Youth

Community Easter Eggstravaganza

Join us Saturday April 11th for our Community Easter Eggstravaganza!

The Egg Hunt will begin at Noon! No registration required!

We will have and Easter Egg Hunt for the kids, Food, and an Easter Basket Raffle.

For More information contact: Pastor Jeff Wilder

Youth Explosion Lock-In

Dec. 31st. Overnight New year’s eve party for youth and Scouts are 11 to 21 At First Christian Church. Cost $6 bring a 2 liter and a snack to share
Pick up will be from 8 to 10 a.m. the next morning!

If you would like to have your children in a safe environment and ring in the new year with wonderful people and a new renewed spirit of community. This is the youth event for your youth! This is an ongoing 7 year New year’s tradition we are extending to the youth of out town. Plenty of games, activities and ringing in the new year with goals and priorities.

We have certified youth leaders on hand to facilitate activities and have your youth in a safe environment.

For more information contact Youth Pastor Jeff Wilder at 513-594-5421.
Thank you.

Announcing A Youth Explosion

Our culture is changing rapidly, and it’s easy for the church to fall behind. We cling to what is familiar. We enjoy the memories of blessings God has bestowed on us in our past. The future sometimes looks scary. Especially, since the church, as a whole, seems to be on a downward spiral. It seems we are doing circles in the desert, lost in the wilderness like Moses on the way to the Promised Land! We long for the days and things of old. We long for the former things. Why? Because it is safe. We know what to expect in the former. But God’s word says, Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. God is doing a new thing at First Christian Church! His new thing is a Youth Explosion! The word explosion triggers images of chaos, and destruction in the form of noise, debris, and in this case crumbs, glue, glitter, masking tape, drawings on everything not nailed down and every conceivable stain or spill you can possibly imagine. But let me offer 5 positive points that also come with this youth explosion. #1 Intrinsic Value: Children and youth are valuable as they are made in the image of God and are a visible sign of the extended mercy of God. #2 Gift of Passion: The raw, idealistic passion of adolescents is a gift to the body of Christ. It pushes adults beyond comfort and cynicism. #3 Agents of Ministry: Youth are not merely objects of ministry. They are rightful agents of ministry today, as part of the larger, intergenerational family of God. #4 Relational Impetus: Teenagers remind the broader church that relationships, rather than structures, are the conduit for gospel movement. #5 Learning Laboratory: Ministry to youth keeps the church aware of the changes in culture and the local context. Ministry among youth can give the church a “first look” at coming changes. Youth ministry provides us an opportunity to experiment with how to bring the unchanging Word to an ever-changing culture, giving us a snapshot of racial, social-economic, familial, and value diversity in our community. Ministry to, and among youth in our community helps the church connect to and stay abreast of the changing context of our community. Yes, the explosion of noise and controlled chaos is worth the uncomforting the church feels with a youth explosion. To expand further the youth explosion teaches us to remember how we first loved Christ; with a sense of wonder, excitement, and an unconditional expectation of possibility! Children believe that nothing is impossible! They expect wonder and miracles. Each time they come into the church they are expecting to learn something new, experience something miraculous, and feel something empowering. Jesus knew this, that’s why he wrote: Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. In our haste to maintain “control” and “order” let us not forget none are in control but Jesus. And If he commands us to forbid not the children to come to him, who are we to change the rules of his house? Growth is hard, it is painful. But in the end, it is necessary to move closer to God. We are in the new beginnings of a youth explosion! God has seen your faithfulness and has chosen our church to facilitate Growth! Do we continue to be faithful and embrace the changes and growing pains? Or do we stifle it because we are so accustomed to the way “We” do things that we chase our blessing out of the church? Do we long for the former ways and consider the things of old? Or do we cling to and believe God’s word and expect a new thing!

FCC welcome new Youth Pastor!

Jeff Wilder, Student Associate Pastor

Committees and Ministries: Sunday School, Youth Group, Scouting

Jeff Wilder

Born and raised in Middletown, Jeff Wilder has a true heart for the young people of this city. He has just recently began his formal education at Phillips Theological Seminary, but has had the unique opportunity to study under some of the areas great ministers and theologians. Jeff is an active volunteer with The Boy Scouts of America for 13 years. He has been recognized as Scoutmaster of the Year, Cub Master of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year, as well as being a Vigil Honoree in the Order of the Arrow (BSA Honor Society). In 2018, Jeff was recognized by Kingswell Ministries as Man of the Year for his work with the youth in Middletown and Mason of the year for Jefferson lodge Middletown Free and accepted masons. He has previously served as an outreach minister, an elder, and a youth program coordinator.  Jeff’s family has absorbed his love for serving , his wife, Kelly, works as a home health care giver for adults with disabilities and youngest son, Kobi, is an eagle scout whos eagle project was a anti bulling campaign. they currently live in Middletown. He is also the proud father of seven of who, son Glenn South is a missionary to turkey, Daughter Courtney is a preschool teacher, daughter Carly is a student of Cincinnati state for hospitality and business management and he is an even prouder grandfather of four. His favorite verse is “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).
In ministry, as in life Jeff has lived and ministered from the precept that God Gives Us “it is ok to give the wrong person a break but not Break the wrong person.”

