We offer a Sunday morning high school discussion group at 10:30 am September-April, where youth can wrestle with historic Christian faith and discuss the theological questions they really want to ask. Additionally, these young people can continue to explore their faith while serving the children of our church through activities such as serving as a teaching team member, being a song leader, helping on the tech team and taking photographs for use in various church communications. Contact Catherine Curtis, (630.469.3096 X 23) Director of Christian Education.
Our high school youth meet weekly to fellowship, play, discuss life and faith and things that really matter. Youth are encouraged to reflect, to question and to share their opinions in a compassionate and caring space. It is a place to belong, no matter what you believe. Contact Robin Lovett Owen.
The Handbell Choir, directed by Matthew Prins, performs several times throughout the year for worship services. This group is open to youth (beginning 6th grade) through adults. No ringing experience is required. The group rehearses every Tuesday evening from 7:15 – 9:00.
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 pm plus a few Sunday nights prior to big events.
SENIOR HIGH ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Great Lakes Regional Youth Event July 22-25, 2020 For youth ages 13 – 18: a chance to worship and have fun with other UCC youth from the Great Lakes region on a college campus. More details will be provided as available. Watch for more info as it approaches.
Fall Retreat Nov 15 – 17, 2019 at Pilgrim Park near Starved Rock in Princeton, IL Join us in the Fall when we spruce up beautiful Pilgrim Park. It’s a weekend of fun and fellowship among the changing colors of the season.
Senior High Sunday, 2020 This is an awesome opportunity for our senior high youth to participate in the planning and executing of Sunday morning worship. All youth are encouraged to participate, whether they’re active in youth fellowship or not, whether their gift is greeting or preaching, we want them to be part of this fantastic opportunity. Contact Rev. Kendra Joyner Miller, (630.469.3096 X 11) Associate Minister
Work Camp, June 13-21, 2020
Watch videos of past years’ work camps here.
Tower Hill Family Camp July 2020 Join us for a fantastic weekend of family fun at UCC Tower Hill Camp in Sawyer, Michigan. Families choose to either camp or lodge and can enjoy swimming, playing in the sand, climbing the dunes, star gazing and time with family and friends. Contact David Crane.
The Ship (formerly Senior High Youth Council) This youth leadership team is composed of senior high youth who serve as student leaders among their peers. They take on various responsibilities including mentoring younger youth and facilitating small group discussions in youth group, as well as planning events for Senior High Fellowship. If you’re interested in being a student leader, speak to current members of the Youth Council or to Rev. Kendra Joyner Miller, (630.469.3096 X 11) Associate Minister
Our Whole Lives February 27-March 1, 2020 – The Human Sexuality Ministry for Youth For the past 7 years, FCCGE has provided our 7th – 12th grade youth the opportunity to study human sexuality using the life-span comprehensive resource of Our Whole Lives, which provides information that is age-appropriate, medically-accurate, immediately relevant and also applicable for later life. The Our Whole Lives ministry emphasizes and underscores the values of love, mutuality, self-worth, health, responsibility, justice and inclusivity and is taught by trained and certified staff and lay leaders of our congregation. Our Whole Lives is open to youth from 7th – 12th grades, both to youth from our congregation and youth who are friends of the church. Please contact Catherine Curtis, (630.469.3096 X 23) Director of Christian Education.Want even more information from the wider UCC? Click here.
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