At COTS Youth we aim to be real in our faith, have fun, and meet each person where they are. We hope to connect our faith with our everyday lives as we head towards our mission of helping youth build a relationship with Jesus Christ that lasts beyond high school. Every youth can belong.
Contact Curt Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to receive the weekly email newsletter detailing the current and upcoming events of the COTS Youth ministries.
A parent-signed COTS medical waiver & permission slip is required for each youth and is valid for the school year. In the unlikely event that your son or daughter is injured, this form contains contact info so we can reach you, permits doctors to give medical treatment, and informs the caregivers of pertinent information. Please help us by having friends’ parents complete the waiver and bring it with them to youth group.
YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
Youth Sunday school classes are driven by our mission to help youth build a relationship with Jesus Christ that lasts beyond high school. With scripture as our foundation, classes are designed to help youth learn Biblical truths that they can apply directly to their daily lives. We aim to make the experience relevant, where tough questions and expressions of honest doubt can be shared and faced together. Classes are offered during the 11:00 a.m. hour, with a class for 6th and 7th graders, a class for 8th graders, and a class for 9th-12th graders.
COTS JR YOUTH GROUP
COTS SR YOUTH GROUP
Our COTS Youth groups meet most Fridays. We aim to create a space where youth feel comfortable bringing friends. We learn about God in a nurturing, fun environment with activities like capture the flag, bowling, rock climbing, hide and seek, swimming, and more. Once a month we gather for a service project to care for our neighbors in the Cleveland area. COTS Sr Youth includes Sprockets every other week.
COTS Jr Youth is for youth in grades 6-8.
COTS Sr Youth is for youth in grades 9-12.
Sprockets is our COTS Sr Youth small group ministry. It’s where youth can get a true-to-life experience of learning about faith in Jesus and even growing in it. Guys and girls have their own group with a couple of superstar leaders in each. And it’s fun. Youth should bring their real selves – questions and doubts are just fine. No experience or expertise required.
Second Gear exists to nurture spiritual growth and provide support for the young adults who have graduated high school and have moved into the next season of life, whether that’s college, the military, or the workforce. We meet Sunday mornings and for service projects and social events. We also keep in touch with those in our group who are living out of town. Second Gear is for young adults who have graduated high school and up into their 20s.
Acolytes serve in our traditional worship service. Their symbolic duties enrich our worship as they carry the light of Christ into worship and out to the world. Acolytes also closely assist the clergy in serving Communion, conducting Baptisms, and other portions of the worship service. Youth in grades 5-12 may become acolytes after completing training.
Being confirmed into the church means that a youth or adult is making the decision to proclaim Christ as their Savior and is choosing to become a full member. To prepare for this important life event, the Confirmation Class meets each week from January through May for dinner and conversation before youth group on Friday nights and again during the Sunday school hour to learn primarily about our Christian faith, and also the Church sacraments, and the history, organization, and teaching of the United Methodist Church.
YOUTH MISSION TRIP
Each summer youth entering grades 8 and older, high school graduates, and adult leaders head to southern Ohio to work on the homes of those who are physically or financially unable to do so themselves. Each youth has a role on a leadership team that is an important part of making the mission trip happen. The mission trip is held in July with fundraising and planning beginning in early April.
Each year scholarships are offered both from the Church of the Saviour Foundation as well as the East Ohio Conference. Visit www.chsaviour.org/foundation and www.eocumc.com/scholarships/ for applications.