As of 4/9/21, Disciples and Post-Disciples will be meeting in person, outdoors.
Look for weekly details in our weekly youth email, or contact Pastor Susan at email@example.com.
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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.
Caravans @Home Caravan 2021
We are so excited to share more about our @Home Caravan offering this summer! Due to ongoing COVID concerns, we will not be doing any overnight trips, however we will be partnering with a local organization and trying something new!
This summer we will be working with NeighborScapes in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago.
When: Monday, June 21st - Thursday June 24th
Time: Each day from 8:30am until 4:30pm
We'll meet at church to pack lunches, drive to the sites together and work until about 3:30pm each day, and then return to the church.
Cost: $150 per youth
This trip is open to any current freshman and above.
What will we actually be doing? Youth will be helping to clear vacant lots and plant trees to add to the much needed community green space in the neighborhood.
NeighborScapes is an organization working to revitalize the Englewood area through their main project of Innovation Houses. You can read more about their incredible work through their website here.
One thing their President, Jay Readey, has come to realize is that there are unused vacant lots nearby that could be so much more! As the neighborhood is continuing to invest in itself, the area is also in need of more green space that doesn't require heavy amounts of maintenance. Not only is green space important for mental and physical health, it's also vital to our environment, especially in densely populated cities like Chicago. This is where we come in!
Mr. Readey will be at CPC on Sunday, May 16th for a mandatory meeting with youth and parents who are interested, curious or already registered for the opportunity. He will walk us through some history of the area, some ideas to consider when planning for vacant lots, and a safety conversation with families. Youth will then be an integral part of planning these lots, and planting them at the end of June!
Our time in Englewood will also include relationship building with community partners in the area including other organizations working towards eco-justice in Chicago.
Please use the links below to register or to pay online. Be sure to select "Caravan Fee" from the drop down menu when paying online.
The registration and health forms along with the trip fee are due on or before May 16th. Not sure about the trip? Come to the meeting and learn about it there! You can turn in your paperwork that day and still join us in June!
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. 2021 brings us a new @Home Caravan!!!
For more information regarding Caravans, contact:
Rev. Susan Tindall, Transitional Associate Pastor/ Acting Director of Youth and Family Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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!