Christ Church Children & Youth Ministry follows Jesus’ call to...

   Gather as a community of acceptance and support.

   Transform ourselves by exploring our faith.

   Engage in loving and serving others with compassion.


Leadership

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Michaela Eskew

Children's and Youth Minister

A Californian native, Michaela was born and raised in the East Bay. She comes to Christ Episcopal Church with experience in many parishes from New Jersey to Menlo Park, CA. She is also getting her Ph.D. in Art and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union. She and her husband, Will, have a baby boy, Lincoln who is commonly seen toddling around the church.

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Babs Kenney

Chair of the Children's and Youth Ministry Committee and Youth PM Leader

Babs was a special education teacher and is now working with children and horses. She has been at Christ Church for six years and has a gift and passion for working with teenagers.

Where & When

September 2018 - May 2019

 

Middle School Youth AM

2nd-4th Sundays, 10:15 a.m.

Room 204, Education Building

 

High School Youth AM

2nd-4th Sundays, 10:15 a.m.

Room 201, Education Building

 

Youth PM

1st Sundays, 6-8pm

Offsite, see Calendar for locations

3rd Sundays, 6-7:30pm

Parish Hall, Dinner is offered!

 

Confirm Not Conform

Scheduled Sundays, 11:45-1:15pm

Room 210, Education Building

Regular Formation Offerings


Special Youth Events & Registration

We must have a current form on file for your student to participate in any youth activities.


For a very special Youth PM outing we are going out to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2. Meet us at the theater at 2pm. We will see the movie together then grab some dinner on nearby Park Street. If cost is prohibitive scholarship money is available. 

Where I 2317 Central Avenue, Alameda

Cost I $20 (cost of ticket and dinner)

Youth PM Goes to the Alameda Theater

Sunday, Nov. 18th, 2pm - 6:30

RSVP by Nov. 15th


Bundle up and meet us on the rink. We'll skate and race and slip and fall. Bring your holiday cheer! If cost is prohibitive scholarship money is available. 

Where I Oakland Ice Center, 519 18th Street, Oakland

Cost I $20 (cost of admission, skates, & snacks)

Youth PM Goes Ice Skating

Sunday, Dec. 2nd, 6-8pm

RSVP by Nov. 29th


The Youth Group is going to Sub-Par Mini Golf on Park Street this month. Bring money for the mini-golf and dinner after at Lola’s Chicken Shack.  If cost is prohibitive scholarship money is available. 

Where I 1511 Park Street, Alameda

Cost I $25 (cost of admission and dinner)

Youth PM Goes Mini-Golfing

Sunday, Jan. 6th, 6-8pm

RSVP by Jan. 3rd


#MLKGrace is an overnight sleepover and service event at Grace Cathedral.  Join youth from around the Diocese and Northern California for fellowship, fun, discussion, and action. There will be facilitated community building, active and contemplative activities, art, music, and prayer. We will march together Monday in the San Francisco MLK day Parade.  If cost is prohibitive scholarship money is available. 

Where I Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

When I Carpools will leave Christ Church at 4:30pm

Cost I $10

MLK Jr. Overnight and Day of Service

Sunday, Jan. 20th at 6pm - Jan. 21st at 1pm

RSVP by Jan. 6th


Meet at Franklin Park at 12:30pm. We are sure to have some good old American fun and have you home in plenty of time for your Super Bowl viewing! 

Where I Franklin Park, Alameda

When I Carpools will leave Christ Church at 12 or you can meet us at the park no later than 12:30pm.

What to Bring I Comfortable clothes. All the equipment will be at the park for us.

Super Bowl Flag Football Game

Sunday, Feb. 3rd, 12-1:30pm

RSVP by Feb. 1st


We are heading to the snowy slopes for a day on the mountain! Lessons will be available to the beginner. If you are interested in joining us, RSVP soon!

Where I TBD

When I TBD

Cost I TBD

What to Bring I TBD

Youth Ski Trip

Saturday, March 9th, Time TBD

RSVP by March 1st


We are going off island to Plank in Oakland. There is bowling, an arcade, and food! If cost is prohibitive scholarship money is available.

