Youth Ministry

The mission of the Elmwood Church of Christ Youth and Family Ministry
is to partner with teens and their families in order to create space for
God to build strong families and passionate, committed disciples
who learn to love God and love others more and more each day.


Youth classes meet in the youth house behind the church building at the same time as adult classes on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.


Mission Stay – Think of this as a mission trip, but we are not leaving our Lafayette area. The Mission Stay provides our youth the opportunity to give back to the community and to learn about the needs of their surrounding community.

Bingo Nights – Our youth and their families enjoy the nights when they are able to host a fun night of Bingo and prizes for the residents at Tippecanoe Villa.

Camp CUMO – Camp CUMO is a camp that our youth group, along with two other youth groups, hosts each year for children ages 9 to 12. Camp CUMO is part of a larger ministry in Cincinnati called simply “CUMO.” CUMO stands for Cincinnati Urban Ministry Outreach and is run by Pat Pugh and his wife Carla. Click here to learn more about CUMO.


Fall Retreat – Our youth take an annual overnight trip to Camp Tecumseh in the fall. The retreat provides the youth a chance to get away and make time to grow closer to God and each other.

Winterfest – Winterfest is a youth rally held on the third weekend in February in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. At over 12,000 attendees, it becomes one of the largest gatherings of the churches of Christ in the United States.


Our youth enjoy various activities, such as monthly game nights, a yearly canoe trip down the Tippecanoe River, and an annual trip to Cedar Point, where they can have fun getting to know each other better.

Click here for the latest updates of what’s going on with our Elmwood Youth Group.


Leadership Training for Christ is an organization designed to stimulate and encourage spiritual, mental, and social growth among young men and women in grades three through twelve. Its mission is to achieve this growth by developing skills in leadership, Bible knowledge, and Christian service. Each year, Elmwood helps prepare students for the Midwest LTC conference that takes place in Indianapolis.


The Rites of Passage Experience is designed to help parents strategically pass down their faith to their teenager in an annual ceremony. Visit their website to gain the tools you’ll need to carry out a Rites of Passage Experience each year including:

  • A Planning Guide to walk you through the resources and the actual ceremony.
  • 2 Videos explaining the why and how of each Rite of Passage.
  • Kick Starters for Biblical family discussion time to lead up to the experience.
  • Each year Rights of Passage will focus on the biggest milestone for the year and give you the tools to make this milestone one to remember.