From the Desk of Pastor John

Youth Groups

Youth group is every Sunday from 6:30-8; please join us! However, we are not meeting this week (5/19) because the end of the semester is here and I know you all need to focus on finals, graduation, etc. Note: we will be continuing youth group through the whole summer!

Crossroads and God’s Gang IS OVER… for now; we will of course resume in the fall. We thank everyone who served their time and resources to make God’s Gang and Crossroads happen, you are MY superheroes!

Upcoming Events

Summer camp IS NOT FAR AWAY! High school camp is less than TWO weeks away. SIGN UP ASAP! This year, we will not be promoting Camp Walter Scott like we usually do (although you are still more than welcomed to attend). Instead, we are encouraging Camp Illiana. The dates are: High School 1 – May 28-June 1; Middle School 1 – June 9-14. Both camps cost $269, but the church will pay half to encourage attendance, so that’s only $135 for you!

This Sunday I, John Snidle, will be running the pulpit. Don’t be too alarmed, Mark will still be there to conduct the service, I am simply giving the sermon. Don’t skip on my account, I don’t have the plague. Please come!

Thank You

Thank you Dorothy Farnham for providing the treats during Sunday School.
Thank you Jaydin Seeley and Daija Bright for serving us our coffee.
Thank you Grant Johnson for helping me clean up my yard.
Thank you Barbara Dick for sharing your books with me.

John Snidle, FCC Youth Minister
May 15, 2019

FCC Youth Ministries Facebook Page

Summer Camp Online Registration Links:

Camp Illiana Middle School (you should register for Middle School One)

Camp Illiana High School (you should register for High School One)

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 Sunday throughout the school year at 6:30 p.m. Visit our Events or YOUTH! page for more scheduling information.


All high school and junior high youth are invited to weekly youth group meetings on Sundays 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 Fall semester will be available in September.  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