We have a very active youth ministry program, much going on!
With this link: Youth Group you can find all the worship, education, service, and otherwise fun activities we have for teenagers in grades 7-12. We really do take seriously our Baptismal promises to raise children in the Christian faith and life, and involve them as full members of the community.
For example, our Youth Group meets weekly on Wednesday evenings. Youth can come and hang out starting at 6pm, and youth group officially runs from 6:30-8pm. We always begin with check-in and close with prayer, but in between we have discussions, outings, or service projects.
Also on Wednesday, some of us gather for the Youth Music Hangout, a chance to make music together and to prepare music for Sunday morning worship. This is led by our 9am Music Director Conie Borchardt.
The Youth Group is in charge of leading the Ash Wednesday service each year. Plus young people are involved in each Sunday worship service by reading, ushing, verging, lay leading, or playing in the band. Young people also teach Sunday School for younger children.
When a young person is around 7th grade, we invite their parents, godparents, and significant adults in their life to a fancy dinner to mark that important phase as they leave their childhoods and walk toward adulthood. Toasts of gratitude are made by the adults and young people, followed by the laying on of hands. It’s a very special night. We call it the Youth Recognition Dinner. The next day in church, they reconvene for prayers and promises with the wider community. For more information about that, or to see the liturgy we have written for the occasion, reach out to the Rev. LeeAnne Watkins.
Every August our graduating seniors are gifted with a quilt with some psalms and our baptismal covenant on it, on which the congregation has signed their names. It’s a moving Sunday as we send them off to their next adventure with our love and prayers.
For a deeper understanding of how what we see youth ministry is all about, please visit our 6 Year Map for Youth Ministry.
If you have any particular questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to MiaLisa McFarland, our Children’s and Youth Coordinator.