Youth Programs

Middle School Youth (6th-8th grade)

Middle Schoolers enjoy activities in the church that are more action- oriented and allow them to ask questions as they wonder about their life together with one another and God. Our programs give space for young people to build friendships, have fun and learn their faith.

  • Sunday School (September 10, 2017- May 27, 2018) at 9 AM: Led by Billy Mark, class always begins with bagels and morphs into fun, faith- lled conversations about life, church and God. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the 9 AM Adult Forum offered by the rector and fellow clergy after they drop off their youth.
  • Youth Group: During the school year, there will be group activities that rotate between spiritual, service and fellowship activities. In the winter, an all youth ski trip to Northern Michigan is a big event for our youth. In the early summer, youth are leaders at our Vacation Bible School and in late summer we take a day trip to Cedar Point.
  • Cranbrook Choristers: Youth are encouraged to join Cranbrook Choristers, which rehearses Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6.30 PM (choose two) and sings regularly throughout the school year with a trip to Boston planned for the end of the year. Youth whose voices have changed are invited to audition for the Christ Church Choir which rehearses on Thursday evenings.
  • Acolytes: Sixth graders and older can serve the church by becoming an Acolyte.  This program trains young people in the beauty and tradition of worship services, with each acolyte playing a vital role in congregational worship.  Acolyte retreats (11:30 AM-1 PM) are on the first Sunday of the month from October to May.  Acolytes are required to be at church a half-hour before service starts to robe and receive instructions.
  • Liturgical Plays: Children and youth present biblical representations during the worship services on Thanksgiving Eve and one Sunday in the spring. This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn the Bible stories and present them to the whole congregation. All are encouraged to participate.
  • Diocesan-wide Events: Each year, Middle Schoolers from Episcopal churches throughout metro Detroit gather together at excellent events sponsored by the Diocese of Michigan. These include weekend retreats and local summer mission trips.

High School Youth (9th-12th grade)

Our high school programming aims to provide sacred space for growing up. High Schoolers are dealing with the stress of school and extracurricular activities, as well as managing life as a teenager transitioning to adulthood. CCC offers a place that allows them to be themselves, be refreshed and experience God’s unconditional love no matter what is happening in their lives.

  • Each college student receives a care package from the church as a reminder of God’s love for them. In late December all college students are welcomed back home with a College Brunch. Opportunities to serve during the summer are offered.
  • High School Hangout on Sundays at 9:00 in the Parlor.   High Schoolers need a place to be present to one another, get to know each other and share what they have learned throughout the week and in worship. Bill Mark will facilitate short discussions on readings, the sermon, highs and lows of the week and where they saw God, and will conclude back in the church for Holy communion.
  • Youth Confirmation: Anyone in high school is eligible for Confirmation.  Youth Confirmation Program begins on October 15, 2017 with sessions about the Book of Common Prayer, service projects and dinners.  rmation is scheduled for May, 2017.
  • Youth Group: Throughout the year there are youth group activities that rotate between spiritual, service and fellowship opportunities. In the winter, a youth ski trip to Northern Michigan is a big event for our youth. In the summer, youth are leaders at our Vacation Bible School.
  • Choir: High Schoolers are invited to join the new Christ Church Teen Choir, which rehearses on Sundays (Oct 8-Nov 12) and (Jan 21 – Mar 4).
  • Acolytes: High Schoolers can serve the church by becoming an Acolyte. This program trains young people in the beauty and tradition of worship services, with each acolyte playing a vital role in congregational worship.  Acolyte retreats (11:30 AM-1 PM) are on the first Sunday of the month from October to May.  Acolytes are required to be at church a half-hour before service starts to robe and receive instructions. Acolytes who have served for at least two years are eligible to become Acolyte Team Leaders, leading/directing other acolytes during the worship service and helping with the retreats.
  • Mission Trips: In the summer we over various week-long mission trips that can go anywhere locally to internationally. Mission trips are immersion experiences to help build a teenager’s faith, and help them serve a population that is underprivileged.
  • In 2018, we will offer a Pilgrimage to Taize’, France.  There will be monthly team meetings to prepare for this journey.

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