From the Desk of Pastor John

Youth Groups

Youth group is every Sunday from 6:30-8; please join us! 

Cross Roads and God’s Gang has resumed! The theme this year is “Everyday Superheroes,” we are learning about how people we know and love can be our heroes. This week our guest hero will be: conservationists.

We all love coffee, right? Well, if you made it to church this last Sunday you found out that the youth will henceforth be running a coffee bar on Sunday mornings as a fundraiser for their trips! It will be every Sunday during Sunday School (9-10), with snacks, only donations accepted for payment. Since young people aren’t usually known for their culinary skills, we are asking that every week an adult will volunteer to bring in snacks for everyone to enjoy; a sign-up sheet will be posted so you can schedule ahead of time!

Upcoming Events

At the end of this month, March 29th, the youth group will be trying out a new event that I stole from my youth group days called “MTV Awards.” Although the acronym may commonly be known for something else, like the real MTV Awards, we have made it into our own! We will watch videos and give out awards just like the official awards, but instead of movies with big budgets, they will be homemade videos made by the youth, so you can expect some interesting outcomes. We will have a theme for the night of what to come dressed as and the theme is: duct tape! So, come dressed as whatever you like, just be sure the costume is made of duct tape!

We have another new event coming up that I like to call “Mission Edgar.” The plan is to get together with the other youth groups in town for a few days of service and love throughout the community. The mornings will have community work and service and, in the afternoon, we will visit with friends and strangers at the nursing homes. I’m not sure on the date yet, still trying to work that out with the other ministers and accommodate to everyone’s schedule.

Summer camp may seem far away, but registration is not; I would highly suggest signing up for summer camp as soon as you can! This year, we will not be promoting Camp Walter Scott like we usually do. Instead, we are encouraging the youth to sign at Camp Illiana. The dates are: Middle School 1 June 9-14; High School 1 May 28-June 1. Both camps cost $269, but the church will pay for half to encourage attendance, so that’s only $135 for you! Plus, we will be having fundraisers to help with that amount as well. I would like to comfort those of you who love and grew up at Walter Scott: this change is only temporary. I am not trying to abandon Walter Scott, we are experimenting and trying something new; that does not mean we’re leaving Walter Scott in the dust. I tried to make it so that we could attend one week of both camps, but the dates didn’t work out and it just couldn’t be done. So, hang in there with us! God always has something up his sleeve you don’t expect.

John Snidle, FCC Youth Minister
March 20, 2019

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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 – crossroads

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.

Registration forms for the Spring semester are now available.  Click on the links below to download a registration form. For more information click on the appropriate drop down menu under “YOUTH!”

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

CROSSROADS Spring Registration Form for Junior High/Middle School youth