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 2018 Rutland mission trip was our fifth through the YouthWorks association. The ten-person team (eight youth and two adults) volunteered at individual houses, a soup kitchen, a thrift shop and the Salvation Army, 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 already includes our annual trip to Camp Quinipet (Shelter Island) for youth and their families. The trip will take place October 12-14. If you haven’t signed up yet, please be sure to do so soon as space is limited!
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 last two youth services were mission-based as the youth reported on their experiences in Vermont.
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! 🙂