ERMUC Youth are active in a wide variety of ministries and activities as valued members of our community. Our Sunday morning program includes both time at worship with the entire congregation, and time together as a youth group community. Youth are also involved in a variety of other things, including social events, leadership in worship and church events, outreach projects, global education experiences, UCC events for youth and Youth Leadership Training (a summer employment and learning-leadership program for high school youth). Our youth ministry and its various activities are open to all youth, grades 7 to 12. We welcome friends of our youth and we even welcome back our graduates when they are home for a weekend break or holidays.
Youth Leadership in Worship and the Church Community
One of the most exciting things about youth ministry at ERMUC is how talented our youth are – and in many different ways! An important value of our youth ministry is to encourage the various gifts and talents of our youth. Some are gifted musicians, and share their talents during ministry of music moments, as well as in our annual youth-led service
(May 24, 2015).
Drama and dramatic proclamation of the Word has a long tradition at ERMUC. Our youth community includes talented writers and artists.
Our youth are also active in a variety of other ways. Last year, our youth served communion, read scripture and took part in our Remembrance Service, taught Sunday School and volunteered in the nursery, planted bulbs for the church’s gardens, dished out “Stone Soup” (a fundraiser for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank) and served dessert at the annual Classics Birthday party.
Sunday Morning and Youth Faith Formation
This year, youth faith formation will focus on “Seasons of the Spirit”, an ecumenical and UCC endorsed curriculum. Occasionally, we will break away from the curriculum in order to do something special, such as “Prayer Stations for Heading Back to School” or to assist the whole Sunday School in an outreach project.
Annual Confirmation Program
Many choose to participate in confirmation during their years in the youth program. We also welcome youth from other United Churches in Four Winds Presbytery who do not have a confirmation program in their church.
For more information about our Youth Ministry, contact Shannon Smith Congregational Designated Lay Youth Minister.