Our Story:

In 2008 a group of youth from 4 different local churches came together for the first ever combined confirmation class. In January of 2009 the confirmation class was confirmed and their time together was coming to a close. The youth didn't want their walk of faith together to end so they came together and decided to start the Illumination Youth Group.

Today the Illumination Youth Group is comprised of three churches from the Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky area, Christ Church UCC Fort Thomas, St. Johns UCC Newport, and St. John UCC Bellevue. We meet every Wednesday at one of these three churches and welcome all youth in middle and high school to join us. If you are interested in joining, please contact us!

Our Faith:

United Church of Christ mission statement: As people of the United Church of Christ, affirming our Statement of Faith, we seek within the Church
Universal to participate in God's mission and to follow the way of the crucified
and risen Christ.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are called and commit ourselves:
To praise God,
confess our sin, and joyfully accept God's forgiveness;
To proclaim
the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our suffering world;
To embody
God's Love for all people;
To hear and
give voice to creation's cry for justice and peace;
To name and
confront the powers of evil within and among us;
To repent our
silence and complicity with the forces of chaos and death;
To preach and
teach with the power of the living Word;
To join
oppressed and troubled people in the struggle for liberation;
To work for
justice, healing, and wholeness of life;
To embrace the
unity of Christ's church;
To discern and
celebrate the present and coming reign of God.