Youth Ministry

The continued spiritual formation of middle and high school youth lies at the heart of our identity as a parish community. In addition to Sunday morning youth education classes, Christ Church is committed to offering young people opportunities to explore their faith through worship, fellowship, and service - both in and outside of the church. Programs are designed to encourage young people to study and reflect upon scripture, and to provide a loving, supportive space in which to cultivate their identities as Christians.

To best serve the needs of youth of all ages, young people are divided into groups for Sunday education classes. Each group is led by a team of two to four volunteers under the guidance and with the support of the Reverend Crystal Hardin. 

Sixth and seventh graders meet on the second floor of the church building in the “sunken” classroom. During the 2019-2020 school year, they will study the Episcopal tradition and prayerbook (fall), engage in deeper study of Old Testament figures (winter), and explore Jesus' parables (Spring).

Eighth and ninth graders meet on the second floor of the church building in the classroom to the right of the clergy vesting room. During the 2019-2020 school year, they will study the Acts of the Apostles and the early Church (fall), the creeds (winter), and the Psalms (spring).

Tenth through twelfth graders will take part in a new offering for the 2019-2020 program year. Meeting primarily on Sundays, they will explore complex societal issues in light of the Christian faith utlizing an engaging mix of conversation, field trips, outside speakers, and theological study. This year, they will explore the topic of homelessness in our community. 

Click here for the Children/Families/Youth Calendar of Events.

For more information on programs for youth, contact the Reverend Crystal Hardin. To ensure our records are up-to-date, please complete the Sunday School Registration Form. Additional forms may be needed for participation in some programs/events.

Youth Pilgrimages & Service Trips

At Christ Church, summer youth trips alternate between a spiritual pilgrimage, chosen by participants in ninth and tenth grades, and a domestic service trip, which is open to all middle and high school students. For more information, contact the Reverend Crystal Hardin.

College Student Ministry

The clergy and people of Christ Church desire to stay in touch with and support the faith journeys of boarding school and college students. In the past, members of the parish youth groups have prepared and shipped care packages to those who are away at school. The Reverend Elizabeth Gardner, Assistant to the Rector, is always available to assist graduating high school students in connecting with Episcopal campus ministries and Episcopal parishes on or near their college campuses.