Youth Ministry

The youth program at Portage United Church of Christ is centered around the teachings of Jesus Christ, building our relationship with God, and learning what it means to serve in our church, our community, and around the world. It is a safe place for students to come and be together in community.  Just as we say in our worship service every Sunday: No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!

For the safety of our youth, all volunteers who have contact with them must take and pass a background check.      Background Check Link 

High School (Grades 9-12)

During the school year, we offer youth group weekly on Sunday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 for our high school youth. We begin the evening in the youth room for 30 minutes of praise and prayer time. At 7:00, we typically have a topic to discuss and activities relating to the topic. We talk about a variety of issues including peer pressure, the meaning of prayer, building our faith, alcohol and drug use, other religions, and friendship. We are open to many points of view and strive to allow everyone to feel comfortable within our group. We share in retreats and overnight activities designed to foster friendship and Christian fellowship.

Confirmation (Grade 8)

Confirmation class meets on Sunday evenings during the school year from 6:30 - 8:00.  We begin the evening in the youth room for 30 minutes of praise and prayer time.  At 7:00, we move to a classroom. Together we study the nature of God, Bible Basics, the Sacraments, and the History of the UCC. We also discuss topics including Miracles, Death, Resurrection, Living Our Faith, Prayer and Spirituality.  In addition to weekly classes, confirmands visit four outside worship services and we participate in monthly Service Saturdays as outreach within our community.  We have several overnight retreats during the year and take time to build relationships within our class.

Middle School (Grades 6 & 7)

Sunday school and youth group are offered for our 6th and 7th graders.

Sunday school begins in September and runs through May. We meet during 10:45 worship in the youth room.  We study the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, we discuss what it means to be a Christian, and we learn the basics of navigating the Bible. The class is taught in a discussion setting. Students are encouraged to bring questions and dive deeper into their faith.

Youth group meets on Sundays from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. during the school year. The evening starts with 30 minutes of praise and prayer time in the youth room, after which we move to our own classroom.  We focus on fellowship, faith-building and Christian service. We share our faith, our thoughts and a lot of laughter together. Additionally, we meet several times a year for overnight lock-ins or retreats and share a summer activity.

Youth Mission Trip 2014