First Community’s Youth Ministry: Crossroads, our youth program for grades 6-12, takes place Sunday evenings, 7-8:30 pm at North Campus.
What is Crossroads?
- Intentional time together. Meeting in the evening for over an hour fulfills an essential need in youth ministry: unhurried time together. Crossroads will provide, more than anything, an intentional space for youth to feel connected to peers, leaders and God.
- Gathering as one community. Crossroads allows grades 6-12, college leaders and adults to meet all at the same time. This creates a more complete community of faith where we can serve one another as mentors and ease transitions between 8th and 9th grade, and from 12th grade to college. Although the North Campus is the meeting space, we are hoping that all families can come together, no matter which campus they regularly attend in the morning.
The format of Crossroads
Crossroads will look and feel like a mini youth-centered worship. The kids will serve as greeters, provide the music, give an offering, and read the weekly Bible verse. Then, we will hear a short “talk” or homily, delivered from a variety of speakers: church staff, college and adult leaders, members of the community, and even kids themselves. Since Crossroads does not overlap with any worship services, clergy are available and participate as well. Following the message, students will split up by grade for check-in time and discussion. This small-group time is what makes Crossroads so impactful, creating an “oasis” in the midst of our busy weeks.
Crossroads brings myriad possibilities for expansion, including large-group meals, college ministry, and break-out groups for parents. More ideas have included a talent show, video announcements, even a theme song! We are excited to see how Crossroads will grow in the future. What ideas do you have?
- What happens to Sunday mornings? We will still provide education for grades 6-8 on Sunday mornings by having a middle school room during the 10 am service at North Campus. Middle schoolers will have options on Sundays: morning worship with family, Sunday school, or Crossroads. More than anything, we hope our programming continues to meet middle schoolers wherever they are on their journeys.
Are you interested in participating in our Sunday morning education? Please contact us if you are interested.
- Why is Crossroads so late in the evening? Some parents have expressed concern that 8:30 pm feels too late to be out on a school night; others feel this time is just right, as it preserves space for dinner beforehand.
- How will the message of Crossroads change? Each week, kids in grades 6-12 will make connections between our Biblical narrative and everyday life, explore the theology of First Community Church, learn the importance of service and discipleship, ask deeper questions about faith and God, and understand different perspectives, personalities and faith traditions with love and acceptance. In other words, the message of Crossroads will stay just the same.
We welcome any thoughts or ideas on Crossroads, and hope you will add to the conversation by contacting one of your youth team members. Most of all, we encourage your participation.
For more information, please contact Gabrielle Whitcomb, Youth Ministry Coordinator, or call 614.488.0681 ext. 103
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