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 2019 - May 2020

 

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 Weekend of the Month

Offsite, see Calendar for locations

 

Confirm Not Conform

Scheduled Sundays, 12-1:15pm

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.


We are going to have some frightful fun this Halloween season! Make your vote in the RSVP doodle poll for when you want to go to Six Flags Fright Fest.

Where I Six Flags Fright Fest in Vallejo

When I 11:45am-5ish, Carpools leave Christ Church at 11:45am.

What to bring I Comfortable clothes.

Cost I $50 for entrance and extra for food and souvenirs.

Fright Fest at Six flags

Sunday, October 20th, 11:45am-5ish

RSVP now!


Every other month we will be going out to do community service together as a youth group, middle school and high school together. This month we will be going to make crayons for sick children in hospitals with the Crayon Initiative. The date and time will be determined by doodle poll in the RSVP link.

Where I The Crayon Initiative in Danville

When I Saturday, November 9th in the afternoon (shift schedule released soon)

What to bring I Comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting hot wax on and closed-toed shoes.

Youth PM - Crayon Initiative

Saturday, November 9th @ Time TBD

RSVP now!


The day will be filled with wand making, quidditch, and classes of Defense against the Dark Arts and Potions. Grades 1st through 12th are welcome and will be grouped together by ages.

Where I Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

When I November 16th, 10am-3:30pm

What to bring I Be as dressed up as you feel comfortable. House colors are encouraged!

Cost I $40 for the first child (per family), $30 for the second sibling, $20 for the third
Adult chaperones are free.

Harry Potter Day @ Grace Cathedral

November 16th, 10am-3:30pm

Register your child HERE.


Bundle up and meet us on the rink. We'll skate and race and slip and fall. Bring $20 and holiday cheer to Oakland Ice Center. If cost is prohibitive scholarship money is available. 

Where I Oakland Ice Center

When I TBD

What to bring I Bring a warm coat and gloves and $20 for admission.

Youth PM - Ice Skating

Weekend of December 1st

RSVP by Nov. 29th


Families of all ages are welcome! We will be celebrating together with a Parish-wide Christmas Party. We will celebrate with carols, cookies, and community! All are welcome, no RSVP is needed, but a potluck dish is encouraged! Teenagers are welcome to earn some community service hours by helping supervise kids crafts.

Where I Upstairs Education Building

When I December 13th, 5-8pm

What to bring I Bring a potluck dish to share.

Christmas Party

December 13th, 5-8pm

Just drop in!


This is an opportunity for the church to come together and help wrap up all the wonderful gifts from the Family-to-Family Giving Tree so that families get beautiful presents on Christmas Day! Join us at either coffee hour to wrap up our gifts and at the end of the 10:15 coffee hour we will bag them up and send them off to their families.

Where I Parish Hall

When I Coffee Hour

Family 2 Family Gift Wrapping Party

December 15th

Just drop in!


All those children and youth with speaking parts for the Christmas pageant are required to come to our one and only Christmas pageant practice. We are sure to move through the practice quickly and make sure that we put on a great show for the congregation!

Where I Sanctuary

When I December 21st, 10am-12pm

Christmas Pageant Practice

December 21st, 10am-12pm

Sign ups for pageant roles will be in early December


For all those who wish to participate in the pageant but don’t want to speak need to come 15 minutes before the 10:15 service on December 18th to be fitted for their costume. Anyone is welcome in the pageant, no practice or previous experience is needed!

Where I Sanctuary

When I 10:15 service

Christmas Pageant

December 22nd

Just drop in!


Our Immersion Trips are very formative and create strong friendships amongst our five different church’s youth. In January, we will set up a time for the churches to get together and share in some more memories.

Where I TBD

When I TBD

Middle School and High School Immersion Trip Reunion

January TBD

RSVP by January 1st


Every other month we will be going out to do community service together as a youth group, middle school and high school together. This month we will be working with a food justice project. The date and time will be determined by doodle poll so if you would like to come please email Michaela at formation@christchurchalameda.org.

Where I TBD

When I TBD

What to bring I Comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and closed-toed shoes.

Youth PM - Food Justice Community Service

Week of January 5th

RSVP by Jan. 2nd


We will spend the night playing games in the dark, eat some tasty snacks, and hang out in the sanctuary with a movie and compline.

Where I Parish Hall and Sanctuary

When I 7pm-10am

What to bring I Overnight necessities, a flashlight, and comfortable clothes.

Winter Youth Retreat

February 1st-2nd, 7pm-10am

RSVP by January 30th


Every other month we will be going out to do community service together as a youth group, middle school and high school together. This month we will be working with mental health or gun violence campaigns. The date and time will be determined by doodle poll so if you would like to come please email Michaela at formation@christchurchalameda.org.

Where I TBD

When I TBD

What to bring I Comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and closed-toed shoes.

Youth PM - Mental Health or Gun Violence Community Service

Week of March 1st

RSVP by Feb. 27th


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

When I During Coffee Hour

Easter egg Stuffing Party

April 5th

Just drop in!


This month we will be taking the youth out into the community for a mall scavenger hunt. We will begin at Christ Church and then teams of youth will be sent out with adults for a great adventure that will end with dinner together at a restaurant you will have to come to find out.

Where I Meet at Christ Church Parking Lot

When I TBD

Youth PM - South Shore Scavenger Hunt

Weekend of April 5th

RSVP by April 2nd


Every other month we will be going out to do community service together as a youth group, middle school and high school together. This month we will be working with LGBTQ+ Rights and the Women’s Movement. The date and time will be determined by doodle poll so if you would like to come please email Michaela at formation@christchurchalameda.org.

Where I TBD

When I TBD

What to bring I Comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and closed-toed shoes.

