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Presbyterian Youth Connection


Welcome to Presbyterian Youth Connection!

PYC is a place for all 6th-12th graders to connect to the Church, the world around them, and each other.

PYC how-to (in 7 easy steps)

  • Step 2: Drop off.
    • We start in the Fellowship Hall at 6pm. Due to construction, youth may enter the church at 110 Henderson Street between 5:45pm and 6:15pm.
    • The door will be locked at 6:15pm. Youth arriving late may enter at the Youth Center door in the parking lot after 6:45pm. Note that there is no unlocked door between 6:15pm and 6:45pm.
  • Step 3: Mingle!
    • Chat it up with advisors. Check in with your peers to see how their week went. Catch up.
  • Step 4: Eat!
    • Drop $5 in the basket for dinner and enjoy a great meal!
  • Step 5: Participate!
    • Give yourself fully to programs, discussions, games, and your community.
  • Step 6: Pray.
    • We close each night at PYC with prayer. Take it seriously.
  • Step 7: Pick up.
    • Pick up will happen in the parking lot. Please note that there will be traffic backups during pick up for the first few weeks (and maybe longer). Bring patience! Do not ask your youth to meet you at a different location. They will wait for you with the group at the UPC parking lot.

Get Connected

Stay connected and informed!

Facebook group for youth and parents:

Smugmug Photos:       Twitter: @UPCPYC             Instagram: @UPCPYC

Remind: text the code @UPCP to the number 81010 to get last minute text reminders

GroupMe: Join our grade groups in GroupMe and youth will get a text of prayer requests from their grade each week. Just email Kim your cell phone number and grade or put it on the online registration form.

PYC Calendar

Presbyterian Youth Connection Spring 2017

PYC meets each Sunday from 6‐8pm, starting in the fellowship hall, unless otherwise noted.
Dinner is $5 per person.

Due to construction, be sure to enter at 110 Henderson Street. This door will be unlocked from 5:45pm until 6:15pm on Sundays. All other doors will be locked. Youth arriving late may enter the Youth Center door after 6:15pm. Note that there is no unlocked door between 6:15pm and 6:45pm.

Jan 8 – Snow Day

Jan 15 – Dear Baby about to be baptized… UPC’s baby boom is in full swing which means baptisms are coming soon. What would you tell a baby about to be baptized about this life of faith? We’ll compile your answers in a letter to these brand new additions to our church family.  Deadline to Register for High School Retreat! Deadline to Register for Middle School DC Trip!

Monday, Jan 16 – Volunteer at Table, 10:30am-12:30pm, Email to sign up by Jan 10

Jan 22 – PYC Family Dinner in the Fellowship Hall. $8 per person or $30 per family. After dinner stay for programs! HS and Parents: College Talk with Kristin Hiemstra in Vance Barron Hall; MS and parents: covenant meeting in the fellowship hall.

Jan 29 –  Meditation with Bobby Mook Middle Schoolers, Register for Massanetta Middle School Conference

Feb 5 – No PYC, Youth Choir Musical Weekend

Feb 12  One: We’ll look to Ephesians 4 and discuss how we are part of one body and called to one calling, even as we struggle to be individuals. How can teenagers do both?

Feb 19 – Guide my Feet in leading worship – Youth Sunday Prep

Feb 26 – Bible Trivia vs UUMC at University United Methodist

March 1 – Ash Wed service at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary

Mar 5 –  MS: Know your Gifts: Continuing with Ephesians 4, we’ll explore the gifts we each have for ministry and how they all fit together to build up the body of Christ at UPC.  HS: Chef Night! High Schoolers will cook their own dinner in the youth center.

Mar 12 – Grade Level Dinner groups off site – Love Languages

Saturday, Mar 18 – Youth Sunday Rehearsal 10-12noon

Mar 19Youth Sunday, both services, no PYC, brunch between services in Fellowship Hall

Mar 26 – Dinner on Franklin (Spring Break begins)

April 2No PYC (Spring Break ends)

April 9 – Online Safety with Gary Kayye

April 16 – Easter, Brunch at 9:30am in Fellowship Hall (No Evening PYC)

April 23 –   Refugee Panel – learn what life is like first hand from refugees living in Chapel Hill.

April 30 – Games on the Quad!

