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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.
    •  Youth may enter the church at 110 Henderson Street between 5:45pm and 6:15pm on Theme Nights. Youth should enter at the Youth Center Parking Lot Door on Engage and Grade Group/Table Talk Nights. (see schedule)
    • The doors will be locked at 6:15pm on Theme nights. Youth arriving late may call the cell number on the door to be let in. Other nights, youth may continue to enter at the Youth Center.
  • 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 to heart and learn to pray for one another.
  • 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.

Stay Connected and Informed!

Facebook group for youth and parents: https://www.facebook.com/groups/upcpyc/

Smugmug Photos: upcch.smugmug.com       Twitter: @UPCPYC             Instagram: @UPCPYC

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


Presbyterian Youth Connection 2017-2018

PYC meets each Sunday from 6‐7:30pm, starting in the fellowship hall or youth center, unless otherwise noted.
Dinner is $5 per person.

Sept 17 – PYC Family night in the fellowship hall. Come and hear about the new PYC model for this year! Dinner is $7/person and $28/family. RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/bb1ceHK1QImRljAj1

Sept 24– Small Groups Kickoff Youth will get the chance to hear from all of the Small Group Leaders for this year. You’ll find out what each group is about and why you should join one!

Oct 1 – Theme Night – Identity: Who and Whose we are – What does our identity have to do with our faith? Who are we in the eyes of our culture?…in the eyes of God? Deadline to sign up for Mystery events and Confirmation Retreat.

Oct 8 – Engage Night – Middle School in Youth Center, High School in High School Room. Drop off at the Youth Center door in the UPC parking lot.

Mon, Oct 7: Deadline to sign up for small groups

Oct 15 – High School: Table Talk in High School Room, Middle School: Grade Groups in Youth Center. Appalachia Service Project Online Registration Due with deposit. $150 Drop off at the Youth Center door in the UPC parking lot.

Oct 22   Small Groups meet for the first time. Check your email for a message from your small group leader about location and time. Don’t miss out on this incredible relationship building opportunity at UPC. Deadline to sign up for Teacher Workday Service Day (Nov 7)

Fri, Oct 27 – Middle School Mystery Night – Join your PYC friends for a night to remember! We can’t tell you what we’re doing or where we’re going but it will be FUN, YUMMY, and EXCITING! 6pm – 9:30pm

Sat, Oct 28 – High School Mystery Day – We aren’t telling you high schoolers what we’re doing either but after a couple months of school, you just might be ready for a fun day of chill with your PYC besties. 10am-3pm

Oct 29 – No PYC

Nov 5 – !12 noon – 1:45pm! Theme Night Day – Hospitality and Welcome  – What does our faith tell us about welcoming one another? What about welcoming “the other”? It’s easy to show hospitality to the ones we love, especially as holidays approach. What about the ones we don’t like so much? Drop off at 110 Henderson St. between 5:45pm and 6:10pm. Pick up in the UPC parking lot at 8pm.

Nov 7–  Teacher Workday Service Day

Nov 10-12 – Confirmation Retreat in Montreat

Nov 12 – Engage Night – Middle School in Youth Center, High School in High School Room – Drop off at the Youth Center door in the UPC parking lot.

Nov 19High School: Table Talk in High School Room, Middle School: Grade Groups in Youth Center – Drop off at the Youth Center door in the UPC parking lot.  Montreat Youth Conference Deposit Due ($155) and Middle School DC Service Trip deadline 

Nov 26 – Small Groups – Check your email for a message from your small group leader about location and time. Don’t miss out on this incredible relationship building opportunity at UPC.  (Help with the Advent Craft Festival in the AM!)

Dec 3 – Movie Night! Wear your best Christmas pajamas, bring a blank, and settle in for a Christmas movie night at PYC. Old holiday classics will get us in the spirit as we enjoy dinner, popcorn, and hot chocolate. Bring $5 for dinner and enjoy a night of relaxation and slowing down as we enter Advent.  

