Our Youth Group is open to all youth, grades 6-12, regardless of faith affiliation. Friends are always welcome! We often split the group into middle and senior high sub-groups. Each meeting includes a time of sharing and a time of prayer. Attendance ranges from 5-10 for regular meetings, but can top 15 for special events. We enjoy a wide variety of activities, including theme nights (topical discussion and activities), game nights, dinners (including progressive dinners and hosted dinners) and service projects. We also enjoy outings to the beach, Splish Splash, Six Flags, the Bronx Zoo, harvest festivals and other fun places. In the last few years we have also gone to the Creation Festival in PA and on mission trips to Warrensburg, NY, Lynn, MA, Rutland, VT and Harrisburg PA.
The 2017 Harrsiburg mission trip was our fourth through the YouthWorks association. The team saw food from farm to food bank, helping to sort, transport and distribute produce in the community. They helped build a compost bin, took part in a community cookout, and got to know youth from other churches as they worked and worshiped together. Then they came back and shared the experience with the congregation. Our youth have a heart for serving Christ and it was wonderful to share this experience with them!
The fall season kicked off with our annual trip to Camp Quinipet and continued with our No-Sleep Sleepover. So far in 2018, we’ve met with the Bayport UMC youth for a volleyball night, had two successful fundraisers and run a Youth Sunday. This summer we will be returning to Rutland VT on our annual mission trip, and thanks to the generosity of our congregation, our tickets are fully paid! Stay tuned for further activities!
Every few months, the youth are in charge of the worship service. These services are a combination of messages, skits and music. In addition to popular Christian songs, we’ve sung songs by Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Kris Allen, Michael Buble, Selena Gomez, My Chemical Romance, Green Day, Coldplay, fun, Sara Bareilles and Christina Perri. The theme of our last Youth Service was “How to Be a Christian and a Teen.” Our next Youth Service will take place this summer after the mission trip!
If you would like to receive regular updates on youth activities, please email the pastor at RevRichA@aol.com.
Photo credits: The panoramic photo is from Creationfest’s Facebook page; all of the other photos were taken by our parents and youth. Thank you to all of our photographers! 🙂