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 during 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 21 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 18 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.
Confirmation is a faith milestone program for students to explore their faith, ask questions in a safe environment alongside peers and adult leaders, and prepare to take ownership over their personal faith journey. Students learn about what Christians believe and how we are called to live in the world as followers of Christ. At the end of the program, each student may choose if they feel ready to Confirm their faith as a group in front of our church community with a profession of faith. This step is entirely optional and up to the student as an individual. Confirmation is an elective program for youth in 8th-12th grades and is offered each January/February.
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.