Dec 10  – Small Groups – Check your email for a message from your small group leader about location and time. Don’t miss out on this incredible relationship building opportunity at UPC.

Dec 17 – Caroling with Youth Choir, 5:00pm, Location TBA

Dec 24 –   No PYC, Christmas Eve services at 11am, 4pm, 7pm, and 11pm.

Dec 31 – No PYC, Happy New Year

Jan 7 – Theme Night: Sexuality and Gender – How do sexuality and gender play a role in our life of faith? What does the whole of scripture and it’s historical context tell us? What does Jesus have to say about how we express love for one another? Drop off at 110 Henderson St. between 5:45pm and 6:10pm. Pick up in the UPC parking lot at 8pm.

Jan 14 – Engage Night – Middle School in Youth Center, High School in High School Room. Drop off at the Youth Center door in the UPC parking lot.  Deadline to Register for High School Retreat and Massanetta Middle School Conference.

Jan 21 – High School: Table Talk in High School Room, Middle School: Grade Groups in Youth Center.  Drop off at the Youth Center door in the UPC parking lot. Signup for Teacher Workday Service Day (Feb 19)

Jan 28 – Small Groups – Check your email for a message from your small group leader about location and time. Don’t miss out on this incredible relationship building opportunity at UPC.

Feb 4 – No PYC, Youth Choir Musical Weekend

Feb 11 – Engage Night – Middle School in Youth Center, High School in High School Room – Deadline to sign up for Teacher Workday Service Day. Drop off at the Youth Center door in the UPC parking lot.  Appalachia Service Project forms due with final balance. $235

Feb 18 – High School: Table Talk in High School Room, Middle School: Grade Groups in Youth Center. Drop off at the Youth Center door in the UPC parking lot.

Mon, Feb 19 – Teacher workday Service Day

Feb 25 –  Small Groups – Check your email for a message from your small group leader about location and time. Don’t miss out on this incredible relationship building opportunity at UPC.

Mar 4 – Theme Night: Jesus, Politics, Conflict and Community: Jesus was not afraid of the people that held political power in his day. Yet, he found ways to avoid political traps and show the world love like the world had never seen. What can we learn from Jesus’ style of conflict management as we face a world that is increasingly embroiled in battles. Drop off at 110 Henderson St. between 5:45pm and 6:10pm. Pick up in the UPC parking lot at 8pm.

Mar 11 – Engage Night – Middle School in Youth Center, High School in High School Room. Drop off at the Youth Center door in the UPC parking lot. Montreat Youth Conference Balance Due ($205)

Mar 17 – Youth Sunday Rehearsal 9am: Youth Choir, 10am: Speaking parts

Mar 18 – Youth Sunday – Brunch between services. No PYC

Mar 25 – Small Groups – Check your email for a message from your small group leader about location and time. Don’t miss out on this incredible relationship building opportunity at UPC.

Apr 1  – No PYC, Happy Easter

Apr 8 – Theme Night: Shame, Vulnerability, and Forgiveness: We carry a great deal of shame around and it often leads us to believe that we are not worthy of love and forgiveness. We’ll talk about how being vulnerable with one another can lead to deeper relationships and  freedom to be our true selves. Drop off at 110 Henderson St. between 5:45pm and 6:10pm. Pick up in the UPC parking lot at 8pm.

Apr 15 – Engage Night – Middle School in Youth Center, High School in High School Room. Drop off at the Youth Center door in the UPC parking lot.

Apr 22 – High School: Table Talk in High School Room, Middle School: Grade Groups in Youth Center. Drop off at the Youth Center door in the UPC parking lot.

Apr 29 –  Small Groups – Check your email for a message from your small group leader about location and time. Don’t miss out on this incredible relationship building opportunity at UPC.

