YOUTH program

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Lower Manhattan Community Church Youth is comprised of both Middle School and High School Ministries. Its programs celebrate diversity, friendship, service and fun, growing “Generation Z” into young men and women of robust faith, character and conviction. 

We are cultivating a reimagined youth community that students attend by choice, rather than out of familial or religious obligation. We desire that from an early age, kids would begin to see church as “home,” a place where they deeply belong and are ferociously loved.

LMCC Youth wants to create a space where every kid can feel safe and secure in who they are. Our heart is to walk alongside our students in authentic relationship, helping them to grow spiritually in the context of community as they navigate their own unique journey of faith.  

 

 

Middle School

In addition to our Sunday morning program, we also offer exciting events outside of church each month for our Middle Schoolers. We have movie nights, pizza parties, and adventures like arcade pinball and rock climbing. 

Our leadership is passionate about engaging in personal relationship with each of our students, not limiting church to solely a Sunday event. LMCC Youth Ministers can be regularly spotted attending neighborhood sports games, birthday parties, school plays, etc.

 

High School

Do you have High School students in your family?  If so, we want to know them! LMCC Youth Ministry has a community of High Schoolers who believe life is best done together.

Our high school youth group is fun, welcoming and understands the full schedules of NYC students. We are passionate about helping our teens discover meaningful faith friendships that serve as sources of hope, joy and belonging throughout their high school years. These friendships are formed over shared meals, service opportunities and casual monthly outings, such as group movie nights, and pizza parties. So come join us, we promise you'll be pleasantly surprised that church can be so much fun!

 

 

Community Groups

We currently have three community groups for teenagers. Our hope is that these groups will connect caring adults with passionate teenagers so that both might grow in faith, self-awareness, and community engagement.

Each youth community group consists of some time to hang out and talk about what is going on in each of the lives present, a look into Scripture, and a discussion about what God’s Word teaches about who He is and how we should respond to such a truth. These groups provide a safe place to process the unique toils of adolescent life with both peers and mentors.

Middle School Girls meet on Saturday from 2-4 p.m.

High School Boys meet on Friday from 5-6 p.m.

High School Girls meet on Sundays for brunch from 11:45-1:00.

 

Ministry Teams

Our five youth ministry teams are comprised of teenagers from grades six to twelve who want to have a more active role in the youth ministry. These teens volunteer to share their voice, ideas, gifts, and concerns to shape and mold the way LMCC Youth operates. Facilitated with adult leaders, these groups will help decide what we discuss in youth group, what service projects and fun outings we do, what music and games we use, and how to design inviting spaces, as well as innovating new ways to be the gospel to one another and to the world at large.

Ministry Team meetings usually happen on Sunday morning before church. The five ministry teams are Design, Music, Games, Excursions, and Deeper Things.

 

LEADERSHIP

Joey Willis

Youth Minister

Joey has been in youth ministry for fifteen years. He has also served as a missionary. Joey and his wife Kylie also work as Leadership Coaches for current young adult missionaries around the world. Joey loves to write and lives in Brooklyn, where he does the dishes every night and drinks too much chocolate milk.