Edgewater Congregations Together (E.C.T.) Youth Group
The E.C.T. Youth Group is led by Adriana (Dri) Rivera, and consists of youth in 5th - 12th grades from Immanuel, Unity, and Ebenezer Lutheran Churches, as well as youth from the neighborhood.
We gather on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month during the school year at Immanuel Lutheran Church for food, games, faith discussions, worship, and free time. We gather at 6:15 pm for a meal and the program begins at 7:00 pm. We also gather for additional service projects and trips, retreats, and social events throughout the year.
Every three years the high school youth attend the ELCA Youth Gathering.
Here is what some of our youth and young adult leaders say about the E.C.T. Youth Group:
I’ve been with the youth group for almost five years and I really love all the relationships I’ve built with every person in the group. It’s been an amazing experience with everyone. Also, I love them, each one of them, even the adults. - Xanath, 10th grade
In this year and a half I have been at youth group, I have really enjoyed spending time together and bonding, making new friends, and making new experiences with great people. - Alan, 10th grade
The thing I like best about youth group is making new friends and getting to know them. I like being part of the worship services also. – Kjell, 11th grade
I love E.C.T. youth group because I get to meet new people and participate in fun, unique activities. I also like the things we do to help the community because it makes me very proud to be a part of this group. - Leah, 7th grade
I have been attending youth group for seven years. And every year I grow as an individual. Youth group is such an inviting place for me and others, and it allows me to be myself and to help the young ones around me. I am in 10th grade and I hope to stay for a long time. - Maku, 10th grade
I’ve been involved in youth group since 8th grade. I am now 22 years old. Youth group has always been a safe place for me. It gives me a comforting feeling of helping me feel like I belong. Now as a youth group leader I wish to make others feel as safe and comfortable as I felt growing up in the group. - Lupe, youth group leader
I have been in E.C.T. youth group one and a half years. I like the games and the food.
- Angelica, 6th grader
Youth group has been great since I started coming with my older sister and brother when I was in 2nd grade. I like it because you get to be close to God and also get to find time to be with friends. - Emanuel, 5th grade
What I enjoy most about youth group is that over the year and a half I’ve been here, I met a lot of amazing people and I spend days in different places with them on our trips. I enjoyed the Iowa trip and I can’t wait for the Wisconsin trip coming up. Thank you Emily for everything you’ve done to make this happen. - Oscar, 9th grade
What I like about E.C.T. youth group is that we all are able to eat, sing, and hang out with each other. – Joe, 8th grade
I’ve been in youth group since the beginning of November. I like youth group because it’s a non-judgmental place for everyone, and you go on cool trips and meet new people.
- Mila, 7th grade
Throughout my years in E.C.T. youth group I have had a very positive experience and made new friends. We have gone on numerous trips and they are always fun. One of my favorite things we have done is when we went to Detroit in the summer of 2015. It was a great experience and I was thankful to be a part of it. - Steve, 11th grade
I am one of the youth leaders for E.C.T. youth group. I’ve only been a leader since the summer, but I am beyond thankful and blessed to be in this group. I enjoy the time that I spend with Pastor Emily and the youth. My time in Iowa with them has allowed me to grow in faith and help serve with them. - Jordan, youth group leader
What I like about youth group is the dinners we have in the beginning and that we get to play basketball for free time because I get to talk to and meet new people. I have lots of friends at youth group and enjoy youth group very much. It is a good thing to do twice a month because we do lots of great things every time I go to youth group. – Luke, 10th grade
I love so many things in the youth group. I’ve made so many friends that I love laughing with and have a special bond with everyone. Another thing I love about the youth group is the great trips we go on. It gives you a chance to see parts of the country that you’ve never seen before. I LOVE IT! - Lillian, 8th grade
I have been in youth group for 1 year and a half. I really enjoyed all the trips we’ve been on and all the new friends I’ve made. I really enjoyed everything we’ve done and all the work we’ve done together. - Melanie, 9th grade
Youth Group has been a good place for me because it’s been a place that showed me another way to grow and be my best self. - John, 11th grade
Hello humans! My name is Cloe. One of the many things I enjoy about youth group is learning about new people and making friends. – Cloe, 6th grade
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