May 4 – Confirmation Dinner for Confirmation Families, 6pm, Fellowship Hall

May 6 – Confirmation Sunday (11am) and Youth Choir Benefit Concert, 7pm, Location TBA

May 13 – Senior Dinner for Seniors and their families hosted by Juniors and their families

Summer Trips 2018

June 10-15 – Montreat Youth

June 17-23 – Montreat Music and Worship (contact Beth Visser for more info)

June 25-28 – Vacation Bible School

July 8-14 – Appalachia Service Project

July 10-13 – Massanetta Springs Middle school Conference

 

PYC Trips Information and Registration

Confirmation Retreat

Confirmation Retreat- Nov. 10-12

Confirmation Retreat

Nov 10-12, 2017

Deadline to register: Oct 1
Cost: $210

8th Grade Confirmands and
High School Mentors

Click here to pay online

 

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.
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

High School Retreat- April 13-15

High School Retreat

April 13-15

Deadline to register: Jan 14
Cost: $210

Current 9th-12th graders

Click here to pay online

HSBeach

All High Schoolers are invited to attend the high school retreat at Ocean Isle Beach. The purpose of this retreat is two-fold. One to study Sabbath and what it means biblically and the other is 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 Middle School Service Trip

DC Service Trip- March 25-March 28

DC Middle School Service Trip

March 25 – March 28, 2018

Deadline to register: Nov 19
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

Montreat Youth Conference- June 10-16

Montreat Youth Conference

June 10-16, 2018

Deposit ($155) Due: Nov. 19
Balance ($205) Due: Mar 11
Plus online registration and Montreat Form

Current 8th-12th graders

Click here to pay online

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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)

Appalachia Service Project (ASP)- July 8-14

Appalachia Service Project (ASP)

July 8-14, 2018

Deposit ($150) Due: Oct. 15
Balance ($235 plus ASP forms) Due: Feb. 11

Must be 14 by July 9

Click here to pay online

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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

Massanetta Springs Middle School Conference- July 10-13

Massanetta Springs Middle School Conference

July 10-13, 2018

Deadline to register: Jan 14
Cost: $375 plus online registration forms

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

Click here to sign up!

Here’s all you need to know to plan for your PYC meal. Remember that your meal for PYC is an act of service and a way to show our youth how to serve one another. Providing meals for PYC is a family event. WHOLE families are expected to participate as this helps youth of all ages understand what goes in to preparing a meal for a large group and increases the gratitude for every meal they receive at church.

Absolutely no tree nuts or peanuts in any of our food and we do have a couple vegetarians. We also have one high school 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 and you can use the bar in the fellowship hall kitchen as the buffet on Theme Nights or the bar in the youth center as the buffet for middle schoolers on other nights. Beverages are typically water and lemonade (you’ll need to buy the mix). No soda! Also, the kitchens are 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 and be sure to shop frugally. 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.

Theme Nights:Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7, March 4

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 60-70 in September/October, 60-65 in November/December, and get close to 45 in the late Spring.

Engage Nights: Oct 8, Nov 12, Jan 14, Feb 11, March 11, April 15

Middle school cooks will use the Youth Center kitchen and Middle Schoolers will eat there. Use paper products from fellowship hall. There are two stoves and room in the parking lot for a grill if you’d like to bring one from home and cook out.

High School cooks will use the Fellowship Hall kitchen.  (see info under theme nights)

Both will provide their own meal and lemonade. Both groups will eat in their designated areas at 6pm.

Grade Group//Table Talk Nights: Oct 15, Nov 19, Jan 21, Feb 18, April 22

Middle school cooks will use the Youth Center kitchen and Middle Schoolers will eat there. Use paper products from fellowship hall.  There are two stoves and room in the parking lot for a grill if you’d like to bring one from home and cook out.

High Schoolers will cook for themselves or eat on Franklin St.

