Ministries with Young People
Holladay UCC is firmly committed to providing a supportive and inspirational church home for our children, teens and young adults. The congregation has put this commitment into action by calling a new Associate Pastor for Youth and Families, Rev. Chelsea Page. The Church Council representatives for faith formation and education are Ava Foulke and Laurie McBride.
Under the leadership of Pastor Chelsea and the Transitional Faith Formation Team, middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) youth groups meet separately on a monthly basis, usually on a Friday or Saturday evening. Youth group is a time of “friendship with a purpose” – building relationships that deepen our spirituality and inclusive welcome. Additional activities for young families and teens, out in the community and in members’ homes, will be planned as we discern how we would like to share life together.
Youth and children’s activities are announced through the weekly Tidings newsletter and “The Bell,” a monthly Faith Formation e-newsletter which goes to all Tidings recipients. Check The Bell blog page to see the latest Faith Formation calendar of activities.
Confirmation class for 8th and 9th graders (also open to grades 10-12) is led by Pastor Chelsea and church members Jen and Shane Smith. We meet several Sundays a month after worship leading up to Confirmation Sunday in May, when all participants will be celebrated regardless of their decision to be confirmed. This class is an opportunity to discover one’s spirituality and an initiation into serving God’s mission through our church and in the wider world.
This year’s youth programming will culminate in our UCC denomination’s National Youth Event in July, which will have a strong service and mission component. Youth grades 6-12 are also invited to attend fall and spring weekend retreats at the UCC camp La Foret in southern Colorado.
Come see what God is doing in and through our young people in the United Church of Christ!
Contact Pastor Chelsea at firstname.lastname@example.org.