Don’t be wishing you were someplace else with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you.  1 Cor 7:17 (MSG)

This is the first scripture I read to our IMPACT teens at last Sunday’s fall kick off, where over 70 high school youth attended. This verse bears repeating—and even memorizing. The burden of thinking we ought to be someplace else, with someone else or like someone else is too often the one that takes the spark from our souls and makes us ever so weak and weary and sad.

Our place is with God and God’s is with us. This almost unbearably beautiful truth is hard for us to grasp—or even to see, but it is the saving truth our youth need to hear and remember and pay attention to in the thick of a world that demands so much.

We are blessed that the youth are joining us at church to seek the God who is always seeking them and loving them. We are also blessed to have had Claire Revord join the staff as full-time Associate Youth Director in July. Her presence brings more light and life into each of our ministries and to the church as a whole.

Note to Parents—you have an open invitation to coffee with me at Friday Parent Coffee—starting tomorrow, Sept 27.  Find me at Peet’s coffee at 8:30 a.m. Parent coffee is for parents of teens and young adults. We meet every second Friday of the month at Reprise in Hubbard Woods and every fourth Friday at Peet’s Coffee. Drop in any time!

Keep Reading below for the many programs we have launched this fall. Also visit the youth website for up-to-date calendars and program information. We are also in the process of launching a new and more active Youth Ministry Committee. If you want more information about that, contact Leslie Holling.

Youth Programs Overview—Fall 2019

Breakfast Club

Sundays 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Seventh through eighth grade Sunday School—with food!  Sundays 10:15—11:30 a.m. in the Warwick Manse —enter through any door. Class meets in the garage. High schoolers are invited, too! No cost to attend but offering is accepted. Register grades 7-8 only here.

Junior High Youth Group

Wednesdays 6:30–8 p.m.

Junior High Youth Group is for 7th and 8th grade, meets Wednesdays 6:30–8 p.m. This is a drop-in program. No pre-registration required. Friends are always welcome regardless of church affiliation.


Sundays – Classroom Course Begins October 6

Classes run through March and Confirmation Sunday is in April. Class Schedule is here.

Details and registration here.

Youth Leadership

Teens can still register to join CORE or SaLT leadership teams, that help lead youth groups and Sunday School.  Apply here or contact Silvi Pirn for info.

High School Devos

Sundays from noon–1:15 p.m.  Meet in the Culbertson Room. This is the place to open up and take of the “fake face” we all tend to wear.  We can share the truth, even when it is messy, about anxieties and truths about life under pressure on the North Shore and how God wants more for us and for young people here.  See topics below, or tell us what you want to talk about. No registration needed. Just show up. Bring friends. They do not need to be part of the church to attend.

 Fall Devo Topics:

Pressure:  Social Media? (Fear of not?) Fitting In Relationships:  what’s love (respect) got to do with it?
September 15, 22, 29 October 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov 3, 10, 17

Girl Gang & Guy Gang

Girl Gang

Girl Gang is a new group forming at Kenilworth Union this year! This group was created so that high school girls would have a space to talk about self-confidence, relationships, social media comparison, their friendship with Jesus, and so much more! Join us for meetings once a month maybe more and keep the conversations going over text group and social media. Email Claire Revord for more info. Interested parties sign up here and follow @kucgirlgang on instagram.

 GUY Gang

Guy Gang is a new group forming at Kenilworth Union this year! This group was created so that high school guys would have a space to talk about pressures to perform, relationships, social media comparison, what it means to be a man of God and so much more!! Join us for meetings once a month maybe more and keep the conversations going over text group and social media. Email Claire Revord for more info. Social media and signup coming soon!


Meets October 6, November 3 and 17 at 7 p.m.

We are packing care packages for College Freshmen 10/6 and 11/3  and revealing next year’s mission trip destination 11/17.


Youth help is always needed at church and in the community. Teens can sign up to serve in many ways. Service hours are required for Confirmation students and for those who want to apply for the IMPACT mission trip program. To see where to serve and to sign up, click here.

Youth can also fulfill community service hours they have been given for local law infractions. To make a plan to fulfill these hours, contact  Silvi Pirn.

College Freshman Care Packages

Fall Semester Addresses Due October 13

Please submit addresses here

Each fall, our IMPACT youth prepare and send care packages to College Freshmen. The Alison Tobey Smart Memorial Fund underwrites the cost and has been doing so for over 30 years.

College Reunions

December 20 at 1 p.m.

Meet at Napolita in Wilmette and catch up with church friends. All college students are invited. Please RSVP to  Silvi Pirn.

Christmas Eve Traditional Candlelight Worship

Worship is at 11 p.m. is always hosted by college students and young adults. Details and sign up here.

​21+ Theology On Tap

Third Tuesday of every month from 7:30–9:30 p.m.

LG’s Bar, 1525 N Wells St., Chicago

Meet up in the city to reconnect with your church family and have meaningful conversations about young adult life:  Career, relationships, volunteering, city life, future, and faith.

​Vape 101 – Adult Education

October 17 from 7–8:30 p.m.

Andy Duran, Executive Director of  LEAD and SpeakUP! will lead a discussion on vaping in the Culbertson Room.  This topic is timely in light of the current youth vaping epidemic and the devastating effects of vaping we are just learning about in the news.

Please contact Phil Atteberry for more information on this program.

General Info for Parents

Click here or on the link above to read about:

  • registration for youth programs
  • description of activities
  • rules
  • child and youth abuse prevention
  • permission and media release
  • emergency contact information

Posted on September 26, 2019