We think spending time as a Servant makes North Shore teens better leaders.
The Servants program combines service to others with a social opportunity. It meets weekly during both the school year and the summer. Each spring, the Servants have an opportunity to go on a Mission Trip, where they spend a week in a less developed, underprivileged part of the world helping and working with the local residents. Recent trips have been to the Dominican Republic, where the students have helped build a community center.
Contact: Email Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland or Rev. Jeff Braun, or call 847-441-3400
O Lord, make me your Servant. May my hands be used for building; may my feet be ready for walking; may my ears be prepared for listening; may my mind and heart be ready to accept all the work you have for us to do. In all we do this day, may we strive to make your peace flow like a river and your truth shine like the sun.
Servants is the name of the high school youth group of Winnetka Congregational Church. This group was formed in 1956 because Winnetka Congregational Church recognized the need to provide a place and time for the youth to learn about their faith and live out their faith in community with other youth. Ever since its inception Servants has been an important part of the congregation and the wider community.
As the name implies, service is an important part of what we do as a group. Every year we dedicate time to service projects in the North Shore, in the city of Chicago, and internationally on our mission trip. In the North Shore, Servants work with other churches to help stock the local food pantry; we also partner with Erika’s Lighthouse to create awareness about teen depression. In the city of Chicago, the Servants group plays an integral role in Winnetka Congregational Church’s annual Wish Tree event–when the congregation provides over 300 kids Christmas gifts that they wouldn’t receive otherwise–and travels to the Good News Community Church in order to provide snacks and a warm atmosphere for the families to pick up their gifts. In the city of Chicago, we also dedicate our time to serve with the Night Ministry in Uptown and A Just Harvest in Rogers Park in order to help feed some of the poor and homeless population.
Beyond service, Servants is a place for the youth to explore their faith. Especially on the fall retreat at Covenant Harbor in Lake Geneva and our mission trip, we make time to think about our beliefs and take time to discuss and articulate who God is and how we experience God. As a result of these extended discussions, the youth lead the congregation in worship once a year. At that time the youth share what God is doing in their lives and inspire the people of Winnetka Congregational Church to look at their faith in new and invigorating ways. Servants also meet on Sunday nights at the church from 4:30-6:00 p.m. for times of fellowship, playing games, and having faith-based discussions.
Servants is also a place for youth to have fun with one another and bond as a group. Whether it is playing cards or ultimate Frisbee with one another, going to a movie or bowling, playing laser tag or whirly ball, enjoying a lock-in or a progressive dinner, going on a camping trip or a trip to a theme park or even a Cubs game, we make sure that we create an atmosphere where we are able to cut loose and have some fun with one another.
We meet at the church in the Servants room on Sunday nights from 4:00—5:30pm. We hope you will come and be a part of the group this week.