At Gary Church, we believe that Christian education is a high priority for all of us—children, youth, and adults alike. Even as we face the difficulties of gathering in-person during the pandemic, we want to provide every opportunity for our youth to grow in love for one another and God. We also recognize that we must do all we can while, first doing no harm. Holding these in tension, we have made the following decisions fall 2020 and winter 2021.

1. No Sunday School: There will not be programming on Sunday mornings. All youth Christian education will be rolled into the weekly Gary Youth program.

2. Weekly Zoom Meetings: On Sunday nights (high school) and Wednesday nights (middle school) over Zoom, we will play games, have discussions together, and pray for one another.

3. Monthly Events: To provide an opportunity to occasionally get together in person, we have planned special monthly gatherings. We will follow all of the Health Team’s guidelines for these gatherings. Sign-ups will be required.

4. Curriculum: This year we will be using the Re:Form curriculum by Sparkhouse. Re:Form provides funny animated short videos that will make youth laugh while presenting solid theology. The youth will choose the topics we will be learning. Some of the lessons include:
“Who wrote the Bible, God or humans?”
“Is God male?”
“Why should I pray if God doesn’t answer all my prayers?”
“Can I be Christian without going to church?”
“Is it okay to be angry with God?”
“Can you accept the theory of evolution and still be a Christian?”


Middle School January Schedule

Wednesday, January 6

7–8:30 p.m.

Re:Form: How do I stop doing things I know I shouldn’t do?

Zoom

Wednesday, January 13

7 – 8:30 p.m.

Sledding

Northside Park

Monday, January 18

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

Wednesday, January 20

7–8:30 p.m.

Real World Among Us Night

Gary Church

Wednesday, January 27

7–8:30 p.m.

Re:Form: Why does God let bad things happen?

Zoom

 

High School January Schedule

Sunday, January 3

6–7:30 p.m.

Re:Form: How do I stop doing things I know I shouldn’t do?

Zoom

Sunday, January 10

6–7:30 p.m.

Sledding

Northside Park

Sunday, January 17

6–7:30 p.m.

Re:Form: Is it sin to think about sex?

Zoom

Monday, January 18

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

Sunday, January 24

6–7:30 p.m.

Real World Among Us Night

Gary Church

Sunday, January 31

6–7:30 p.m.

Re:Form: Why does God let bad things happen?

Zoom

 *Please note that in-person gatherings may be subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Before participating, complete the 2020–21 registration form below.

Gary Youth Registration Form