Cross of Grace

A community of grace sharing God's love with no strings attached.

Sunday Worship:
8:30 am & 10:45 am

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Filtering by: Youth

Blessing of the Backpacks
Jul
28
8:30 AM08:30

Blessing of the Backpacks

Attention all students, teachers, school administrators and other school employees!

Bring your backpacks or school bags to either of the morning worship services (8:30am or 10:00am) for our annual “Blessing of the Backpacks” liturgy. We will offer a prayer and blessing for all who are beginning the new school year.

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Jun
24
to Jun 28

Summer Day Camp

Cross of Grace's "Camp at Church" experience is back for its 3rd year! Kids entering grades 1–6 are invited to register for a week of Christian summer camp right here in New Palestine!

During the week of June 24–28 college-age counselors will come to Cross of Grace and lead daily programming from 9am until 4pm Monday through Thursday (Friday's programming ends at noon). Kids will be treated to the basics of a typical camp experience combined with the comforts of home.

Registration costs $50 for one child or $75 for two or more children in the same family.

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Vacation Bible School
Jun
17
to Jun 20

Vacation Bible School

Celebrate God’s creation this summer with Cross of Grace’s “ReNew” Vacation Bible School experience. ReNew is a 4-day VBS that empowers kids in grades PreK-Grade 5 to grow in faith, have fun, and change the world. Each day, kids will explore Jesus’ Parable of the Sower with three age-appropriate activities that help kids learn how to care for God’s creation.

Our annual VBS experience is offered in the evenings, with a meal at 5 p.m. and programming from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Online registration will be available soon.

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First Communion Instruction
Mar
31
12:00 PM12:00

First Communion Instruction

First Communion Instruction will be held on Sunday, March 31, from noon until 2pm. This is a fun, meaningful way for those in grades 2–4 to learn about the sacrament and to prepare to celebrate communion during worship on Maundy Thursday, April 18 (7:00 p.m.). Sign up by contacting Pastor Aaron: pastoraaron@crossofgrace.org.

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Sweetheart Dinner
Feb
16
5:30 PM17:30

Sweetheart Dinner

Cross of Grace High School youth will prepare and serve our annual Sweetheart Dinner on Saturday, February 16 at church. Come enjoy a lovely evening, including meal and dessert, for only $30 a couple. Childcare is provided. Proceeds go to the Cross of Grace Youth Group fund. Appetizers will be served starting at 5:30pm; dinner will be served at 6:00pm. RSVPs are required.

 

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Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Kid's Yoga

Certified Yoga Instructor Lindsey Stamper is teaching a kid’s yoga class for youth ages 6 and older (parents are welcome as well!). The event will be held at Cross of Grace from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 16. This will be an excellent introduction of the practice of yoga . Cost is $10 per family per class. Please let Lindsey know if your child plans to participate by emailing her (lindsey_stamper@hotmail.com) or telling her in person.

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Jan
12
9:00 AM09:00

Indiana/Kentucky Synod Youth Day

Cross of Grace's youth (8th – 12th graders) are carpooling to Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Carmel where we'll meet up with youth groups from all over Indiana and Kentucky for games, Bible study, service projects, food, and discussion with pastors and our Synod Bishop. We will return to church by 4:00pm. Please let Pastor Aaron know if your child(ren) will attend.

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Dec
21
to Dec 22

Youth Christmas Lock-In

Fun, games, food, conversation, a bounce house, and a “white elephant” exchange at church from 8pm until 8am the next morning. This event is for both Faith Formation youth (grades 6-8) and High School youth (grades 9-12); though many of the activities will be separate.

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Cross+Generational Gathering
Dec
2
9:45 AM09:45

Cross+Generational Gathering

On the first Sunday of each month we gather with adults, babies, teens, toddlers, and everyone in-between to share stories, make new friends, and learn about our faith. Join us this morning from 9:45am until 10:30 as we pack Christmas care packages of school supplies to be distributed around the world through Lutheran World Relief.

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Peer Ministry Training (High School)
Oct
13
8:30 AM08:30

Peer Ministry Training (High School)

High School students (grades 9 -12) as well as adults who work with and support them are invited to Peer Ministry Training – a meaningful event in which students will learn practical skills for welcoming and communicating with others. Students will be equipped to be a real friend, listener, and helper.

