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Wednesday Evening Youth Groups

On Wednesday both groups meet in Sarah Barlow Lounge (across from the main office) at 5:50 Wednesday evenings during the school year. Following a meal at 6 pm, these groups go to their rooms (high school upstairs next to the choir loft and middle school downstairs in Lower Westgate) to share, learn, do mission, and have fun. High school has a study hall until their program begins at 8 pm. Middle school is finished at 8 pm. High school is finished at 9:30 pm.


Summer Stretch

Summer Stretch allows youth who are finishing 6th through 12th grades to come together in small groups, to talk about God, sample a variety of places to serve, have fun together, and make a difference.
During Summer Stretch, youth meet for 3 days during July to serve in the community and have fun. Youth serve at area locations such as Green Hills Retirement Community, Northcrest Retirement Community, the Department of Natural Resources, Ames area parks, Friendship Ark Homes, Good Will, Food at First and Mustard Seed Farm. After spending time in the community, youth enjoy time together in various activities like watching movies, enjoying the Aquatic Center, bowling and playing games. Contact Betsy Thompson for more information.


Mission Trip

Each year, the senior high youth group answers their call to mission by spending a week serving others. Past mission trip experiences have ranged from serving meals in soup kitchens in Denver, CO to working with Habitat for Humanity in Albemarle, NC to working with children in a residential children’s home in Monticello, AR. Our youth say this is a transformational time for them and look forward to going each year. Shortly after they return, the youth plan and lead a worship service about their mission experiences. To sign up to chaperone or learn more about going on this mission trip, please contact Betsy Thompson.



CPC offers a Confirmation class every other year for those youth who are currently in 9th grade or above and interested in exploring their faith in a new way and possibly becoming members of this congregation. This class focuses on youth learning more about what it means to be a Christian in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and gives them a space to articulate what it is that each of them believes. In addition to the class, our Confirmation program pairs youth with a mentor within the congregation who shares his/her faith journey and helps guide the youth in his/her faith journey. Those who chose to do so are confirmed in a Sunday morning worship service in April or May. For more information on how to join the Confirmation class, please email Betsy Thompson or call her at 515-292-2063.

Opportunity: Click the links below to sign up and help our children and youth during Sunday School and Club CPC.

Sign up for Club CPC Cooking/Cleaning:

Club CPC Desserts:

Pre-School Sunday Morning Teachers:

Registration for Childcare: