Youth

The mission of our youth ministry is to foster a community of faith and fellowship with the youth of Christ the King-Epiphany Church.  Our youth love participating in the many activities and opportunities for ministry. There are three components to this successful youth program: Service to others, growth in Spirituality, and a strong Social connection where everyone can feel safe.

Sunday School

kidsOn Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m., concurrent with worship, we offer Sunday School for children in pre-school through 6th grade and Confirmation class for our Middle School youth. Lessons are hands on and fun. Please see the Sunday School Schedule for specific dates, times and activities.

Service

Our service events invite our youth to engage the community and the congregation through acts of service. We haven’t yet been able to accomplish all the acts of service we feel called to share but we’ve gotten started in a number of ways. These include:

  • Participation in the Souper Bowl of Caring, where money is raised to benefit the Survival Center, and aid in the fight against World Hunger.
  • Walking in the Crop Walk
  • Leading a service project for Mary Ann’s Kids, to benefit foster children in the area.

Spirituality

Our entire program is infused with prayer, fellowship, and being grounded in Christ, but we also have some very intentional times to foster our spiritual growth.

kids-retreatOne of our favorite places to go for spiritual growth (and FUN!) is Camp Calumet. Camp Calumet is located in New Hampshire and is the outdoor ministry site for Lutherans in New England, although they welcome people of all traditions. Friends often join us for these trips as well.  We try to attend three retreats offered by Camp Calumet each year.

  • The Sunday School Retreat happens in March or April and is for Grades 3-6. Our youth eagerly look forward to the retreat and the opportunity for games, singing, and worship together in the Mts. of NH.
  • The Fall Fling Retreat is held in late September for grades 5-8 and remains a popular choice. There’s always great musical leadership, engaging bible activities, and once in awhile it’s still warm enough to enjoy the lake.
  • The Spring Fling Retreat is held each May before Memorial day for Grades 9-12. It’s a great opportunity to deepen faith around bible studies, hear great music, and start looking forward to the upcoming summer months.
  • pastor-confirmandsThe Confirmation retreat is usually held in the spring of each year and Pastor Nathaniel joins our confirmation students for this event.

Social

Our youth participate in a local ecumenical youth group with other churches in our community, including Wilbraham United Church and Federated Community Church of Hampden. There are activities for each age group as well as a number of joint activities that everyone enjoys together. Youth group gatherings are held at United Church, 500 Main Street in Wilbraham:

  • Middle school youth group meets on the first and third Sunday of each month from 6-8pm
  • High School youth group meets on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 68pm

Here at Christ the King-Epiphany our youth are not just the future of the church, they are the church of today. It is abundantly evident throughout our ministry. The youth are engaged in many aspects of leadership whether it is in worship, education, or planning youth activities.  The youth of our congregation are not just encouraged to share their gifts, they do and our ministry is brighter, richer, and more vibrant through their participation.