PowerLifePowerLife is an opportunity for junior high students (grades 6-8) to explore the Bible and confirm their faith in Jesus Christ. Each week during PowerLife we seek to help students discover who God has created them to be. We learn and practice spiritual disciplines while encouraging students to read Scripture and apply their faith to everyday life.

Our time together each week is divided into large group worship and small group breakouts. Each small group is led by at least one adult and is formed according to gender, grade level, school districts and friend requests.

PowerLife meets Wednesdays during the school year:
Grade 6: 6:00-7:15 pm
Grade 7: 6:45-8:00 pm
Grade 8: 7:30-8:45 pm

Each PowerLife student is encouraged to attend weekend worship with their family. Worshiping as a family each week is essential to a student’s faith development. Also, our students are asked to complete 10 weekend worship note cards per semester. These can be found at the Welcome Center, and can be turned in after each service. Students will also be given the opportunity to learn and memorize six different scripture verses throughout the year, as well as serving opportunities with their small group (at least) once per semester.

Register Volunteer

Volunteers are needed!
PowerLife leaders are the heartbeat of our ministry. If you would you like to volunteer with PowerLife, click here to learn more!

Wednesday Night Meal
Families are invited to join us for an optional, family-friendly meal prior to programming from 5:15-6:30 pm in The Harbor. A freewill donation is made available at the beginning of the buffet line to help with the costs of the meal. Click here to see the weekly menu!

Featured Events for Grade 8

At Hope Waukee:

Girl Talk Seminar: Cultivating Inner Self
Saturday, March 30, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Girls in grades 8-12 who are trying to find themselves in a world that constantly is telling them how to look, what to be or that they aren't good enough. Various speakers will share their own experiences and how God loves us through the good and the bad.

At Hope Des Moines:

Dude's Day
Saturday, March 30, 9:15 am - 4:00 pm
Dudes’ Day is a one-day retreat for guys in grades 8-12 to have fun and be challenged in their faith. There will be activities and talks to encourage their faith, a service project to energize their sense of purpose, tasty food to fill their bellies, and a time to have a blast with friends! God is calling young men to be driven by what matters most; Dudes’ Day is a day where we have a chance to do that together!

Contact Info

Phone: 515-964-5586

Worship Notes

  • 6th Grade (Boys and Girls): Oct. 6, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at Hope Ankeny
  • 7th Grade Boys: Nov. 17 & 18 at Hidden Acres, Dayton, IA
  • 7th Grade Girls: Dec. 1 & 2 at Hidden Acres, Dayton, IA
  • 8th Grade Boys: Feb 23 & 24 at Hidden Acres, Dayton, IA
  • 8th Grade Girls: March 2 & 3 at Hidden Acres, Dayton, IA
Required Student PowerLife Retreat forms
» Health Form
» Medication Information Form