Youth @ FCC
FCC’s Youth Group includes young students in grades K-5, Chi Rho (grades 6-8) and Christian Youth Fellowship (CYF, grades 9-12). Occasionally, we just “hang-out,” sharing a movie or pizza or serving together— even whitewater rafting down the Ocoee River in Tennessee, doing special projects during lock-ins, or serving together in mission experiences. Most of the time, we share our love for each other and for Christ in these ways:
Time: Wednesdays, 6:15-7:00 p.m. during the school year
Place: The Youth Room
Join us Wednesday evenings as we discuss topics relevant to teenage lives and to our Christian discipleship, plan for Youth Sundays, serve our church or our world, work with puppets, or share our questions and life experiences. Students in grades K-12 are welcome. Youth Group is preceded by the all-church weekly fellowship dinner, beginning at 5:45 p.m. Youth Group is free (except on occasions when we might go somewhere that has a fee.) There is a cost for the dinner.
Time: 9:00 a.m. Sundays during the school year
Place: The Youth Room
This class, for 4th through 12th grades, seeks to meet the rapidly changing needs of the pre-teen, tween, and teenage years. The class focuses on using the Bible and a strong relationship with God to guide decision-making processes. The ultimate goal is to provide an open forum to discuss, and often debate, the role that Christ can play in making life richer and more fulfilling.
Time: Whenever we’re called
Place: Wherever we’re called to serve
Mission service is at the heart of our ministry and the soul of Christ’s teachings. To live the word of Christ is far more powerful than to just talk about it. FCC Youth have gone on mission trips to the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; with YouthWorks in Daytona Beach, Florida; in Nashville as part of General Assembly 2011; and a Guatemala mission trip in 2012. Locally, we have stuffed give-away bags for the Disciples Door to Door ministry, painted scenery and helped with Vacation Bible School, bagged groceries for FCC’s Love Your Neighbor Food Ministry, sorted supplies for Family Promise, put together care packages for hurricane and disaster relief, conducted church-wide yard sales for our missions and for FCC’s capital campaign, conducted the annual Fall Festival and Spring Celebration games and Easter egg hunt, babysat for young parents, captained a children’s book drive, served for fund-raising dinners, and championed annual giving projects. We’ve asked others to “Turn the White Tree Green” to raise money for a church-wide project at Christmas. We’ve sent members to Chrysalis, church camp, and other experiences where they could be closer to God’s word. FCC Youth serve wherever and whenever a need should be filled.
Katie’s Kids Puppet Ministry
Time: During Youth Group and Youth Sundays
Place: Wherever we’re called
Whether supporting a message in worship or entertaining during a fellowship night, Katie’s Kids puppet ministry is one of the favorite components of Youth Group— much-anticipated by the congregation. Katie’s Kids is named for a young member of the youth program who dreamed of beginning a puppet ministry at FCC. She had begun the process of raising funds and inspiring church members to support the ministry when she suddenly passed away during her junior year of high school. We dedicate our puppet ministry to Katie’s special love and spirit that gave her the vision to serve others in such a selfless, inspiring, and fun way.
Time: Once or twice annually
Place: FCC Sanctuary
Youth Sunday may be the most-anticipated service of the fall and spring seasons each year, when our Youth Group conducts the entire worship service. A great deal of time, talent, vision, and love go into each service to make these times special and God-filled.
Time: Part of Youth Group
Place: During Youth Sundays and at other times
There’s nothing like showing a story to get a point across. Youth Drama Team members have participated in readers’ theaters, skits, plays, cantatas, and other dramatizations in order to illustrate the message that God’s love is unconditional and forever.
See the Alabama/Northwest Florida Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Link for more information: http://www.alnwfldisciples.org