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Church of the Eternal Hills has a very active and growing youth ministry focused on service, learning, fun, and developing friendships with each other and with God. We believe in keeping our kids safe, so every adult who works with children has been background checked every 3 years.

Birth – 3 years

Worship: Pastor Paula loves having babies and children in worship!

Nursery: A nursery is available during the 8 and 10 am worship services if the parents prefer.

Baptisms: At CEH, we celebrate the baptism of infants, children, or adults with great joy! Please speak with Pastor Paula if you would like to have your infant or child baptized, and she will set up a time for you to meet with our elders for approval and to set a date.

Pre-K

A Time for Young Disciples: Preschool students will enjoy coming forward to talk with Pastor Paula during our 10 am worship service on Sundays for a quick and meaningful lesson.

The Children’s Gathering: For parents who would like their child to have an activity during worship, children in pre-K – grade 2 may go downstairs following “A Time for Young Disciples” where children can do a craft project, learn a bible story, and enjoy play time.

Nursery: A nursery is available during the 8 and 10 am worship services if the parents prefer.

Mystery Friends/Caring Friends: This ministry seeks to forge intergenerational relationships by pairing one adult and one child for a month-long time period. During this month, adults write clues and share gifts with their “Mystery Friend.” After the 10 AM service, the child can pick up their clue and do some guessing! At the end of the month, we enjoy a big “Reveal Party” where the child learns the true identity of their “Mystery Friend.” At that point, the friendship turns into a “Caring Friend,” which means that the adult will continue to pray for their friend, guide them, encourage them to attend activities at church, and basically just stay in touch. We’ve seen some wonderful friendships maintained now for 2 years! Mystery Friends/Caring Friends Ministry typically happens in February.

Primary Grades (Kindergarten through Grade 5)

Service Station: Primary students are invited to participate in our weekly “Service Station,” where they will participate in a service project that will benefit others. Our new Service Station is every Sunday morning at 9 in the Fellowship Hall.

Mystery Friends/Caring Friends: This ministry seeks to forge intergenerational relationships by pairing one adult and one child for a month-long time period. During this month, adults write clues and share gifts with their “Mystery Friend.” After the 10 AM service, the child can pick up their clue and do some guessing! At the end of the month, we enjoy a big “Reveal Party” where the child learns the true identity of their “Mystery Friend.” At that point, the friendship turns into a “Caring Friend,” which means that the adult will continue to pray for their friend, guide them, encourage them to attend activities at church, and basically just stay in touch. We’ve seen some wonderful friendships maintained now for two years! Mystery Friends/Caring Friends Ministry typically happens in February.

Play Time Drama Club: On Thursdays from 5:30 – 6:15, children in Kindergarten through age 10 can participate in Play Time with Pastor Paula, where they will learn performance skills through creative play. Pastor Paula has a degree in Theatre Education and has many years of experience teaching drama and performance too.

Weekend Bible School: We have a summer Weekend Bible School that primary students LOVE to participate in! Dates will be announced by spring time, so keep your eyes and ears open for the dates and set them aside so your children can come and learn.

Acolyte Ministry: Primary students can also serve as Acolytes during each worship service. Training is offered every year, and we have a great Acolyte coordinator who keeps in touch with our students and encourages them in their service throughout the year.

Middle School Students (Grades 6, 7, 8)

youTHursday: youTHursday meets every Thursday at 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

We start with a delicious, home-cooked dinner provided by church members. During dinner, youth share their “Lows and Highs” from the previous week. It’s a great time to learn about what is going on in each other’s lives, and support each other in our lows (the worst part of our week) and our highs (the best part of our week).

After dinner we have a meditative chapel time, filled with music, a short bible lesson and reflection, and prayer time.

Chapel is followed by our actual “Youth Group” time. We have a Middle School Group, led by Maggie Rainwater and an adult volunteer, and the High School Group, led by Pastor Paula and an adult volunteer. The focus for our youth group time is on life-application of our faith.

Joyful Noise Choir: Students age 11 and above are welcome to participate in this learning-based choir, where they will learn the basics of singing, reading music, harmonizing, and blending. Patti Applebee, the choir director at CEH, leads this group.

