Special Events

In addition to our regularly occurring ministries, we also have a variety of special events for our youth.  Information for all upcoming youth events can be found in the newsfeed on the right hand side of this page.  Below you will find examples of events that occur each season.

Spring Events


In Home Bible Study - Youth meet in homes of church members on three Saturday nights to engage in small group Bible Study and fellowship.

Youth Sunday - On this particular Sunday, the youth are responsible for leading the entire worship service (music, speaking, children’s time, etc…).

Spring Retreat- Each spring the youth have a weekend retreat involving Bible Study, games, and other fun activities.  Sometimes the retreat takes the form of a local Disciple Now weekend, whereas other times we travel to another location such as Asheville for the Student Life Conference.

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Festival of Hope- Each May we have a booth at the Festival of Hope in downtown Raleigh.  The youth provide puppet shows, crafts and face painting for children.

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Summer Events

Student Life Camp- Students who have completed 7th grade or higher are invited to attend Student Life each summer.  This camp focuses on spiritual enrichment and involves Bible Study with other church groups, nightly worship, team building activities and more!  This camp usually takes place at Lee University in Tennessee during the week of July 4.

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High School Mission Trip- Students who have completed 9th grade or higher are invited to be part of a week long mission trip in late July of each year.  These mission trips alternate between construction/painting and children’s ministry.  Some examples of past trips include roofing homes in Cherokee, NC and Charlotte, NC, and children’s ministry in East St. Louis, Illinois and Marion, Alabama

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Belize Mission Trip- Each year, Westwood Baptist Church sends a mission team to Belize, Central America, alternating years between youth and adult trips.  For youth trips, those who have just completed their junior and senior years are invited to be part of the mission team made up of youth and parents.  While in Belize, the team engages in projects such as Vacation Bible School, painting/construction at local churches or schools, tutoring, and much more.


Graduate Trip- Those youth who have just graduated from high school are invited to attend an overnight retreat to the beach.

Lunch Read and Chat- High Schoolers meet at a restaurant each week for a month to discuss a book they are reading together.  Past selections include The Screwtape Letters, Do Hard Things, and The Case for Christ.

Youth Lock-in- Brief Description of lock-in.



Fall Events

Fall Retreat- Each fall the youth have a weekend retreat with Bible Study, games, team building activities, and much more!  Some examples of fall retreat locations include Camp Willow Run, Camp Awanita, Myrtle Beach, Camp Chestnut Ridge.

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Community Service Day- As part of a church wide effort to help those within our Westwood community, youth team up to visit shut ins, nursing home residents, and do yard work at the homes of senior adults.


Progressive Dinner - At this event, youth travel to different homes for appetizers, main course, and dessert.



Winter Events

Basketball- Each winter Westwood has multiple basketball teams that play games with other area churches.  There are separate teams and leagues for youth boys and girls.  No experience is required, and the focus is on building Christian character, outreach, and simply having fun!  Practices begin in November with games taking place from December through February, ending with a tournament. To access league information, practice schedules, games schedules, and participation requirement sheets, please click on the “Forms” tab at the left of this page.

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Youth Christmas Party- Each Christmas the youth have their very own party with a meal, games and Christmas caroling to homes in the community.


Super YAC- In conjunction with the church wide Winter Bible Study, the youth department has their own event which includes ice skating, Bible Study, games and dinner.