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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 and each other through Sunday School, Worship, Confirmation, and Youth Group.

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Youth Group Schedule

Small Groups

PYC TripsCook for Youth GroupConfirmation

Sunday School

Get Involved with PYC

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  • Register for the Program Year by clicking here!
  • Attend Sunday School at 9:45am on Sunday mornings. Middle School (6th and 7th Graders) meets in room 136, downstairs near the Youth Center. High School meets in the PCM Student Center Lounge on the Henderson St Hall.
  • Plug in to 8th grade Confirmation! Click here to learn more about what we do. Email kim@upcch.org if you’re interested in mentoring.
  • Attend Youth Group: click here to see the calendar.
  • Go on PYC trips!
  • Join a Small Group by clicking here!
  • Parents, sign up to Cook for Youth Group

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Presbyterian Youth Connection 2019-2020

Dinner is $5 per person. Please pay in cash.

Aug 25: Sunday School Teacher training at 9:30am in the Youth Center. Youth Advisor training at noon in the Youth Center, Back to School Worship at 4:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner at 5:30pm in the fellowship hall.

Sept 6-8: Congregational Retreat in Montreat, No PYC.

Sept 7: Football Parking – Click here for more info and to sign up to volunteer.

Sept 15: Youth Group Kick off for youth and parents! Bring $10 each for catered dinner.

Sept 21: Football Parking – Click here for more info and to sign up to volunteer.

Sept 22: Youth Group: 6th-12th 6-7:30p. Enter at 110 Henderson St and meet in the Fellowship Hall for an evening of FUN as we build our community.

Sept 28: Football Parking –  Click here for more info and to sign up to volunteer.

Sept 29: Small Groups Kick Off: 6-7:30pm. Enter at 110 Henderson St and meet in the Fellowship Hall. Deadline to register for High School Retreat ($210) and Confirmation Retreat ($210) 

Oct 6: Youth Group: 6-7:30pm – “Priorities” – Enter at 110 Henderson St and meet in the Fellowship Hall

Oct 10: Last day to sign up for small groups!

Oct 13: Youth Group: 6:00-7:30pm, “Grade Group Games” – Separate Middle and High School. Enter in the Youth Center.

Oct 20: Revs Jarrett and Meg Peery McLaughlin’s Installation service at 5pm. Join your church family in the sanctuary for a memorable service.

Oct 26: Football Parking  Click here for more info and to sign up to volunteer.

Oct 27: First Small Group Meeting – check your email for time and location.

Oct 31: Deadline to register for ASP ($210) 

Nov 1-3: High School Retreat

Nov 2: Football Parking –  Click here for more info and to sign up to volunteer.

Nov 3: Middle School Only Night at Youth Group – “YouTube Gospel”: 6:00-7:30pm, Enter the youth center.

Nov 8-10: Confirmation Retreat in Montreat

Nov 10: Youth Group: 6-7:30pm, “Connected to Tech” – Enter at 110 Henderson St and meet in the Fellowship Hall. Separate Middle and High School groups

Nov 17: Youth Group: 6:00-7:30pm, High School:”Meditation” – Separate middle and high school  with leadership from Hadley Kifner! Middle School: Laughter Yoga led by Libby Hunter McIntyre Deadline to register to Montreat Youth Conference ($155 deposit) and Middle School DC Trip ($210 total) and Massanetta Middle school Conference  ($375).

Nov 23: Football Parking –  Click here for more info and to sign up to volunteer.

Nov 24: Small Groups – Check your email for small group meeting time and location.

Dec 1: Thanksgiving Weekend No PYC

Dec 8: Christmas Caroling with Youth Choir 5-8:00pm. Meet at UPC to start.

Dec 15:  Small Groups – Check your email for small group meeting time and location.

Dec 22: Lessons and Carols at 8:30am and 11:00am worship. Christmas Brunch between services. No evening activities

Dec 29: Merry Christmas! No evening activities 

Jan 5: Happy New Year – No evening activities 

Jan 12: Youth Group:6:00-7:30pm, “Spiritual Practice for the New Year” – Enter in the Youth Center. Deadline to register for the High School Sabbath Retreat, April 12-14, $210 total.

