Youth Ministry

Youth ministry at Christ Church is grounded in the conviction that faith happens in and through community. The purpose of our youth programs is to nurture a climate where young people are fully integrated into the life of the church. We carry this mission out by recognizing and amplifying the life-giving talents young people have to offer the church: gifts of urgent questioning, devotion to justice, energy, and service that knows no boundaries. This mission is embraced by recognizing (and meeting) our youth where they are on their spiritual journey. 

Middle School and High School Youth Group 

Meets most Sundays 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Youth Room on the second floor. Join us for worship, fellowship, service, reflection, Bible study and fun. Check the monthly Children, Youth, and Family email for more information or email Chris Whitaker.  

Confirmation at Christ Church

8th Grade or older
Sundays 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Confirmation is a one-year program that allows our young people to reflect deeply on faith, its relevance in their lives and to live out God’s love in friendship. At the end of our confirmation classes, youth may choose to make a public declaration of faith in the sacrament of Confirmation at our cathedral. The goal is to teach our youth the way of Christ, not only in the church but also in the world; to help them make connections between these lessons and their own lives; and to prepare them for Christian adulthood. 

Save the Dates: Confirmation
  Saturday, April 21, 2018 10:00 a.m.
  Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940

  Confirmand Recognition Sunday at Christ Church
Sunday, April 22, 2018 10:00 a.m.

Summer 2018 Pilgrimage and Mission Trip

Our Youth Ministry experience is anchored in journeys away from home dedicated to volunteer work, prayer, relationship building and new cultural experience. 

California Youth and Young Adult Pilgrimage

San Diego – Anaheim – Los Angeles – Pasadena – Santa Barbara – San Luis Obispo – Carmel – San Francisco

Journey with the Youth and Youth Adults this summer to explore El Camino Real (the Royal Road) along California’s beautiful coastline. El Camino Real connects the twenty-one California Missions that are recognized for bringing Christianity to the western United States. Along our journey we will explore the historical and cultural implications these missions had on the development of California while experiencing the marvels of California. This trip is open to youth (8th grade and above) and young adults. An information meeting will be scheduled this fall. Contact Chris Whitaker with any questions or to register. Space is limited. 

Appalachia Service Project
June 30 through July 7, 2018

Join us for our second annual ASP mission trip! The Appalachia Service Project is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia. This trip is open to Youth and Adults at Christ Church and from the surrounding community. Our church is partnering with other Episcopal Churches in northern New Jersey to make our impact on the communities in Appalachia. If you are interested in attending or have questions, contact Chris Whitaker.

Upcoming Youth Events:

Outdoor Movie Night – Sunday, September 17, 7:00 p.m.
Rally for Cross Roads Volleyball Marathon – October 7-8, 5:00 p.m.
Trick-or-Treating for Canned Goods – Tuesday, October 31, 5:00 p.m.
St. Nick’s Party at Apostles House – Sunday, December 10, 1:00 p.m.
Nightwatch at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine – January 19-20
Middle School Retreat at Cross Roads Camp – March 9-11
Diocesan Confirmation Retreat – Saturday, March 24, 9:00 a.m.
Youth Sunday/ Award Sunday – Sunday, May 13, 10:00 a.m.
Outdoor Movie Night with Youth and College Students – Sunday, May 20, 7:00 p.m.
California Youth Pilgrimage – June 21-28
Appalachia Service Project – June 30-July 7