The CPC Teen Program is open to any high school student who would like to participate in our Sunday morning breakfast discussions, social activities, or service opportunities. The Sunday morning breakfast discussions happen once per month during the church service and are a fun time of discussion. Some of our past discussion topics include: homelessness and social justice, managing stress, forgiveness, tolerance, goal setting, gratitude, and spiritual practices. Our social activities generally occur after our Sunday morning breakfast discussions and have involved mini-golf, rock climbing, a trampoline park, a ropes course, and cooking competitions. To date our service opportunities include wrapping Christmas gifts to benefit Shaw Ministry, bake sales to benefit local charities, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, preparing food at DC Central Kitchen, and making sandwiches for Martha’s Table.
CPC offers a Confirmation Class to 7th and 8th grade teens. This program of faith formation helps young teens grow in faith through hands-on mission, learning projects, mentoring, and fellowship with one another. New participants and friends are ALWAYS welcome. The youth meet three Sunday mornings and one Sunday evening a month as well as participating as Junior Deacons in one Sunday morning worship service a month. The year culminates with a youth-led service designed by the class in which each participant shares his or her personal statement of faith.
Our High School youth are invited to participate in all aspects of church life, with the goal of helping them further investigate their beliefs, make connections with the larger world through their faith and establish an enduring connection with the CPC community. Within the church, they are welcome to lead parts of the worship service, join the choir and otherwise share musical talents with the community, and serve on our lay committees.
To appeal more fully to their interests, CPC also offers high-schoolers a number of social and community service opportunities in which they can engage. These include:
- Habitat for Humanity Work Trip: A week-long service trip to a Habitat for Humanity building site in West Virginia. On this annual trip, CPC teens join teens from other UCC churches in early July for what becomes a week of fun and friendship in addition to work. In the summer of 2012, nearly 50 students and more than 10 adults went on the trip.
- Habitat Trip Reunion: Teens from the summer work trip gather at one of their churches each fall to reconnect with one another for an evening of fellowship and fun.
- Haunted House: CPC teens plan and prepare a haunted house for the Community Fall Festival, attended by numerous children and youth from the neighborhood.
- Potomac Association Youth Gathering: Each winter UCC teens from around the DC area gather for an evening of pizza, fellowship, community service and mission trip recruitment. In February 2012, over 70 high school youth participated in this event.
- Pizza and Game Nights: Several times during the year, CPC teens gather for an evening of fun and socializing with their peers.