Contact Jeff:

Cell: 513 594-5421

Email: mastermasonjeff@gamil.com

Trunk or Treat, Oct. 19th

Join us for the 2019 Trunk or Treat, this will be an indoor/outdoor event. We will have trunks to visit in the parking lot as well as tables to visit in the fellowship hall. There will be food, and games for children. This event is free to the community.

Community Easter Egg Hunt

April 13th, 1:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a Community Easter Egg Hunt, we will have egg hunts by age, as well as childrens activities, music, and refreshments.

Middletown Youth Connection Christmas Gathering

Sunday December 9th, We had youth and chaperones attend the Middletown Youth Conneciton. Those in attendance assembled 50 stockings to be handed out to those attending Christmas Eve Service at The Gathering.

Middletown Youth Connection is supported by: The Gathering, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), First Presbyterian Church, and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

Pastor’s Class

Pastor Tracy will be starting a Pastor’s
class after the first of the year for the
youth. This is for youth who have been
baptized but have not done Pastor’s
class and for youth who are considering
baptism. They will be meeting every
other Sunday beginning 1/14/18:
1/14/18, 1/28/18, 2/11/18, 2/25/18,
3/11/18 and 3/25/18. They will meet at
9:30 am during the Sunday school hour
before church. Elder Martin Schaefer
will co-teach the class with Pastor
Tracy. If you have not already talked to
her about your youth participating in
the class, please do so ASAP. As Easter
approaches, she will have more details
about baptisms for those who choose
to be baptized after the class.

Please pray over the coming months
for the following who will be
participating in Pastor’s class: Cameron
Fowler, Aiden McMonigle, Owen Lyons,
Nick Otis, Angel Dearth, Travis
Hendricks and Riley McMonigle. These
youth, Martin and Pastor Tracy need
your prayers through these classes. It
is an important time for the youth to
learn and prepare for a new chapter in
their faith story.

Camp Season 2017 has Arrived!

Camp Christian sign

There is a camp for all ages.

Check it out!

All forms and more information are available at the Christian Church in Ohio website.

Grandparent and Me Camp!

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June 2 & 3, 2017

An interactive Camp for Children who are in Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade
AND their *Grandparent

*Child may be accompanied by another related adult (not Mom or Dad) if Grandparent is unavailable 

Co-Directors – Rev. Margot Connor – ogram842@yahoo.com
& Rev. Mary Jo Bray revmjbray@gmail.com

Grandparents Camp began at Camp Christian in 2006.  It is designed to a child’s first experience of being at camp.  It is for children who have completed first and second grade and a grandparent. (or special adult in their life) We include within our time together many traditional camp activities like folk dancing, campfire, and singing camp songs.  Our theme each time is “Stories of Jesus” and we always include crafts, games, drama and rest time (for grandparents!).  It is a fun time for everyone and a wonderful opportunity for grandparents to share their faith.

Grandparents Camp begins Friday evening at 7 PM and ends Saturday at 6 PM.

Camp Christian Cabin

Ribbit Camp!!

promises a full week’s worth of camp adventure for 2nd – 4th graders in a half-week schedule! First time campers who may not be quite ready for a full week away, or campers looking for a shorter camp experience, can join us. The focus of Ribbit Camp is on how God’s love is experienced and shared. Through crafts, games, and storytelling, these youth will discover our God who is with us during the whole year.

July 5th – 8th, 2017 at Camp Christian
Drop Off at 10am, Wednesday, July 5th – Pick Up at 10:30am, Saturday, July 8th
For Children in 2nd grade and also includes 3rd and 4th graders whose parents want a shorter camp experiance for their children.

Otter Camp!!

OTTER CAMP

is held for an entire week and is for 5th graders and those in 3rd and 4th grades ready for a full-week of camp. The theme for Otter Camp is “Kids Can Too! – We Can Do It!”  They will be exploring kids of the bible who do amazing things for God.

June 18th – 24th, 2017 at Camp Christian

For Children in 5th grade and those in 3rd & 4th grades who are ready for a full-week of camp.

CHI RHO CAMP SUMMER 2017

For Youth in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.  Held at Camp Christian.

