6th-12th grade students gather on Sunday evenings for informal worship and fellowship. Students meet from 6-8 p.m. in Immanuel’s Ministry House. Students play games, study the Bible, pray with each other, and form Christ-centered relationships with their peers.
At Immanuel, we believe building a strong spiritual foundation is essential for our students. Our middle school and high school students participate in separate classes for a time devoted to building foundational faith elements. We equip our students with biblical knowledge, as well as studying the Christian response to real worldview issues.
ANNA AND SCOTT SCHEIDT, YOUTH PASTORS
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Immanuel’s youth program may be made up of teens, but we focus on creating an intergenerational connection within our congregation. Immanuel teens participate in various service projects throughout the year, which provide our students with the opportunity to serve those in need in our congregation, especially the elderly. Some of these projects include cleaning, moving help, yard work, serving at nursing homes, etc. Our students are learning that the church body cares for one another, both prayerfully and tangibly.
Each summer, 9th-12th grade students are encouraged to participate in our annual mission trip, a week-long service project. Our students have served across the country and internationally, through a wide variety of projects. This trip is designed for our students to experience service and missions in an exciting and powerful way. We pair with existing mission organizations, which provides our group with a knowledgeable team that knows the area and people we are serving. We have rebuilt trailer homes in Alabama, planted a community garden in Charlotte, provided disaster relief in Joplin, Missouri, and run kids summer camps right here in Chicago. Through these trips our ultimate goal is to share the love of Christ.
Creating intergenerational relationships is beneficial for our students. When our students enter 6th grade, we ask if they would like to be paired with an adult mentor from the congregation. Our mentoring pairs are encouraged to spend time doing things they mutually enjoy—reading a book together, going to a movie, going bowling, crafting, going out for coffee, whatever sounds fun! Having an adult mentor allows teens to connect with a Christian adult other than their own parents. We hope these relationships will blossom into spiritual impact for our students, demonstrating how Immanuel truly cares for our covenant children.