Gary Youth

You have heard it said, “youth are the future.” At Gary Church in Wheaton, Illinois, we say, “youth are the now!" We believe our youth are called and empowered by God to make a difference in the world. We strive to support our youth, so that they are free to become disciples who share the love of Christ with their neighbors. 

At Gary Youth, you will:

  1. Have fun
  2. Be valued
  3. Explore the Christian faith
  4. Experience family
  5. Act through hands on compassion
  6. Keep growing
  7. Reach out


Sunday School (September through May)

Middle School
10–11 a.m., Commons E
Our middle school youth will be welcomed by Pastor Dan Lee on Sunday mornings. Our curriculum will be Echo the Story. Our youth will grow in their understanding about the Bible and explore it through storytelling, creative reflection and dialogue.

High School
10–11 a.m., High School Youth Room
Our high school youth are invited to join John-Marc and Jane Bilezikian to discuss how the Sunday scripture passages connect to current world events, faith and everyday life. Come and grow with us!

Weekly Night Gathering (September through May)  

We play fun games, learn, have small group and pray together. Each month, we follow a connected theme. More details can be found in our church magazine, emails, Facebook or Instagram.

Middle School

Wednesday nights, 7–8:30 p.m.

High School

Sunday nights, 6–7:30 p.m.

Gary Youth Middle School Calendar

Gary Youth High School Calendar

Monday, June 17–Thursday, June 20

At this year’s BLAST Camp, we will celebrate many of our favorite holidays together. We will explore the way that we, as Christians, have access to a unique and immeasurable joy in Jesus. Our hope is that by the end of the week, we will all have a better understanding of what joy looks like and how we can hold onto that joy not just during the holidays, but every day! Registration opens on March 1 until June 1. Want to help our campers have fun by leading an activity? Want to help everyone feel loved and welcomed? Become a BLAST Camp Crew leader! Whether you can serve the entire week or just a couple of days, we would love to have you on the team. Register to be a BLAST Camper or a volunteer.

More events and service opportunities

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

On Sunday, June 2, we will celebrate our high school graduates as they embark on the next season of their life. We will pray for our graduates as they receive an afghan made by our Gary Church knitters and the book, Oh! The Places You’ll Go! containing encouraging messages written by the entire church. Come to the Commons in May and write notes for our 2024 graduates.


2024 Summer Launch Party: Clocktower Mini Golf

Wednesday, June 5, 5:45-7:30 p.m., S. Naperville Rd. & E. Liberty Dr.

All Gary Youth, including our new incoming sixth graders, are invited to play 18 holes, get ice cream and hear what fun we will have this summer! RSVP and pay a $6 fee by visiting the youth page at by Friday, May 31. Parents are welcome to join us but not required to stay.

Acolytes wanted

If you’re a fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh grader, we’d love to have you serve as an acolyte in worship. To learn more about this meaningful position, contact Pastor Daniel Cochran or sign up here.

Gary Youth Band

Can you play an instrument? Can you sing? Want to be in a band? If you are interested, contact Pastor Dan Lee.


Save the date

Summer Mission Trip: Saturday, June 22 – Saturday, June 29, 2024 (9th grade – 12th grade)

Let Us Know

We want to celebrate your gifts! If you have a concert, game, exhibit, ceremony, party, etc. you would like to tell us about, fill out a form here. We will do our best to attend to cheer you on!

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Each year, parents and guardians are required to complete a form for their child/ren to participate in Gary Kids and Gary Youth activities. This includes Sunday School, mid-week gathering, and other events. Please click here to register your youth.