There are 3 options of dates for families to choose from for the Chi Rho Camps.  It does not matter where you live or what Church you attend.  You may register for whichever one fits best into your summer schedule. The week options for Chi Rho Camp are:

June 12th – 18th July 17th – 23rd July 31st – Aug 6th
CHI RHO CAMPS

     Chi Rho Camp can be the best week of your life. You’ll do more in one week than you ever thought possible.  Experience serious times of worship, Bible Study, prayer, and discussion in our Quest Groups. Enjoy fun times of swimming in our two pools, fishing, games, singing, talent shows, and campfires. Make new friends which may last a lifetime. Grow in your Christian Faith.

Each day Chi Rho Campers gather in Quest Groups during the morning hours (groups of 8-12 campers learning by studying the scripture, crafts and games); in Morning Prayers by Cabin Groups each morning; and in Evening Prayers each evening as a whole camp. The week culminates in an inspirational Consecration Service on Friday evening.

Each week the camps are blessed with outstanding Christian pastors and lay persons as Assistant Directors, Counselors (cabin, table, Quest Group) who engage with the campers in study, prayer, recreation, etc., befriending young people in a way that has an impact on their lives for good. The program is blessed by the time, talent, treasure, and love extended so generously by these devoted volunteers.

CYF CONFERENCE

For Youth in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade.  Held at Camp Christian.

There are 3 options of dates for families to choose from for the CYF Conferences.  It does not matter where you live or what Church you attend.  You may register for whichever one fits best into your summer schedule. The week options for CYF Conference are:

June 11th – 17th June 25th – July 1st July 16th – 22nd

(All CYF Conferences will be assigned names by their Conference this summer.

CYF (Christian Youth Fellowship) Conference supports those who have finished grades 9-12.  This camp seeks to give youth what they need spiritually in later life.  Each day begins with an opportunity for individual devotion and reflection we call “Morning Watch” CYF Conference offers two different Bible Studies each day.  This year we will study The Holy Spirit and material we call “Power and Prejudice.”  This time of young adult life can be confusing and this material gives youth the markers they need to see who it is God is calling them to be.  The afternoon are devoted the different “Committees” that work during the week to make it special.  Some committees are Choir, Outreach (DIG), Worship (Vespers) or Consecration, as well as Talent Show, Banquet, etc.  Each evening there is a worship service (Vespers) after supper that is created and led by the High Schoolers themselves.  The end of the week is capped by a Consecration Service.  This service too is created by and led by High School Youth.  However, it does include an opportunity for the youth to make a confession of faith.  Local Congregations are notified when this happens to they can follow up with baptism or confirmation.  These DO NOT happen during camp as we believe this is most appropriate within the community where their faith is being lived out day to day.   Here too, all campers are invited to participate in the Lord’s Supper.  In addition, there is a special time at the end of Consecration on Saturday morning, where youth who feel God is calling them into full time Christian Ministry to step forward and be prayed for by the whole community.  We realize many of these youth are still working to discover just where God is calling them, but want to begin helping them think about the call to ministry.

Advance Ministries Summer  Conference

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July 30th – August 6th at Camp Christian
For all adults ages 19 to 29 (at least 1 year out of high school.)

Registration begins at 3:00pm on July 30th

Camp Closes after Morning Worship on Aug 6th

Advance Ministry is the “what’s next” after high school graduation. But we are not just a summer camp! We also have two retreats, as well as mission trips, a concert and other activities throughout the year. The retreats and weeklong camp (Conference) are held at Camp Christian in Magnetic Springs, Ohio. Each event features keynote speakers, music, Bible studies, group activities, dancing, 3 square meals a day (including chipped beef), and the awesomely friendly and lovable conferees that love going there year after year. For more information about these events, activities, or general questions, please feel free to contact us through the contact page above. Thanks for visiting and God Bless.The Advance Ministry is the young adult ministry for the Christian Church in Ohio, Disciples of Christ. It is a place that  provides young adults, persons ages 19 – 29 & out of High School, a place where they can enjoy a community of Christian friends and share their love, life, and fellowship, and develop a stronger faith in Jesus Christ. Those that are members of a Disciples of Christ congregation in Ohio are probably familiar with the Chi Rho and CYF summer camps.

Camp Season Has Arrived!!!

Camp Christian sign

Applications are available in the Narthex.

There is a camp for all ages.

Check it out!

All forms and more information are available at the Christian Church in Ohio website.

Grandparent and Me Camp!

