Youth Group

Youth Group at UPC is a place for all 6th-12th graders to come together for fun, food, and faith formation.

Youth will be a part of an intentional community based on learning how we can best love God and one another. At youth group, you’ll find fun and games, moments for reflection and study, and friends to support you through your middle and high school years (and beyond!). Your youth advisors and the Youth Engagement Council are hard at work making sure to create programs and events that will be fun, meaningful, and will bring you closer to God and one another. 

2021-2022 Youth Group Schedule

Youth Group will happen from 6-7pm, unless otherwise noted.


Aug 29: Youth Advisor Training, 11-2pm, lunch included

Sept 12: Congregational Retreat 10am -3pm, Youth Engagement Council 3-5pm

Sept 19: Youth Group Kickoff! 

Sept 26: Escape Room – can you use teamwork with your new church buddies to find your way out?  (Don’t worry, we’ll still let you out at 7:30!) 

Oct 3: Painting Pots – get your creative juices flowing as we paint pots that represent our faith. 

Oct 10: Growing our Faith – we’ll plant seeds in our pots and look to scripture for wisdom about planting seeds of our faith. What’s planting seeds in your life?

Oct 17: Stress Busters – We’ll talk about ways to deal with our stress and anxiety and make a few fun toys that can help. 

Oct 24: Tie Dye! Naomi, our expert in tie dye, will bring out her high quality dyes for a night of impressive creations. 

Oct 31: Lunch Spook-tacular – We’ll clear out of Franklin St before evening festivities kick up. Join in for youth group lunch from 12pm – 1:30pm followed directly by youth choir. 

Nov 7: Movie night! Send Kim suggestions of what we should watch. 

Nov 14: Thanks and Giving – We’ll think about who we are grateful for these days and who might need to know they are loved. We’ll create cards to send to our PYC college students and others who could use a reminder that they are loved by God and UPC.

Nov 21: (Advent Craft Festival at 9:45am.)

Nov 28: No youth group – Happy Thanksgiving!

Dec 5: Gingerbread houses! Bring your creativity and your sweet tooth. We’ll plan to eat outdoors and have our program time indoors and masked.

Dec 12: Xmas Gala! Our annual Christmas Gala is back! Wear your wildest Christmas themed outfit and prepare to leave filled with all the joy of Buddy the Elf! We’ll plan to eat outdoors and have our program time indoors and masked.

Dec 19: Caroling with Youth Choir at 5pm 

Dec 26: No youth group – Merry Christmas!

Jan 2: No youth group – Happy New Year!

Jan 9: No youth group

Jan 16: No youth group

Jan 23: No youth group

Jan 30: No youth group

Feb 6: Just Dance! (6-7 pm) Let’s celebrate being back together with a big Just Dance party. We’ll hook up the Wii to the big screen and shake off our winter/covid blues with some dancing! No skill required.

Feb 13: Palentine’s Day (12pm-1pm) – Valentine’s day is not just for romance. We’ll celebrate all kinds of love: for our community, for our world, and for one another. Join in after church then head home for the Super Bowl.

Sat, Feb 19: Confirmation & Mentor Retreat at UPC, 10am – 4pm 

Feb 20: Youth Sunday Planning (6-7 pm) – Help UPC youth create a worship service for our congregation. Youth Sunday is coming up on March 13 and YOU are the worship leaders. Join in to plan.

Feb 27: Gospel According to TikTok (6-7 pm) – Tik Tok offers insights into the lives of other people and helps us reflect on our own. We’ll explore videos that might help inspire our faith or provide an analogy to how we see God. We’ll be sure to include some funny ones too!

Wed, Mar 2: Attend the Ash Wednesday Service at 7:30pm 

Mar 6: Polymer Party with Brittany – Our creative and crafty youth advisor Brittany will teach us how to make polymer clay jewelry, keychains, and more! Get your creative juices flowing!Mar 13 – No youth group (Youth Sunday) YEC meeting at noon at UPC.

Mar 20: Board Game Night – Nate, Zane, and Ward are ready to bring in the fun with all kinds of board games. You can try a few different ones or stick to your favorite.

Mar 27: No youth group (spring break begins) 

Mar 27 – 30: Middle School/confirmation Service Trip

April 3: No youth group

April 8 -10: High School Beach Retreat

April 10: Bowling, Middle School Only at Mardi Gras (3:15-4:45 pm)

April 14 and 15: Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at UPC

April 17: Easter – No youth group

April 24: Dinner on Franklin. Meet at 6pm in the youth center and bring money for dinner on Franklin St. (chipotle, hibachi, or pizza). Pick up is at 7:30pm in the parking lot. 

May 1: Games on the Quad – Giant Capture the Flag? Elbow Tag? Oh Captain my Captain? We’ll play them all!

May 8: Senior Celebration at lunch; Youth Group at Maple View Farms – We’ll have a picnic dinner and enjoy ice cream as we celebrate the end of the year and look toward summer trip season


Summer 2022

June 12-18: Montreat Youth Conference

June 19-25: Montreat Worship and Music Conference

June 27 – 30: Vacation Bible School (youth volunteers needed!) 

July 12-15: Massanetta Middle School Conference

July 17 – 23: Appalachian Service Project