Branch Ministries, Knox’s youth program for 7th – 12th grade, is committed to real worship, real discipleship and real community.
In addition to all-church events and mission trips, retreats, and camps, Branch Ministries engages students in worship, discipleship and community through two primary programs: Sunday morning Gathering, which is a youth-specific teaching time; and Wednesday night youth group.
Students in Branch meet on all Sunday mornings except the first Sunday of the month. On the first Sunday, students will remain with their families in the service to participate in communion. On all other Sundays, students will join their families during the service and after the children’s sermon will be dismissed for a separate Sunday school. Middle school will meet in the youth room located on the second floor of the Northside House and high school will meet in the lounge on the first floor of the Northside House.
Youth Group (Wednesday Nights)
1st Wednesday of the month
First Wednesday Gathering 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Branch students meet every Wednesday from 7:00pm – 8:30pm except for the first Wednesday of the month, when Branch students are invited to join the First Wednesday program from 6:00pm – 8:00pm for dinner. Students are then dismissed for regular youth group.
Branch Ministries does several annual events throughout the year which include the Winter Retreat, Summer Camp, and Student Sunday. The Winter Retreat and Summer Camp are great opportunities to step into a space to encounter Jesus, develop deeper friendships, and make some memories through fun adventures. For Student Sunday, students lead the service in worshiping God in conjunction with the broader congregation. For more information about Branch events, contact our Director of Youth Ministries, Annelyse Thomas, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 17th Ugly Sweater Christmas Party
January 4th Game Night
February 24-26 Winter Retreat @ Big Bear
Middle School & High School students at Knox are heading up to Big Bear for our Winter Retreat. We will leave Friday after school and return early Sunday afternoon. There will be no shortage of activities, from low ropes and team building to zip line and sledding (weather permitting). There will be campfires, worship, and hanging out too. “Hope” is the camp weekend theme.
For financial assistance and any other questions, please email
Annelyse Thomas at email@example.com
Register online at: https://form.jotform.com/knoxyouth/2017-branch-winter-retreat
Please fill out this separate waiver for Big Bear Snow Play and return to Annelyse Thomas or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Bear Snow Play Waiver: release_of_liability_2014-big-bear-snow-play
If you haven’t already, please fill out a waiver/release for your child and return to Annelyse Thomas or email to email@example.com.
2016-2017 Club 56 and Branch Waiver: annual-waiver-2016-2017
Like all church ministries, Branch Ministries depends on the gifts, time and energy of volunteers. We are deeply thankful for the parents, young professionals, Knox members, and seminary students who give their time to serve our students. If you are interested in volunteering as a youth leader, Gathering teacher, or special event coordinator, please contact Director of Youth Ministries, Annelyse Thomas, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Born and raised Down Under in Sydney, Australia, Annelyse moved to the United States in 2011 to study at Fuller Theological Seminary. During her time at Fuller, she served as the All Seminary Council President. In 2015, she graduated from Fuller with her M.Div. Annelyse now lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband, Ryan Thomas who also graduated from Fuller with a PhD in Psychology. Before coming to Knox, she served as the Director of High School Ministry at WestGate Church in San Jose, CA. Annelyse is as extroverted as they come and in her spare time she loves to run, write, cook, drink delicious coffee, make new friends and hang out with her husband.
For more information about youth programs, contact Annelyse Thomas at email@example.com.