The Youth Ministry at LOPC touches on the five facets of faith:
- Worship, the call to honor God;
- Formation, growing deeper in how God created us;
- Witness, showing the love of God to the world through our words and actions;
- Care, looking out for the well-being of ourselves and other; and
- Community, coming together regularly as the people of God.
Our programs in Youth Ministry are designed to incorporate these five marks in creative and intuitive ways, so that youth and families are able to continuously develop as active disciples of Christ. Our offerings include:
Youth in 5th-8th grade take part in fun games, activities, and Bible-based discussions relevant to their lives while connecting with peers. Students learn about how God has connected with people in Scripture and how we continue to see God at work in our lives today. Youth Alive is located in the Upper Youth Room (CLC 201) on Sundays, starting September 17 and running through the school year, at 10:00am concurrent with our worship service.
Youth in 5th-8th grade gather for fun games, worship, a Bible-based devotional lesson, and small group discussions. Together, we discuss topics such as discovering God at work in the world, growing in faith, friendships, dating, school, family, and more. Youth meet with a consistent small group including peers, teen and adult advisors throughout the year in order to build relationships, authenticity, and trust. YOW regularly includes fellowship-oriented event and service-learning opportunities. YOW meets in the Upper Youth Room (CLC 201) on Wednesdays from September 20 through March at 6:00-7:30pm.
BTW (By the Way)
Youth in 9th-12th grade connect with each other through games, worship, Bible-based devotions, and small group discussions. Together, we discuss a wide range of age-appropriate topics including God’s vision for justice in the world, how to grow in your personal faith journey, what it looks like to live as a follower of Christ. Youth meet with a consistent small group including peers and adult advisors throughout the year in order to build relationships, authenticity, & trust. BTW meets in the Upper Youth Room (CLC 201) on Sundays from September 17 through March at 6:00-7:30pm.
The summer service-learning experiences are designed to introduce the youth to various justice issues and encourage them to explore what being a faithful Christian in the world looks like. 5th and 6th grade youth participate in Service Squad which is a service day camp which serves alongside our mission partners right here in Contra Costa County. 7th and 8th graders are invited to serve in our week-long middle school service-learning trip to locations within the region. High school youth participate in their own service-learning trip as well, with an international experience occurring once each four years. To find out more, visit our summer service-learning opportunities page.
Sat, Jan 20; 11am-3pm
Sat, Jan 27; 11am-3pm
Confirmation is a faith milestone where LOPC staff and adult volunteers support current 8th – 12th grade students as they explore their faith, ask questions in a safe environment, and seek to actively explore their own faith journey.
Through this program, youth confirm the promises made by their parents at their baptism; to share their intent to live as faithful followers of Christ. Not sure what that means? Then this program is for you!
Come explore what Christians believe & how Christians relate to others in the world while asking questions in a judgement free zone. At the end of our two half-day retreats, youth will choose whether or not they feel ready to be Confirmed at this time.
Click HERE for more information, and to register!
High school graduation is a time to celebrate and reflect on the beautiful memories that have been shared over the years. The transition can also be a daunting one. The Senior Blessing is a faith milestone program for seniors in high school as they prepare to transition into a new chapter in their lives. With the participation of parents, students are recognized, affirmed, and collectively prayed over during a worship service each May.
Lighthouse is a partnership with Hope Solutions, one of our housing-justice focused mission partners here in Contra Costa County. A team of middle school and high school youth engage with youth and children several days throughout the school year at a local Hope Solutions apartments site in Concord. The program is designed to develop relationships between the two youth groups in a way that builds on itself and is sustained overtime in order to develop authentic relationships and trust. Activities include a fellowship lunch that they share together, art projects and fun games.