This training is open to any congregation of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod and is co-sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis.  The trainer will be Chad Senuta (see www.peerministry.org).  This event costs $10. Register by contacting Pastor Aaron at pastoraaron@crossofgrace.org. 

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Sep
21
to Sep 23

Middle School Retreat

Current 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade youth are invited to join with youth from across Indiana and participate in the annual weekend retreat at Waycross Camp in Brown County. Cost $100 per participant (financial aid is available upon request). Contact Pastor Mark to register.

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Aug
5
11:00 AM11:00

Youth Ministry Forum

A brainstorming, feedback, and goal-setting forum regarding our Faith Formation (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12) youth ministries will be held after both worship services on August 5. All parents, youth, and youth ministry leaders are encouraged to attend.

The 9:30am meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

The 11:00am meeting will be held in the Sanctuary.

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Aug
5
9:30 AM09:30

Youth Ministry Forum

A brainstorming, feedback, and goal-setting forum regarding our Faith Formation (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12) youth ministries will be held after both worship services on August 5. All parents, youth, and youth ministry leaders are encouraged to attend.

The 9:30am meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

The 11:00am meeting will be held in the Sanctuary.

 

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Jul
30
to Aug 2

Youth Handbell/Handchime Camp

Cross of Grace is offering a FREE 4-day camp for children interested in learning how to ring handbells and handchimes.

The camp will take place at Cross of Grace Monday through Thursday (July 30, 31, Aug. 1, 2), between 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. nightly. 

Students entering grades 2-3 will learn to play the handchimes. Students going into grades 4-8 will learn to play the handbells. 

To register, contact Jeannie Ellenberger at jeannie@crossofgrace.org or call (317) 861-0977.

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ELCA Youth Gathering
Jun
27
to Jul 1

ELCA Youth Gathering

What is the Youth Gathering?
– Every three years Lutheran youth from around the world gather in one city for worship, learning, entertainment, fellowship, and community engagement. It is a uniquely powerful experience for High School-age youth and will impact their lives in a positive way.

When is the Youth Gathering?
– Official dates are June 27 through July 1 (transportation will affect these dates by one or two days on either end)

Where is the Youth Gathering?
– Houston, Texas...yes, Texas in the middle of summer!

Who can attend? 
– Any student enrolled in 8th through 12th grade in the Fall of 2017. A couple adult leaders will also be selected to attend.

How much does this cost?
– We don't know the official total until we receive our hotel assignment and figure out how we are getting to Houston. We will host a number of fundraising initiatives in order to lower the total cost per participant. A non-refundable $150 deposit is required to register. Individual financial aid packages are available as needed.

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Vacation Bible School
Jun
4
to Jun 7

Vacation Bible School

Cross of Grace's evening VBS program will be all about peacemaking. Children entering PreK (ages 4-5) through Grade 5 are eligible to participate. Parents of youth age 5 and under and asked to participate along with their child. As always, we offer VBS to our church and wider community completely free of charge. 

Monday through Thursday we will host a meal for participating families beginning at 5 p.m. The VBS program will start at 6 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. The program will conclude on Thursday with a family worship service between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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May
5
6:00 PM18:00

Faith Formation Lock-In

6th, 7th, and 8th graders are encouraged to participate in an overnight "lock-in" retreat on Saturday, May 5th at church. This event will be a fun, meaningful way to wrap up our year of Faith Formation together, as well as a way to prepare our 8th graders for their last steps toward Confirmation Sunday. We will play games, watch movies, do some Bible study and have discussion around the themes we've been studying and learning about over the course of the last three years.

We will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5th and wrap up when worship begins on Sunday morning, May 6th. Each child may bring ONE friend if they are so inclined. Please RSVP to Pastor Mark (pastormark@crossofgrace.org) so we can plan accordingly.

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Apr
29
4:15 PM16:15

Youth Gathering Pre-Event

Participants in this summer's ELCA Youth Gathering will be meeting other Indy-area participants for our second Pre-Gathering Event Sunday, April 29. At 4:15pm that Sunday we will leave the church parking lot and head to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Indianapolis. We'll have fun with other youth who will participate in the Youth Gathering. Dinner will be provided. We should return to CoG around 7:45pm.

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