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. 

Fifth and sixth graders use the Connect curriculum, which looks at the Bible chronologically in an effort to find God’s “big story” of redemption in the countless smaller stories that are sacred to Christians. To learn more about the Spark Lectionary and Connect, visit the Sparkhouse website.

Seventh and eighth graders use the Weaving God’s Promises curriculum to deepen their understanding of lectionary texts and church history.

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

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.