EYC is an opportunity for middle school students to come together in their spiritual home and engage in Bible study, games, outreach, and community! For information regarding our meeting schedule, please contact Betsy Parkhurst.
Rite 13 & Confirmation
Rite 13 is a two year program for 7th and 8th graders through which we celebrate the gift of manhood and womanhood and set the foundation for the remainder of the youth program. Rite 13 begins when young people are close to their 13th birthdays, with a special liturgy in the Church loosely modeled after the Jewish bar or bat mitzvah. In this ceremony young people are charged with the responsibility to use wisely the power given to them at puberty. A portion of Psalm 139 is read, and a prayer for parents is shared as they watch their children on this journey out of childhood, anticipating their return as adults and friends. A charge to the peers of the Rite 13 class and to the congregation follows, asking for their support as the youth are on this journey.
During the second year of Rite 13, in 8th grade, students are invited to go through the Confirmation process as they continue the Rite 13 curriculum. To learn more about Youth Confirmation at Christ Church, contact Betsy Parkhurst at or 704-714-6972.
These two years incorporate fun, laughter, games, service and learning. A lot of time is spent reading great stories of Holy Scripture and exploring their validity today. We focus on prayer and other ways we see and encounter God. Probably more than anything else, our activities are geared to build community, to establish trust and safety, and to remind the young people that we are their Church home and they belong here!
Rite 13: November 17, 2019 and February 23, 2020
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
One rite of passage for Christ Church middle school students is helping our youngest parishioners grow in their faith at Vacation Bible School! Teen Volunteers serve from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Visit this page to learn more.