CYF and Chi Rho – Crossroads Youth
6th-12th grades

 

Sunday school — 10:10 – 11 am
Youth and their families are invited to breakfast every Sunday morning from 9:45 am to 10:10 am. Breakfast is held in the children’s center café room and the menu includes: sausage and egg croissants, pancake and sausage on a stick,  waffles, cold cereal and milk. Youth in grades 6th -12th meet for Bible study and discussion in the Children’s center for Sunday school.  

Sunday Afternoon Youth Fellowship
CYF (9-12) and Chi Rho (6-8) gather on Sunday afternoons during the school year from 4:30 to 6 pm. There’s something for everyone — fun & games, outreach opportunities and fellowship.

 

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Sunday Afternoon Bells
CYF (9-12) and Chi Rho (6-8) have bell rehearsals on Sunday afternoons prior to youth group meetings. Chi Rho and CYF bells practice from 3:45 to 4:30 pm. The youth bells provide music in worship throughout the school year.

 

Ministry leadership
Youth are active in ministry in our church: providing musical leadership, serving in worship, teaching younger children in summer Sunday school, Vacation Bible school, serving as CIT’s (Counselor in Training) at church camps, and weekly in the Kid’s worship program. The youth prepare and lead a Sunday morning worship service every year.

 

Connections to the Larger Church
Youth participate in the life of our denomination, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), through leadership on the regional youth cabinet, regional youth retreats and conferences and Church Camp experiences. FCC youth also participate at the general level of our denomination by attending International CYF conference and in their commitment as a Global mission youth group through the Global ministries of the general church.

 

 

Missions – Global and Local

Our youth are active with mission projects each year. In the local Topeka community they participate in the “Hands and Feet” weekend where they serve at Doorstep, Topeka Rescue Mission, Let’s Help and other local community projects.

As a global mission youth group they focus on a global concern every year.   In past years they have focused on issues facing young people in Africa, specifically northern Uganda and the Congo, where children have been abducted and forced to serve as child soldiers. They have participated in Gulu Walk, a walk to raise awareness and funds to help rebuild northern Uganda and have hosted Invisible Children and their Ugandan advocates at our global mission events along with raising money for nothing but nets, a campaign to end malaria and charity water, an organization that raises money to drill water wells in Africa.  In 2017-18 their global mission focus will be on human trafficking.
 
Summer Mission trip 
In June the youth – ages 8th to 12th grade – take a summer mission trip and focus on being the hands and feet of Jesus in community with our neighbors.  We have traveled to Washington D.C., Chicago, St. Louis and Denver.