Children and youth are an essential part of the life of the church. Our goal is to nurture our children and youth into mature, faithful followers of Christ. As adults, we strive to live out the vows we make each time a new baby is joyfully baptized.
Youth ages 6th through 8th grade participate in our Middle School Youth Group led by Alice Fortunato and assisted by parents.
Youth ages 9th through 12th grade participate in our Senior High School Youth Group led by Meredith Walker Hampton, and parents.
Youth connect each week:
- on Sundays for Sunday School and Worship.
- on Wednesdays at Park Lake on Wednesday, P.L.O.W., from 6:00 – 7:30pm in Struble Hall of the Education Building.
- See the Church Calendar for other events.
Please complete the Children and Youth Consent Form for event participation. This form will cover everything for one year from signature date. Please update with a new form for any changes that occur during the year. The Form will need to be notarized.
Poster for Road Trip to Montreat
Youth Mission Work:
Each summer, the Middle and Senior High School Youth Groups participate in separate summer trips. The Senior High Youth attend the Youth Conference at the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, NC. The Middle School Youth attend Challenge to Change at Cedarkirk Camp & Conference Center in Lithia, FL.
Three main fundraisers for their trips are:
- Hosting an Easter Morning Breakfast after the Easter Sunrise Service.
- Hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on a Wednesday after school begins where the youth reflect on their summer trips.
- Hosting a Thanksgiving Lunch after worship on a Sunday in November.
The Youth also participate in various mission activities throughout the year including gleaning with Society of St. Andrew, collecting canned goods and monetary donations which go to support local food banks during the Souper Bowl of Caring which occurs every Super Bowl Sunday, and each month, the children and youth prepare Blessing Bags for the congregation to hand out to those in need.
Vacation Bible School (VBS):
Mark your calendar for next year’s VBS, July 2022, for children ages 4 through 5th grade. Please see Events on the Home Page for registration information in the spring of 2022. Hope you can come!
Family Events – Picnics, Easter Egg Hunt, Harvest Party:
Park Lake is a family and strives to provide inter-generational gatherings throughout the year outside of worship.
Church wide picnics and family movie night are held periodically during the year.
A toddler friendly Easter Egg Hunt is held on Easter Saturday for our church family, friends and the community.
A Harvest Party is held before Halloween where children can come in costume, have lunch, play games, make crafts and trick-or-treat.