The formation of our youth is an indispensable part of the parish life of Christ Church. Here, we continually experiment with the boundaries of our faith, pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones and into the arms of Jesus. At Christ Church, the only goals of our youth ministry are to encourage our young people to grow closer to God and prepare for a lifetime of service to Him and His Church.
Our youth program is blessed with an incredible array of parents, volunteers, and, of course, kids who share those goals and are willing to make sacrifices for them. Our church enjoys a strong foundation in youth ministry owing to the hard work of many of the parish’s members, not just a select few. But, our past successes in youth ministry have not made us afraid to adapt and take risks in light of God’s continuing revelation.
It’s our belief that the Episcopal Church should be an open and welcoming community for everyone, regardless of their background, to honestly and openly seek God and a deeper knowledge of Him. Whatever your age or relationship with God or the Church may be, we hope to see you at Christ Church very soon!
Below are some programs that are happening in your youth ministry.
Sunday Morning Bible Study
The youth of Christ Church explore their faith together through fun, fellowship, and Bible stories as a group (6th through 12th grade) after the 10 o’clock service in the youth room every Sunday. We’re exploring the story of the Bible together in an interactive way where our youth are not the ‘students’ but co-learners along with the adults who lead the group. Starting in Genesis and continuing all the way to Revelation, the youth are challenged to respond to and derive their own meaning from the Biblical text, rather than simply smile and nod while adults tell them what to think! Of course, they are kids, so there will still be plenty of time for games, food, and bonding activities! Sunday morning youth group generally concludes a little after 12:00.
Some previous experiences enjoyed by our youth at Christ Church.
One of the greatest expositions of youth faith at Christ Church has been the church’s tradition of summer pilgrimages. In the past we traveled to Hamlin, West Virginia, and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota! We look forward to going to Rutland, Vermont.