At Christ Church, our youth programs offer a restful, affirming, and fun environment for middle and high schoolers to explore their faith and their thoughts, feelings, and ideas about issues that matter to them. During these times, we practice and experience living in Christian community as we offer each other our attention, support, and honest ideas and responses, while challenging each other to be the best we can be. Our time together provides a rich and transformative exchange.
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Seventh and Eighth Grade Confirmation Class
During confirmation, the seventh and eighth grade students will be encouraged and taught to share statements of faith as well as questions and expressions of doubt, skepticism and dismay. These classes offer a safe place where our young people can explore the concept and meaning of God in our church and in their own lives.
The seventh grade is taught by Mother Brown and the eighth grade is taught by Father Bird and McKenzie Burton, our Youth Minister. The seventh grade will engage in an in-depth exploration of scripture. We all believe that the Bible contains revealed truth, but none of us understands completely what that truth is, and none of us is without doubts about some of what we find in the text.
The eighth grade will study the sacraments of the church - Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Unction, Marriage and Ordination - the outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace where God promises to meet us on our journey of faith and life and love. This class will also investigate the choices we make in life, and how those choices affect others. How do faith and action inform each other? How do we live into and understand fully what it means to be a Christian?
Regular meetings are Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:00PM. Outside of these weekly meetings, regular church attendance is required, and participation in quarterly Breakfast Runs, service projects and retreats is expected.
EYC (Episcopal Youth Community)
The EYC is our high school community, and consists of young people from many different schools and churches. We worship, sing, play, serve others, discuss our faith, share personal stories, and constantly look for new ways to practice our Christian mission. We also eat - a lot.
The theme verse for EYC this year is Romans 12:15-16, 21: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another … Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.” This verse will center our year around compassion. Compassion is a complex idea; it is challenging and sometimes uncomfortable. It is also action-oriented. Therefore, this theme will bring us out into the world to meet, speak, and work alongside those who seem different from us. It will help open our eyes to the beautiful complexity of the world around us and encourage us to exercise our faith as we purpose unity with all of God’s children.
Regular meetings are Monday evenings from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM in Taylor Hall, with dinner provided. In addition to these weekly meetings, the EYC participates in monthly service projects, trips to New York City, small group dinners, overnight retreats, and more. Furthermore, our year is anchored by two significant pilgrimages. The first is to the Monastery at Taizé in February for prayer, reflection, reconciliation and personal growth. The second is a cultural and mission-oriented trip (often to Cuba or the Southern United States) where we work with the local population and local youth groups and churches as they strive to make a difference in the world.
Check out the EYC Rule of Life, written by and for our high school kids! Also, be sure to watch the EYC video to see more of what we do:
EYC Parents: Get Involved in Youth Ministry!
In order to create the best experience for our high schoolers, we rely on working alongside the families and parents of our kids. Please see below for the various ways you can contribute, and thank you in advance for your participation in this important program!
Join the EYC Parents Committee: The EYC Parents Committee helps coordinate many of the logistics of the program - meals, driving, etc. - and is such a huge help to McKenzie! Please reach out to McKenzie Burton if you are interested in volunteering your time in this capacity. Host a Monday night dinner: CCBNY is asking each family to host at least one dinner for the youth group by ordering from a local delivery service or by cooking. Click here to sign up to host a dinner and for further instructions! Please contact Sarah Kraemer with any questions.
Donate: Donations are always appreciated, and go a long way to enhance our program. Thanks for your consideration!
EYC Trip to Geneva and Taizé 2016