From the Desk of Pastor John

Youth Groups

Youth Group has resumed y’all, every Wednesday from 6-7:30. Crossroads and God’s Gang will resume February 13th. Registration IS AVAILABLE either at the church or by clicking on the link above, so sign up now!

Attention all God’s Gang leaders! We are having a planning meeting for God’s Gang on January 31 at 6 to discuss any and all issues and make a game plan together for this upcoming semester. If you are involved, I highly suggest you be there!

Friday January 18, several members of the church delivered lunch to Bridges School. Why? Because they didn’t have any! Every once in a while, about once a month, whenever PHS doesn’t have school, Bridges often does, and since Bridges piggy-backs off PHS’s lunch they don’t have lunch on those days. So we have agreed from henceforth to provide lunch to Bridges on those days; sometimes we’ll just drop it off, others we’ll stay and eat with them. We’re very blessed to have been given this opportunity to serve, if you would like to participate next time this happens, let Pastor John know!

Ski trip was this last weekend and boy oh boy was it a good time. Everyone, besides myself, that went had never been on the trip before and most had never even skied before! All anyone had to say about it was “I can’t wait for next year!” and I have been told that after somebody bragged about how great it was to a youth that didn’t go, he regretted not going. Everyone came back in one piece, no concussions or broken clavicles (both have happened before), we all made new friends, and learned some real good things about Jesus, how we need to trust God all the time and die to ourselves. All around, great event and we are definitely planning on returning next year, so don’t miss it!

Upcoming Events

Youth Sunday is eerily close, February 3rd! All spots have been filled, but not everyone knows what their part is (or that they are even signed up) so all youth need to check in with me to make sure you know your role. We will have a practice service Saturday Feb 2nd at 1 so everyone can be perfectly smooth Sunday. Youth Sunday will be only one service, per the norm at 10am, and we will have a quick rehearsal at 9 during Sunday school to make sure it’s perfectly perfect. Also, pizza party afterwards for all youth who participate! The senior preachers will be Aubrey Sanders and Brooklyn Ward, and they are preaching “How do we overcome struggle?” If you see either of them before then, give them an encouraging hug!

Our next youth event is Mid-Winter (Jan 26-27), this weekend! Leaving Saturday morning, we will head to Macomb IL and stay at First Christian Church. There will be the usual games, messages, and free time that we all know and love. Sign up is closed to if you haven’t signed up yet, sorry Charlie you’re too late. If you have signed up and haven’t told me that you have, please do!

John Snidle, FCC Youth Minister
January 23, 2019

FCC Youth Ministries Facebook Page

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