Jan 19: Youth Group: 6:00-7:30pm, TBA: Youth will meet in Grade Groups. Enter in the Youth Center.

Jan 26: Small Groups – Check your email for small group meeting time and location.

Feb 2: Youth Choir Showcase Weekend – No PYC

Feb 9: Youth Group: 6:00-7:30pm, Youth Sunday Planning – Separate middle and high school. Enter in the Youth Center. Deadline for ASP balance ($285) and forms. Deadline for Montreat Youth Conference Balance ($205)

Feb 16: Youth Group: 6:00-7:30pm, “Faith and Sexuality” – Grade Groups. Enter in the Youth Center.

Feb 23: Small Groups – Check your email for small group meeting time and location.

Tue Feb 26: Ash Wed Service at UPC at 7:30pm

Mar 1: Youth Group: 6:007:30pm, “Fun and Games” – Enter at 110 Henderson St and meet in the Fellowship Hall.

Mar 8: Youth Group: 6:00-7:30, TBA – Separate middle and high school. Enter in the Youth Center.

Mar 15: Youth Sunday – Brunch for all youth at 9:45-10:30am in Fellowship Hall.  No evening activities 

Mar 22: Youth Group: 6:00-7:30pm, High School: Laughter Yoga, Middle School: Meditation, Enter in the Youth Center.

Mar 29: Small Groups – Check your email for small group meeting time and location.

April 5-8: Middle School DC Spring Break Service Trip

April 5: No evening activities  – Spring Break/Holy Week

April 9 and 10: Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at 7:30pm

April 12: Easter Sunday, UPC potluck brunch at 9:30, No evening activities 

April 17-19: High School Beach Retreat

April 19: Middle School Only – Bowling at Mardi Gras! – 3:00-4:30pm, Bring $10 cash

April 26: Confirmation Lunch at noon in fellowship hall; Small Groups – check your email for time/place

May 3: Confirmation at 11am worship, Youth Choir Benefit Concert at 7pm

May 10: Senior Celebration, time/location TBA

Summer Trips 2020

June 14-20: Montreat Youth Conference

June 21-27: Montreat Music and Worship

June 29-July 2: Vacation Bible School

July 12-18: Appalachia Service Project

July : Massanetta Middle School Conference

Financial assistance is available for every trip or PYC event. Contact Kim at kim@upcch.org to inquire.

PYC Trips Information and Registration

Fall High School Retreat

Fall High School Retreat- November 1-3

Fall High School Retreat

November 1-3, 2019

Deadline to register: Sept. 29
Cost: $210

Current 9th-12th graders

Click here to pay online

Join your high school PYC friends as we take time away together this fall. We’ll head to Lake Gaston to enjoy time together, kayak adventures on the lake, an evening fire in the fire pit and study what it means to live in relationship with one another. We’ll leave right after school on Friday and return by lunch on Sunday

Confirmation Retreat

Confirmation Retreat- Nov. 8-10

Confirmation Retreat

Nov 8-10, 2019

Deadline to register: Sept 29
Cost: $210

8th Grade Confirmands and
High School Mentors

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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 NightSat AMSat PMSunday Worship
Theological FocusLines ExistLines in our communityOutside the LinesOur identity is in God
ScripturePsalm 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 ConsiderWhere 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 17-19

High School Sabbath Retreat

April 17-19, 2020

Deadline to register: Jan 12 or until full
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- April 5 – 8

DC Middle School Service Trip

April 5 – April 8, 2020

Deadline to register: Nov 17
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 14-20

Montreat Youth Conference

June 14-20, 2020

Deposit ($155) Due: Nov. 17
Balance ($205) Due: Mar 9
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 12-18

Appalachia Service Project (ASP)

July 12-18, 2020

Deposit ($150) Due: Oct. 30
Balance ($285 plus ASP forms) Due: Feb. 9

Must be 14 years old or completed 8th grade

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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, 2020

Massanetta Springs Middle School Conference

July 14-17, 2020

Deadline to register: Nov 17
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

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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.

