Youth is fleeting. What happens to church youth when they become adults? We want to retain our youth in our churches. It starts now, and with what we believe. Youth is a time to be a hero, not an excuse to goof off. Youth is a time to serve, not permission to be selfish. Youth Connect is our way of saying that youth in the church must remain connected to the rest of the church body: other youth, parents, siblings, adults, elderly, young children, disabled, missionaries, and believers living far away. Instead of expecting a separate ministry for themselves, youth are expected to blend in and become the glue – the people who connect the rest of the body of Christ.
Our activities surround three areas of Christian life, that we call Triple S:
Service: to help other people with our youthful energy and strength.
Study: to study God’s Word and what it says for our Christianity even before we become adults.
Social Activities: to spend time with other youth having fun together – on roller coaster rides, or playing youth games, or enjoying snacks.
For example….in February, we held Youth Connect Winter Olympics!
Olympic rings of snacks – fruit and rice krispies with M&Ms, and an Olympic torch with cone and cheetos!
Gold medal was Hershey’s gold. A Joyful Olympic Judge! Curling with a tupperware “stone”!
Silver was peppermint patty
Bronze was a Reese’s.
Bobsled in a laundry basket!
Bob- pull? Is that allowed? Bobsled pushme-pullme?
Slalom — around the colored cones, holding two spoons, each balancing a ping pong ball!
Snow board – get it, complete the course holding a BOARD and two “SNOWballs” (rolls)
Ice skating – of course!
Olympic podium. Hum your national anthem for us. Bite that prize, it is edible!
For another example….in February, we went to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.
We stacked hundreds of napkins, served hundreds of meals!
And cheerfully gave out a lot of yummy desserts!
For another example….in January, we went to Snow Camp, a youth Bible conference.
For another example….in December, we put together candy gift bags for Children at the Christmas concert.
Grades 6-12 meet the second and fourth Sunday evenings of the month after the evening worship service at 7:15pm. See upcoming events.
Nature Camp (sort of like Vacation Bible School) 2018
The camp is held the third week of July. For 2018, the dates are July 16-20. Camp is from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Every summer, for one week, Falls Church is transformed into Nature Camp. This is a great way for kids to learn about God and His creation through stories, nature lessons, crafts, hands-on activities, games, and songs. In past years, we’ve learned about rocks & minerals, insects, wonderful water and birds. The theme for 2017 was Terrific Trees! We end the week on Friday with lunch and a program by the children.