Children, Youth & Young Adults

Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. -I Timothy 4:12


Our Youth & Young Adult Ministry is shaped in the following:

  • Nursery, second floor (Room 21): childcare providers are present every Sunday during the service.
  • Sacred Circle (Room 22): this class is for ages 3-8 during the worship service. Children will hear a story, then visit hands-on centers to further experience the story through music, play, drama and art.
  • Junior Church, grades K-5, have their own worship service after the first offering. Students can leave then and go to the library across the hall from the main sanctuary entrance.
  • Youth Programming — our best effort is to have one event per month, outside of worship space, to form community.
  • In-Care/Discernment Committee — as part of our covenant to assist in the development of future church leaders, we have a Discernment committee of clergy and lay – we have over 20 ordained folk here (!!!) – to help seminarians move closer towards ordination. Discernment can be a time ripe with anxiety: we’ve got your back! If you are interested in ordination, let us know!

Youth Committee

The Youth Committee is made up of a leadership team, students, and their caretakers who  are passionate about programming for different age groups within the church. Contact Youth Director Ramona Bamgbose if you’re interested in being on this committee. We welcome parents and volunteers!

Advisory Leadership Team

Ramona Gant Bamgbose, Director of Youth & Young Adults
Diamond Mitchell & Colleen Patikas: Childcare providers (infants to Kindergarten)

Latest Youth & Young Adult News & Activities

11Dec 2015

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, December 29, 2017 YOUTH LOCK-IN AT UNIVERSITY CHURCH CONTACT INFO & RSVP Ramona Gant, Youth Director: Pastor Julian DeShazier: Phone: 773-966-2547 Holiday Greetings! Consider this an INVITATION for the youth at your church to a LOCK-IN being held at UNIVERSITY CHURCH on Friday, December 29, 2017. The event will begin at […]

29Jul 2015

From D’Angelo Smith, UChurch Youth Coordinator I attended the “Movement for Black Lives” gathering this past weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. It was a very emotional experience for me and propelled me back to the plight of our ancestors and the struggles they faced. All of those who have gone before us, who had a foundation […]

10Jun 2015

The mission of Camp Create is to enhance exceptionally well rounded, confident, and fun citizens of the world!! We are excited to spend the summer with you and your camper! To register for the camp, please click here to begin the enrollment process. Question? Please email the camp co-director at Here’s to an amazing summer! Jarren S. Camp […]

15Nov 2012

Come out on the FRIDAY after CHRISTMAS for our first youth lock-in! A community-wide event (so invite your friends and youth you know), the intent is to create safe and creative space where our children can experience FUN, FAITH, and FELLOWSHIP, and of course…FOOD. The entire building will be available and events will be happening […]

13Apr 2012

EVENT PAGE (FACEBOOK) University Church is excited to announce its 1st community open-mic, bringing together artists within our neighborhoods, schools, and city in celebration of our collective gifts. Join us for an evening of poetry and storytelling as we speak spiritual truths to power while cultivating new relationships.  Artists are invited to share their work […]

01Feb 2012

We have needed to bring the youth of our local churches together for a very long time, and now it’s going to happen! SAVE THE DATE! SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2012 The Chicago Metropolitan Association of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ has announced plans for a regional youth event, to be held […]

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