Allergies: Absolutely no tree nuts or peanuts in any of our food. We do occasionally have a couple vegetarians.  We have one high school youth who is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts as well as all beans/legumes/chickpeas and shrimp. We have two high schoolers with Celiac disease and they must have gluten free food prepared properly to avoid cross-contamination. We 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. Be sure to read labels and communicate with Kim regarding the meals you are bringing/creating. We can help you feed everyone safely!  Also, putting the food labels out is helpful so they can be read by youth 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.

Joint middle and high school meals as well as high school only meals will be cooked and served in the Fellowship Hall Kitchen. Middle school only meals will be served in the Youth Center.

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 27, Nov 24, Dec 15, Jan 26, Feb 23, March 29, and April 26 unless otherwise noted. Some small groups will change dates or locations so please check your email for the latest information.

 

Gone Fishing: Lee White, Mike Edmiston, Mark Bozymski

Do you love the great outdoors? Do you get a chill up your spine when the rod moves with a bite? Share your love of fishing (or your curiosity about how it works) with this group. Maybe you’re a pro angler or maybe you’d just like to learn how to cast a line. Join in for fun in the outdoors at some of Chapel Hill’s best fishing holes.

Meeting Time: varies

Location: varies each month

 

Oh the Places You’ll Go: Sarah Owen, May Bryan, Leah Brooks. Jamie Cummings, Caroline Bradley

Do you pass the Ackland every week but never go in? What’s the best sandwich spot in Chapel Hill that you’ve never heard of? Do you like to explore this amazing place where we live? This group will meet monthly and discover hidden gems in Chapel Hill and the surrounding area. We’ll learn about our town and have a great time as we find ways to see it with new eyes.

Meeting time: 3:30pm

Location: meet on the front steps of UPC for October. Pay attention to emails for meetings after that.

 

Random Acts of Kindness: Allison Crawford, Greg Crawford, Madeline Mitchell, Julie Hogue

Our world could use more kindness! Be a part of this group as they set out to add love and joy to our world each month. Your ideas are welcome as we find new ways to show the love of God to strangers, friends, and others we may meet along the way.

Meeting time: 3:30pm-5:00pm

Location: Youth Center

Pinteresting: Donna VanEngen, Nancy Pfaltzgraff, and PCM Student Emma Uhrlass

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:  3:30pm-5:00pm

Location: UPC, Room 221 (4th grade Sunday school room). Enter through Dunham Hall.

 

Cinephiles: Kris Parks, Elizabeth Moshier, and Patrick Kavanaugh

Movies have a way of moving us and helping us see points of view that we may not have otherwise experienced. This group will watch movies and discuss how they help shape our views and our faith.

Meeting time: 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Location: Youth Room, 136

 

Let’s Play!: Ben Simmons, PCM Student Lillie Chilton

Our schedules don’t allow much time for unstructured play…play without the goal of winning or being the best. This small group is all about fun. Leave your stressful week behind and join in games and activities that make you laugh and re-energize you.

Meeting Time: 4:00-5:00pm

Location: Vance Barron Hall

Confirmation

2019-2020 Confirmation Schedule (Subject to change as the Spirit moves)

At University Presbyterian Church, youth are invited to engage in a year of study during their 8th grade school year. Over the course of this year, our youth learn what it means to be a member in a church and gain a foundational understanding of how the church has come to be and why that is relevant to their lives. Youth are encouraged to ask tough questions and learn how to sit with answers that are often not black and white. Our teachers are not experts but are fellow sojourners along the path of faith. Youth learn a great deal of information that aids them in faith formation and helps them build a vocabulary of faith so that they may speak their faith in a way that is authentic to their individual selves. In April, youth decide if they’d like to officially join the church and complete the Confirmation process, confirming the vows made on their behalf at baptism. Want to know more? Check out our Confirmation FAQs here.

Sept 15 – What is Confirmation? Matthew 11: 28-30: Confirmation is a year long journey that will help prepare youth for their life-long journey of faith. Youth get out of confirmation exactly what they put into it. This is no typical Sunday School class. This is a year long experience that will begin to shape the adult faith our youth are growing into. It requires commitment, responsibility, and dedication. We are guaranteed to have a great deal of fun as we learn together and promise times of confusion and uncertainty paired with Holy Spirit filled moments that solidify the faith foundation. Engage your faith: Explore these questions: How is belonging to a church different from belonging to any other organization? What expectations does the church have for you? How might you be held accountable for your actions differently at church than with other groups that you might be a part of? Why do you want to be a part of THIS church? And don’t forget to register for the Confirmation Retreat!! 

