Chi Rho is a ministry for Jr. High youth (6th, 7th, and 8th graders). Chi Rho meets monthly and offers this age group an opportunity to experience acceptance, worth, and the love of Jesus Christ through fellowship, service, and worship opportunities.
Chi Rho usually meets on the second Sunday of each month for a fun afternoon of fellowship with their Christian peers. Examples of events might include a campfire, indoor rock climbing, movie and ice cream sundaes, Christmas party, snow tubing, Laser Quest, Bowling, roller skating, scavenger hunts, corn hole tournament with the Golden Agers and an end-of-the year picnic.
Chi Rho is led by the youth director and a group of dedicated adult advisors. However, many youth group decisions and leadership comes from our Chi Rho Council. This is made up of two elected youth representatives from each grade under the direction of our Director of Youth Ministries.
One of our monthly events is dedicated to outreach. Usually held in January or February, we focus on the call of a Christian to serve. Examples of outreach projects include working at Marian’s Closet, door-to-door food collection for Salvation Army, making fruit baskets for Sunday School teachers, Valentine’s thank you goody bags for the Church Board, cookies for our shut-ins, and homemade cards for our Golden Agers, just to name a few.
On the second Sunday of August, Chi Rho’ers hold their annual Car Hop Fund-raiser. This is held in the front lawn and parking lot of the church. It is a 1950's style drive-in "restaurant". Youth dress in their ‘50's attire and play 50's music. Congregation members and the general public drive in for burgers, hot dogs, chips, and cookies. Youth will come to your car, take your order, and serve your food! Tables are also set up on the lawn for guests who would like to visit with each other. Chi Rho youth will vote on where to donate the money from this event. Past donations have been made to Wadsworth FISH, Make-a-Wish Foundation, S.P.C.A, and the Humane Society.
Each summer in July, many of our Chi Rho’ers attend a week at Camp Christian. This is a special place where our youth experience fun, fellowship, and friendship in a Christian environment. They also have the opportunity to grow spiritually, as they encounter God’s love in new ways! This week is an amazing experience that any Christian youth would not want to miss!