 

Small Groups

Sign-up for Small Groups

PYC Small Groups are focused on building relationships and community through a shared experience. Small Groups are multi-grade groups based on interest. Youth will commit to a group for 7 sessions during the year, doing a new kind of activity each time, building bonds that may not be able to occur in a typical church setting. Youth and adults alike can grow in a unique relationship with one another that encourages both to be vulnerable in their walk of faith as they enjoy shared experience. Small groups meet on Oct 22Nov 26Dec 10Jan 28Feb 25Mar 25, and April 29 unless otherwise noted. Some small groups will change dates or locations so please check your email for the latest information.

 

Take a Hike 

with Jay Williams, Jackie and Scott Soderling, Ted Richardson, John Wilson

Get moving along the area’s best trails as these adults expertly navigate along Bolin Creek, the Eno River, and other off the beaten path. Youth will explore nature and their faith as they immerse themselves in the scenic beauty our world offers.

Meeting Time: October 22nd, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Location: October 22nd, Meet in the Seawell Elementary School Parking lot at 3:00pm, Pick up in lot at 4:30pm.

 

Justice League

with Vicki Philips, Reid Chisolm, Carolyn Karpinos, Claire Chipman

No superhero costume required! Just bring a heart for serving others and learning about justice in our world. These youth and adults will work together to serve through organizations like Habitat and Table or Farm Church and IFC. They will learn what Justice looks like in many forms and will be challenged to live a life that seeks to serve others.

Meeting time: October, 22nd: 6-7:30pm (after the first meeting, timing may change based on activity)

Location: UPC, Youth Room 136, Enter from the Youth Center UPC parking lot doors

 

PYC Band

with Peter Gollmar, Alex Dusek, Katie Edmiston

Play an instrument? Join in the new PYC Band! The band will play for PYC for each Theme Night and will help us worship through song. Just a few chords will have us well on the way to playing a number of songs that PYC can enjoy together.

Meeting time: October 22nd: 6-7:30pm

Location: UPC Vance Barron Hall, Enter from the front of the church at the Vance Barron Hall/Parlor Doors

 

Game On!  with Sandy Alexander, Perry Aycock, Karen Vandersea, Sara Nicholson, Laura Tremaine, Ben Simmons, and Catherine Duncan

Game on! will focus on sports of all sorts.  Come join us as we compete in backyard olympics, pickup basketball games, relax with yoga, and refine our bracketology.

Meeting Time: October 22nd:  6:00pm – 7:30pm, time may change next month depending on activity

Location: Youth Center, Enter from the UPC parking lot

 

GROUP FULL Survivor: The Kitchen Editionwith Kristen Stewart, Craig and Wick Shreve

Youth will learn basic cooking skills, take a field trip to the grocery store or Urban Farm for real farm to table cooking, have a favorite recipe battle, and learn the fine art of “Moscow Night!”

Meeting Time: October 22nd: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Location: Fellowship Hall Kitchen, Enter at 110 Henderson Street.

 

GROUP FULL Pinteresting

with Lee Ann Buck, Lindsay Mann, Jane Holroyd, and Diane Rizzo

You don’t have to be skilled at crafts to join this small group. All are welcome to experience the holy as we craft with one another and encourage creativity. We’ll work on projects large and small where there is no standard for perfection. Fun is at the top of the list as we let our crafty side shine. We will make one make-and-take project a month

Meeting time: October 22nd: 3:30pm-5:00pm

Location: UPC, Room 221 (4th grade Sunday school room). Enter through the doors of the new building, Dunham Hall.

 

XGen Connect

with Charlotte Pearce, Amy McEntee, Nancy Pfaltzgraff

This group will work to build relationships across the generations at UPC and beyond. Through special events, working with service animals, and interviewing older church members about their faith journey, our youth will gain a better connection to the saints of UPC and a better appreciation of those who have paved the road before them.

Meeting time: October 22nd: 11:40am – 1:30pm at the Older Adult Luncheon

Location: UPC Fellowship Hall

 

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.

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