We have created programs for youth of all ages and stages to learn, grow, serve, and find home together. We offer one of these programs, Community Confirmation, to all seventh and eighth grade students in the area. Through intentional dialogue and discussion, faith-based questions are explored over a period of several months. Though content is important in the journey of faith, we believe the process of discovery is equally as important.
Throughout the process, each student meets with a caring and committed adult mentor. The relationships they develop over the course of the classes are essential to the foundation of the program. The students are encouraged to raise questions and doubts in a safe place and to struggle and wrestle with issues as they engage their faith and its meaning in their lives.
As they study, reflect, and share life together, students will discover what it means to be a person of faith and how their faith can influence how they live in this world and act for the greater good.
While they explore Christian faith and other traditions together, we hope that students will examine their own beliefs and be better able to understand and articulate their individual experiences and views that inspire them to a faith resulting in a flourishing life.
Service is an integral part of faithful living and discovering purpose. We provide monthly opportunities for youth to serve together locally. Our local partners include Neighbor to Neighbor, Inspirica (Stamford), Habitat for Humanity, and Boys and Girls Club Greenwich. A highlight of our service projects is our annual summer trip to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in partnership with the AVID program at Greenwich High School and the non-profit organization Simply Smiles. The program has a lasting impact on both the Lakota children and teenagers we interact with, as well as the young hearts, minds, and lives of students from Greenwich. One such student, Alexandra Cid, wrote these words of reflection following her experience in South Dakota with the Round Hill Community Church youth group:
“After having spent a week in the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation, I feel very fortunate and eager. Getting to meet young, wonderful children and wise elders living in such hard conditions has made me realize that I have been very blessed in my life. Even though I have complained about having to go to school, seeing what limited options the kids in this reservation have in terms of an education has opened my eyes to the fact that I should be more appreciative of my opportunity to obtain an education. I also feel eager to do more for others as I did while I was on the reservation. After getting to spend a short amount of time with these children and seeing how much of an impact that made has made me want to help more people… Although the conditions of people in my community are not as drastic as those in South Dakota, it is still important to try and do as much possible to bring a smile upon the face of those who are less fortunate. I am hoping that I will be able to go and visit the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe once again the following summer, though as this year goes by I will be trying to give back to my community as much as possible since I know small actions can have big impacts.”
Students from Round Hill and the Greenwich community come together monthly for fun social events like bowling, laser tag, paintball, ice skating, movie nights, boat trips, hiking, and trips to amusements parks. Once a month the church hosts “Friday Night Live,” a fun, safe gathering of youth from all backgrounds and traditions. Newly renovated spaces include Middle School and High School rooms, a Teen Lounge and Game Center, and a kitchen, which were recently unveiled on the campus of Round Hill Community Church, giving youth more accessible spaces to hang out after school and on the weekend.
The monthly youth group gatherings always include fun and games, stimulating activities, and interactive ice breakers that aim to bring together a diverse group of teens who may enter as strangers but leave as friends. Meaningful group discussion with topics that cover a broad spectrum of relevant issues facing today’s teens are also part of the monthly gatherings, as well as a home-cooked meal.
For more information, please contact Dan Haugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.