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Youth and Family
The OSLC Youth & Family Ministry team aims to provide kids and teens in our community with a set of experiences that will serve as a foundation for their spiritual journeys - experiences that encourage reflection on the life and teachings of Jesus, engagement in spiritual practices, service to others and consideration of the social/ethical/environmental issues of our time.
Worship Services: Sundays ᐧ 9:30am ᐧ OSLC Sanctuary
Youth of all ages are encouraged to share in the worship service experience
with their families. Children’s bulletins, crayons, activity bags and prayer cards are available at the back of the sanctuary. Kids in 4th grade and above are invited to serve as readers or acolytes for the Sunday worship service. Please be in touch for more information!
Sunday Stepping Stones: We’re excited to present 3 Sunday morning, on-site events that honor OSLC’s commitment to welcome transformative experiences along the path we walk together, and to care for each other and for the world. This year, these events include a Habitat for Humanity playhouse build, an Earth Day festival and a PRIDE celebration. Events are held in the OSLC Courtyard (weather permitting). Youth of all ages and families are encouraged to attend!
Intergenerational Off-Site Service Events: Off-site service events will bring together people of all ages in service to our neighboring communities through Project Peace and Contra Costa Fruit Rescue.
All-Youth Social Events: Let’s have some fun! These social events are great opportunities to get to know one another better or even to meet someone new.
Elementary School Youth
Elementary Milestone Program: This year, we’re re-launching a modified version of our milestone program and inviting elementary-age children to 2 milestone experiences over the coming year. In engaging the world, we’ll explore what it means to use our hands to help other people and to spread the love of Jesus. This milestone will be followed by a blessing of the hands and hearts celebration at the next Sunday worship service. In connecting to the sacred, we’ll explore the variety of ways that we can connect to God, including through the practice of communion. This milestone will be followed by a first communion celebration at the next Sunday worship service. (Please note that kids who have already received communion are welcome to participate in this milestone and celebration.) We encourage parents to reflect on the milestone experience(s) that might best support their child in their own faith journey and so the milestone experiences are open to children of all elementary ages.
Middle School Youth
Confirmation: Middle school confirmation is designed for teens from 6th to 8th grade. This program provides a solid framework on which to craft a lifetime of faith and human development. Monthly meetings begin in October and continue through April, culminating in Confirmation Sunday in May. Confirmation Sunday is a beautiful service in which confirmands recall the biblical stories that touched them, share a bit about their faith journeys and recommit themselves to their baptisms. If you think this might be an enriching experience for your middle schooler, please be in touch!
Middle School/High School Social Events: This year, we’ll join together with youth and youth leaders from neighboring congregations to host several social events for our middle/high school youth.
High School Youth
Middle School/High School Social Events: This year, we’ll join together with youth and leaders from neighboring congregations to host several social events for our middle/high school youth.
Upcoming Events in September & October 2023:
- All-Youth Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Build
Sunday, September 10, 2023 ᐧ 9:00am-12:00pm ᐧ OSLC Courtyard
In partnership with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley’s Playhouse Program, K-12 youth and their families are invited to assemble and decorate a playhouse for a local family. Kids under 5 are invited to participate in fun, supporting activities. No experience necessary! Please make note of 3 important links: Volunteer & Donate; Snacks; T-Shirts.
- All-Youth Lunch & Games
Sunday, September 24, 2023 ᐧ 11:00am-1:00pm ᐧ OSLC Kitchen & Main Hall
We’ll gather in the OSLC Kitchen and Main Hall to have lunch together and play games! This will be a great opportunity to get to know one another better or even to meet someone new. Stay tuned for more information!
- Elementary Milestone: Engaging the World Milestone & Celebration
Sunday, October 15, 2023 ᐧ 9:30-10:30am ᐧ On-site location TBD
Elementary-age children (of all grades) are invited to participate in our first milestone event - Engaging the World. In this milestone, we’ll explore what it means to use our hands to help other people and to spread the love of Jesus. Kids who participate in this milestone will be celebrated at the following Sunday worship service…
Sunday, October 22, 2023 ᐧ 9:30-10:30am ᐧ OSLC Sanctuary
All children who participated in the Engaging the World milestone will be celebrated with a blessing of the hands and hearts during the worship service.
- Project Peace Day of Service
Saturday, October 28, 2023 ᐧ 9:00am-12:00pm
We’ll kick off this year’s off-site service events with Project Peace! This Day of Service (9:00am-12:00pm; location TBD) will bring together people of all ages in service to our neighboring communities. Be sure to sport your OSLC t-shirt!
- Creekside Commons’s Dia de los Muertos Event
Sunday, October 29, 2023 ᐧ 4:30-7:00pm ᐧ OSLC Main Hall
This event is a great opportunity to get to know our neighbors and build community. As this event draws near, use this link to visit the Creekside Commons Upcoming Events page for more information.
The 2023-2024 Youth & Families Calendar!
Youth & Family Ministry