Youth ministry at CPC gives students opportunities to see God at work in them and through them. It begins with the Bible – reading and hearing the story of God’s love and God’s call to live out that kind of radical selfless love for others. Shaped by the story of God’s love, youth practice that love by making covenants for Sunday School, by helping the church in worship and mission events and by going on short-term and long-term youth mission projects. As students share the real stories of their lives and then look at the stories of faith from scripture, they begin to develop deeper faith that they can apply to their real-life issues. All of this is done in a church community that knows them, loves them, appreciates their gifts and learns from them. CPC is not a place where the youth are always doing their own thing and are isolated from the rest of the church – it is a family where the youth have many Godly parents and grandparents to get to know them and support them as they grow in faith and knowledge of God.
Students at CPC take Jesus’ call in Matthew 25:40 to heart, that serving others is also a way to serve Jesus. Students are involved in every aspect of the Mission life of the congregation. Students are members of the Mission Committee and join in the congregation’s mission drives. Students also participate in their own mission activities, many of which are ideas from the student’s themselves. CPC youth often speak to the congregation about their mission activities, teaching the congregation about the mission need and witnessing to how young people can make a difference in their communities as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.
The youth participate in the following Mission Ministries:
Please join us and bring a friend! Have an idea for Mission? Let us know!
We are ordinary youth doing extraordinary things in Jesus’ name. We are the hands Christ has in the world.
On Sunday mornings, youth are not the audience while they watch the pastors, choir, and readers sing & talk about God. God is the audience while the youth are there to worship, sing, and listen to God’s word. High Schoolers start to realize that we come to worship to give, not just receive. So come and give to God by listening and participating!
7th and 8th graders are learning how to listen to the sermon and participate in all we do in worship. As part of confirmation, students do lessons on the worship service and fill out sheets on the parts of the service. This helps our youth learn to listen to the message and see how the service is put together.
Youth in Music
Youth are invited to join the church choir and to offer their musical gifts to lead the congregation in worship. Please see a pastor or contact the church office to sign up!>
Christian Education, growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus, happens everywhere at CPC, not just in the classrooms. It is anytime we are moved by the Spirit of God from where we are right now to where God wants us to be. Our mission is to share the transforming love of Jesus Christ with all God’s beloved children, of any age, who walk into the doors of CPC. Spiritual growth happens when people experience God together, in each other, and in the study of scripture and worship of God. Christian Education at CPC happens anytime these two things come together; an experience of God that moves us closer to God. Then God’s beloved children are sent to engage more fully in life and work in service to Jesus Christ.