Youth Education and Activities

Sunday School

We offer a Sunday school program.


Groundbreakers is for grades 4 through 8. It meets once a week to learn and grow spiritually and participate in fun social activities. Meetings are on Wednesday afternoons, 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., from Labor Day through Memorial Day, except holidays. For further information, please contact Rev. Jay H. Barry (link)

Goals for weekly meetings include the following:

  • To establish friendships, cement relationships, and gain a sense of belonging within the context of a group of peers.
  • To learn and talk about God, your emerging faith, and living a life of faith.
  • Learning to care about others and to be of useful service in the surrounding community.
  • Group activities, socializing, and fun.


Glenview New Church School

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Boys and Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club is for children in grades 5 through 8. We provide opportunities for relationship and connection with others, camp experiences, and a life of useful service that goes beyond the classroom. We meet once a week on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Pendleton Hall on the Glenview New Church campus. (Click here for directions.) All children in grades 5 through 8 are welcome to attend.

For more information on the Boys and Girls Club, or to enroll your child, please e-mail Brent Smith or give him a call at 224.489.6400.

Opportunities for relationship and connection with others

The Boys and Girls Club offers children opportunities for social connection, a sense of camaraderie and teamwork, learning to get along with one another, and fun. These things happen in each weekly meeting / activity and also in camp experiences three times a year (see below).

Camp experiences: Learning that goes beyond the classroom

Camping is a unique experience in which children learn skills in nature that they might not otherwise develop. They learn skills of tenting (with separate tent areas and bunk houses for girls and boys), food preparation, canoeing, hiking, and more. There are three camping trips to the Boys and Girls Club Camp in Wisconsin during the year—one in the summer, one in the fall, and one in the winter. Summer Camp is a week-long experience which features, among other things, day trips to the Wisconsin Dells and canoeing on the Wisconsin River. Fall Camp and Winter Camp are weekend trips that include other fun activities for children.

Ongoing learning and practice in a life of useful service

One of the important things that children learn and practice in our Boys and Girls Club is a life of useful service. They do this as they work together in the different aspects of the club experience — running weekly meetings, following through on planned activities, and as they work together during each camp experiences toward common goals.