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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 as we live into our call to follow Christ.

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Youth Group Schedule Race Equity Intensive UPC Small Groups

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Parents: text the code @UPCP to the number 81010 to get last minute text reminders. Youth: text the code @UPCCHYouth to 81010. You’ll get weekly and last minute reminders to join in for PYC events.

Presbyterian Youth Connection 2020-2021

Connect with your UPC Faith Family as we continue to grow our faith, even during a pandemic. Regular zooms and occasional (distanced and masked) parking lot visits will keep us in touch with one another, give us a space to share our burdens, and help us grow in faith as we stay safe.


Mon, Aug 17- 6th Grade Welcome! 7:00pm – 7:45pm. All 6th graders are invited to the UPC parking lot. We’ll take some time to decompress from the first day of school, talk about what PYC will be like this year, and share ways we can pray for one another as we move into this new normal. Bring a chair to sit in, wear a mask,  and stay in your parking space as we have some distanced fun! (Parents, drop off and pick up in the UPC lot by entering from Franklin St both times. No parking available.)

Sun, Sept 13 – Welcome to Pandemic PYC! This year will be like no other, in pretty much every way! But one thing that remains is weekly fun with your PYC pals. Join in our first zoom tonight to get an idea about what the year will bring and how we will have a great time together, even while we are apart. 7pm. Zoom link in your weekly UPC email or on the Remind text. High Schoolers: sign up now for the 8 week Youth Racial Equity Intensive that starts in October. 

Monday, Sept 14th: 10th/11th/12th grade parking lot hang @ 7:15pm
Tuesday, Sept 15th: 7th grade parking lot hang at 7:00pm
Wednesday, Sept 16th: 9th grade parking lot hang @7pm and 7:40pm for confirmation!
Thursday, Sept 17th: 8th grade parking lot hang @7:15pm
Bring a chair to sit in, wear a mask,  and stay in your parking space as we have some distanced fun!
(Parents, drop off and pick up in the UPC lot by entering from Franklin St both times. No parking available.)

Sun, Sept 20 – PYC Zoom, 7-8pm. Zoom link in your weekly UPC email or on the Remind text. High Schoolers: sign up now for the 8 week Youth Race Equity Intensive that starts in October. 

Wed, Sept 23rd: Middle School parking lot hang at 7pm – SIGN UP REQUIRED! Bring a chair to sit in, wear a mask,  and stay in your parking space as we have some distanced fun! (Parents, drop off and pick up in the UPC lot by entering from Franklin St both times. No parking available.) Sign up here to secure your spot! 

Sun, Sept 27 – Youth Acts of Musical Service with Kathleen at 7pm- High Schoolers: sign up now for the 8 week Youth Race Equity Intensive that starts in October. 

Wed, Sept 30th: High school parking lot hang at 7pm – SIGN UP REQUIRED! Bring a chair to sit in, wear a mask,  and stay in your parking space as we have some distanced fun! (Parents, drop off and pick up in the UPC lot by entering from Franklin St both times. No parking available.) Sign up here to secure your spot!

More parking lot options may be in store in October…stay tuned. For now, here’s our tentative schedule.

Sun, Oct 4 – Youth Acts of Musical Service with Kathleen at 7pm  –  Last day to sign up for Youth Race Equity Intensive

Wed, Oct 7 – Youth Race Equity Intensive, week 8, 7:30pm

Sun, Oct 11 – PYC Zoom, 7-8pm.  Zoom link in your weekly UPC email or on the Remind text.

Wed, Oct 14 – Youth Race Equity Intensive, week 8, 7:30pm

Sun, Oct 18 – Youth Acts of Musical Service with Kathleen at 7pm

Wed, Oct 21 – Youth Race Equity Intensive, week 8, 7:30pm

Sun, Oct 25 – PYC Zoom, 7-8pm.  Zoom link in your weekly UPC email or on the Remind text.

Wed, Oct 28 – Youth Race Equity Intensive, week 8, 7:30pm

Sun, Nov 1 Youth Acts of Musical Service with Kathleen at 7pm

Wed, Nov 4 – Youth Race Equity Intensive, week 8, 7:30pm

Sun, Nov 8 – PYC Zoom, 7-8pm.  Zoom link in your weekly UPC email or on the Remind text.

Wed, Nov 11 – Youth Race Equity Intensive, week 8, 7:30pm

Sun, Nov 15Youth Acts of Musical Service with Kathleen at 7pm 

Wed, Nov 18 – Youth Race Equity Intensive, week 8, 7:30pm

Sun, Nov 22 – PYC Zoom, 7-8pm.  Zoom link in your weekly UPC email or on the Remind text.

Sun, Nov 29 – Thanksgiving Weekend – no PYC gatherings

Wed, Dec 2 – Youth Race Equity Intensive, week 8, 7:30pm

Sun, Dec 6 – Advent Pandem-onium! 

Sun, Dec 13 – Advent Pandem-onium! 

Sun, Dec 20 – Advent Pandem-onium! 

Summer Trips 2021 – Stay Tuned!

 

Youth Race Equity Intensive

More info and session plans coming soon! 

This Racial Equity Intensive is an 8 week commitment designed for High Schoolers who desire to better understand the foundations of white privilege and the role Christians play in dismantling racism in our country. Our beliefs will be challenged in ways that bring about a better understanding of our individual and collective responsibility. We will use music, videos, movies, and history to help inform our place and role in the struggle toward justice. Each week our group will wrestle with our own understanding as we come into new ways of seeing race and how we play a part in the systems of oppression that have long been a part of our country’s identity. Through our collective work and some that you will do on your own, we will grow, stretch, and learn.

Our hope is to examine the history of racial inequality in the US and how we, as Christians, can work for equity and reconciliation. Specifically, we’ll examine:

  • The concepts of bias and white washing
  • The history of slavery and what we’ve learned in school compared to what voices might be silenced regarding the history of slavery.
  • Explore the documentary 13th  and the 13th Amendment. We’ll explore the criminalization of persons of color, the school to prison pipeline, and more.
  • The concept of systemic oppression and how that has been expressed over time.
  • The names and stories of many who have died because of the color of their skin and examine what systems of oppression led to their death.
  • The concepts of white privilege, how to actively be anti-racist, and how to navigate conveersations with friends and family about race equity.
  • Which passages of scripture remind us of God’s call to equity.
  • How God calls us to eradicate racism and inequity in our own relationships, community; and how God calls our congregation to work towards reconciliation.

We will meet on Wednesdays at 7:30pm via zoom – Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, Dec 2

Youth are asked to commit to all 8 sessions. This group will grow deep in relationship with one another and that is best formed when all are committed to being present each week. 

Session 1: Covenant building;  Importance of this conversation; What is Bias and what do we do about it? What is whitewashing?
Session 2: How did we get here? (From 1619 to Present); 13th amendment; Bias test results and discussion around bias.
Session 3: Systematic Oppression – what is it and how does it impact people of color? Say their Names: Share the stories of those who have died because of the color of their skin and discussion about what system of oppression led to their death.
Session 4: White Privilege: what is it? how do we get it? what does it mean for our communities? Take a self-inventory on our own privilege.
Session 5: Anti-Racist: what does it mean to be anti-racist and how can I talk to others about it? How can we respond when someone we love says or does racist things?
Session 6: Parable of the Lost; Equality, Equity, and Liberation; White Fragility; Affirmative Action
Session 7: Racism and micro-agressions; Dreams for America
Session 8: Colorism; Where do we go from here? Goal setting for our church, ourselves, our city.

Click here to sign up.

 

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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