasset Campus on the first Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30pm and online via Zoom all other Tuesdays of the month from 7:30-8:15pm. To join this group head to: shelterrockchurch.churchcenter.com/groups/small-groups/student-ministry-west-nassau-queens-high-school. For Zoom Link please email
East Nassau/Suffolk Middle School - This group is for students grades 6-8 that live in the East Nassau/Suffolk area. This group will meet in person at the Syosset Campus on the first Wednesday of the month from 7-8:30pm and online via Zoom all other Wednesdays of the month from 7:30-8:15pm. To join this group head to: shelterrockchurch.churchcenter.com/groups/small-groups/student-ministry-east-nassau-suffolk-middle-school. For Zoom Link please email
East Nassau/Suffolk High School - This group is for students grades 9-12 that live in the East Nassau/Suffolk area.This group will meet in person at the Syosset Campus on the first Wednesday of the month from 7-8:30pm and online via Zoom all other Wednesdays of the month from 7:30-8:15pm. To join this group head to: shelterrockchurch.churchcenter.com/groups/small-groups/student-ministry-east-nassau-suffolk-high-school. For Zoom Link please email
Friday Messages - Every Friday we release a video message specifically for students on all of our social media outlets. These messages are no longer than 15 minutes and are designed to challenge students in their walk with God and deepen their faith in Jesus Christ. These videos are the primary topic of discussion and application in Small Groups.
Weekly Podcasts - Beginning on November 1st we will be releasing podcasts for both students and parents. These are a great way to be further discipled, encouraged, challenged and entertained as we discuss topics ranging from the origins of Santa Clause, to discipling kids in the midst of chaos, to theological debates and much more!
Follow Us - Stay up to date and engaged with our social media for everything going on in Student Ministries!
Online Gaming Leagues - We have a couple of online gaming leagues with other youth ministries across Long Island! To get connected with one of these, please contact our Student Ministries Director, Peter at and he will get you plugged in!
Counseling Available - We know this has been an extra difficult season for many. With that said, you can schedule an appointment with any of the student ministries staff during the week by emailing the Student Ministries Director at !
A Reminder of our Normal Format...
Weekly Student Programs
From September through May we have weekly programs designed to build relationships with students, disciple them, and to be a space where they can come with questions and lay them at the feet of Jesus.
The backbone of our ministry are our Small Groups. Small groups meet in homes around our area on different weeknights, and are the primary environments for students to build positive peer relationships, discover and grow in their faith, and be known and cared for by our amazing team of caring Adult Youth Leaders. A typical night includes food, games, a lesson, interactive discussion, prayer, and more food. Our groups also have "fun nights" on a regular basis so they can have time to be together as a community, build relationships with each other, and simply have fun together.
Sunday Morning Youth.
We have a service just for youth during the 2nd service at each campus. A typical Sunday includes donuts and bagels, a brief time of worship, announcements, 15-20 minute teaching time (either video or live), then a time for students to discuss implications of the message for their every-day lives.
Looking for a way to connect with other girls while growing in your faith? Then come check out Thrive; a monthly Friday night program from 7-9pm where we empower adolescent girls (grades 7-12th) to become women of God. Learn how to walk with confidence in your faith through discipleship and community-building in a safe and positive environment in Syosset. For more information, contact Jen at or Becca at .
The Shelter is a service that meets from 6-7:45pm on the first and third Sunday of each month at Central Presbyterian Church in Huntington. This service has been strategically designed to be engaging and exciting for young people and is an environment where students can feel welcomed and encouraged. A typical night will include a time to connect before service, contemporary worship and dynamic speakers.
Throughout the course of the year we have many events for students to be engaged in. Some of these events happen on a monthly basis while others are big events which take place once per year.
Community Nights are times for our students to gather together for the purpose of building friendships and having fun with one another. We also look at these nights as a time for students to bring unchurched friends into an environment that may be less intimidating than a Bible study. A typical night would include a fun event and usually a form of encouragement for them. They meet approximately every-other-month.
Youth Winter Fest.
Winter Fest is our annual youth retreat, and is always a massive hit with students. Usually held in the beginning of January, it is an amazing weekend retreat with other church youth groups, including sports, fun winter activities, a guest band, inspirational speakers, and times for conversations and relationship-building.
Missions Trips and Outreaches.
In a typical year we usually have several opportunities for students to get out and serve our community through acts of kindness. We also take students annually on national and international missions trips.
At Shelter Rock Church Student Ministries, we believe that it is vitally important to not only minister to students, but to be a resource to their parents. We recognize that time is a luxury that most do not have in abundance; however we aim to be strategic in having a few events on our calendar that are specifically designed for our parents.
Parents Quarterly Meetings.
Once per quarter (fall, winter, and spring) we host a Parents Quarterly Meeting. This is a time for parents to be able to meet and greet with the Student Ministries Director, the youth ministry staff, the volunteer leadership team. and other parents. During this meeting the parents will have an opportunity to hear about the vision and direction of SRC Student Ministries, a recap of what had been going on in the previous season, get a first look into what will happen in the upcoming season, and they will have an opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns, and have a say in SRC Student Ministries.
Every year we host a Parents Seminar, which is a one day event where parents come to be equipped and encouraged on how to deal with various issues surrounding student culture. It is a powerful time to learn, to be trained and connect with others who can be resources. Parents will also leave with resources such as books and devotionals to help them continue to grow, develop and be equipped afterwards.
Periodically we will have events for parents along with their children. These could be fishing trips, camping trips, scavenger hunts, special dinners, etc. The purpose of these events is to create an environment where parents can deepen their relationships with their children and make fun memories that will last a lifetime.
Throughout the year we are constantly doing things to build relationships with students. From basketball at the church to a night at the movies, a day at the ballpark to a trip to Six Flags, dinner at a local eatery to Laser Tag.
For up-to-date details on what’s happening, sign up for our Weekly Student Ministry Update e-mail here.