Youth Group - Lakewood Congregational Church

LCC has two Youth Groups, for middle schoolers (grades 6-8) and high schoolers (grades 9-12). The groups are led by Sarah and Mike Banyasz, members of LCC. The groups meet in the LCC Youth Room on the first Sunday of each month: middle school from 5-6:15 pm and high school from 6:30-7:45 pm.

Other Youth Group experiences occur throughout the year: Haunted Hayride (October), Thanksgiving Potluck (November), LCC Lock-In (December), Homeless Awareness Sleep-Out (January), Sledding & Tobogganing (February), Movie Night (March), and the annual LCC Youth Musical (April).

Keep up on Youth activities on the LCC Youth Facebook Page.

Youth Mission Trip
In addition to outreach projects benefiting individuals and organizations in Northeast Ohio, each summer the youth of LCC participate in a Mission Trip that provides them with an opportunity to reach out to people in need in other areas of the United States. In 2015 they traveled to Lott’s Creek, Kentucky where they helped refurbish the community school and various homes in the area. Over the years they have traveled to Rutland, Massachusetts (Heifer Farm/Heifer International), Pittsburgh (The Pittsburgh Project) and Chicago (DOOR) to name just a few. Both the teens and their chaperones tend to talk about their experiences many years after their return home.

The 2019 Mission Trip takes the group to Belle Haven, Virginia to do a week of gleaning for Harvest for Hope.

National Youth Event 2016
In July of 2016 fourteen Youth and two chaperones participated in the UCC National Youth Event at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Over 3000 young people from around the world problem-solved, gathered lots of information about societal issues, and enjoyed the fun of Disney. The teens fundraised over $12,000 to make this event affordable for all participants.

This video recap of the trip was created by Youth leader Sarah Banyasz:

Homeless Awareness Sleep-Out (HASO)
Since 2006 the youth of LCC have participated in the Homeless Awareness Sleep-Out (HASO). They construct outdoor “homes” made out of tarps and cardboard boxes and literally sleep out on the front steps of LCC – overnight, all night. Every year in mid-January, in the snow, sleet, rain, and/or zero degree temperatures, they collect (essentially by “pan-handling”) money to donate back to The Homeless Stand-Down, Family Promise, Lott’s Creek Kentucky Community School, and the Northeast Coalition for the Homeless. Over $5000 was raised in 2016, and nearly $30,000 has been raised since the program first began. The event occurs on the Saturday night of Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.