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.

Recruiting New Acolytes!

Have you always wanted to be a Crucifer, Torch Bearer, Gospel Bearer, Banner Bearer or Server? We are hoping to grow our roster of Acolytes, ages 11+, for the coming academic year. If you or your children are interested, please email Kate Keenan via kkeenan@ccral.org.

Youth Ministry Kickoff Night – Aug. 24

All Youth (grades 6-12) and their families are invited to a Youth Ministry Kickoff night at Christ Church on Wednesday, Aug.24 from 6-7 p.m. to learn about Christ Church Youth Ministry offerings for the 2022-2023 program year! Meet leaders, make new friends and reconnect with old ones. Dinner is $5 per person with a $20 cap. Contact Kate Keenan, Director of Youth Ministry at kkeenan@ccral.org with questions.

High School Forum – RESUMES IN THE FALL!

Sunday mornings from 10:20 to 10:50 a.m., we are offering a High School Sunday morning program focusing on relevant life topics. Forum will be offered twice per month in the parlour, and feature guest speakers from the parish and beyond. Stay tuned for fall dates, coming soon!

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) – Resumes Sept. 11

EYC is held weekly on Sunday evenings for grades 6-12 and 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. We look forward to seeing you for our first EYC night of the fall on Sept. 11!

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.

Acolytes

Acolytes serve each Sunday assisting clergy during worship. Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to serve after training, rotating between Sunday morning 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, or register today via this link.

 

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