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. To be added to youth emails or for more information, contact Kate Oldham Keenan, Director of Youth Ministry, at kkeenan@ccral.org.

View the full 2022-23 calendar via this link.

Youth Ski Trips

It’s time to hit the slopes! Christ Church Youth in grades 7 and 8 will be venturing to Winterplace, WV the weekend of Feb. 3-5, and grades 9-12 will be venturing to Wintergreen, VA the weekend of Jan. 20-22. The cost of the trip is $295 for grades 7 & 8 and $380 for grades 9-12 (confidential scholarship money is available, see youth director). This includes ski rentals (skis and boots included), charter bus, lift tickets, some meals, and a t-shirt! If youth need helmets, ski bibs, gloves, or any type of ski wear, Action Ski rents these for an additional charge. Helmets are highly encouraged! The registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. Please contact Kate Oldham Keenan via kkeenan@ccral.org with any questions.

Grades 7-8: Register via THIS LINK
Grades 9-12: Register via THIS LINK

Youth Church Basketball

Christ Church will be participating in a Church Basketball League again this year! The teams are co-ed, and we will have both a high school and a middle school team. There are no practices –  this is an informal, recreational league. Games will be held on five Saturdays: Feb. 4, 18, & 25, and March 4 & 11, with middle school teams playing in the morning and high school playing in the afternoon. Six players must be present in order to play each week. The cost to register is $20 per player. Register by Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. via this link. Contact Kate Keenan via kkeenan@ccral.org with any questions.

Pre-EYC

This program is a chance for 6th grade youth to have their own Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) before joining Jr. EYC. It provides a space for students to explore, deepen, and sustain their relationship with Christ, learn more abut the church and find ways to connect with peers. Pre-EYC is held various Sunday evenings during the program year. Stay tuned for more dates in 2023!

High School Forum – Dec. 11

Sunday mornings from 10:10 to 10:50 a.m., we are offering a High School (grades 9-12) morning program focusing on relevant life topics. Forum is offered twice per month in the parlor, and feature guest speakers from the parish and beyond. The last forum of the program year is Dec. 11.

Middle School Sunday School

Join us for Middle School (grades 6-8) Sunday School in the basement of the Baker Wing from 10:10-10:50 a.m. on Sundays. Register for the program year via this link.

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)

EYC is held weekly on Sunday evenings for grades 7-12 and provides a space for students to explore, deepen, and sustain their relationship with Christ, learn more about the church, and find ways to connect with peers. We look forward to seeing you!

Junior EYC (grades 7 and 8) – 5 to 6 p.m.
Dinner (all grades 7-12)  – 6 to 6:30 p.m.
Senior EYC (grades 9-12) – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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.

Pit Stop for Parents

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 Programs lhowes@ccral.org, and check out our podcast below: