CUCC Youth Group

2018 BYC camp
The Community UCC Youth Group is comprised of 6th-12th graders. One of the best ways to describe us is to say that we are a close group made up of individuals. Each member is accepted for who they are, and their unique gifts are appreciated and utilized. We are energetic and thoughtful, intellectual and silly, questioning and believing, serious and fun.

All 6th-12th graders are invited to leave worship with the children after the Children's Message for Sunday School every Sunday, except for the first Sunday of each month when we encourage all 6th-12th graders to attend worship, and either sit together or with their families. There are rare exceptions to this pattern, advance notice will be given.

Youth meet to live out our faith by getting together for meals, service projects, retreats, worship planning, lock-ins, games, and fun. We will meet 2nd Sundays from 5-6:30PM and periodically on Sundays from 12-2PM for lunch and activities. The youth participate fully in the life of our church community by hosting the fall poetry slam, the winter variety show, the spring camp-out, and by providing an annual parent's night out, making food for events, and participating fully in all church-wide events. 

Our Youth have been active in the life of our church this year. They have engaged in spiritual growth, social justice, fellowship, service, and more. They...
  • led Children's Sunday School on Labor Day weekend 
  • worked in Vandy Bradow's yard for a half day as a silent auction fundraiser
  • began meeting for a mid-week fellowship night for silliness, service, and spiritual growth 
  • helped with Welcoming Sunday activities
  • went on a spiritual beach retreat focusing on identity and group building
  • provided a Walk for Hope Mission Moment
  • read scripture in worship
  • provided leadership for Intergenerational Forum on October 4 and November 1
  • created and delivered a dramatic reading for worship on World Communion Sunday
  • participated in the Blessing of the Animals
  • joined The Walk for Hope, and raised over $2,500
  • learned from a speaker who share with them about Urban Ministries
  • packed 50 rice bags to help feed those who don't have adequate nutritious food
  • played group building games on our grounds
  • joined the CROP Walk
  • shared a mini spiritual retreat: Celebrating Our Saints.
Although the youth in the group vary in personality and age, and attend many different schools, we find that we learn from each other, support each other, care for each other, and genuinely enjoy each other's company. Join us any time; we welcome new faces.

Youth choose and run their own service projects with adult support.
The group is led by Śānti Matthews, with co-facilitation and support from many CUCC adults. Śānti can be contacted by email:, or phone: 919-961-8814.