From the Desk of Pastor John

This is an awkward time for everybody; for students at home, parents who still have work, grandparents babysitting, parents who don’t have work, etc. It would be easy to look at our situation as a bother and a hindrance, but I want to encourage you all to look at this free time as an opportunity to talk to your kids/grandkids about things that you normally wouldn’t.

There are lots of important life lessons that aren’t taught in school. On top of their online classes and homework, I would encourage you to talk about things like personal finances, having the right mindset, productivity and work ethic, self-care and life skills.

It goes without saying that you do this already, things such as these will not be new to them. All I’m saying is make the most out of this extra time with your kids or grandkids. Talk to them, play games with them, talk about your childhood… just enjoy your time with them!


The Bridges lunch was great! They got chicken and tater wedges from Walmart deli, a personal favorite of mine.

Youth Group / Crossroads / God’s Gang

Youth group is every Sunday from 6:30-8. WE ARE STILL HAVING YOUTH GROUP! Be here.

Read your bibles, sing worship songs, and make pinecone birdfeeders at home because God’s Gang and Cross Roads is cancelled this week. No school, no God’s Gang.

Upcoming Events

The MICE event scheduled on the 29th has been cancelled. Hopefully we will go to the trampoline park in Champaign another time!

The MTV Awards are still happening! On the 29th, show up at 6:00 and we will start showing our homemade videos at 6:30. Make sure you make your videos asap and start working on your costume of what you want to be when you grow up! Turn in your videos as soon as you finish them.

Summer camp is quickly approaching and everyone needs to sign up asap. If you wish to go to camp when I will be there, sign up for either High School 1 or Middle School 4. If we don’t meet on the 29th and can’t have Registration Sunday, I will simply make sure every youth knows about camp and do my best to get them signed up.

Thank You’s

Thank you, fearless leaders of FCC, for making the difficult decisions to keep the congregation safe and who always have our best interest at heart.

John Snidle, FCC Youth Minister
March 18, 2020

To hear a video message from Pastor John, go to 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 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.

Sessions start Wednesday, February 12th. Registration forms for the Spring semester are now available.  Click on the link 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 Fall Registration Form for Junior High/Middle School youth