Youth PM - LGBTQ+/Women’s Movement

Week of May 3rd

RSVP by May 1st


To celebrate the end of the program year we will be playing games, eating food and watching movies in the sanctuary! Dinner and Breakfast will be provided.

Where I Parish Hall and Sanctuary

When I May 16th at 7pm to May 17th at 10am

What to bring I Overnight necessities, flashlight and comfortable clothes.

Spring Youth Retreat

May 16th-17th, 7pm-10am

RSVP by May 14th


We are heading to the beach to celebrate the end of the school year. It’s time to go to the boardwalk and spend the day riding rides, eating awesome food, and dipping into the ocean. Carpools and scholarships are available.

Where I Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

When I June 13th, 9am-5pm

What to bring I Sunscreen! Also, bring $50-60 dollars for admission, food, and arcade.

Youth Pm Goes to Santa Cruz

Saturday, June 13th

RSVP by June 10th


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. We partner with youth groups from All Souls Berkeley, St. Timothy’s Danville, St. Stephen’s Orinda, and Church of the Resurrection Pleasant Hill. We will be housed at St. Timothy’s in Danville, but we will be doing community service trips to various parts of the Bay Area which will include at least one day in Oakland, San Francisco, and Contra Costa County. There are also fun outings every afternoon and large group formation every night.

Where I St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Danville, CA

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

Cost I $150 non-refundable deposit due by June 1st with registration

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, due June 1st

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

Middle School Immersion Trip

June 22nd-26th

Registration opens in February.


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 staying in state, more details coming soon.

Where I TBD

When I First week of August

Cost I $250 non-refundable deposit due April 1st with Registration

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

Chaperones I The Director of Youth Ministry, Michaela Eskew, the Chair of Children’s and Youth Ministry, Babs Kenney, and our Rector, Stephen McHale 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

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

  • High School Immersion Trip Registration/Medical Release Form, due April 1st

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

Registration will open in February.


Special Parents of Youth Events


Join us after the 10:15 service for our guest speakers, Claudia Rodrigues and Ashley Guzman from Alameda Family Services on our topic “Anxiety and Depression in School-Age Children and Teenagers”. This workshop is open to parents of all ages. Our speakers will be offering some practical tools on how to talk to children and teenager about anxiety and depression in their lives, specifically how to create a space where kids can talk about the stresses and worries in their life.

Where I Room 210, Education Building

When I Oct. 27th, 11:45am-1pm 

Fall Parenting Workshop

“Anxiety and Depression in School-Age Children and Teenagers”

October 27th, 11:45am-1pm

Just drop in!


We’re going to talk about Truth, Fact, and B.S. in the Bible. PG-13 discussion. We live in a post-truth world where we constantly have to fact check and make judgments about what is true and good, objective and realistic. If we approach the Bible this way, we lose the meaningful messages that it holds. What unrealistic stories do you remember from Sunday School? Join us on a journey to discover something deeper, bigger, and more inspiring. Our discussion will be established in Rachel Held Evans last book, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. Pre-reading is not necessary, but copies of the book will be available at coffee hour on October 6thand 13thas well as during the forum for $10.

Where I Room 210, Education Building

When I Oct. 20th, 11:30am-12:30pm

Slaying Giants, Walking On Water, And Loving The Bible Again

November 17th, 11:30am-12:30pm

Just drop in!


Be a Santa for a child or caregiver who could use some extra holiday cheer this year! You can find tags on a Christmas tree in the narthex that corresponds to a gift for a family in the community.

Our annual Advent Wreath Making party will take place on the first Sunday of December. If you still have your old advent wreath, please bring it by otherwise we will have plenty of supplies to make a new one that feels fresh and festive for the Advent season!

Where I Parish Hall

When I December 1st, Coffee Hour

Family 2 Family Giving Tree and Advent Wreath Making

December 1st

Just drop in!


Featuring the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve, “Race to Nowhere” points to a silent epidemic in our schools. Through the testimony of educators, parents and education experts, it reveals an education system in which cheating has become commonplace; students have become disengaged; stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant; and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. A panel discussion will follow a viewing of the film. Lunch will not be served, so please eat before coming. Middle School and High School youth are welcome as well as any adults in the community. Childcare will be provided for this event.

Where I Sanctuary

When I January 15th, 6-8pm

Race to nowhere Viewing and Panel

DATE CHANGE: January 15th, 6-8pm

Just drop in!


Join us after the 10:15 service for a guest speaker. Our topic is TBD.

Where I Room 210, Education Building

When I March 1st, 11:45am-1pm 

Spring Parenting Workshop

March 1st, 11:45am-1pm

Just drop in!


This is an information meeting for all parent’s interested in learning more about this year’s Middle School and High School Immersion Trips. We will be discussing where we will be going, when we will be going, and what youth participants will be doing over the course of the week.

Where I Guild Room

When I March 8th, 11:30am-12pm

Immersion Trip Information Meeting

March 8th, 11:30am-12pm

Just drop in!


We will have an Easter egg Hunt and Bounce House after the 10:15 service. Youth are encouraged to come at 9:45am to help set up the hunt.

Where I Courtyard and Playground

When I After the 10:15 Service

Easter Sunday

April 12th

Just drop in!


Our confirmation students will be confirming their faith in a ceremony at Grace Cathedral with other youth and adults from churches all over the diocese.

Where I Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Where I 10am-1pm

General Confirmation

June 6th

Just drop in!


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. The High School Immersion Trip participants will also be offering one final fundraiser by providing barbecue food for sale at the 10:15 coffee hour. Please join us for this very celebratory church service!

Where I Sanctuary

When I 10:15 Service and Coffee Hour

Celebration Sunday

June 7th

Just drop in!


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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