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


Burning Red: A Tribute to Taylor Swift (Middle School and High School)

Friday, July 19, 6–9 p.m., $5

Burning Red is the ultimate Taylor Swift tribute band and they will be performing across the street at Memorial Park! All Gary Youth are invited to wear their Swiftie gear and tailgate in the Parking Lot. It’s okay if you are not a Swiftie! We will have lawn games, hot dogs, chips and drinks. Register by Monday, July 8.

A Day in Chicago (High School)

Wednesday, July 24, 8:30- 6 p.m., $26.50

High school Gary Youth will take the Metra train to Chicago, take the water taxi to the Bean and Chinatown for lunch. The cost will cover transportation. Please bring an additional $20 for lunch and dessert. Meet at the Wheaton Metra station. Register by Wednesday, July 10.


Renaissance Faire (Middle School and High School)

Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., (5-12 yrs old, $13; Adults, $36; children under 4, free)

Have you ever wished you could live in a fantasy world of fairies, knights and castles? Then the Bristol Renaissance Faire is the place for you! Dress up to add to the fun. Families are welcome to join us. Can you be a driver? Let us know. Please bring a water bottle to stay hydrated and money for lunch. Register by Friday, July 19.

Gary Youth Golf Outing
Sunday, Aug. 4, tee times start at 1 p.m., Klein Creek Golf Course
The annual golf outing to support the programs of Gary Church’s youth has provided an estimated $3,000 each year for the past 26 years. We plan to continue that tradition again this year with the scramble format golf outing. You do not have to excel at golf to participate. You will have three other golfers on your team to share the fun. Last year we had several youth playing golf with their families and friends. We hope to have even more young players experience the event and receive some prizes. Additional youth will be there with Pastor Dan Lee to welcome you to the event. Call the Church Office with the names of those in your foursome or let them know you would like to play but need playing partners. If you cannot play you are welcome to contribute by joining our loyal team of hole sponsors. Cost is $125 to play (including dinner) and $125 to sponsor a hole. Youth cost is $90 to play, including dinner. Register today!


Pool Party at the Lovett’s (High School)

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2-5 p.m.

High school Gary Youth are invited to Carla and Steve Lovett’s home for a pool party! Snacks and drinks will be provided! Register by

Monday, Aug. 5.


More events and service opportunities

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.

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.