The Youth Ministry of First Congregational Church of Western Springs exists to include, inspire and empower 6th through 12th grade students
to grow in faith, serve others and build a welcoming and
supportive community through God’s love.
Fellowship for Youth
First Congregational Church of Western Springs has several programs geared toward tweens and teens. If you have questions regarding any youth programs contact Mike Tilden, Director of Youth Ministries, at 708.246.1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a brochure on future freshmen opportunities, click below:
Jrneys Youth Group
JRneys is our youth group for junior high students (6th-8th grade). Aiming to strike a balance between fun and faith, the meetings alternate between playing games and exploring how faith relates to the many issues facing teens today. JRneys is open to all who wish to attend and honor the code of conduct.
JRneys is led by our Director of Youth Ministries, Mike Tilden. Meetings are held on the first, second and third Wednesday of the month at 7 pm. Non-members are welcome, so please bring a friend along.
For more information, contact Mike at email@example.com.
Plymouth Fellowship (PF) Youth Group
Plymouth Fellowship (PF) is our youth group for high school students. Aiming to strike a balance between fun and faith, the Sunday night 7pm meetings alternate between game playing and exploring our faith and how that relates to the many issues facing teens today. Our youth groups are open to all who wish to attend and honor the code of conduct.
Mike Tilden, Director of Youth Ministries, leads Plymouth Fellowship. To learn more, call Mike at 708.246.1900 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See our church calendar for a list of events. High schoolers should text Mike Tilden at 708.642.2827 to be added to group texting.
DONUTS & DO SOMETHING
Check our events page for upcoming meetings
This has been a hard year for everyone but especially our high school students. As a church community, we want to make sure we are here to support them in any way possible. Our faith grows when we walk alongside and connect with others.
If your high schooler flourishes in a small group setting, “Donuts & Do Something” is a great way to connect with others and get involved in the church community. All high school youth are invited to join Mike Tilden, Director of Youth MInistries and Pastor Katherine Willis Pershey for donuts, devotions, joys and concerns, and a small mission project.
Contact Mike Tilden at email@example.com if you have questions.
Girls Congo Hoops
The Girls Congo Hoops Church League Basketball season begins mid-March after the completion of Boys Congo Hoops. Practice dates, times, and location are pending. Check your weekly email or Gatherings newsletter for updates. Students in 9th – 12th grade are welcome to participate, but league rules stipulate that participation on a church’s team requires one of two criteria; membership in the church OR active participation in the youth group. There is a fee for participation as well, determined by participation and league costs, which vary each year. A permission form must be completed by each player.
If you have any questions please contact Mike Tilden at firstname.lastname@example.org or (708)246-1900.
Due to COVID-19, we have discontinued Congo Hoops until further notice. Please check back for updates.
Boys Congo Hoops
The boys Congo Hoops Church League Basketball season begins in October with practices on Monday nights at 8pm at McClure Junior High School. Students in 9th – 12th grade are welcome to participate, but league rules stipulate that participation on a church’s team requires one of two criteria; membership in the church OR active participation in the youth group. Games begin in December and the season wraps-up in mid-March. There is a fee for participation as well, determined by participation and league costs, which vary each year. A permission form must be completed by each player.
THE FIRST CONGO HOOPS boys team is back in action! Come check out a game and cheer ’em on in 2022!
Jan 15th – 9pm at St. John’s
Jan 22nd – 9pm at St. John’s
Jan 29th – 6:45pm at Western Springs Rec Center
Feb 5th – 5pm at St. Cletus
Feb 12th – 6:45pm at Western Springs Rec Center
Feb 19th – 7:45pm at Western Springs Rec Center
Feb 26th – 8pm at St. Isaac Jogue’s
Faith & Flow Yoga
Join us for all-levels Faith & Flow Yoga in the Chapel on Thursday afternoons at 2:00pm and Sunday afternoons at 4:00pm. The Thursday class is taught by Rev. Katherine Willis Pershey, and the Sunday class is taught by a rotation of certified teachers.
This one-hour class integrates teachings of yoga philosophy and Christian spirituality as the students are guided through a basic to moderate vinyasa sequence (a method of yoga in which movements form a flowing sequence in coordination with the breath).