Youth Education - Service Group & Confirmation

youthcollage400"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi

The South Church Youth Service Group is open to youth of any faith, as well as those who are unaffiliated but come with questions about spirituality. There are no requirements for what you have to believe, as long as you have an open mind and curious heart. You do not have to be “perfect” to be a part of this group! All are welcome just as they are.

What's Youth Service Group? A place where individuals expand their faith, express ideas freely, help others in a variety of ways, grow personally and spiritually, interact in an accepting community, give and receive respect.

What sort of things does the group do? Service, fun, and more! For 2014/15 we are planning on serving others through: work with veterans, local hunger relief, a winter retreat looking at food insecurity in the U.S., a sleeping bag drive for the homeless, and a pumpkin patch to raise money for our annual mission / outreach trip. We ALSO plan to play games, celebrate holidays and rituals, discuss life's big questions, have adventures, do a ropes course, camp out, have many bonfires, go bowling, do the corn maze... and much, much more!

The new season kicks off on September 14, 2014 with a Kickoff BBQ and Parent Meeting. For more information, please contact Rev. Tamara Torres

“Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.”-Frederick Buechner

We also encourage each 7th and 8th grader to participate in Confirmation. Confirmation is a two-year program, led by Rev. Tamara. You can start with either year. At the end of the program each youth will write a "Statement of Faith" to explore what they believe and how that belief shapes their life. Learn more about each session below.

7th and 8th Grade Confirmation Classes

  • Our Session Activities - 2013 through 2014
  • Our Session Activities - 2014 through 2015

Each Session has a few parts:

  • "Learning Something New" through class room exploration
  • “Talking It Out” with discussions with your confirmation mentor
  • "Worship Ways" through attending church
  • “Fun & Fellowship” is just what it sounds like... fun!

    Topics:

  1. So, About That Bible…
  2. What does “God” Even Mean?
  3. Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Christ
  4. Loving Who God Created You To Be
  5. Loving the Diversity of Creation

Each Session has a few parts:

  • "Learning Something New" through class room exploration
  • “Talking It Out” with discussions with your confirmation mentor
  • "Worship Ways" through attending church
  • “Fun & Fellowship” is just what it sounds like... fun!

Topics

  1. The Story of Christianity as a religion, or How did we get here?
  2. The Story of the United Church of Christ and South Church
  3. The Sacraments: Baptism and Communion
  4. What is the work of the church in the world?
  5. Being Christian in an Interfaith World

Family Gathering Events

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Sunday Services

Service Times

  • 8:30 am ~ Meditative
  • 10:00 am ~ Celebrative

 

Communion

Everyone is welcome to partake of communion.

  • 1st Sunday Each Month

 

Additional Info

Confirmation

Confirmation is two-year program for those who are interested in learning more about the church and their role as a follower of Jesus. Confirmands are mentored by an adult of faith and meet regularly, working with the Ministers through a curriculum that allows them to ask questions and come to their own conclusions about being a Christian. The culmination of the program is Confirmation Sunday in early June.