Our middle school and high school fellowship programs provide a path for growing friendship, faith and service in a dynamic and fun-filled environment. Whether going to farms or fairs, ministering to those in need nearby or far off or attending church conferences and retreats, our Youth Fellowship programs help our children grow in their relationship with God, the church and each other.
Middle School Fellowship
Learning more about God and thinking about our faith journey is fun. Our middle school youth meet each Sunday from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm for games, field trips, faith discussions, and fellowship. We have braved the corn maze at Buttonwood Farms and the crowds at the Big E. We have learned the history of labyrinths, and walked one at McCook’s Beach. Our youth have collected bundles of blankets, armloads of coats, and baskets of socks for our neighbors in need at the New London Homeless Hospitality Center. We collect food for the hungry in our community with our Annual SOUPer Bowl of Caring Food Drive that benefits the Gemma Moran Food Center in New London.
Traditions of outreach are very important to our Junior Youth Fellowship group and this year marks the 17th year that NCC youth will head to Meredith, NH to work for a weekend on a Heifer International recipient’s farm. We fundraise for this trip with Pancake Suppers, Rockathons, and Lock-Ins, and the very popular Quarter Contests. Games, team building, fellowship, and sharing scripture are all part of our getting ready for this annual mission trip, which we call Wanakee. To see photos from our 2016 trip, click here: Wanakee 2016. Our youth learn that though they may be young, they can still make a difference in a little corner of God’s big world.
High School Fellowship
We strive to offer a variety of opportunities for our young adults to become engaged in their faith. Our youth have prepared and served a meal for guests at the New London Homeless Hospitality Center on the first Sunday of every month for over 10 years.
Mission outreach beyond our region happens every summer. High school youth can participate in YouthWorks week long trips where they serve those in need by putting their faith into action. Past trip locations have been as close as Queens, NY and as distant as New Orleans, LA. Fundraising for these trips and the activities leading up to them give our high schoolers a chance to share faith and fellowship, and form friendships with others in the group.
We have an active Youth Band that plays on average twice each month for the congregation and leads weekly songs for our church school children. The Senior High Youth plan and lead the Youth Sunday Service each year. This opportunity allows each of them to share their gifts and develop leadership skills. Our youth are also invited to serve on committees, participate in the choirs at our church, serve communion to our homebound members, or represent NCC at conferences and workshops including True Colors.
Every week during our 9:30 service we have Church School for children ages Pre-school through 4th grade, Children leave from the Sanctuary to Church School after “Thought for Young Minds.”
We also have a Middle School class for 5th through 8th grade. On the first Sunday of the month the Middle School class remains in the service for communion with their family.
The High school class for 9th through 12th grade meets every other week.
We have childcare for infants and toddlers in our nursery with paid staff who are CPR and safe church trained.
Our friendly volunteer teachers are safe church trained as well.
The curriculum teaches about God and Jesus through games, videos and stories for children to learn in an interactive way.
Our Senior Youth Group lock-in will start with a pot luck supper! Bring your favorite dish to share. Snacks and desserts are also welcome, for later in the night. Wear comfortable clothing, bring air mattresses and sleeping bags, as well as anything else you’ll need for sleep. Wear shoes you can run in. We’ll participate in a drum circle, then will engage in a simulation game of the early Christian church, called Catacombs. All adults should bring a flashlight. Please let Julia know if you are coming or not, so she can plan.