Sep 22 – How to spell Presbyterian: The PCUSA Structure – Acts 15:22, 1 Corinthians 14:40   General Assembly, Synod, Presbytery, Local Church…we’ll talk about what all of these levels of the PCUSA and what they do in our structure of government. When was the Presbyterian Church founded? What does our symbol mean? This session will help youth understand the governance of their denomination. Engage your faith: Select another denomination and find out how they are governed and structured. How are they like the PCUSA? How are they different?

Sep 29 – The Trinity: God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit: The idea of the trinity can be a difficult concept. How can we experience God in three different ways, yet trust they are all of the same power? We’ll start to explore the trinity and continue learning about each aspect of God’s presence over the next three weeks. Engage your faith: Which aspect of the Trinity do you most often connect or identify with? Where did you find each this week? Also, youth will begin to memorize Apostle’s Creed to recite on Oct 21.

Oct 6 – Alpha and Omega: God Psalm 8, Genesis 1, Isaiah 43: 16-21: As creator of the universe, we sometimes wonder what God has to do with us now. Is God male or female? Is God really listening to me? God doesn’t actually care if I pass my math test,…does He, um, or She? We’ll explore various ideas of who God is and talk about how God is still creating in this world. God invites us to be co-creators alongside. We’ll talk about how and why it’s so important that we get on board with this very active Creator God.Engage your faith: What new thing do you perceive God is doing? (in your life?, in the world?) And how might you be a co-creator with God to make this new thing come to be?

AND, Send Kim the names of 3 people who you’d like to have as your mentor in the spring. We’ll do our best to get your top choice for you. Mentors must be active church members and must commit to 1) Attending the day retreat at UPC on Jan 12. 2) coming to class with you on Sunday mornings Jan 13-Mar 10. 3) attending the Session Examination on Friday, May 3rd from 6-9pm and the 11:00am Worship Service on Sunday, May 5th.

 Oct 13 – Fully Human, Fully God: Jesus – Philippians 2:5-11: What does it mean to have “new life in Christ”? Jesus died for our sins…but did Jesus die for MY sins? In this lesson we’ll explore the many faces of Jesus from baby to boy to Savior. We’ll explore what role Jesus plays in the Trinity and consider the ways we might let our old life pass away to make room for new life in Christ. Engage your faith: Do a google image search for Jesus. In the many pictures that come up, find one that speaks to you. Print it out and put it in your bathroom in a place where you can look at it while you brush your teeth each morning this week. What is it about this particular picture that you like? What qualities of Jesus does it convey? Are those qualities that you are striving to have or qualities that you are seeking from others?

Oct 20 – Ruah: the Holy Spirit – John 14: 25-27, Acts 2: If God came into humanity in Jesus, then how does Jesus come into our daily lives now? The Holy Spirit! In this session we’ll talk about the role of the Holy Spirit in making our scripture and our sacraments come alive for us.Through the Holy Spirit, we can feel and hear God at work in the world. We will practice Lectio Divina in this session enabling the class to experience the Holy Spirit through hearing, listening, meditation, and contemplation in the divine reading of scripture. Engage your faith: Spend time this week listening for that still, small voice of God through the Holy Spirit. Note where you hear it. What circumstances are best for listening for God? Is it conversations with another? On a long solo run? Through reading scripture? Or in a rowdy gym? 

Oct 27 – The Bible(Old Testament) –Psalm 137: 1-6  The Bible can seem daunting at times but this class will help break it down. Youth will learn how the Bible is divided into sections and the purpose of each. We’ll talk about who each book is written for and how scripture can still speak to us today. We will also study the timeline of when each book was written and grow in our understanding of how this Holy book has been passed down for centuries. Youth will recite Apostle’s Creed.

