LCC has two Youth Groups, one for middle schoolers (grades 6-8) and one for high schoolers (grades 9-12). The groups meet monthly in the LCC Youth Room and Youth Group experiences occur throughout the year. Past activities have included a Haunted Hayride, Thanksgiving Potluck, LCC Lock-In, Homeless Awareness Sleep-Out, Sledding & Tobogganing, Movie Night, and the annual LCC Youth Musical (April).
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. Over the years they have traveled to Lott’s Creek, Kentucky, Rutland, Massachusetts (Heifer Farm/Heifer International), Pittsburgh (The Pittsburgh Project) and Chicago (DOOR) to name just a few. Both the teens and their chaperones talk about their experiences many years after their return home.
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 chaperone 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 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, and the Northeast Coalition for the Homeless. Over $35,000 has been raised since the program first began. The event occurs on the Saturday night of Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.
Lakewood Congregational Church
1375 West Clifton Boulevard
Lakewood, OH 44107
Phone: (216) 221-9555
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