PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH (Grades 8-12)
Location: Fireside Room in the Centre for Peace
Leader: Katie Collins-Allenbach
1st & 3rd Fridays
Games, Snacks, Pop Culture & Teen Spirituality
All youth are invited to chill after a long week and enjoy low-key games and activities to build community, eat snacks, discuss youth culture alongside the teachings of Jesus and spiritual practises.
Justice and Service
Once a month the youth visit a part of their own city to learn about the social and political needs of others and where possible provide acts of service as a way of giving back toward the well-being of all.
The purpose of our sessions, the fourth Friday of every month, is to build an understanding of a self care practice through mind body connection. We will be exploring movement, breath, listening and talking together, taste sensations in the kitchen, being in nature together and other creative activities to facilitate this connection.
Throughout the year CMUC youth are invited to participate in denominational led retreats that take place variously at Cultus Lake, Naramata Retreat Centre and Camp Fircom on Gambier Island. These 2-3 day retreats provide a great opportunity for youth to meet peers from other youth groups across the province and deepen their own experience of God and exploration of their gifts and unique value in the larger church community. Leaders from CMUC attend with our teens to provide away-from home support and follow-up. Retreat opportunities are posted throughout the year and bursaries available at registration.
Beginning in January 2020 there will be a confirmation process for teens who want to publicly affirm their commitment to a life of faith.
This will involve a weekend retreat at CMUC and Sunday afternoon gatherings over pizza.