Youth Outreach and Mission is the name given to all of our 6th through 12th graders. This group meets throughout the year on Wednesday evenings at 5:15pm and on other various days and Sundays for mission opportunities, fundraisers and other activities and special events.
Mission projects are a key element of our faith development. Opportunities for involvement vary from year to year, and have included a summer mission trip, assembling care packages for college students, and participating in community events hosted by these organizations:
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian nonprofit hunger relief organization that provides food to help communities in developing countries become self-sustaining. FMSC’s approach is simple: volunteers hand pack scientifically designed meals, which are shipped to partners in nearly 70 countries and used to run orphanages, clinics, schools, missions, and community feeding programs. Our congregation participated in a 2-day Mobile Pack event in 2013 and will do again in June 2014.
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. Our congregation participates annually in the local walk, one of more than 1,600 CROP Hunger Walks across the United States. More than five million CROP Hunger Walkers have participated in more than 36,000 CROP Hunger Walks in the last two decades alone.
Canstruction hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the creations go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the event, all food is donated to local hunger relief organizations. Canstruction exhibits have helped raise over 21 million pounds of food since 1992. Canstruction events are held annually in over 150 cities around the world including North America, Australia, South America, Europe and Asia. FCC’s youth group, Christ Crew, has participated three times and will do so again in 2015, when the local event comes back to Cedar Rapids.
Middle school and high school students are encouraged to serve as volunteer leaders and role models during Vacation Bible School, offered during evenings in June. Volunteers lead children through a free supper, Bible stories, games, service projects, music and other fun.
Middle school and high school students have many opportunities to share their musical gifts with our congregation, including serving as a vocalist or instrumentalist during a worship service, participating in the choir, or providing music for special services, including Christmas Eve.