Youth Ministry

Our Mission…

…is to create a sanctuary for every young person to experience the love of Christ. Our youth are building a foundation of faith in a safe and inclusive community. In real and relevant ways, our young people are taking their place in their community, their church, and the world, loving and serving others in the example of Jesus.

ALL YOUTH MINISTRY PARTICIPANTS, PLEASE REGISTER HERE

Youth Ministry Calendar

Youth Ministry Community Covenant

Weekly Youth Group Activities

Most youth activities meet in the Youth House, a converted residence at the corner of Solana Road and Golf View Circle (across the street from the church campus). With a full kitchen, pool and ping pong tables, basketball court and tons of seating, it’s the perfect spot for youth to unwind, connect, and explore their faith together. Our red front door symbolizes sanctuary – this is a safe place for all who enter.

Weekly youth group meetings include games, a devotional message and conversation, and prayer.

Low Tide: Middle School Youth Group (grades 6-8) meets weekly on Wednesday, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

High Tide: High School Youth Group (grades 9-12) meets weekly on Wednesday, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Homework & Hangs: Every Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 pm, 6-12th Grade Students are invited to drop by and hang out at the Youth House! Our time together is unstructured, but supervised social time. We’ll have snacks and drinks available for everyone who attends, please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions so we can have something for you. Students are invited to bring their homework, invite a friend, and hang out for as long as you want! Middle school students are welcome to hang until 7pm, and high school students are invited to stick around for High Tide, which runs from 7-8:30pm every Wednesday.

Christian Formation

Youth Formation (Sunday School) is one of the many places where we learn more about scripture, and the ways that God is active in our world today. All youth (middle and high schoolers) are invited to join Youth Staff at the Youth House each week from 10:15-11:00am for a conversation on the weeks’ readings!

Confirmation

The Rite of Confirmation is for all those in the 9th-12th grades and above wishing to confirm their baptismal vows and make a mature commitment to Christ and the church.

Our 2022-2023 Process will be underway in October! Interested 9-12th Grade students are invited to learn more about Confirmation by visiting this page. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a member of our Youth Staff. Registration is available now!

Contact


Brooks Slater
Director of Youth Ministries
904- 878-3940
[email protected]

Dana Van Ostrand
Assistant Director of Youth and Family Ministries
[email protected]
402-405-1936

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Outreach

Through outreach, we share the love of God in Christ with those in need. We partner with several organizations throughout Jacksonville and the Beaches community, including BEAM, Mission House, and Church Without Walls. We have carried Christ’s love into the world during mission trips to New Orleans, Miami, and Bolivia.

The first Friday of every month, we meet at Mission House at 5:30 to cook and serve dinner to our neighbors experiencing homelessness. We are done by 7:00. If you are interested in joining us, contact Brooks to let him know you’ll be there.

Upcoming Events

New Beginnings #10
November 11-13, 2022 at Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center (Live Oak, Florida)

Middle School students are invited to attend this spiritual retreat offered by the Diocese. You will sing songs, play games, and make a ton of new friends from all over the Diocese! For more information and to register, visit the Camp Weed website.

Youth Lock-In
November 18-19, 6:30 pm-9:30 am

All middle and high school students are invited for our overnight lock-in at the church! We will start with dinner in the dining hall at 6:30 pm, have fun activities throughout the evening, and conclude our time together at 9:30 am on the 17th with breakfast! Total cost per student is $30 to cover food and activities. Registration can be found at this link.

Happening #146
January 20-22. 2023 at Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center (Live Oak, Florida)

10-12th grade students are invited to attend this weekend of spiritual renewal. Students will hear from their peers in talks and skits, have spiritual discussion, and meet new friends from around our Diocese. If you have attended Happening before, you are encouraged to sign up for Team, where you will serve the weekend and help run it behind the scenes. For more information, or to register/apply for team visit Camp Weed’s website.

2023 High School Winter Retreat
February 17th-20th
Cost: $300 ($150 deposit due at registration)

All 9th-12th grade students are invited to attend our 2023 Winter Retreat in Montreat, NC! We will spend our time hiking, resting, and building relationships with each other. Registration is available now! Click Here for more information and to register!

Diocesan Events

The Diocese of Florida offers several single day and overnight events. The Youth Ministry promotes and participates in Diocesan events including New Beginnings, Happening, BreakOut, and Summer Camp at Camp Weed. For more information visit www.campweed.org

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The Lighthouse

Christ Church Youth Ministry welcomes all youth to our programs, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We also host a safe space for LGBTQIA+ teens called The Lighthouse. For more information about The Missing Voices Project and The Lighthouse, click here.