Youth Ministry

We're a place a place where 6th-12th grade students can form authentic relationships with one another, our church community, the world at large, and with God.

Senior High Ministry
9th-12th grades
 

Senior High Mission Statement: SHF is a friendly community of students in 9th to 12th grade that encourages our faith in the Lord, commitment to mission work, and spreading the compassion of Christ.

What We Do:
Senior High Fellowship (SHF) Gatherings:
Most Sunday Nights, 7-9pm in the Youth Lounge

  • Weekly gatherings include games, conversation, fellowship, and (of course) snacks
  • Past conversations have included discussions of current events, comparisons of world religions, dialogues about hard questions about God and faith, exploration of our beliefs as Presbyterians, and more
     

Annual Retreats and Fellowship Opportunities

  • Stronghold Retreat (February 1-3, 2019) at the Stronghold Castle in Oregon, IL 
     

Montreat Summer Youth Conference: June 8-15, 2019

  • Conference for students finishing 8th-12th grades held at the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, NC 

Summer Mission Trip: July 20-28, 2019

  • Trip to Corpus Christi, TX to work with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance on Hurricane Harvey relief 

Junior High Ministry

Junior High Mission Statement: JHF is an inviting and accepting community that inspires and equips us to grow our faith in Jesus Christ, and helps us reach out and serve others.

What We Do:
Junior High Fellowship (JHF) Gatherings:
Most Sunday Nights, 4-5:30pm in the Youth Lounge

  • Our weekly fellowship gatherings include games, music, lupper (see below), and friendly conversations
  • Join us weekly for Lupper (a light lunch/supper meal) and table fellowship
  • Students are invited to “Ask Me Anyting” by putting a question into a box. Questions will become fodder for our weekly table conversations during dinner.

Annual Retreats and Fellowship Opportunities

  • Junior High Lock-Out! January 18, 2019
  • TimberLee winterXtreme Retreat—February 22-24, 2019 

Junior High Summer Trips

  • Our Junior High students have a rotation of 3 trips, ensuring that students can attend each trip during the 3 years they are in our junior high program.
  • Junior High Mission Trip (locations will vary)
  • QUEST Conference @ Green Lake Conference Center July 8-13, 2019 
  • Great Escape Conference @ Green Lake Conference Center 

8th Grade Confirmation

 

Confirmation is not simply a “rite of passage.” Nor is it just a class to complete. It is a step in a life-long journey of pursuing the height, depth, and width of God’s love and making a vow to live in relationship with God for the rest of your life! 

What is Confirmation?

Historically, a confirmation class was designed as a church rite of passage, where a young person crossed over into adulthood and claimed their faith for themselves. If you were baptized as a child in a Christian church, your parents and the whole church took vows to guide and nurture you in the Christian faith. Your faith as a child was wrapped up in the faith of those who love you. 
Our Confirmation process is designed to help you claim that faith for yourself and make those vows your own. We have planned a program of worship and study, fellowship and service which will give you the opportunity to not only learn about the faith, but will also give you the opportunity to question and explore, experience and wonder about the God who loves you and wants to be in relationship with you! 

Welcome to a spiritual adventure seeking to follow Jesus Christ! 

Confirmation is a time for adventure and exploration, a time to learn and grow in the faith. This eight-month process is designed for 8th graders and above to:
Gain a basic knowledge and understanding of the Christian Story. 
Learn about the core beliefs, practices, and emphases of The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Explore the vows that confirmands will take if they choose to be confirmed so that they understand the commitment they will be making.

Rising 8th Graders: It's time to sign up for the 2019-2020 Confirmation class! Get in touch with Pastor Kara  or call the church office at 847-362-2174 and we will get you signed up!


Sunday School Devotions

Actively seek God's wisdom, word and deep peace each day wherever you are with daily devotionals from d365.org. Designed for youth and youth leaders, the devotionals can help everyone create a quiet space in for contemplation and prayer.

Registration Forms

Download a form, complete all fields, save a copy  to your computer, and then attach the form here.