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Youth

Special Programs for our Younger Family Members

At Friedens youth play a vital role in all aspects of our church. They provide inspiration and energy to everything we do. We strive to provide every opportunity for them to explore and grow in a safe environment.

Sunday School

Weekly classes for ages 3 years through sixth grade are held September through May, at 10:00 am. Children join in the opening of worship and then leave for dedicated classes designed for their age group. Volunteers lead lessons on the same scripture focus as adult worship, so the entire family has the opportunity to discuss insights and learnings together. The lesson plans include various methods of learning such as telling stories, dramatic interpretations, hands on games and craft activities.

Middle School & Teens

  • Confirmation - Seventh and Eighth graders begin a two year program of in-depth study that focuses on developing their own faith statement. It includes a review of Bible stories from their Sunday School studies along with the opportunity to explore what they believe and how it has an impact on their daily life. At the end of the program they have an opportunity confirm their beliefs and become adult members of the Friedens Peace family.

  • Youth Retreats - There are many opportunities for teens to interact with their peers from around the area through the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ. Several weekend retreats are held annually at Camp MoVal in Union, Missouri. Youth have the opportunity to learn and explore with their peers in a beautiful outdoor setting. A week long camp is also available for those looking for an extended summer experience.

  • Famine for World Vision - Friedens teens go hungry so other children won't have to. Middle School & High School youth participate in a 24-hour fast and lock-in to raise awareness, and funds, to fight hunger around the world. This event is generally held in February. Participating youth complete a set of challenges designed to give them a better understanding of what it is like to be hungry. They participate in a simulation based on the life of a child living in a country where hunger is prevalent. Video introductions set up challenges that simulate real life obstacles of finding shelter, water and food. They will also explore the difficulty of staying healthy, obtaining an education and moving beyond poverty. All funds raised are distributed through World Vision to promote long term aid programs in countries where hunger is a daily occurrence

Vacation Bible School

This week long program is held each year in early July.. Children age three years through sixth grade participate in a variety of activities focused on an annual theme. The Bible stories and the program theme are emphasized through videos, crafts, music, outdoor games and even snacks. Throughout each student explores ways to implement what they've learned in their everyday life. Sessions are held each morning for a week with a final presentation for the families on Friday.

Save the Date -- VBS 2016 July 11th - 15th