Where I 98 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Cost I $20 

Youth PM Goes Bowling

Sunday, March 3rd, 6-8pm

RSVP by February 28th


Engage Sunday is a community service-oriented program for our Sunday school age children and youth. This month's service project has yet to be decided. Suggestions are welcome.

Where I TBD

What to Bring I Work gloves, work shoes and clothes.

Engage Sunday - Community Service Project

Sunday, March 31st

RSVP by March 28th


This month the Youth Group and Faith Full Families are joining together for some good old fashioned board games! Come and join us for some great intergenerational ministry. Dinner is potluck style, please bring a dish or a beverage to share.

Where I Parish Hall

What to Bring I A potluck dish and your favorite board game

Youth PM and Faith Full Families Game Night

Sunday, April 7th, 6-8pm

RSVP by April 4th


Youth are encouraged to stay after the 10:15 service on Palm Sunday to help Michaela stuff Easter Eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. There are community service hours available to those very helpful teens that stay and stuff!

Where I Guild Room

Easter Egg Stuffing Party

Sunday, April 14th, 10:15 Coffee Hour

Just drop in!


For our Youth PM outing this month, we are going all over Alameda on a scavenger hunt. Meet at Christ Church, outside the Parish Hall, then we will divide into teams with adult leaders and make our way to downtown Alameda for our hunt. We will then finish with a celebratory dinner together, chosen by the youth.

Where I We will leave from the Parish Hall at 6pm

What to Bring I Clothes you wouldn't mind running around in.

Youth PM Goes on a Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, May 5th, 6-8pm

RSVP by May 2nd


To celebrate the end of the program year we will be playing games, eating food and watching movies in the sanctuary! Bring what ever you need for a sleep over at the church. Make sure to bring clothes you can jump and move around in; appropriate shoes for active games are recommended. Dinner and Breakfast will be provided. 

Where I Parish Hall

What to bring I Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. A flashlight is recommended but not required. Bring your overnight bag, a sleeping bag and pillow too. Make sure to RSVP and bring your friends!

Spring Youth Retreat

Saturday, June 1st at 7pm to Sunday, June 2nd at 9am

RSVP by May 28th


The Youth Group is going to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for an end of the year celebration!

Where I Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

When I Carpools will leave from Christ Church at 9am and arrive back by 6pm.

What to Bring I Sunscreen and your other beach stuff. Closed Toe shoes are recommended for the rides.

Youth PM Goes to the Beach

Saturday, June 8th, 9am-6pm

RSVP by June 2nd


We are welcoming back all previous youth members from the Classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019 for a trip to Six Flags Discover Kingdom. Tickets will be purchased before hand for a discounted rate of $50 so we need RSVPs.

Where I Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

When I TBD

Cost I $50, but scholarship is available.

What to Bring I sunscreen and a bag lunch.

Graduated Youth Trip

Saturday, June 15th, time TBD

RSVP by June 8th


Every year our Middle School Students (rising 7th-9th graders) go on a local immersion trip that allows them time to explore and build into their Bay Area Community. More Information will come in the following months.

Where I TBD

When I Drop off is on Monday at 10am and Pick up is on Friday at 4pm

Cost I $150 non-refundable deposit

What to Bring I A packing list will be provided to participants

Chaperones I The Director of Youth Ministry, Michaela Eskew, will be attending along with youth ministers from each of the other churches attending.

Eligibility Requirements & Forms Needed

  • Current 6th (rising 7th, summer 2019) to 8th grades - school grade not church grade.

  • In good standing with Christ Church Youth Ministry

  • Demonstrates ability to be effective & respectful within a community setting

  • Contributes positively and fully participates to help improve the group's mission

  • Middle School Immersion Trip Registration/Medical Release Form

There are 25 spots available among all five churches. Once they have been filled, the trip is full.

Middle School Immersion Trip

June 24th - 28th

Register by June 1st


Every year our High School Students (rising 10th graders - graduated seniors) go on an immersion trip that allows them time to explore and build into local and national communities. We join with four other churches every year: Church of the Resurrection Pleasant Hill, St. Timothy's Danville, St. Stephen's Orinda, and All Souls Berkeley. This year we will be going out of state. More Information will come in the following months.

