The Youth of LCC have worshipped with the residents of Eliza Jennings Nursing Home on the second Sunday of each month for the past 20 years. The worship is led by the Youth and tends to be as rewarding to them as it is to our friends at EJ.
Eighth and ninth graders participate in a year-long Confirmation program, led by the Senior Pastor. In addition to learning about the Bible (Old and New Testaments), the history of Lakewood Congregational Church, and the history of the United Church of Christ, the Youth participate in the following “out of church experiences” that serve to enrich their lessons: visits to a Jewish Temple, Islamic Mosque, Catholic Mass, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and worshipping at the UCC Amistad Chapel in downtown Cleveland. The Confirmation class creates a Class Banner of Christian symbols and confirmands present a Statement of Faith paper/project shared at their Confirmation celebration. Our next confirmation program will begin in the fall of 2017.
LCC Youth Musical
For over 40 years, the children and youth of LCC have put on a musical production for the congregation and community. It is a 3-4 month long commitment to spreading the Good News through music and drama. Productions have included Fiddler on the Roof, Honk! the Musical, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, in addition to several original productions. The kids have wowed audiences for years with their talents and will do so again this coming spring. Godspell will be performed April 8 and 9, 2017.
Vacation Bible School
LCC, along with St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, hosts Vacation Bible School each summer for children (members and non-members) ages 4-11. The week-long program is filled with a variety of multi-sensory activities that revolve around a central Biblical theme. It is so much fun for the kids and adult helpers as well. In 2016 we also partnered with Trinity Lutheran Church as we “Caught the Wave of God’s Amazing Love” at the Surf Shack!
LCC provides families with a variety of worship experiences throughout the year. They range from Advent and Lenten Gatherings to the annual Christmas Pageant/ Holiday Dinner and “S’More Time with God”, and even an afternoon Jack-o-lantern carving event! The Children’s Faith Formation Team is always coming up with fresh and fun ideas for the families of LCC.
Lakewood Congregational Church hosted its first Literacy/Art Camp in July of 2016 for preschool-age children. The children and their parents were exposed to famous artists and their works, and literature that incorporates the artists’ ideas. Parents were then given guidance as to how to develop the reading of the books to their children, while the children created art pieces that exemplified a particular artist’s concept each day. Everyone was proud of what they accomplished in 5 days. When the children shard their art pieces each day and were told they could take the 5 books home with them, squeals of delight were heard throughout the church! LCC hopes to expand this program for 2017.