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

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  

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

Rescue the Night Musical/Chili Cookoff and Auction

Sunday, March 3: Musical: 4–5 p.m., Chili Cookoff and Auction: 5–6:30 p.m.
You are invited to a night of fun fellowship and good-natured competition! Enjoy a musical by Gary Kids and Gary Youth, eat dinner and make a bid at the auction. The menu will include a variety of chili, and we will provide small bowls so you can try as many as you would like. As you eat, vote for your favorite chili, and bid on all sorts of services and items. Suggested donation: $10 for individuals, $20 for families.

The chili that wins the most votes takes the Golden Ladle Trophy. Winners of the auctions will have an opportunity to pay by check or online. All donations will be used to help fund our participating high schoolers' mission trip costs and other costs related to the mission trip. If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office or Pastor Dan Lee.

Do you think your chili has what it takes to win the Golden Ladle Trophy? Do you have a service or item you can donate to our auction? Baked goods, art, electronics, babysitting, tickets, plants, antiques, etc. are welcome! 

Register here.

Events and service opportunities

Lenten Worship

For the season of Lent, we will add a "Prayer of Confession" and "Words of Assurance" to our 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship. We would love to have our youth lead our congregation in these prayers. If you are interested, contact Pastor Dan Lee.

Good Friday Worship
Friday, March 29, 7–8 p.m.

We would love to have Gary Youth participate by reading scriptures and prayers. If you are interested, contact Pastor Dan Lee.

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)

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.

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.