First Congregational’s ministries encourage children and youth to explore their developing faith through learning, worship, service and fellowship—all in a warm and accepting environment. For information about programs, see our pages and comprehensive CYF Calendar.
Middle School Youth Gr 7-8
Welcome to First Congregational UCC Children and Youth Ministry. Our ministry is to provide a meaningful discipleship program from birth through high school and beyond for families. We seek to instill beliefs, offer meaningful forms of service, and create a progressive community for children and youth of all ages. You might best think of our ministry as Grow-Deepen-Name-Live.
Deepen: 7th& 8th Grade:
Our middle school ministry program meets Wednesday evenings. Over the course of two years, we seek to Deepen our youth’s faith by creating a safe place and friendships to wonder and ask basic questions about the Christian faith such as: Can it be proven that God exists? Why should I pray when God doesn’t answer all my prayers?, and What if my friends aren’t Christian? Middle schoolers engage in these questions through fun activities and also are given meaningful opportunities to start serving the church in worship and mission at our local camps.
Registration is open and ongoing throughout the program year. Church membership is not required.
Seventh and eighth-grade youth and their friends are welcome to join us and grow in their relationships with God, our community, our church and each other! We nurture these relationships through four key components: fellowship, devotional time, stewardship and service, and education.
All meetings are on Wednesday from 6:30 PM-7:30 PM in either our new Tent or Fellowship Hall. Please watch the CYF newsletters for any schedule changes or updates.
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Fellowship is a vital part of the middle school ministry, as we foster friendships that build a sense of community and connection to the church. This fellowship also provides the space for engaging in faith conversations.
“This place does a great job of making religion fun, and that helps keep the concepts you learn stuck in your head as you grow up.”
Each week, youth come together in a large group gathering in our theater to share prayers, stories, devotions and songs, play games and participate in other activities.
“My favorite times were splitting into groups and talking within the group about things while doing an activity.“
Stewardship and Service
In helping others, our students learn to be Christ’s hands and feet in today’s world. Service projects include making meals for homeless shelters, visiting the home bound, collecting items for local community organizations and serving others in need. Many middle school youth also give of their time by assisting in Church School.
“I will remember the extra service projects because not only were they fun, they helped me to help others. It felt really good to know I was reaching out to people who needed it.“
The middle school ministry runs on a two-year rotation. Classes are interactive, as youth are taught in large and small group settings. Lessons use various creative formats including storytelling, art, activities, games, videos, guest speakers and more.
“My favorite activity on Wednesday evenings was the large group discussions. I found it amazing how everyone would open up, and no one would be judged. You don’t get that often. I found these moments were the ones when we were closest.“
Middle School Youth Mission Trip
The annual mission trip is a life-changing Wisconsin adventure for youth entering grades 7-9. The three-day, two-night trip gives participants opportunities to live out the love of Christ, grow in faith and community, and serve others. Check out our destination and plans for this year’s Middle School Youth Mission Trip. We hope to have you join us!