June 10 & 11, 2016

An interactive Camp for Children who are in Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade
AND their *Grandparent

*Child may be accompanied by another related adult (not Mom or Dad) if Grandparent is unavailable 

Co-Directors – Rev. Margot Connor – ogram842@yahoo.com
& Rev. Mary Jo Bray revmjbray@gmail.com

Grandparents Camp began at Camp Christian in 2006.  It is designed to a child’s first experience of being at camp.  It is for children who have completed first and second grade and a grandparent. (or special adult in their life) We include within our time together many traditional camp activities like folk dancing, campfire, and singing camp songs.  Our theme each time is “Stories of Jesus” and we always include crafts, games, drama and rest time (for grandparents!).  It is a fun time for everyone and a wonderful opportunity for grandparents to share their faith.

Grandparents Camp begins Friday evening at 7 PM and ends Saturday at 6 PM.

Camp Christian Cabin

Ribbit Camp!!

July 6th – 9th at Camp Christian
For Children in 2nd grade and also includes 3rd and 4th graders whose parents want a shorter camp experiance for their children.

RIBBIT CAMP promises a full week’s worth of camp adventure for 2nd – 4th graders in a half-week schedule! First time campers who may not be quite ready for a full week away, or campers looking for a shorter camp experience, can join us as we explore the holiest (and most exciting!) of our church holidays. Together, we’ll celebrate Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost in true camp style! We’ll dive into why, as faith-filled people, these celebrations mean so much more than our popular culture suggests.

Otter Camp!!

June 26th – July 2nd at Camp Christian

For Children in 5th grade and those in 3rd & 4th grades who are ready for a full-week of camp.

OTTER CAMP is held for an entire week and is for 5th graders and those in 3rd and 4th grades ready for a full-week of camp.

Parents/guardians/churches who have 3rd  and 4th  graders have the opportunity to choose the length of camp they consider more appropriate for their campers.

Camp Christian Vesper area

CHI RHO CAMP SUMMER 2016

For Youth in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.  Held at Camp Christian.

There are 3 options of dates for families to choose from for the Chi Rho Camps.  It does not matter where you live or what Church you attend.  You may register for whichever one fits best into your summer schedule. The week options for Chi Rho Camp are:

June 12th – 18th July 17th – 23rd July 31st – Aug 6th

 

CHI RHO CAMPS

     Chi Rho Camp can be the best week of your life. You’ll do more in one week than you ever thought possible.  Experience serious times of worship, Bible Study, prayer, and discussion in our Quest Groups. Enjoy fun times of swimming in our two pools, fishing, games, singing, talent shows, and campfires. Make new friends which may last a lifetime. Grow in your Christian Faith.

Each day Chi Rho Campers gather in Quest Groups during the morning hours (groups of 8-12 campers learning by studying the scripture, crafts and games); in Morning Prayers by Cabin Groups each morning; and in Evening Prayers each evening as a whole camp. The week culminates in an inspirational Consecration Service on Friday evening.

Each week the camps are blessed with outstanding Christian pastors and lay persons as Assistant Directors, Counselors (cabin, table, Quest Group) who engage with the campers in study, prayer, recreation, etc., befriending young people in a way that has an impact on their lives for good. The program is blessed by the time, talent, treasure, and love extended so generously by these devoted volunteers.

CYF CONFERENCE

For Youth in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade.  Held at Camp Christian.

There are 3 options of dates for families to choose from for the CYF Conferences.  It does not matter where you live or what Church you attend.  You may register for whichever one fits best into your summer schedule. The week options for CYF Conference are:

June 19th – 25th July 10th – 16th July 24th – 30th

 

Advance Ministries Summer  Conference

August 7th – 14th, 2016 at Camp Christian

For all adults ages 19 to 29
(at least 1 year out of high school.)

Registration begins at 3:00pm on Aug 7th

Camp Closes after Morning Worship on Aug 9th

 

Advance Ministry is the “what’s next” after high school graduation. But we are not just a summer camp! We also have two retreats, as well as mission trips, a concert and other activities throughout the year. The retreats and weeklong camp (Conference) are held at Camp Christian in Magnetic Springs, Ohio. Each event features keynote speakers, music, Bible studies, group activities, dancing, 3 square meals a day (including chipped beef), and the awesomely friendly and lovable conferees that love going there year after year. For more information about these events, activities, or general questions, please feel free to contact us through the contact page above. Thanks for visiting and God Bless.The Advance Ministry is the young adult ministry for the Christian Church in Ohio, Disciples of Christ. It is a place that  provides young adults, persons ages 19 – 29 & out of High School, a place where they can enjoy a community of Christian friends and share their love, life, and fellowship, and develop a stronger faith in Jesus Christ. Those that are members of a Disciples of Christ congregation in Ohio are probably familiar with the Chi Rho and CYF summer camps.

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)