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 junior 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.
Two events per month are scheduled for Youth 6-8 grades. Weekly meetings on Sunday nights 6:00-7:30 PM for high school Youth (9-12 grades). See calendar or Announcements for details or contact Jennifer Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Parents of Confirmation-Aged Students,
We have a great tradition here at The Indian Hill Church—our Confirmation class. This is the class that prepares students for making a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ and thereby joining our church. This class is designed to instruct the students in the faith and practices of the Episcopal and Presbyterian Traditions. Most importantly, in this year we will explore what it means to have a personal relationship with Christ.
Our curriculum concentrates on studying and learning key passages from the Bible. It is our goal to have each student finish the year with a working knowledge of The Bible, The Episcopal Church, The Presbyterian Church and Church History. This is a daunting task and one in which we have some very strict requirements.
Each weekly meeting will follow the same pattern. Each class will begin promptly at 6:00 PM and end at 7:30 PM. We begin with an opening prayer/blessing followed by a meal that is provided by a family of a student in the group, group interaction and catching up with each other, activity (moving around), classwork, small group discussion and a closing prayer.
There will be no classes during Thanksgiving Break or Christmas Break. We will make changes to the schedule according to the number of different schools represented in the class as to fall and spring breaks and semester exams if needed.
During confirmation, we will be learning about the Bible and also learning what God calls us to be as members of the church. Thus, the students will be required to attend worship and to serve others. Confirmation Students are required to attend 5 worship services per semester. Additionally, they will be required to volunteer with the Day of Service in the fall, volunteer with IHN once in the fall and once in the spring and volunteer with the Souper Bowl of Caring. Additionally, to understand the workings of the church, students will be required to attend the annual meeting in January. Each student will be asked to participate in worship once per semester (ushering, serving as an acolyte, reading or leading a prayer). Confirmation students will lead parts of the Ash Wednesday service and much of the Presbyterian confirmation service.
One of the hallmarks of our confirmation class is the interaction with Adult and Youth Mentors. We will be led by Stephen Caine, (Presbyterian Pastor), George Sherrill, (Episcopal Rector), Jennifer Taylor, (Director of Children and Family Ministry), Ellen Hammond, (Adult Mentor), Blake Selnick (Adult Mentor) and a number of youth mentors who have gone through the class and want to give back to the program that they dearly love.
The tradition of confirmation at The Indian Hill Church is a vigorous one. We work hard! We have fun but this is serious work. As usual, there are some class requirements. At first, they may seem overwhelming, but the Confirmation class course is designed so that 95% of everything required can be fulfilled simply by attending worship and confirmation class each week.
We will begin on Wednesday September 12 6:00 PM: Organizational Meeting for Parents: What’s Involved in Confirmation. Parents please attend this meeting.
I have attached the outline of Confirmation Class. We have set the dates for both the fall and spring retreats so you can mark your calendars now. Both retreats are mandatory. The first retreat will be at a Athletes in Action on November 30 – December 1 in Xenia, Ohio. Our students have really enjoyed working with the staff from Athletes in Action at the Procter Center in the past, so we are going to try out their camp. The second retreat will be held on April 5-6 at PYOCA camp in Indiana. The retreat will be part of a larger retreat for confirmation students from all over Ohio and Indiana.
The students who choose to be confirmed into the Episcopal church will be confirmed by the Bishop on a Saturday, May 11 in the Diocesan area wide confirmation service at the Procter Center in London, Ohio. This is a very special worship service for all students in the Diocese being confirmed. For the students who choose to be confirmed in the Presbyterian Church that service will be held on Sunday, May 12 at the 10:30 worship service at Indian Hill Church. All confirmation students will be recognized as a group during the May 12 10:30 worship service.
Thank you and we look forward to learning together with your child this year in Confirmation.
If your student has a friend that is interested in confirmation, we would delighted to include them in the class. In the past we have had many friends add to to the confirmation class. I would anticipate that some non IHC members would enroll due to high attendance at middle school youth group events. Just pass along this information or send me an email or phone number and I will contact the parents directly.
Please call or email if you have any questions, (513) 561-6805 or cell (832) 878-3206.
Director of Children and Family Ministry