The Youth Ministry of Christ Church embraces and supports our youth and their families, inspires and guides their spiritual growth as disciples of Christ, and empowers them to serve the church and the world.
We are excited to share that Kate Oldham has accepted the Director of Youth Ministry position. Kate will officially join the Christ Church staff on Sept. 1, 2019. She comes to us from Camp Cheerio, where she has served as the Counselor in Training Director. Read a message from Kate below –
Hello everyone! My name is Kate Oldham, and I’m thrilled to join the Christ Church staff. As a Raleigh native, I am looking forward to returning to my hometown and giving back to the community that shaped so much of who I am. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a journalism and mass communications and psychology degree, and have spent my time since college as the Counselor in Training Director at Camp Cheerio. I am passionate about youth ministry because of my own experiences in youth group at Church of the Nativity and diocesan youth events, such as Happening. Middle and high school can be such impressionable times, and I love how the church can come alongside youth and encourage them in their faith journey. In my free time, I love cooking, reading, spending time with friends and family, and being outdoors. I can’t wait to meet you all soon!
Youth registration and release 2019-2020 (link to come)
Sunday Morning Christian Formation
Each Sunday, September – May, join us from 10:10 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. Grades 6-12 meet in the classrooms in the basement of the Baker Wing. There are four classes – 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, and high school.
Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)
Sundays, September – early May. This evening program gives students a space to explore, deepen, and sustain their relationship with Christ, learn more about the church, and find ways to connect with peers. We play games, have group activities, read scripture, and connect our faith to our daily lives alongside many wonderful EYC leaders.
- Pre-EYC (6th Grade) – 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., once each month during the fall (this group joins Jr. EYC in January)
- Jr. EYC (7th & 8th Grades) – 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
- Dinner (All Grades) – 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.
- Sr. EYC (9th-12th Grades) – 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.
EYC Meal Sign-Ups
We are in need of families to help provide meals for EYC on Sunday nights. Volunteers plan, prepare, serve and clean up for a meal with a team of 4-6 people. Meals should consist of an entree, including a vegetarian option; vegetable, fruit or salad; bread; and dessert (100% nut-free). Please also keep our gluten-free friends in mind! More details and the sign-up are coming soon! You can also contact Melissa Tillman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
High School Bible Study
All high school grades gather Wednesdays 7:00-8:00 p.m. to view movies followed by discussion using a verse or quote to learn about the living Word by discovering the depth of how God is revealed to us through daily life. We rotate to different student’s homes throughout the year; we meet at the church the first Wednesday of each month with dinner provided. Very casual, just bring yourself! Student hosts will be posted on social media. Addresses are sent in our weekly emails. No registration needed.
Middle School Bible Study
This seasonal gathering provides a time of connection and fellowship for students in grades 6-8 in a small group setting. Starting with dinner followed by program, we explore topics and stories in the Bible and how they can relate to us today, incorporating games, activities, conversation and more.Generally, we have a September, November, and March series meeting 6:30-7:45 p.m. Days vary with each series. When available, registration links will be shown on that portion of our website.
Grade Level Small Groups
Each year we offer a variety of grade-level small groups in a similar series-based model to Middle School Bible Study, allowing students to gather in close communities of fellowship and discussion around age-appropriate topics. Past groups include Freshman Fellows, Sophomore Seekers, and Senior Voyage. Generally, we have a September, November, and March series meeting 6:30-7:45 p.m. Days vary with each series. When available, registration links will be shown on that portion of our website.
Confirmation is a sacramental rite where you are affirming your covenant, or promise, from Baptism that was made by your parents. Confirmation is your turn to prepare and renew or strengthen your beliefs. In Confirmation we ask for God’s help in our relationship with God and with the Church. There is no set time in life to be confirmed. Everyone must answer for themselves “I do”, “I Believe,” and “I will with God’s Help.” Your church and family provide the support, but it is your decision. To learn more about the Confirmation offerings for youth at Christ Church, follow this link. Contact: Liz Stroff, Director of Parish Programs, email@example.com
The term “acolyte” comes from… Acolytes serve each Sunday assisting clergy during worship. Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to serve after training, rotating between the 9 and 11am Sunday services and special services (Christmas, Holy Week, etc). Roles include crucifer, torch bearers, lighting candles, carrying the Gospel book, and assisting with the offering and Eucharist preparation. New acolyte registration takes place each fall, but new students can join at any time. Several trainings are offered throughout the year. Contact Liz Stroff, Director of Parish Programs firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pit Stop for the Modern Family
As our children grow up, life only begins to move faster. In the midst of school and activities, we can often miss the experience of faith development and a deeper understanding of relationship in the family. The hope is to allow a space where parents can stop and reflect on how we can help our children develop through communication and connection with their family and faith. Classes are offered periodically with a different guest speaker, target age group, and focus or theme. Contact Liz Stroff, Director of Parish Programs email@example.com.
Run for Young is a certified 5k run/walk planned and managed by the Christ Church Youth. Learn more at our website www.runforyoung.org. High school youth are invited to serve as planning committee members (October-February), and youth in grades 6-12 are able to volunteer on race day. Contact Steven Peden, 2020 chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about volunteering.