Our Youth Group, for grades 6 through 12, meets most Sundays from 5:30 - 7:00 in the double classroom.
We have dinner together and share in activities to learn more about and support one another, our congregation, and our community. We explore topics such as social and racial justice, access for all, and environmental stewardship. We develop relationships, have fun, and learn about our walk with Christ through this fruitful ministry!
Welcome to Friends Youth!
"YOUTH ARE NOT THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH. WE ARE THE CHURCH TODAY."
- Youth Group Shirt,United Christian Church in Austin
Youth Mission Trips
The summer mission trip is a week-long experience of working with local organizations in various communities throughout the United States. The mission trip energizes the Youth and the adults alike to be about Jesus's proclamation of bringing the Good News to the poor.
Recent mission trips:
2016 - Youth mission trip to Waco, TX
2017 - Youth mission trip to Washington D.C. with Reach Beyond Mission
2018 - Reach Beyond Mission trip to Austin, TX working with local organizations such as Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Sustainability Food Center, and the Capitol Area Food Bank, Community First!
2019 - Trip to Birmingham, AL working with Urban Ministry, a local mission of the United Methodist Church to assist residents in breaking out of cyclical poverty through home repair and painting, a community garden, and a community cafe.
Confirmation for Youth
Grades 6 - 12
The next confirmation program is scheduled for Spring of 2021.
This biannual five month program offers a structured pathway towards Confirmation at Friends Congregational Church. From mid-January to June, the senior pastor and congregational co-leaders participate in weekly meetings, field trips to local communities of faith, youth group activities, and retreats.
Each confirmand is asked to invite an adult member of the congregation to act as their mentor during this time. Each week the confirmand meets with their mentor and reviews their weekly assignments on a variety of topics such as Good, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, prayer, the sacraments, the Church, etc. The leadership team puts together the assignments, field trips, activities and retreats, and the classes. The confirmands are also asked to serve in leadership roles in Sunday services (lay leader, bread runner for communion, greeter, children's message) during this process. This five-month commitment is rigorous, rich, and rewarding for all.
Youth Representatives in Church Governance
Our youth are invited to serve on the Programs Ministry Team and on the Board of Trustees. These are one-year positions with a commitment to provide the youth perspective and a voice for the youth of the Congregation in all aspects of our church life.