Quest Teens students and leaders from Montclair and Rockaway have being staying together this summer through a variety of teen activity groups meeting both virtually for devotionals and in-person for small group meet-ups for ice-cream, pizza, basketball, beach fun, and a picnic. Quest Teens has used the COVID-19 stay-at-home order as an opportunity to connect personally with teens. Since the quarantine, Quest Teens has hosted eight small group discussions per week. Over sixty-five teens have participated and eight Quest Teens leaders. The Rockaway campus met with middle boys Wednesdays at 5:00PM, high school girls Thursdays at 5:00PM, middle school girls Sundays at 12:00PM, and high school boys Sundays at 2:00PM. The Montclair campus met with middle school boys Tuesdays at 4:00PM, middle school girls Tuesdays at 7:00PM, high school boys Thursdays at 4:30PM, and high school girls Thursdays at 4:30PM.
Quest Teens small groups have been a great way to unite teens to teens and teens to God. Small groups is an intimate setting where teens can have real talk, ask real questions, and share real experiences. Topics like revelation, stewardship, relationships, healing, and temptation have been outlined and openly discussed. After a discussion, one high school girl shared a powerful testimony of how she left a toxic relationship. As tears rolled down her face, she said, “It was very difficult… but I knew it was the right thing to do and the best thing for me to do.” Teens have shared testimonies of healing, wise relationship decisions, acts of kindness, and new friendships.