The Immanuel Church Youth Group welcomes all youth in grades 6-12. Our mission is to bring our youth together, to provide a loving, encouraging environment where youth are affirmed, and to support them as they grow in their faith. We do this through regular meetings, retreats and team building activities, educational opportunities, local/global community service and partnering with our neighboring Hartford UCC teen ministries. Please refer to our calendar of events and join us!

If you have questions, please call Tracy Gormley at 860-527-8121 or Stan Maticka at 860-310-2490

MEETINGS

Kick off Party! Sunday, September 18th, 5:30-7:30pm.
Bring a friend or two and join us for some fun activities, music and food.

Informational and registration session: Sunday October 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm at Immanuel.
Parents/guardians are required to attend.

Youth Group Meetings: Select Sundays (mostly the first and third Sundays; please consult our church calendar for specifics) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Join us for games, fun food and discussion.

Special Teambuilding sessions: November 5th-6th, December 11th, January 29th, March 5th, and May 7th.
These sessions are intentionally designed to promote and develop unity, cooperation, and teamwork for the group, requiring problem solving, communication, cooperation, trust and teamwork for their completion. We will explore the importance of trust and communication all while having a great time! Through large and small group games, cooperative activities, problem-solving challenges and trust building activities, our group will have the opportunity to come to know themselves and their peers in a new way to ready themselves for local and global mission work.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Feet on the Street: Saturday, October 22nd, 9:45am-12: 00 pm
On this walking tour on the streets of Hartford, teens will learn about the challenges faced by people experiencing homelessness. We will tour the shelter and walk the streets of Hartford escorted by a former homeless person.

Racial Justice Workshop
This interactive workshop designed for youth provides training to unmask or dismantle racism, and conversations to provide an opportunity for productive dialogue and spiritual discernment. Personal racism, interpersonal racism, institutional racism and cultural racism will be discussed.

Interval House, Guest Speaker
Interval House’s community educator will provide an hour long education and discussion session regarding teen dating violence and healthy relationships presentation for our youth on a Friday evening.

Local Community Service
We will team with our community partners in Hartford to organize and participate in programs such as Hands On Hartford’s Senior Community Café, Center Church’s Community DinnerChurch by the Pond, and Knox’s Green Team.

Global Mission Work
Out of town mission trips provide a time of transformative experiences in the faith development of people of all ages. Mission work takes you out of your comfort zone and allows time for reflection, introspection and seeing the world through the eyes of Christ. This year, we will offer a weekend trip to Boston for our middle school youth and an international, intergenerational opportunity for our high school youth and adults of Immanuel in Nicaragua!