Our Mission…

…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.

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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 each Wednesday, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. 

High Tide: High School Youth Group meets weekly on Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. 

Low and High Tide are on break until August 18th, but we look forward to seeing you at one of our many summer events that are listed below.

Homework & Hangs: Every Wednesday from 4-5 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.

*Keeping in line with Christ Church’s new mask policy, those who have been fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks in most venues, including church and youth meetings! Additionally, those who have been fully vaccinated no longer need to keep social distance. Those who have elected NOT to be vaccinated are kindly requested to continue to keep social distance and wear masks inside all of the buildings of Christ Church until CDC declares that we have reached herd immunity. We will not be requiring evidence of vaccination status, and will move forward according to the honor system.

Summer 2021 Gatherings

Breakfast Club

6-12th Grade students are invited to meet at Metro Diner in Ponte Vedra for breakfast and fellowship. We’ll catch up, share a meal together, and hang out! Specific dates and times are listed below. Invite a friend, bring $5 for breakfast (the church will cover the rest), and come hang out!

6-8th grade students will meet from 10:00-11:30am on the following dates: June 14 and 21, July 5 and 29. 

9-12th Grade students will meet from 10:00-11:30am on the following dates: June 15 and 22, July 6 and 20. 

Summer Hangs

The youth house will be open from 2-4pm every Wednesday for unstructured social time, feel free to stop by and hang out! Snacks and drinks will be available as well, let us know if you have any dietary restrictions so we can have something for you!

Youth Lock-In

Save the date! We’ll end the summer and kick off the new school year with a lock in on August 14th and 15th. We will stay in the Formation and Arts building overnight and attend church together in the morning. This event will be open to middle and high school students.

Christian Formation

Youth Formation (Sunday School) meets every Sunday from 10:15-11:00am in the Parish Hall Dining Room. 6-12th Grade students are invited to explore some of the week’s readings with us and see how it relates to us today while enjoying a hot breakfast provided by the church.

Confirmation

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 2020-2021 process is already underway! Visit our Formation page to find more information on The Rite of Confirmation. If you missed it this year, we will start back up again at the beginning of next school year in 2021. 

Outreach

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 7:30. If you are interested in joining us, contact Landon to let him know you’ll be there.

Retreats & Mission Weeks

Hometown Mission Week (6-8th Grade)

Dates: June 27-July 2, 2021

Cost: $175

The Hometown Mission Week is currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please send an e-mail to Brooks Slater, Director of Youth Ministry.

Charlotte Mission Week (9-12th Grade)

Dates: July 11-16, 2021

Cost: $600

The High School Mission Week is currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please send an e-mail to Brooks Slater, Director of Youth Ministry.

 

Check out this blog post from our Director of Youth Ministry, Brooks Slater, on the exciting opportunities for service this summer. Please feel free to contact Brooks Slater with any questions or concerns.

 

Diocesan Events

The Diocese of Florida offers several single day and overnight events. The Youth Ministry promotes and participates in Diocesan events including New Beginnings, Happening, BreakOut, and Summer Camp at Camp Weed. For more information visit www.campweed.org

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The Lighthouse

Christ Church Youth Ministry welcomes all youth to our programs, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  We also host a support group for LGBTQIA+ teens called The Lighthouse.  For more information about The Missing Voices Project and The Lighthouse, click here.

Contact


Brooks Slater
Director of Youth Ministry
904- 878-3940
bslater@christepiscopalchurch.org

 


Landon Leiker
Assistant Director of Youth and Family Ministries
904-834-5562
lleiker@christepiscopalchurch.org

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