Education for Our Youth
“Nurturing a safe faith space through relationships with each other and with God.”
Our youth programs provide and nurture a safe faith space for youth in grades 7-12 through relationships with each other and with God. Our aim is to help young people meet the challenges of their lives in a manner that promotes wholeness, authentic faith, and respect of the self and others, through a deeper understanding of God’s love.Our vision is to model for the congregation and families just how essential our youth are to the church of today and tomorrow. Out hope to is to be a catalyst for re-igniting a church that lives out its faith together with all generations working and growing together.
During the program year, September through May, we offer several different opportunities for teens to be involved in the church throughout their jr. high and high school years and to give our teens opportunities to deeper their understanding of the Christian faith as they embark upon and continue in their spiritual journeys. All of our youth programs strive to build community and fellowship through educational, spiritual, social, and outreach activities and provide teens with a safe place to seek pastoral care. In addition to Sunday gatherings, we also plan special activities for fun and community service.
Click here to download the Registration/Field Trip Permission Form
Senior High Youth Group
A fun-filled group meets Sunday evenings 5-6:30 pm in our youth center. During this time, youth hang out with the youth director and other adult volunteers for fun, friendship, safe discussions of teen issues, and spiritual growth.
Blessing of the Pets
Sunday October 2, 5-6:30pm
Bring your leashed pet for the blessing of the pets. You and your pet can stay for dinner and a walk in Red Bird Hollow.
Dinner, Games and Dive Deeper
Sunday October 9, 5-6:30pm
High School Only
Saturday, October 22
5:30 —10:30 PM
Drop off and pick up at church
Buy your own ticket ($30).
The church will provide dinner
No Youth Group on Sunday, October 23
Also please Save the Date!!
Middle and High School Diocesan Retreat
The retreat is open to all students in 6th—12th grade. Our youth have participated in three retreats at the Procter center. Everyone always has a great time with activities, worship, special projects, low ropes challenge course and outdoor games!
Registration is not currently posted, but will be on the diocesan youth website soon.
Cost is $40 for 4 meals and lots of fun!
Upcoming Service Opportunities:
FRIDAYS THIS FALL: Teen drivers needed to drop-off IPM donations at the IPM Pantry in Newtown. Drop off will take place after school on Fridays. Please contact the church if you are interested in hearing more about this WHITE hours opportunity!)
Sunday Morning Nursery Help 10:15 am on Sunday Mornings. Community service hours available!
Our confirmation program is one of the most vibrant and thriving programs in our church and one of the largest and most successful Confirmation programs in the Diocese. 8th grade youth prepare to be confirmed as either an Episcopal or Presbyterian. Students engage in a both small and large group discussions, interactive learning activities designed to awaken spiritual curiosity and bring a deeper awareness of Christian principles, and prepare to make a statement of faith in May that creatively articulates their personal and authentic faith experience.
One of the highlights of this program is the deep commitment that the Confirmation mentors make to provides students with small group and individual spiritual mentorship. The popularity and success of this program draws in youth participation from both IHC youth as well as youth from other congregations, or youth from families who are interested in exploring membership and participation at IHC. The class meets September-May on Wednesday nights from 6-7:30pm and includes dinner together, (provided each week by a Confirmation family), several service projects, and two weekend team-building retreats.