Here at Christ's Church we intentionally integrate our youth in grades eight through twelve into the regular work and worship of the church. They work with the Sunday School, either as teachers or assistants. The first Sunday of every month, working as a group, they lead the entire Sunday School in the Parish Hall, preparing skits, puppet shows and lessons for the younger children. They have long served as Acolytes but now also act as Ushers and as Lectors, proclaiming God's word from the Lectern in the 10 am service. Our youth are also active in Service Projects; cooking and serving for the Carver Center’s Dinner at Noon in Port Chester, creating and delivering Christmas cards to residents of the Osborn in Rye, working with Homefront and Habitat for Humanity and joining with the church of St. Peter's in Portchester to pack bags of food for those in need at Thanksgiving.
This is the Christ's Church youth program; a program that is not, in fact, a program or a group, separate from and functioning independently outside the activities of the church. It is inclusive and embracing; pulling and wrapping and welcoming our young people as full participants in the every day worship, work, fellowship and mission that is that of Christ's Church Rye.