Treehouse Kids: Treehouse Kids is the early childhood ministry at The Refuge. This ministry serves children, ages birth to five, and strives to instill the love of Jesus in each child. RDS students have the opportunity to help engage children by teaching Bible lessons, organizing games and leading activities.
Clubhouse Rock: Clubhouse ROCK is the rockin’ Children’s Ministry at The Refuge. It is a place for elementary age students in grades 1st-5th to come and learn how to build their lives on the Solid Rock of Jesus Christ. Each week RDS helps to creatively lead children in the great adventure of growing closer to God through worship, creative expression, games and teaching.
Vertical 6/8: Vertical 6/8 is the middle school student ministry at The Refuge. Every week 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from all over the greater Charlotte area meet to have fun, connect with others, and worship God. RDS plays a vital role in challenging middle school youth to enter a deeper relationship with God. RDS has the opportunity to connect with middle school students, lead small groups, pray with students, and serve our middle school ministry.
Vertical: Vertical is the high school youth ministry at The Refuge. The unique style of Vertical offers life-changing experiences for high school students through large gathering services and small groups. RDS plays an important role in building relationships, practicing discipleship, leading small groups, and creating lasting friendships with the Vertical high school students.
Club Vertical: Club Vertical is a program that serves local middle schools and high schools in our community. Club Vertical seeks to meet the needs of the public school system by providing community service and creating a mentorship program for local students. RDS students are able to participate in community service projects and be a source of positive change for middle school and high school students through building relationships and practicing mentorship.
Refuge Worship: The Refuge worship is led by a team of passionate worshipers that desire to create an environment of worship where God is exalted and lives can be changed. RDS students seeking to expand their gifts and knowledge of worship will have the opportunity to receive training in the art of worship and leading worship from Refuge in-house artist Kelanie Gloeckler and The Refuge Worship Pastors, David and Jessi Puleo. Students may also participate in vocal lessons, instrumental training, and song writing. This allows RDS students to utilize their gifts and expand their knowledge of worship ministry.
The Hope Center: The Refuge Hope Center is an outreach center, launched by The Refuge in 2014. The Hope Center exists to serve our local community and provide practical resources for those in need. People from the community can receive food, clothing, opportunities for educational advancement, etc. RDS students will receive hands on training in evangelizing and outreach by being involved in special events and serving the Hope Center’s mission to be a beacon of hope to the greater Charlotte area.
HEAVEN’S TOUCH: Led by The Refuge staff member Bill Russell, Heavens Touch is a ministry that aims to inspire and minister to those in the latter season of life in local Senior Facilities, Nursing Homes, and Rehabilitation Centers. RDS students will have the opportunity to minister to the elderly of our community by visiting selected facilities, connecting with residents, assisting with chapel services, and serving specific needs of the elderly community.
Creative Department: The Creative Department at The Refuge is responsible for all things creative! Their goal is to redeem the arts and use creativity to present the gospel in new and compeling ways. Using an apprenticeship method, RDS students receive training in the areas of videography, photography, stage design, graphic design, and audio and visual techniques. This challenges RDS students to develop new creative skill sets, as well as gain hands-on experience.
Refuge Production Team: The Refuge Production Team uses technology as a tool to assist The Refuge in their pursuit to creatively present the gospel. RDS students have the opportunity to serve in weekend services and special events by operating cameras, working with visual effects, and assisting with presentation and audio production.
Justice Ministries: Directed by The Refuge’s Creative Director Simon Arkley, Justice Ministries is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to combating sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of women, with a focus on rescue, housing & rehabilitation. RDS students will have the opportunity to serve alongside Justice Ministries during their time here.