…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.
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.
These programs are on break until August 24th. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Youth Formation (Sunday School) is currently on break until September 11th. Until then, all youth are invited to join Youth Staff in the dining room for breakfast and hangs each week in August from 10:15-11:00am!
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!
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.
Youth Ministry Kick-off
August 17th. 6-8pm at the Youth House.
6-12th Grade students and their parents are invited to a join us for a night of fun and fellowship to kick off the school year. We look forward to hosting you at the Youth House! Please RSVP to Brooks or Dana beforehand so we can have enough food available.
October 16th-17th, 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.
September 9-11, 2022
10-12th Grade students are invited to sign up for Happening #145, a renewal retreat for high school students, run by high school students out at Camp Weed! Participants will meet new friends from around the diocese, sing songs, hear talks, and have spiritual discussion as we grow in our relationship with God. The cost is $140 per person.
If you have already attended Happening and want to stay involved, you should sign up for Comitas! This is a retreat that runs concurrently with Happening at Camp Weed, and is a great way to reconnect with friends, spend time worshipping and praying, and more! Comitas will be held on September 10-11, and the cost is $35. Only students who have attended Happening previously should sign up for this event. Registration for both of these events is available at the link below. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Brooks!
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.
Director of Youth Ministries
Dana Van Ostrand
Assistant Director of Youth and Family Ministries
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