The end of summer means the start of the school year and a wide variety of opportunities for youth to stay connected to Christ through their church communities. Clear Lake churches offer a multitude of offerings so while kids are sharpening their skills at school, they are also building their relationship in Christ.
September means Awanas starts back up at Clear Lake Evangelical Free Church. The Wednesday night special runs from 6:30-8 p.m. through April and is a great way to get youth involved in a fun and inviting Christian community. Middle school students are invited to attend the Heirborn Youth program every Wednesday beginning at 6:30 p.m., while high school students can share in fellowship beginning at 7 p.m. at BASE (off-campus location of 417 First Ave. S.). Students interested also have the opportunity to begin planning for the spring break mission trip and a January trip to the IMPACT youth conference.
The school year means St. Patrick’s Catholic Church will play host to SPARK, St. Patrick’s Active Religious Kids. The program runs Wednesday nights. Students interested should contact Ann Kunst at 641-357-4058. A lot of special events are planned for the church’s youth, including the National Catholic Youth Conference trip, generally held in January. High school seniors also have the opportunity to join in on the Teens Encounter Christ three-day retreat. More information is available on these special events throughout the year on www.stpatrick.weconnect.com.
Zion Lutheran Church is inviting youth to come relax and enjoy fellowship at the HUB, with its Wednesday night meetings that run through the school year. From 6-8:30 p.m., Zion strives for a Christ-centered community, celebrating the love of God and being transformed by the Holy Spirit. Interested parties can bring $1 to partake in a teen fellowship dinner and will enjoy both large and small group activities to make friends, have fun and grow in their spiritual relationship. It’s also never too early to begin planning for Zion’s annual spring break and summer mission trips. The youth group has visited New York, Texas, Arizona and even Haiti in recent years and encourages students to dig deep into discipleship on these excursions.