Nov 3 – The Bible(New Testament) –Psalm 137: 1-6 The Bible can seem daunting at times but this class will help break it down. Youth will learn how the Bible is divided into sections and the purpose of each. We’ll talk about who each book is written for and how scripture can still speak to us today. We will also study the timeline of when each book was written and grow in our understanding of how this Holy book has been passed down for centuries. Engage your Faith:  Begin memorizing the Lord’s Prayer to recite on Dec 2nd

Nov 8-10 – Confirmation Retreat in Montreat

Nov  10 – No Class – retreat weekend – 3 Possible Mentor Names due to Kim by Nov 10th

Nov 17 –  What’s the point of the Bible? After learning about the Old and New Testaments, we’ll explore the overarching themes of the Bible? Why is it put together the way that it is? Is it factual? Has anything been lost in translation over the centuries? And if so, what do we take to heart as God’s truth and why is it so important to study God’s word today? 

Nov 24 –Advent Craft Festival, No Class. Engage your faith: go to or volunteer to help with the Craft Festival and be prepared to talk next week about why such events are important in the life of the church.  

Dec 1  – Prepare ye the way! Advent One and Two: Hope and Peace Isaiah 40: 2-4, Matthew 3:3: Sometimes in the rush to Christmas, Advent can get lost. The people of the bible prepared for centuries for the birth of Christ. Advent gives us just a taste of that preparation and helps us focus on the magnitude and expectation of Christmas. This class will help us understand the importance of preparing our hearts while we prepare our homes and the importance of taking time in each day to get ready and excited for the birth of our Lord. Youth will recite the Lord’s Prayer. Engage your faith: select an Advent devotional and commit to doing it everyday. d365.org offers a great one that can be sent to your inbox. Bustedhalo.com also offers one that is funny, poignant, and service oriented. 

 Dec 8 – Prepare ye the way! Advent  Three and Four: Joy and Love Isaiah 40: 2-4, Matthew 3:3: Sometimes in the rush to Christmas, Advent can get lost. The people of the bible prepared for centuries for the birth of Christ. Advent gives us just a taste of that preparation and helps us focus on the magnitude and expectation of Christmas. This class will help us understand the importance of preparing our hearts while we prepare our homes and the importance of taking time in each day to get ready and excited for the birth of our Lord. Engage your faith: select an Advent devotional and commit to doing it everyday. d365.org offers a great one that can be sent to your inbox. Bustedhalo.com also offers one that is funny, poignant, and service oriented. 

 Dec 15The Birth of Christ (and why it’s a big deal!) The birth of Christ is a massive part of our faith story but how much do you really know? We often confuse storybook versions and even songs from the hymnbook with the actual telling from scripture. We’ll take a look at the different versions of Christ’s birth and compare it to the Gospel writers. What did they want us to know about the days of the Nativity?

Dec 22 – No Class, Advent Brunch, Lessons and Carols  8:30 and 11am  

Dec 24 – Worship at 4pm, 7pm, 11pm

Dec 29 – No Class, Worship at 8:30 and 11am

Jan 5 – No Class, Worship at 8:30 and 11am

Sat, Jan 11 – Day Retreat with Mentors at UPC, 10am-3:30pm

 Jan 12 – MENTORS JOIN – Mentor Mania! Youth and adults will work in pairs to discover more about one another and how each thinks about faith. We’ll play a few games and enjoy getting to know one another on a deeper level.

Jan 19 – Hammer and Nail: The Reformation – Ephesians 2:8-10 Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda…The Presbyterian Church is reformed and always reforming. In this session we will cover the important events in the Reformation: from Constantine to Martin Luther to current Reformations in the Presbyterian Church. We’ll talk about why reform is vital to our church. Engage Your Faith: Begin to memorize Psalm 23, recite on Mar 10

 Jan 26 – Creeds and Confessions in the PCUSA – John 20:31 Confession is not only about facing our sin. In the Presbyterian Church, Confessions are also statements produced when the church, or its members, needed to take a stand on what they believed. We will take a look at a few Creeds and Confessions in this session and think about why the church may have adopted them at each point in history.  Engage your faith: Begin thinking about your statement of faith. What parts from the various Creeds and Confessions might you adopt for your personal faith? What parts would you leave out?

Feb 2 –  How the Church tells time: Liturgical Seasons – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Advent, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time are all liturgical seasons of the church, each with their own meaning and color. We’ll explore each season in brief and talk about why we have them? When did we start observing them? What’s the point? 