Service Station: Middle School students will enjoy participating and even helping to lead the Service Station at 9 on Sunday mornings.

Confirmation Class: Students in Grade 8 and above can participate in Confirmation. This is a year-long commitment that involves regular attendance of worship, full participation in youTHursdays, and a class that meets during the school year. The students also get to choose a mentor to accompany them through the journey, and plan a project that they will complete over the year. Our Confirmation “Commissioning Service” is a huge event in the Fall, when we celebrate the commitment that our youth have made.

Youth Leadership Team: Students can apply to be part of the leadership team for youTHursdays. Our Leadership team gets to help plan games, activities, special events, and help our adult leaders choose topics to study. They also help with the set-up and clean-up for youTHursday and other events.

Fun Trips – Youth who have committed to youTHursday, Confirmation, or who regularly attend worship on Sundays are invited to join us for our occasional fun trip. Colorado Rockies Faith Day, hikes around RMNP, and a weekend trip to Glenwood Springs are recent examples of our fun trips. We also occasionally attend school sporting events and concerts to support one another.

Service Projects – Our youth are great helpers around the church. Whether it be through re-stocking the food pantry with the donations from church members, or laying down mulch on our “Prayer Path,” the youth learn that they can be the hands and feet of Christ, and follow Jesus’ mandate to “Serve one another in love.” We keep in contact with our college aged students through sending them “Cram Boxes” packed with goodies to help them get through finals weeks in the fall and the spring.

High School Students (Grades 9 – 12)

youTHursday: youTHursday meets every Thursday at 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

We start with a delicious, home-cooked dinner provided by church members. During dinner, youth share their “Lows and Highs” from the previous week. It’s a great time to learn about what is going on in each other’s lives, and support each other in our lows (the worst part of our week) and our highs (the best part of our week).

After dinner we have a meditative chapel time, filled with music, a short bible lesson and reflection, and prayer time.

Chapel is followed by our actual “Youth Group” time. We have a Middle School Group, led by Maggie Rainwater and an adult volunteer, and the High School Group, led by Pastor Paula and an adult volunteer. The focus for our youth group time is on life-application of our faith.

Youth Leadership Team: Students can apply to be part of the leadership team for youTHursdays. Our Leadership team gets to help plan games, activities, special events, and help our adult leaders choose topics to study. They also help with the set-up and clean-up for youTHursday and other events.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study: High School students are welcome to join Pastor Paula for a Bible Study and devotional time over breakfast at 7 AM on Tuesdays. Transportation to school is provided by Pastor Paula for non-driving students.

Grand Mission Experience – For the past two summers, our high school students have participated in service projects across Grand County. During this week long experience, the youth learn about poverty in our rural resort area and the non-profit and government agencies that are set up to assist. Along with games and good food, the youth gain an appreciation for these non-profit organizations as well as learn how they can assist those in need across our county.

Service Projects – our youth are great helpers around the church. Whether it be through re-stocking the food pantry with the donations from church members, or laying down mulch on our “Prayer Path,” the youth learn that they can be the hands and feet of Christ, and follow Jesus’ mandate to “Serve one another in love.” We keep in contact with our college aged students through sending them “Cram Boxes” packed with goodies to help them get through finals weeks in the fall and the spring.

Service Station: High School students will enjoy participating and even helping to lead the Service Station at 9 on Sunday mornings.

Praise Band: High School students with musical gifts are invited to help plan and play for the youth chapel band and can also play with our Sunday morning praise band.

Liturgists: Students who enjoy public speaking can help lead worship through reading the liturgy or scriptures.

Chancel Choir: Students aged 16 years and up are invited to sing in the chancel choir, which practices every Sunday morning at 9:15. Our chancel choir sings at the 10 AM service.

Baccalaureate: Every year CEH helps to coordinate a service of worship and blessing for the graduating seniors of Middle Park High School and home-schooled students from across the county.

College Students and Young Adults

Cram Packages: Our deacons stay in touch with our college students by sending them prayers and goodies in a Cram Package for Fall and Spring finals. If you have a student in college, make sure the church office has their contact information so they can be in on the fun!

YA YA’s: “Young Adults” meet over school breaks and holidays to reunite with each other and stay in touch with the church. Dates for upcoming events will be posted on Facebook.