Friday, May 5 – Confirmation Dinner for Confirmands and their families, mentors and Session members

May 7 – Confirmation at 11am worship, Youth Choir Benefit Concert at UCC, 7pm

May 14 – Senior Dinner for Juniors, Seniors, and their families, 6pm


Summer Trips

June 11-17 – Montreat Youth

June 18-24 – Montreat Music and Worship (contact Beth Visser for more info)

June 25-29 – Vacation Bible School

July 9-15 – Appalachia Service Project

July 11-14 – Massanetta Springs Middle school Conference

PYC Trips

Confirmation Retreat- Nov. 11-13

Event Complete

Confirmation Retreat

Nov 11-13, 2016

Deadline to register: Sept 25
Cost: $210

8th Grade Confirmands and
High School Mentors

Click here to pay online

Confirmation Retreat


UPC’s Confirmation Retreat is THE way to solidify bonds you’re your fellow confirmands in the beautiful setting of Montreat, NC. Our high schoolers plan all aspects of this event including our keynote and worship times. This year, we’ll explore the theme Outside the Lines. What lines define us? When have we felt excluded? When has coloring outside the lines made us feel empowered? We’ll study the Good Samaritan, The Beatitudes, and the Women at the Well as we explore lines in our own lives and culture. Join us in Montreat to talk through these questions and many more. We’ll hike, craft, and have tons of fun with one another in this place set apart. 

The Vans will depart at 5:30pm on that Friday (location TBA).
We will return to Chapel Hill on Sunday around 2:30pm.

What to Bring: 

  • Weather appropriate clothing (we will be outside Saturday Afternoon)
  • Walking shoes/hiking shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Towels/washcloths
  • Toiletries
  • Linens (specifics will be emailed)
  • Bible
  • Money for supper on the way there and lunch on the way home.
  • Flashlight

“Outside the Lines” Theme Grid

Fri Night Sat AM Sat PM Sunday Worship
Theological Focus Lines Exist Lines in our community Outside the Lines Our identity is in God
Scripture Psalm 16:6
Ephesians 2: 14-16
Micha 6:8
Luke 10: 25-37
 1 Corinthians 16: 13-14
Matthew 5: 3-11
1 John 5: 5-9
Galatians 3: 28
Genesis 1
Ephesians 4:4
1 Corinthians 12:12
Isaiah 56: 7
Luke 10: 25-37
I Corinthians 1: 10
John 4: 1-26
Questions to Consider Where do we draw lines? What lines exist in our everyday lives? How have lines defined/comforted you? Why are lines comforting to others? How do lines divide people? How do lines inhibit your ability to see others? How do we unify God’s creation? How did you see society’s lines during the afternoon service work? What divisions do you see in Christianity? How can we honor God’s call for community even with our differences? How do we take this home?

High School Retreat- February 17-19

High School Retreat

February 17-19, 2017

Deadline to register: Jan 15
Cost: $210

Current 9th-12th graders


All High Schoolers are invited to attend the high school retreat at Ocean Isle Beach. The purpose of this retreat is two-fold. We will begin by planning for the Confirmation Retreat next fall that you will help lead (Nov 10-12). The rest of the weekend will be intentional Sabbath time. We will not do homework but will spend time resting, feasting on good food and friendships and making time to listen for God. Join us for this special weekend together!

DC Service Trip- March 29-April 1

DC Middle School Service Trip

March 29-April 1, 2017

Deadline to register: Jan 15
Cost: $210 plus Pilgrimage form

Current 6th-8th graders

Click here to pay online

DC at Night.

THE MISSION OF THE PILGRIMAGE is to help young people and adults connect their faith with social awareness and action. Through a pedagogy based on service, interactive programs and reflection, we seek to embolden and empower young people and adults toward lives that strive for a more equitable and just world.

Why DC?

Each year DC sees our highest rates of homelessness in the US. This trip helps our middle schoolers open their eyes to many of the root causes of poverty and homelessness in the US. We work directly with the homeless population of DC, serving in shelters and soup kitchens, getting to know the individuals behind the statistics. This trip involves a lot of walking, staying with the group and following directions. We have long days and late nights but go to sleep feeling good about how our energy was spent. Youth who attend will come home with a new sense of what it means to love our neighbors.

