CYF State Youth Convention

March 13 – 15, our CYF youth will be traveling to Camp Christian for the CYF State Youth Convention. Youth from all over Ohio will be gathering for a weekend of faith building, worship, and fellowship. Theme for the weekend is Ministry… Me? Cost for the weekend is $65. Applications can be found at Mark Roe will be going as a counselor. See him if you have any questions.

Youth Sunday

Youth Sunday will be April 26. The children and youth of our congregation will lead us in worship on this special day. Please make sure your children/grandchildren (ages 5 years old through 12th grade) are at church in the coming weeks as we begin to plan and learn music and parts. We will have a special Lock-in April 10-11 to learn about what it means to worship and to work through all the pieces of Youth Sunday. Of course, there will be fun and games during the Lock-in as well. Our final rehearsal for Youth Sunday will be on Saturday April 25, 10AM-12N.  Please mark these dates on your calendar.

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Christmas Discipleship Day

Discipleship Day Dec 6 2014On Saturday, December 6, 11:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. our Christian Education Team is hosting a very special Christmas Discipleship Day.  This day is for all children and youth.  It will begin following the Children’s program rehearsal.  There will be lunch and lots of fun activities and games.  Please note this gives elves (parents/grandparents) the majority of the day to take care of whatever elf duties (shopping) you have.  Questions?  Contact Mary Helen Shetter or Lora Schueller.

Have a Very Hippie Christmas

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On Sunday, December 7 during our regular worship at 10:00 a.m.  our children and youth will be bringing us a very special Christmas message – Have a Very Hippie Christmas.  Their unique retelling of the Christmas story will take us into a world of tie-dye, cool cats, and royal dudes.  Invite your family, friends, and all who need to experience Christ’s hope, peace, love and joy this Christmas.

Rehearsals  All children and youth who want to participate in the Christmas program on December 7 need to attend rehearsals:

Sunday, Nov. 23       11:15AM – 12N        Music

Sunday, Nov. 30       11:15AM – 12N        Music

12N – 2PM                 Full program rehearsal lunch included

Saturday, Dec. 6       9AM – 11AM             Full program rehearsal

Sunday, Dec. 7          9AM                              Run thru prior to worship

Questions? Please contact Laureen Roe, Mary Helen Shetter or Lora Schueller.

Children’s Christmas Program

childrens_christmas_program_3Our children’s Christmas Program this year will be Sunday, December 7 during our morning worship service.  The children will begin learning the songs during Youth Choir (11:15-12 each Sunday).  Also, rehearsals on November 30, 12-2:00 p.m. and December 6, 9:00-11:00a.m.  Please make sure your children/grandchildren are in attendance if they are going to participate.  If you have questions, please contact Mary Helen Shetter or Lora Schueller.


Be Safe Be Aware2Do you ever worry about the safety of the children in your life?  How to protect our children and youth in our crazy world of predators, drugs, and violence is of great concern.  To help our young people navigate through our world safely, we are hosting BE SAFE – BE AWARE.  This event scheduled for Sunday, November 23, 12noon -2:00p.m. will help our youth and adults look at the safety issues facing young people today.  Mike Simpson (Preble County Sherriff), Matt Lyons (Law Enforcement Specialist), and Martin Schaefer (Computer/Internet Specialist) will lead this informative afternoon.  Everyone is welcome.  Lunch will be provided.  Please invite your friends and neighbors.


On Sunday, October 26 our Chi Rho middle school youth delivered 20 new winter coats to Hope House’s Women’s and Children’s Center.  They helped children find the right size.  The children’s faces were filled with delight as they were zipped into their new coats.  One young girl, stretched her arms as wide as she could and squealed, “It’s purple!”  The money used to buy the coats came from previous mission fundraisers the Chi Rho youth had earned.

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Youth Choir

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Summer Camp

Summer Camp at Camp Christian in Magnetic Springs, Ohio is not far away. There are camps for youth kindergarten through 29 years old. Dates and more information on camps can be found at Registration Forms are available in the church office or at Once you have completed the registration form, return it to the church office along with half of the registration fee (church pays ½ fee and camper pays ½ fee). Checks should be made payable to First Christian Church. If you have any questions, please contact Laureen. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE IN THE OFFICE BY EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 20.
Chi Rho Camp: June 8 – 14, 2014
CYF Conference: June 15 – 21, 2014
Otter Camp: June 22 – 28, 2014
Ribbit Camp: June 29 – July 2, 2014
CYF Conference: July 6 – 12, 2014
Chi Rho Camp: July 13 – 19, 2014
CYF Conference: July 20 – 26, 2014
Chi Rho Camp: July 27 – August 2, 2014
Advance Conference: August 3 – 10, 2014
Ribbit Camp: completed 2nd – 4th grades*
Otter Camp: completed 3rd – 5th grades*
Chi Rho Camp: completed 6th – 8th grades
CYF Conference: completed 9th-12th grades
Advance Confer.: post high school – 29 yrs old
* Note: 3rd and 4th graders have a choice between Ribbit and Otter Camp, but cannot attend both camps. Ribbit camp is ½ week long.

Youth Sunday Rehearsals

Youth Sunday will be Mothers’ Day, May 11. Children and youth of all ages will be leading worship on this special day. JYF, Chi Rho and CYF youth need to attend rehearsals on April 27 (12-2p.m.), May 4 (12-2p.m.) and May 10 (9-11a.m.). It is imperative youth attend these in order to participate.

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