A sense of wonder and curiosity about the mystery of God and the meaning of human life imbues every part of our life together. Middle and High School Youth are encouraged to ask bold questions, to develop a beloved community of belonging, to explore concerns for social justice, and to be of service in the wider community.
We do different things each Sunday of the month.
- The 1st Sunday is Communion. Youth remain in the sanctuary through the 10:30 a.m. worship service and often sit together as a group in the balcony. There are opportunities for youth to serve as worship leaders, reading Scripture and serving Communion to the congregation.
- On the 2nd and 3rd Sundays, youth gather to ask questions about life, God, and the world, dig into Scripture, and travel on the journey of faith with other youth.
- The 4th Sunday of the month is SERVE Sunday. Our elementary children and youth begin in worship and leave part way through the service to choose among four or five Service Projects.
- The rare 5th Sunday is a time to join Julia Wirth, our Director of Children’s Music, to make music together.
Middle and High School Youth meet twice a month following worship for fun and community building. One Sunday a month we share a meal and play games at the church. The other Sunday we travel for a shared activity somewhere in the wider community.
Our 8th graders gather for a special eight month quest or faith journey to explore what it means to be a Christian and a member of a church community. Questformation begins and ends with an overnight retreat, meets twice a month on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays at 10 a.m., and is led by our Director of Youth Ministry.
Every year our high school youth engage in a weeklong service project. Preparing for work camp is a major focus of the youth program and the trip is a highlight of the church year. In 2019, 22 high school youth and 6 adults traveled to Puerto Rico to help a small community rebuild after Hurricane Maria. The prior year, youth spent a week at the Heifer Project Farm in Arkansas, working with animals and learning about how this organization supports poor families around the world to earn a living. In 2020-21 we will be studying immigration and migration as we prepare for a Summer Work Camp at the US-Mexico Border.
Special Services and Programs
Middle School Youth serve as narrators for the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Pageant. High School Youth and returning College Students read and provide music for the 10 p.m. Christmas Eve Service.
Youth from houses of worship all over Boulder – Christian, Jewish, and Muslim – gather on the Martin Luther King holiday weekend for an overnight retreat, followed by a day of service. It’s an opportunity for youth to build friendships across faith expressions and to work together for the good of the wider community.
Under the director of Julia Wirth, our Director of Children’s Music, the Faith Singers are a choir of our Middle and High School Youth. They gather on Sundays at 11:45 a.m. in the Choir Room and offer an anthem in 10:30 a.m. Worship on the 1st Sunday of most months.