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 and the Youth Missioner.

Sixth and seventh graders meet on the second floor of the church building in the “sunken” classroom. During the 2016-2017 school year, this group utilized the Episcopal Curriculum for Youth. They explored stories of people being “called” by God.

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 2016-2017 school year, this group utilized the Feasting on the Word curriculum in conjunction with the weekly Lectionary readings.

Tenth through twelfth graders meet for fellowship and discussion on the last Sunday of the month in the Parish Hall Auditorium. During the 2016-2017 school year, discussion focused on current events and how God is moving in our world today. On other Sundays, older high schoolers are encouraged to become involved in a parish ministry, such as teaching Sunday School, serving as an acolyte, and/or helping with the Soup Kitchen.

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

For more information on programs for youth, contact Rita Yoe, Youth Missioner. 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 Rita Yoe, Youth Missioner.
 

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 Kristen Hawley, 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.