Today’s teens are bombarded on every side with messages about what they should wear, do, or think and who they should be. Friends and the media are strong influences that set unrealistic standards for teens and also cause parents great concern.
However, studies show that teens consistently name parents as having the biggest influence on their decision making — whether it be about alcohol or drug use, sex, or driving. The same holds true for teens’ spiritual development.
At Christ the King, our spiritual goal is to work alongside parents as they help their teens to grow spiritually. We focus on creating a church environment where teens feel valued and respected and where they have many opportunities to explore and demonstrate their faith. As teens develop relationships with mature Christian adults (and other teens), they have the experience of being part of an extended Christian family.
Sunday Morning and Beyond
On Sunday morning, from 10:10-11:05 teens meet in 3 different groups: Jr. High (6th-8th Grade) and Confirmation (8th-10th grade). The Senior High (10th-12th grade) class, called 13 Days, meets every thirteen days at various coffee shops, parks, and other places around the greater Binghamton area.
Each group promotes discussion about issues that are relevant to teens’ lives and challenges them to think beyond their own lives and experiences. On past Sundays, they’ve talked about: Peer pressure and healthy relationships, how to make tough choices about alcohol and drugs, what song lyrics are really saying, finding God in movies or on TV.
Because we place a strong emphasis on relationships, adult leaders and volunteers spend time with teens outside of Sunday mornings doing activities like snow-tubing, hiking, or going to sports events or concerts. A few times each year we have an overnight lock-in with music, food and games. The activities are fun, but more importantly we’ve found that they provide an opportunity for meaningful conversations and a foundation for life-changing personal connections.