What We Believe
Children and youth have much to contribute to the body of Christ, the people of God, the Christian church. Young people are recipients of the church’s ministry, but they are also participants and contributors to its life, mission, and witness.
Taking young people seriously is essential to the journey toward wholeness in the church. Each person, at whatever age, will have gifts and needs within the community. The integration of children and youth into the church is an important part in the journey toward the wholeness God intends for the church.
What You Can Do
Rendez-Vous Youth Event
- Get involved with Rendez-Vous, the national gathering of United Church of Canada youth, young adults, and their leaders. View a Minute for Mission on Rendez-Vous.
United Church Camps
- Find a camp near you.
- Check out our Camping playlist on YouTube (includes featured video above on this page).
- Read about camps for LGBTQ children and youth: Being Seen blog about Rainbow Camp; a Minute for Mission about Camp Caterpillar
- Find resources for Camping Sunday (final Sunday in April)
- See also: the Inside Out camp curriculum, and Faith Formation at Camp: Guiding Principles for Faith Formation Programs at Camp, under Downloads, below.
- Find a campus ministry near you.
- Watch a video about the University of Toronto’s Ecumenical Chaplaincy.
Other Ways to Get Involved
- Explore program and worship ideas for intergenerational worship, Sunday school, vacation Bible school, and more.
- Consider applying to the Youth and Young Adult Vision Fund, which offers grants to members and ministries of the United Church.
- If you are in ministry with people in the first third of life (0–30 years)—including in congregations, camping ministries, campus ministries, education centres, and so on—join the conversation in our First Third Ministry Facebook group.
- Communities of faith may offer meaningful opportunities for leadership, participation, and faith formation, such as youth groups, Messy Church, choirs, and hosting Scouts and Guides.
- There is a Youth Forum at each General Council, and a Campus Ministry network. Get in touch for more information, networking opportunities, and resources.