From the Desk of Pastor John

Youth Group/CrossRoads/God’s Gang

Youth group. Enough said. Youth group is every Wednesday, from 6-7:30; 6th through 12th grade, all are welcome to participate.

God’s Gang and Crossroads are over. However, all Crossroads kids are welcomed to join us for youth group at 6!

For those of you who witnessed the beautiful program “Stars, Shepherds, Angels, Kings” you know how great it was. For those of you who missed it, you really missed a lot. There were wonderful performances from God’s Gang kids with lots of songs and a great Christmas message. The Crossroad Ding-Dongs, as they are calling themselves, also had a great performance playing the bells. Well done all kids, and a big thank you for all those adults who helped make it happen.

Upcoming Events

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” – Buddy the Elf

December 12th (THIS WEEK) we will be caroling around town! There will be two groups going out on Wednesday. First, the Children and accompanying adults will visit nursing homes and such at 5PM. The youth group will go out after at 6PM, serenading people in their homes. If you would like to enhance your Wednesday evening with some lovely and definitely rehearsed musical tunes, sung by skilled youngsters, message/email/call me and you will be put on the list!

Upcoming events for high school and Jr. high include Frenzy (Dec 28-29), Ski Trip (Jan 18-21), and Mid-Winter (Jan 26-27). Our next event is Frenzy (our yearly overnighter in between Christmas and New Year’s); so ready yourselves for one of our most popular events! There will be a live band, roller-skating, a movie, games, food, tickets and prizes; the list is nearly endless. Start is Friday Dec 28 at 7pm until Saturday morning at 6am. For Jr High and High both! If you are a parent and could help chaperone, please say yes as soon as I ask you.


I would like to bring this to everyone’s attention because it is very important: we are so close to the countdown of twelve days until Christmas!! It is so close I can almost taste that figgy pudding. I hope you are ready, excited, decorated, joyful, and pumped to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Merry Christmas!

John Snidle, FCC Youth Minister
December 12, 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.

Registration forms for the Spring semester will be available soon.  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