Youth

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.

Quicklinks & Registrations

Current Registrations

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.” -Colossians 4:2

Grades 6-12 can sign up for fall semester Prayer Partners. We will send monthly activities to engage with your Prayer Partner. Sign up using this link.

 

Sunday Programs

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)

Monthly beginning (online) Sept. 13. 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. Details will be sent to students and their families via email.

Small Groups

During the month of October, the Youth Ministry program is offering in-person small groups for grades 6-12. 

Middle School Bible Study 

Freshman Fellows 

Sophomore Seekers

 Junior Journey

 Senior Voyage

These groups provide a time of connection and fellowship for students in a small group setting. We will meet in-person in the Christ Church courtyard (weather permitting). Each group will be limited to 15 participants, so if necessary, we will hold more than one group per grade. Students will be distanced at least six feet, and will be required to wear a mask for the entirety of the program. In order to help us plan during this unique time, it is required that parents and students communicate attendance each week and register in advance. Registration will close September 25. Please contact Kate Oldham Keenan, Director of Youth Ministry, at kkeenan@ccral.org for more information.

Confirmation

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: Director of Parish Programs Liz Howes – lhowes@ccral.org

 

Worship

Acolytes

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. Trainings take place throughout the year.  Contact Director of Parish Programs Liz Howes – lhowes@ccral.org.

 

Parent Programs

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 Howes, Director of Parish Program lhowes@ccral.org.

Run For Young

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 John Little, 2021 chair, at jmlittle67@gmail.com for more information about volunteering.