Youth

The mission of Youth Ministries is to support the spiritual development of LOPC’s youth, to build community, and provide ongoing support to families.

YOW & BTW FEBRUARY-MARCH SERIES

Five consecutive Sundays from February 21 – March 21!
YOW (for 5th-8th grade youth) will meet at 12:45-2:00 P.M. – Register here.
BTW (for 9th-12th grade youth) will meet at 2:45-4:00 P.M. – Register here.
If registration is full, please register for the waitlist here. 

Youth will gather socially-distanced, masked, and outdoors under our canopies to enjoy fun and interactive games, Biblically-based devotionals, and checking in with small group friends, all while connecting with God and each other.
DUE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING, SPACE IS LIMITED. We ask that participants commit to attend at least 4 of the 5 events. Otherwise, please leave the space for those that can attend. If registration is full or if you are unable to attend at least 4 of 5 sessions, please register for the waitlist and we will let you know if space becomes available (even if you cannot attend 4 events).
Series Devotional & Small Group Topics
Week 1 – Stretch: Stretch Youth Faith by Starting Something New (Lent)
Week 2 – Stretch: Stretch Your Faith by Letting Something Go (Lent)
Week 3 – Among Us IRL
Week 4 – Forever: The Love of Jesus is Bigger Than Our Doubts (Easter)
Week 5 – Forever: The Love of Jesus Gives Us Hope (Easter)
Series Spiritual Practice: Prayer
We’ll spend time enriching our prayer lives by learning about & practicing different types of private prayer that can be repeated on your own at home!
Covid Safety Measures: Youth events will take place entirely outdoors on LOPC’s campus in “pods” of no more than 12 people, adhering to all CDC-recommended Covid safety measures including social distancing. We will follow updated guidance for religious services by Contra Costa Health Services and the CDC. The space will be sanitized with electrostatic equipment between programs. You can read more about our Covid safety measures in this document. For questions, contact Directors of Youth Ministry Allison Kunz at Allison@LOPC.org and Keris Dahlkamp at Keris@LOPC.org

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
We recognize that we are living in unprecedented times, and our team has created and recommended a number of resources to help you during this season. Some of our offerings have included: youth Zoom calls, one on one phone call check ins, cards, socially distanced gatherings.

  • COVID-19: Resources for ParentsThe team has been creating and compiling resources for parents during this uncertain time. Items include videos on topics like “Talking with Children about Death” and recommendations for books to help children articulate their feelings. *last updated 10 April 2020*
  • Community Life Zoom Groups. The Community Life team has created a number of ongoing Zoom groups, including parent support groups, to help gather community in this uncertain time.

We accomplish our mission in part by providing a safe and supportive environment for youth to gather and exchange ideas, explore their faith, and practice what it means to live as a follower of Christ. Each youth program is designed to encourage and challenge youth to grow in relationship with God, as people, in active concern for others. We welcome everyone who comes with a safe place to call home.

Youth ministries assist youth to discover their unique identity, passions, and gifts. We believe youth are each capable of significant contributions to their communities. Youth are encouraged to contribute by participating in service-learning opportunities, student leadership programs, and leading the intergenerational Church community alongside adult leaders in a variety of ways according to their unique gifts.

Our programs also connect youth with adult volunteers and older student advisers who care deeply about them. These advisers seek to know, value, affirm, and love youth with the love of God.

At LOPC, youth matter.

God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. –  Isaiah 40:29-31