Our youth and family ministry goal are to guide youth in their identity as servant leaders and nurture their spiritual gifts of service, justice, witness while equipping families with best faith practices. We provide many education, service, worship, fellowship, and travel experiences for our youth and families at Christ the King Church. The following are highlights of the year. Friends and visitors are always welcome to all events!
Faith Together (Fellowship and Study):
Luther League: The CTK Luther League is open to all youth in 9th-12th grade. The group is a combination of youth who are members and non-members of this congregation. We meet on most Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in the basement youth room for lunch, fellowship, games, films, discussions, Bible Studies, and time to relax and connect with peers.
Confirmation: Every Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:00 a.m., students will come together to prepare the youth for their affirmation of baptism in their 8th-grade year. Each lesson is developed to be able to reach all those that are multi-intelligences so that it is not lecturing. Confirmation is a program for 7th and 8th grade but youth of any age are welcome to attend. We have a two-year rotation Bible and Small Catechism. See our Confirmation page for more information.
Faith in Action: (Service and Leadership)
Service Opportunities: Families and youth are given an opportunity to serve in multiple roles in the community. We support the Houston Food Bank, Sea Farer Ministry, Bright Stars of Bethlehem, Freewheels Houston, Lutheran World Relief, and Feeding the Homeless. Service opportunities depend on the needs of the community and the passions of the youth ministry.
Worship Service: Families and youth are given an opportunity to serve in multiple roles in worship through service as acolytes, crucifers, servers, bell ringers, greeters, and ushers. More opportunities can present themselves throughout the year.
ELCA Youth Gathering: Youth who are in 8th through 12th grade are encouraged to come to the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans on July 16-20, 2024. Each day youth and adult leaders will gather to hear the day’s Scripture text articulated by engaging speakers and Christian musicians, as well as stimulating video and interpretive dance. During the middle of the day, congregational groups will participate in a three-day activity rotation that includes a day of service in the city, a day of exploratory learning with other groups from their synod, and a day of interactive learning in the Convention Center. Last ELCA Youth Gathering brought over 31,000 youth and adults to Houston, TX in 2018.
Germany Trip: Youth have an opportunity to travel to Germany during spring break once every two years. The days are framed by morning and evening prayer in historic churches where Luther lived and taught. Throughout each day there are all kinds of options ranging from recreation and service to history, art and hands-on in-person learning and fellowship. Day trips are offered to Eisleben, Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Erfurt, Dresden, Berlin, Wittenberg, and Leipzig. Highlights of the trip include staying overnight Augustinian Monetary in Erfurt where Luther studied, visiting Wittenberg to see the famous door where Luther nailed the 95 Theses, white water rafting in Leipzig, Wartburg Castle Tours in Eisenach, staying with host families in Leipzig, and so much more. Our next trip is June 2-11, 2023.
Adventure/Mission Trip: Youth and adults are invited to participate in our third year to attend our Adventure/Mission trip in the United States. In 2019 we went to North Carolina for a week of Hurricane Clean up and in 2021 we attend AEI Base Camp in Colorado for community building and adventure. In 2022, our youth served in Charleston, WV for a week of service in the community. Our next Adventure/Mission Trip will be the summer of 2024. For more information, please contact Deacon Ben Remmert, Deacon of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry.
An up to date calendar of events for Middle School Students and High School students can be found here: CTK Luther League Fall 2022 – Spring 2023
All youth that participate in Luther League activities need to fill out a permission form which can be found here: CTK Luther League Permission Form
Contact Deacon Ben Remmert, Deacon of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry for more information and/or to be added to our communication list. Our volunteers follow Safe Haven guidelines, policies of our volunteers and staff to protect children and youth from abuse. Guidelines can be found here: Safe Haven Guidelines.