One Big Family

Kenilworth Union Church is where youth can be themselves and be loved for who they areno matter where they are or where they have been. All youth are welcome, regardless of church affiliation or attendance.

There are youth groups, classes, discussions, and special events that help you discover and deepen Christian faith and lay the foundation for a secure future. There is support to help youth and their families see God’s light in the darkness and disappointments of life. There are service opportunities that let youth make life better for others.  

We strive to be a faith family that seeks to love God, to love others as ourselves, to make a difference in this world and to live life abundantly.


For programming for birth–6th grade, please visit our Children and Family Ministry page.

Click here for Children and Family Ministry, birth–sixth grade.

Youth Groups—Wednesday Evenings


All youth are welcome regardless of church affiliation and new friends are always welcome. We meet at the Warwick Manse—the white house at 417 Warwick Road in Kenilworth. Youth groups are drop-in programs. No registration is required.

  • Grades 7–8:  Junior High Youth Group (JYG) meets 6:30–8 p.m.
    Meet for dinner,silly challenges, games, and candle time discussions about things that matter.

Please click here for mid-week youth group information for grades 5–6.
Parent Information about Youth Groups here.

Breakfast Club—Sunday Mornings

Grade 7–8 +

Sunday mornings 10:15–11:30 a.m. Join youth leaders Sundays in the manse (white house at 417 Warwick Road) for breakfast. Lesson and discussion about the Bible or other fascinating faith topics begins at 10:30 a.m.

Please click here for Sunday morning information for birth–sixth grade.

IMPACT—Sunday Evenings

Grades 9–12 +
IMPACT is the youth group for high schoolers, where we welcome college students and young adults to come alongside as leaders. We meet roughly twice a month, mostly on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m., but please check the calendar for most up-to-date days and times. Each year, IMPACT also runs a mission trip program, with details announced each November and the trip taking place each June after New Trier’s last day of attendance.

Youth Leadership

Youth can practice and develop leadership skills at Kenilworth Union through several  leadership opportunities:

Grades 9–12:

  • CORE Leadership team – helps plan and lead Wednesday Youth Groups.
  • Sunday School High School Helpers – help lead and Sunday School activities and Chapels

Grades 11-12:

  • IMPACT Junior Board—helps lead IMPACT

College and Young Adult:

  • Christmas Eve 11 p.m. Service—college and young adults are invited into worship leadership through greeting, ushering, and serving as officiants during this Traditional Candlelight Service.
  • IMPACT—college students under the age of 21 can apply to lead the June mission trips as College Leaders. Young adults over the age of 21 can apply to be a team leader on a mission trip.

Go to College IMPACT Colombia Leader Application

Volunteer Service

Grades 9–12 +
Volunteer service is an integral part of youth ministry at Kenilworth Union and is required for confirmation and for the IMPACT mission trip program. Check out what opportunities are currently available on our volunteer service page.

Mission Trips

Grades 9–12

College and Young Adult:

  • Winter Break Mission Trip is scheduled for the first week of January. College students sign up to serve in the fall and show up ready to serve just after the new year. The destination remains a secret until the day of departure. Information and registration for Winter Break Mission Trip is here.
  • IMPACT—College students under the age of 21 can apply to lead the June mission trips as College Leaders. Young adults over the age of 21 can apply to be a team leader on a mission trip. Information and registration for Colombia IMPACT Mission Trip for College Leaders is here.