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.
On 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.
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:
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.
One 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.
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:
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.