As of 11/13/20, in light of the increased IDPH restrictions and Governor's recommendation to stay at home as much as possible, Cubes and Middle School will NOT be meeting in person for the foreseeable future. We are hard at work developing ways for youth to stay connected to CPC throughout the holidays. Look for info in our weekly youth email, or contact Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Advent Devotional
"Waiting Well: Advent for
Advent begins this Sunday, November 29th. During this time of waiting, we encourage all our youth (and their families) to follow along using this devotional, Waiting Well: Advent for Youth By Jen Kidwell.
Contact Allison Billings, director of Youth and Family Ministries for more information
For high school freshmen
Disciples serves as our Confirmation program at CPC, but it is also open to youth whose families are not members of CPC. ALL are welcome! At the end of Disciples, each participant is invited to confirm their beliefs and their faith in Jesus, and they will be offered the opportunity to become a member of CPC. Students meet with leaders in “Cubes” - small discussion groups - for study, discussion and activities that help them to explore their spirituality, values, and relationships with others and with God. These are some of the most meaningful and fun years of our high school programs. Two off-campus weekend retreats and a one-day on campus retreat with Disciples parents are part of the program (these are on hold for the time being). CPC is proud to have offered the Disciples program for over 40 years, welcoming new members with each class.
Disciples will meet at 5pm in the Manse Backyard starting on September 20, 2020. We will continue to meet outside while weather allows, and then we hope to transition to Zoom.
You can read more about Disciples, our Fall Plan, and Register by clicking below.
For high school sophomores, juniors and seniors
In PD, for all sophomores, juniors and seniors, the study and fellowship continues in the style of the Disciples’ program. In Post Disciples, our youth are encouraged to further explore their faith in Jesus and what being a Christian means in today’s world. Cube time continues to be a safe place to explore and discuss issues without being judged. Two retreat trips are typically scheduled each year but are on hold for the time being.
Registration is now open! This fall, Cubes will be meeting at different times Sunday afternoons, outside only, while the weather is nice. Youth will have the opportunity to preference what time they would like to meet when they register for Post Disciples.
Read more about the fall & register below.
WF is all about fun and Christian service, and it is open to any and all high school students. WF meets on Sunday evenings following the Disciples and Post-Disciples Cubes and largely consists of group games and fun activities. Students are invited to participate as often as they’d like. CPC Youth activities sponsored by WF include a road rally, dodgeball nights, the summer work mission trips (Caravans), rake-n-run, a dinner theater fundraiser, 30 Hour Famine, Whirly Ball, gutter sundaes (aka: “eating ice cream out of a gutter” .. (don’t worry, it’s clean!). After Cubes on Sunday, be sure to make time for WF!
WF is on hiatus for the time being. We hope to offer fun fellowship & service opportunities sometime this fall!
- Disciples will meet at 5pm in the Manse Backyard
- Post Disciples will meet throughout the afternoon on Sunday, at either 1pm, 3pm, or 5pm. Youth can preference what time they would like at registration.
Disciples Cubes and Post Disciples Cubes will meet at different times this fall.
Westminster Fellowship typically begins after the Cube closing and often lasts until around 9:00pm. We hope to gather for WF in the near future!
Beyond Sunday Evenings
Sunday morning worship
Sunday morning worship is central to the life of anyone who has trusted in Jesus, desires to join in God’s redemptive work in the world, and chosen to commit to membership at CPC. We strongly and lovingly encourage all youth and families to join us on Sundays.
Disciples attend two weekend-long retreats a year: one in the Fall and one in the Spring. The Post-Disciples also attend two retreats: one in the Fall and one in the Winter. We are hopeful we will be able to go on retreat again soon! No dates are set for the 2020-2021 year yet.
Youth and their adult leaders have been participating in annual summer Mission Caravans for generations at CPC. In recent summers, Caravans worked on construction and rehab of homes in West Virginia and Virginia, as well as volunteering with special-needs children at Camp Courageous in Iowa.
Youth Group Fundraisers
Each year Caravan participants pay to go on Caravans, but that doesn’t cover the entire cost. The Youth Group does fundraising to make up the difference.
How do we stay connected with our youth who have gone on to college? Periodic communications and a winter retreat or open house during school break help keep college students connected. Check out the CPC Youth Alumni Facebook Page for current events geared to the 18-25 yr old age group.
How Can You Help?
Volunteer to be a Cube leader or a WF leader! These ministries don’t happen without the loving and hard-working presence of adults from our church who love Jesus, love CPC, and love to mentor youth! If you’re interested in joining in and getting a front row seat to the work God is doing in our next generation, contact Lauren Cochran, Associate Pastor, at email@example.com
Youth Group Fundraisers: Each year Caravan participants pay to go on Caravans, but that doesn’t cover the entire cost. The Youth Group does fundraising to make up the difference. Check out the Youth Facebook page for the most up to date information on ways to contribute!