ECSMC youth are integral members of the church. We call them “the MYF” (Mennonite Youth Fellowship). They regularly take a turn preparing and serving a Monday night gathering meal, set up chairs and tables each week for the meal, and help in the worship services. Each Sunday, they are part of the staff in the nursery during the service. Every summer, the MYF embarks on a service and learning trip (sometimes in the U.S., sometimes internationally) or attends a Mennonite youth convention. The MYF meets for Sunday school, often using the Gather Round curriculum from MennoMedia and engaging in lively discussion and possibly, occasionally, eating snacks. They also meet monthly for Bible studies and social events, interspersed with service projects.
MYF, Junior Youth, Mentor/Amigos
Sunday School for children and youth begins immediately after the end of the worship service.
Children under age 2 are welcome to join their parents in any of the adult Sunday School classes.
Age 2 through grade 5 meet in classrooms in the Fellowship Hall (basement level). Classroom doors are labeled with the following age groups:
Junior Youth (Grades 6-8) meet in the Fellowship Hall.
Youth (Grades 9-12) also known as Mennonite Youth Fellowship (MYF) meet for Sunday School weekly, in addition to monthly gatherings.
At East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church, we are committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for children and youth.
Read a summary of our Child Protection Policy.
All adults who desire to work with children/youth less than 18 years of age must become “approved adults.” This includes, but is not limited to: pastors, all paid ECSMC staff, Sunday School teachers, MYF/Youth & Jr. Youth leaders & teachers, mentors, nursery workers, children’s church leaders, and ushers.
In addition to attending a congregation-authorized training, all those desiring to become approved adults must obtain: