Youth and Families
Youth Ministry Mission Statement
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.
Each Sunday morning September-May we offer Christian formation for all ages, 10:10 - 10:50 a.m. Youth classes meet in the basement of the Baker Wing where each classroom is labeled with its designated grade (6th, 7th, 8th, High School).
6th Grade – Learning about worship and liturgy of the church
7th Grade – Focus on scripture, learning about the layout of the Bible and how to study scripture
8th Grade – Talking about what others believe followed by a book study of My Faith, My Life by Jenifer Gamber. See information on Youth Confirmation below.
9th-12th Grades – Looking at faith in our daily life by discussing scripture and how we are still a part of the story today
Contact: Sandy Anthony
EYC provides fellowship and outreach activities to create a peer-based community, featuring open dialogue about faith and spirituality along with opportunities for ministry in the church as well as the broader Raleigh community. EYC takes place on Sunday nights and allows for the different grades to join together.
Jr. EYC (Grades 7 - 8) 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Dinner (All Grades) 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Sr. EYC (Grades 9 - 12) 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Pre-EYC (6th grade) kicks off with a parent/youth meeting in September and then meets one Sunday in October, November, and December from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. with dinner served from 6:30 - 7 p.m. A retreat is offered in November to help build fellowship and community. Sixth graders join regular Jr. EYC starting in January!
High School Bible Study, grades 9 - 12, views movies each week 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 houses each Wednesday, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Very casual, all you need to bring is yourself! No registration is required. Contact: Liz Stroff
Middle School Bible Study 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. Our next series will take place in the fall on each Tuesday in September 6:00-7:30pm. A $20 fee helps with meal costs. Contact: Martha Cox
Senior Voyage is a Lenten series for high school seniors encompassing a guided discussion allowing focus to discern, grow, and study about what is next to come in your life. Senior year is a wonderful time of discovering what can lie ahead, but can also be a time of stress four pressure as you try to navigate through applications, deadlines, and expectations. This four week group study will explore all those exciting and often nerve wracking decisions. We will focus on how to balance your spiritual, social, and academic life while away at school, looking at our relationship with God, self, and others. The series will take place again in March 2018. A $25 fee helps offset costs of dinner and other materials. Contact: Liz Stroff
Freshman Fellows is a four-week small group for high school freshmen facilitated by adults and high school seniors in the fall semester. As students enter high school their lives can be filled with new experiences and communities. This is an exciting and adventurous time, but can also be overwhelming. Freshman Fellows is designed to encourage and support students as they begin formation in high school. Our focus will be on how to balance spiritual, social, and academic life as well as our relationship with God, self, and others. The series will take place in the fall on each Tuesday in September 6:00-7:30pm. A $20 registration fee help covers meals. Contact: Liz Stroff
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. 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. The time to get confirmed is not a set time in life; opportunities for older students to be confirmed are available through the Director of Youth Ministry.
Eighth Grade: Journey of Faith
Topics Covered: What Others Believe (Fall); My Faith, My Life – Confirmation Curriculum (Spring)
Curricula: What Others Believe; My Faith, My Life; Guest Speakers
Trip: Urban Excursion to Washington, D.C. (Fall)
Click here to learn more about Youth Confirmation requirements, registration, and sponsor registration.
As our children grow up life only begins to move along 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 small space and time where parents can stop and reflect on how we can help our children develop through communication and connection with their family and faith.
Pit Stop for the Modern Family is a parent series with classes offered throughout the school year. Each class has a separate topic chosen by the leaders, who range from clergy of Christ Church to other members of the parish and the Raleigh community. All are invited to attend and join in at any point! If you have questions or a topic suggestion, please contact Liz Stroff, Director of Youth Ministries, at 919-834-6259 x120.
Run for Young, a great family event for the young and young at heart, is a USATF certified 5k run/walk planned and managed by Christ Church youth. The race honors the memory of Sadiki Young, a Christ Church member and acolyte, who was a senior at Wakefield High School when he died as the passenger in an alcohol-related accident in 2007. In 2008 the Run for Young was founded by Christ Church youth as a way to both honor the memory of Sadiki and raise awareness of safe driving methods for local teens. Today, a percentage of the proceeds goes to local high schools with high participation numbers in the race for safe driving education programs. The remainder goes to the Christ Church Youth Ministry Endowment Fund, which grants funds and scholarships to Christ Church youth and young adults for community projects, retreats, and events. To learn more about the race, visit our website www.runforyoung.org.
Run for Young 2018 will take place on Sunday, January 7th at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Church. Registration will be live November 1st!
High school youth are invited to serve as committee members and youth in grades 6-12 are able to volunteer on race day. Committee meetings for the 2018 race will take place on Tuesday nights in the fall. A full schedule will be published soon. If you have questions or are interesting in volunteering, contact Martha Cox email@example.com.
Picture of the week: We had a BLAST hanging with the kids at Holy Cross in Belize!