From the Desk of Pastor John

Wilderness Camp

Wilderness camp was June 23 – June 28, although it was supposed to end on June 30, we had to leave early due to extreme conditions! By extreme conditions, I mean constant never-ending rain. That may not sound so bad, but when most of the food we packed had to be cooked over a fire, it is an important detail. Despite the hardships, we had a great time! We got dirty, and smelly, and a little broken, but we really learned about ourselves and grew closer to God and His creation. Hope to return next year!


This years Vacation Bible School will be July 30th through August 3rd from 9am to 11:30 everyday except for Friday, which will let out a little later at 12:30. The Directors will be Kim Woods and Deena Hasler. It is just a little over 2 weeks away, so be praying for the success of the event and the sanity of all the volunteers, it is desperately needed!

Prayer Partners

Thank you! We have enough people signed up for our prayer partner list, which is very important, otherwise a student does not receive prayer and encouragement! So thank you to all who committed your time and energy.

Summer Camp

The high school camp at Walter Scott (CYF) was a blast! Everyone really grew closer to each other and in their relationship with Jesus. Next week is the junior high week, so we expect an equally fun and beneficial time! For those of you who attended camp, be sure to fill out the camp letter to the church and thank you letter for your prayer partner.

Sunday School

We are halfway through our special Sunday School series, but you are still welcomed to join! Learning is learning, even if you don’t get all of it. Here are the times and classes: “What On Earth Am I Here For?” with Mary K. Bradford in the Jerusalem Room; “Acts of God – Why Does God Allow Pain?” with Greg Terry in the upstairs classroom; “Ridiculous – Living Like Christ In A Love-Starved World” with Pastor John Snidle in the Youth Room; and “Faith Commander – Learning Family Values from the Parables of Jesus” with Rev. Mike in the kitchen. 


John Snidle, FCC Youth Minister
   July 11, 2018

About our Youth & Family Ministry

First Christian Church’s Youth & Family Ministry exists to fulfill our church’s mission of growing disciples by reaching out to the community and providing families with programs that foster an atmosphere of positive relationships; while helping to instill in our youth the principles of pledging oneself to biblical teaching, announcing the good news of Jesus Christ to our peers, respecting God in all areas of our lives, joining together to build unity in the body of Christ and yielding ourselves in service to Christ by serving others locally and globally.

Special Youth activities are scheduled from time to time. Please read the current issue of the Messenger or contact us for more information.

Youth Group is comprised of high school and middle school age youth, grades 6-12, and meets every Wednesday throughout the school year at 6:30 p.m. Visit our Events page for more scheduling information.


All high school and junior high youth are invited to weekly youth group meetings on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Youth Room. (Check out the picture with orange walls, big screen, and black couches!) Meetings are always fun, sometimes serious, occasionally separate; they may be all talk, totally fun, serving others, planning for what’s coming, and once a month out somewhere else – and food is allowed, too!

youth involvement

FCC invites our youth to be involved. For instance, youth serve as Junior Deacons and receive the offering in 10:00 AM worship, and all youth are asked to help with the annual Youth Sunday service in February (Seniors preach)! Other opportunities are available too – from Mission Trips to committee work to Bell-Ringing to . . . and not to mention VBS, the Youth Mid-Winter Retreat, summer Church Camp, the End-of-the-Year Trip, and of course, the CCIW SUMMIT mountaintop weekend!

God’s Gang

God’s Gang runs from September through May. All children from kindergarten through the fifth-grade are invited to attend. God’s Gang is FCC’s youth outreach program and children do not need to be a member of the church to participate. Activities include homework help, story reading, crafts, games, an evening meal and a children’s worship. This year we are continuing our junior high program called “Crossroads” that will meet during the same time period.

The registration forms for the Fall semester will be available September.

GOD’S GANG Spring Registration Form for Kindergarten through 5th-grade

CROSSROADS Spring Registration Form for Junior High/Middle School youth