Feb 9 –  Me? A Priest?: The Priesthood of All Believers  – 1 Peter 2:9 The Presbyterian Church believes that we are all priests to one another. What does that actually mean for our day to day lives? How can we serve one another at home and school in a way that pleases God?

Feb 16 – Spiritual Practices and why we need them – Psalm 119: 15-16 Spiritual Practices are often counter cultural. Practices that give us time to stop and focus solely on God’s word are often challenging for us. But the more we do them, the more we see the gaps that these practices fill in our spiritual life. We will try a few out during this session and learn about the benefits of practicing our spirituality daily. Engage your faith: Pick one spiritual practice to try. Commit to doing it once each day and be ready to tell the class how setting aside a few minutes each day affected your spiritual life. 

Feb 23 –  Lent – Psalm 51, Matthew 3:1-17  – Youth will recite Psalm 23. Lent is much more than the fuzz in our dryer. Lent is the 40 days before Jesus’ death when we prepare for the crucifixion. Lent can get overlooked but this class will take time to be thoughtful and intentional about Lenten practices this year. Spiritual practices that tune us into scripture and prayer in the weeks leading up to Easter will help us see the true joy Easter offers. Engage your faith: Pick one or two spiritual practices to do each day of Lent. Be ready to tell the group next week about how it is going.

 Mar 1 –The Sacraments 1: Communion – Luke 24:30-32, 1 Corinthians 11:26   Be sure to attend worship today! When we come to the table for communion, we come not only as Presbyterians but as children of God. Communion is a tangible reminder of Christ’s sacrifice and love for us. Communion can often bring many questions with it…Is the bread really Jesus’ body? Why do we use grape juice instead of wine? Why do only pastors say the words of institution? Why the gluten free bread?? We’ll talk about all of this and more.Engage your faith: How are regular meals throughout the week similar to communion we experience in worship? What gifts of the spirit do we find when we join at the table together?  

 Mar 8 – The Sacraments 2: Baptism  – Romans 6:3-4, Isaiah 43 In the Presbyterian Church, our baptism is an outward symbol of God’s claim on our life. Baptism is our human way of acknowledging that in life and in death, we belong to God. Baptism also gives a church community the opportunity to vow to raise a child in faith, teaching the child about God and God’s love for them. In this session, we’ll explore Presbyterian Baptism and learn why remembering our baptism is important in our life of faith. Engage your faith: Start each morning this week by remembering your baptism…remembering that you belong to God and that God loves you and calls you. How does thinking about this each morning when you wake up affect your day?Last Mentor Class

 Mar 15 – Youth Sunday, no class, Youth Brunch at 9:45 in the Fellowship Hall

Mar 22 Science and Faith – Genesis 1 We often hear that science and faith cannot coexist but Presbyterians believe that both are vital to our understanding of the world. We’ll talk about creation, evolution, and the multitude of ways that our faith and science are connected. Engage your Faith: Write about one thing that amazes you about creation or one thing that you don’t understand about the way our world works. Say a prayer thanking God for the mysteries of our universe. 

 Mar 29 –  Holy Week…why a week? – Mark 11:1-11, Matthew 26:26-29, John 19:17-19, Matthew 27:53 Each day of Holy week, starting with Palm Sunday and ending with Easter, has a specific name and purpose. We’ll move through the week as we prepare for Easter. Engage your faith: Attend the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at 7:30 in the sanctuary April 9th and 10th.

April 5–  DC Trip April 5-8 – No class – Meet with your mentor to work on your Statement of Faith. Engage your faith: Attend the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at 7:30 in the sanctuary April 9th and 10th.

Apr 12 – Easter Brunch, No Class – Engage your faith: talk to a member of your family about their faith story. Be prepared to share it with the class. 

 Apr 19 – Statement of Faith final touches (Due via email to Kim by Wednesday morning, April 17th.)

Apr 26 –  Questions from Confirmands– Youth will get a chance to anonymously ask their most burning faith questions while their teachers and mentors do their best to answer in ways that help everyone along on their faith journey. Confirmation Banquet (Youth, their Immediate family, Mentors, and Session are invited) and Session Examination, Fellowship Hall, 12-2pm

 May 3 – Confirmation Sunday! 11:00 Worship. Worship prep in youth center at 9:45 am.

 

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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