Montreat Youth Conference- June 11-17

Montreat Youth Conference

June 11-17, 2017

Deposit ($155) Due: Nov. 20
Balance ($205) Due: Apr. 9
Plus online registration and Montreat Form

Current 8th-12th graders

Click here to pay online


Why Montreat Youth?
Montreat Youth Conferences are planned by youth, for youth. You will experience music, energizers, keynote, worship and small groups that are all geared specifically for your developmental needs. This week set apart will nourish you spiritually and help you grow in ways you never imagined. You will meet new friends as you worship with 1000 other Presbyterian teenagers. This place and this conference can be life giving and life changing.

Appalachia Service Project (ASP)- July 9-15

Appalachia Service Project (ASP)

July 9-15, 2017

Deposit ($150) Due: Oct. 16
Balance ($235 plus ASP forms) Due: Feb. 12

Must be 14 by July 9

Click here to pay online


Why ASP?
On ASP, our youth and adults work together to help make homes in rural Appalachia warmer, safer, and drier. We all gain a better understanding of poverty in our own state and learn what it means to serve alongside and for our brothers and sisters in Christ. This trip means sleeping on the floor, getting dirty, and cold showers. It also means life changing transformation and faith formation for all who participate.

ASP Form     Online Health Form/Program Year Registration

Massanetta Springs Middle School Conference- July 12-15

Massanetta Springs Middle School Conference

July 11-14, 2017

Deadline to register: Jan 29
Cost: $375 plus online registration

Current 6th-8th graders

Click here to pay online



Massanetta Springs Middle School Conference is a place where middle schoolers can experience faith in new ways through music, recreation, keynote, and worship. Middle schoolers will enjoy their first opportunity to meet hundreds of other Presbyterian youth their age as they explore their faith and grow in community with God and one another. This conference is the perfect way for youth to begin to understand the value of our larger Presbyterian community.

Cooking for PYC

Cooking for PYC

At PYC, parents sign up in teams to cook our meals each week.

Click here to sign up!

Here’s all you need to know to plan for a great meal.

You will have access to the Fellowship Hall kitchen and the youth center kitchen if you need it. The Fellowship Hall kitchen has a warming drawer in the bottom of each stove. All of the paper products (plates, cups, napkins, forks, etc.) are in the closet beside the fellowship hall kitchen. You won’t need to purchase that.

We never know how many to plan for. Kim will email you Wednesday before you cook to give you a number. We are typically around 70 in September/October, 60-65 in November/December, and get close to 45 in the late Spring.

Absolutely no tree nuts or peanuts in any of our food and we do have a couple vegetarians. We also have one youth advisor with an allergy to onions. If a portion of whatever you’re making could be left onion-free, it would mean a lot. We have one youth who is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts as well as all beans/legumes/chickpeas and shrimp. Just be sure to read labels. If what you’re making can’t be bean/legume/chickpea free, just let Kim know so that we can accommodate. Also, putting the food labels out so they can be read by youth is helpful as they are learning to manage their allergies on their own.

Thanks for going the extra mile to include everyone in our meal together! We don’t want youth to have to worry about any food at PYC and eating together is meaningful for all.

We will eat just a few minutes after 6pm in the fellowship hall and you can use the bar in the fellowship hall kitchen as the buffet. Beverages are typically water and lemonade (you’ll need to buy the mix). No soda! Also, the kitchen is lacking in large pots and pans. Plan to bring big or specialty stuff from home if you’re cooking at UPC. Leftovers can go home with you or you can leave it in the fridge for UPC staff. Be sure to send Kim a quick email if you leave it in the fridge.

Save all of your receipts. Put out a basket for youth to put their $5 at the start of the line. After youth go through the line, you can see how the cash and the receipts match up. If the cash isn’t enough, just leave it and give me your receipts and I’ll get you reimbursed if you like. Or you can take the cash in place of reimbursement. Donated food is greatly appreciated

PYC is built on the five intentions of youth ministry set forth by the PC(USA).

  • To call young people to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • To respond to the needs and the interests of young people.
  • To work together, youth and adults, in partnership.
  • To be connected to the whole church, community, and the world.
  • To include all young people, reaching out and inviting them to belong to the community of faith.