Where I TBD

When I TBD

Cost I $250 non-refundable deposit

What to Bring I A packing list will be provided to participants 

Chaperones I The Director of Youth Ministry, Michaela Eskew, will be attending along with youth ministers from each of the other churches attending.

Eligibility Requirements & Forms Needed

  • Current 9th (rising 10th, summer 2019) to 12th grades - school grade not church grade.

  • In good standing with Christ Church Youth Ministry

  • Demonstrates ability to be effective & respectful within a community setting

  • Contributes positively and fully participates to help improve the group's mission

  • Attend mandatory Parent/Student meeting - date TBD

  • Students participate in all fundraising events in the month of May and sells raffle tickets

  • High School Immersion Trip Registration/Medical Release Form

There are 40 spots available among all five churches including chaperones. Once they have been filled, the trip is full.

High School Immersion Trip

First week of August

RSVP by April 23rd


Special Parents of Youth Events


This two-part series will discuss how to talk to your teen about relationships. In the first session Caren Miles, co-author of These Are Our Bodies High School will speak on “How to talk to teens about sex”, then in the second session we will have a panel of parents and educators to discuss hot topics of teen relationships today such as internet pornography, consent, assault, LGBTQ+ and how to discuss all these topics effectively and positively with your teens.

Where I Guild Room, in the same building as the Parish Hall

When I 7:30-8:30pm

More than “the talk”: How do we talk to our youth about sex and relationships positively in today's world?

November 1st and 8th, Time 7:30-8:30pm

All are welcome! Just drop in!


We will celebrate with carols, cookies, and community! All are welcome, no RSVP is needed, but a potluck dish is encouraged!

Where I Parish Hall

Family Christmas Party

Friday, Dec. 14th, 6-8pm

RSVP by Dec. 1st


This is an information meeting for all parent’s interested in learning more about this year’s High School Immersion Trip. We will be discussing where we will be going, when we will be going, and the planning so far. 

Where I Guild Room

Middle School and High School Immersion Trip Information Meeting

Sunday, March 3rd, 11:30-12pm

Just drop in!


Our guest speaker for the Spring has not yet been decided. Suggestions are welcome. This workshop is open to parents of all ages. 

Where I Room 210, 2nd floor of the Education Building

Spring Parenting Workshop

Sunday, March 10th, 11:45am-1:30pm

RSVP by March 3rd


We will have our annual Easter egg hunt, with three different age groups each searching in their own section of the campus. There will be plenty of candy for all! We will also have a bounce house and some delicious treats! This is an event for the whole family to enjoy! We hope you come to worship with us this year! Youth are encouraged to come a little early to help hide the eggs.

Easter Celebrations

Sunday, April 21st, 10:15 service

Come and Enjoy!


In church at the 10:15 service we will celebrate all of our Children's and Youth Volunteers from the year as well as all of our children and youth that are moving into new milestones. All of our Preschoolers moving into Kindergarten, 5th graders, 8th graders, and High School Seniors will be welcomed to the front to be recognized for their academic and life movements. Please join us for this very celebratory church service!

Celebration Sunday

Sunday, June 2nd, 10:15 service

Come and Enjoy!

 


Christ Church Youth FAQs

If I come to visit, how do I know where to go?

Check out our Campus Map!

How do I know my youth will be safe?

If you have filled out the youth participation form, we will know how to take care of them the way you want us to. And you can be assured that at Christ Church your child's safety is of highest import. All clergy, staff, and volunteers who work with the youth have participated in the Safe Church training program, which sets standards of behavior pertaining to the physical and emotional safety of children and youth. You can review our policy here.

How can I help the youth ministry?

You could:

  • Volunteer with Youth AM or Youth PM

  • Provide Dinners for Youth PM

  • Join the Children and Youth ministry team

  • Plan and host special events and fundraisers

  • Pray for the youth of our church

  • Help clean and organizing program supplies and spaces

If any of these interest you, please fill out the volunteer application and we will be in touch.

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