Third Church is committed to providing opportunities for young people to explore, confirm, and live out faith in Jesus Christ as a life-long pursuit. To do so we create opportunities for worship, fellowship, mission, and learning for teens and their families. Many of our leaders have more than one generation of experience working with young people in the church and the community.
Middle School Youth – The Squires
* Seasonal “lock-in” retreats at the church
* Fall weekend at Stronghold Camp
* Spring Confirmation Retreat at Stronghold
* Mini-Mission opportunities
* Fundraising meals and fellowship events
Confirmation – 6th-8th Grades
The middle years are a time for young people to examine and confirm their commitment to Jesus Christ. Parents are involved in fulfillment of the vows they took at their children’s baptism. Each confirmand has a mentor relationship as well.
Confirmation Sunday typically takes place in the Spring, accompanied by a celebration beforehand and a reception afterward.
High School – The Night Crusaders
Our primary goal is to help youth develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by providing them the resources to grow in worship, ground them in the Word, and give them opportunities to witness and serve others. We also give them the skills and support groups they need to make wise decisions at this critical time in their lives.
Mission: Soup kitchen, food pantry, community garden, Rock House Kids, all church cleanup and a week-long mission trip throughout the United States.
Study: Films, study of Christian answers to today’s youth problems, visiting other churches, stewardship activities and Triennium.
Recreation: Camp-outs, bowling, laser tag, tubing, movies, amusement parks, sporting events, mini putt, train trip to Chicago, zoos and overnights.
Stronghold Camp
Located less than 20 miles away on the Rock River, Stronghold is the place where generations of children have encountered Christ as they spent time in the midst of God’s creation. Stronghold offers a full season of summer camp.
The camp also hosts meetings, conferences, and special events, such as the Renaissance Faire.