First Church is home to an active and exciting youth ministry program for grades 6-12.
In an atmosphere of trust, acceptance, and fun, First Church?s youth ministry provides opportunities for friendship, service, self-expression, and growth in a progressive Christian community. In addition to regular programs, there are special retreats and service opportunities during the year that help to develop a strong community and healthy friendships.
All youth programs are facilitated by a team of caring, dedicated adult youth leaders, led by Lorenzo Llanillo, Youth Program Coordinator and Rachel Bauman, Minister of Community Life.
YES: Middle School Youth Group
YES (Youth Every Sunday) is a middle school youth program open to any youth entering 6-8 grade seeking a caring community where they can play, explore themselves and the world, and grow in Spirit. Led by a group of trained volunteer adults and supervised by Rachel Bauman, Minister of Community Life, YES meets on Sundays from 4:30-6 pm in the YES room at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, United Church of Christ, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA.
Winthrop: High School Youth Group
For high school kids in 9-12 grade, Winthrop is a weekly program designed to encourage self-discovery, healthy relationships and spirituality. Winthrop meets Sunday nights from 4:30?6 pm in the church?s youth room for conversation, games and reflection. Activities also include service projects and involvement in the life of the church. The Winthrop year culminates in a week-long work camp (see below).
?Songs of the Soul? Youth Choir
First Church has a youth choir?Songs of the Soul?which is open to any interested high school youth. Linda Crebbin-Coates is the director and you can contact her for more information at church or by emailing the church office.
A week-long experience of travel and service for high schoolers. Youth travel together to another part of the state or country to learn about different social and economic issues through service projects and experience. Past work camps included rebuilding a school for a migrant farming community and teaching young children in an inner city preschool.
Read about the 2013 Work Camp trip to the Yakama Indian Reservation.
The First Church Confirmation process, open to middle school and high school age youth, includes significant theological discussions, attending other churches, and meeting with mentors. Each youth gets to make the final decision, after going through this process, of whether to be confirmed and join the church, which occurs during a Sunday morning service which the youth also help lead.
Please email Rachel Bauman if you have any questions about this program or call her at 510/848-3696 ext. 23.
Children?s Protection Policy
In order to create safe environments for children and youth at First Church, the Church Council has passed a comprehensive Children?s Protection Policy which you can download. If you have questions about the policy please contact Rachel Bauman, Minister of Community Life.