Tuesday, January 5, 2016

UCC/DOC Youth are Radically Connected!

The following is a guest-blog from Robbie Carlson, Director of Children & Youth Ministries at First Congregational UCC, Loveland.

Last September, First Christian Church of Loveland (a Disciples of Christ church just a few blocks up the road from First Congregational UCC in Loveland) was in the process of discerning the next chapter of youth ministry in their congregation. After some intentional conversation and the movement of the Holy Spirit, the youth groups of First Christian DOC and First Congregational UCC combined to form a joint Youth Fellowship!

This merger of youth groups then sparked the conversation of what other opportunities could be offered for the wider UCC/DOC community along the front range. Out of this conversation came the idea to host large-group events for UCC and Disciples youth at various locations throughout the year (particularly on 5th Sundays).   

In November and December of 2015, middle- and high-school youth from DoC and UCC churches all over the front range gathered for combined, large-group activities to build friendships and awareness of our wider church communities. Our first event was held at the Loveland Laser Tag Fun Center, where nearly 40 youth gathered from First Congregational UCC in Loveland, First Christian DoC in Loveland, First Congregational UCC in Longmont, Faith UCC in Windsor, and First Congregational UCC in Boulder.  

Our second event was a youth hangout night and dinner at the famed Casa Bonita restaurant in Lakewood, bringing together youth from Loveland, Boulder, Lakewood, and Ft. Collins.  

We are thrilled at the response from these gatherings, and look forward to future events where we can also incorporate elements of team building, service, and mission.   

If you are interested in joining and/or being a part of the conversation, please let Robbie and Eli know!

Eli McCutchen—Director of Youth Ministries, First Congregational UCC, Boulder 

Robbie Carlson—Director of Children & Youth Ministries, First Congregational UCC, Loveland

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