Youth Ministry for Grades 6-12
We believe that every youth should have a place where they know they belong. University Congregational UCC walks with our youth on their faith journey through discussion, experiential learning, creative expression, mentoring relationships and prayer. All are welcome!
To grow a living faith we need
- To have trusting, deep, authentic relationships with those who have a living faith
- To have experiences of God
- To empower each other to live into our call and serve as disciples of Jesus
- To share in experiences of the risky, edgy, radical parts of faith—for on the edge we discover who we are and what our faith is.
Explore our programs
Youth ministry extends well beyond the walls of our church. Retreats, mission trips, service projects and classes give youth the opportunity to support one another in their journeys, as well as, opportunities to experience and share God’s love.
Sunday mornings at church
9 am Youth Group
Youth Group meets on Sunday morning at 9 am in the Pilgrim Room (ground floor, south end of the building). It is open to youth who are attending Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12). Sunday morning programs are facilitated by lay leaders who serve as mentors and to help facilitate activities, conversation and reflection.
At 10 am youth are invited to attend worship, either with other youth in the designated Youth Pews, or with their families. Youth offer their leadership in worship by reading liturgy, contributing music or giving the stewardship moment.
Fellowship nights and retreats
Fellowship nights include a dinner, games, activities and more. They are typically on Friday or Saturday night and are open to youth in grades 6-12.
Retreats offer an opportunity for youth to explore their faith more deeply, connect with one another and take time for deep Sabbath. They are generally held at area camps or conference centers. We currently offer the following retreats:
- Girls Retreat for grades 6-12
- Boys Retreat for grades 6-12
- High School retreat for grades 9-12
Retreats for Our Whole Lives and Confirmation Classes are offered every other year. The next offering will be 2018-2019 program year.
The youth program takes responsibility for cooking and serving at Teen Feed on the fifth Wednesday of the month. Teen Feed provides a hot meal, warm shelter and friendly, non-judgmental conversation for homeless teens, many of whom live in the University District. This is a service opportunity the entire family is welcome to participate in.
Two mission trips are offered each summer—one for Middle School youth and one for High School youth. The goal is to serve others with the understanding that we are called to better our whole world. Our service is not about taking God to others, but about experiencing God in the work we do and the people we meet. We often partner with other churches or nonprofit service organizations for our mission trips. Trips are financially supported by our “Moving Mountains” fundraiser each spring so that every young person who wants to attend is able to.
Classes---Our Whole Lives & Confirmation
Our Whole Lives, Sexuality and our Faith (OWL)
The Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education program is a progressive, comprehensive curriculum that deals with the totality of human sexuality in an age-appropriate manner. It is deeply rooted in the values of self worth, sexual health, justice and inclusivity, and responsibility. These values reflect the justice-oriented tradition of the United Church of Christ. We offer this class every year, alternating the age range that it is intended for (grades 7 & 8 or grades 10-12). It is taught by trained volunteers.
Confirmation Class (grades 8, 9 and beyond)
The confirmation class series offers youth the tools and opportunities to name and understand where they are in their faith journey at this time in their lives. This class series is offered every other year, in odd-numbered years.
For information on either of these classes, please contact the Director of Youth Ministries, Margaret Swanson.
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