Who Can Join?
The St. Matthew UCC youth group, crazies, is made up of both middle school and high school students. If you are in 5th grade, you can start attending in the summer.
When Do We Meet?
Our youth group meets on Sundays from 6-8pm with an hour for homework and free time beforehand from 5-6pm. If you need homework help or would like to volunteer as a tutor, we encourage you to come to the homework hour.
What Do We Do?
We believe youth ministry is of three equal parts: education, service, and fun. Our education focuses on biblical knowledge, theological thought, moral development, and spiritual discipline. Service is local and global. We serve our community through volunteering at PADS and SCARCE, cleaning up the Prairie Path, making Valentines for children patients at CDH, collecting canned food for the Souper Bowl of Caring, and wrapping birthday presents for underprivileged children through the Humanitarian Service Project. In addition, we fund-raise through different sales and hosting events such as the annual pancake breakfast and the Father’s Day car wash. We also go on an annual Boundary Waters or mission trip. We serve globally by sponsoring a child through Compassion International, volunteering with Feed My Starving Children, and participating in Operation Christmas Child. Fun activities throughout the year include, Sleep Out Saturday, Family Game Night, a bags tournament, a Christmas party, Enchanted Castle, Laser Quest, touch football, bike riding, archery, canoeing, Six Flags, a winter retreat, going to the pool, camping at Blackwell, bowling, a lock-in, and going to the movies. Weekly crazies meetings often include lessons, discussions, making videos, games, dodgeball and gaga ball, crafts, worship led by the student band, videos, and food.
How Do You Stay Informed?
Information on upcoming lessons and events are emailed out to the students and parents weekly and can also be viewed on the crazies facebook page:
learn, serve, and have fun