Youth Ministry

No matter who you are,
no matter where you are on your journey,
you are welcome here!

Here at RPC we do our best to provide a safe place where all youth feel loved and at home as we walk alongside one another on the journey of faith and share God's love with the world.

Connection - Middle School youth Group

All 6th-8th graders are welcome at RPC's Middle School Connection! 

Following the church's most recent COVID-19 guidelines, masks are optional for all during all youth events unless stated otherwise.

Our middle school Sunday School class meets downstairs in our Youth Rooms on most Sunday mornings during our 10:00 a.m. worship service. Here's what we will be focusing on in May:

May 1 - No Sunday School! All youth are encouraged to join us for worship as we celebrate communion!
May 8 - Follow Me: Follow Jesus Session 3
May 15 - Follow Me: Live in Community Session 1
May 22 - Follow Me: Live in Community Session 2
May 29 - No Sunday School! (Memorial Day Weekend)

Outside of Sunday School, we meet twice a month, typically every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m., spending our time catching up, playing games, and praying together. We hope your youth can join us as we are reminded again and again that we are not alone - we are connected in so many ways to one another and our loving God!

Here's what is coming up for May 2022:

Wednesday, May 4 & 18 @ 5:30 p.m., Youth Rooms
Join us as we spend time catching up over pizza, playing games, and reflecting together!

 Saturday, May 21 @ 4:00 p.m., Larchmonth Avenue Church (60 Forest Park Ave.)
Join us as we sort clothing and prepare supplies at Larchmont Avenue Church for the Midnight Run into NYC that evening. Parents are welcome to join us as well! Please let Rev. JP know if your youth would like to join us that Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, May 22 @ 11:15 a.m., Assembly Room
Empty Bowls is back! Immediately following worship, join us for soup, bread, and awesome bowls made by local potters (and the Connection group) - all proceeds will be donated to food relief efforts in Port Chester through Meals on Main Street and the Carver Center. We hope your youth can join us in leading this event!

Also, you can sign up for updates through Remind: text @rpccon to 81010.

High School Youth Group

All 9th-12th graders are welcome at RPC's High School Youth Group!

Following the church's most recent COVID-19 guidelines, masks are optional for all during all youth events unless stated otherwise.

We try to gather at least three times a month to build community and faith through fellowship, prayer, discussions, and service!

All high school youth are welcome to join us for Vespers, where you are invited to slow down in the midst of all the busyness for a time of intentional connection and prayer. We will begin our time together centering ourselves using various faith/mindfulness practices, and then end with a moment of connection and food!

All high school youth are invited to join us for Vespers on every fourth Sunday at 6:00 p.m.! We will gather in the Assembly Room, the Great Lawn, or the Chapel, depending on the month. Also, if you ever have a specific concern you would like us to pray for, please feel free to reach out, even if you are unable to attend!

Here's what is coming up for May 2022:

Mondays, May 2 & 9 @ 6:00 p.m., Youth Rooms
Bring your AP study materials and join us for study hall at the church! We’ll provide snacks and midway study breaks. Juniors and seniors are invited to help out as tutors as well (community service hours will be provided!). Please let Rev. JP know if you are interested in being a tutor and what subjects you’re willing to help out with.

Sunday, May 15 & 22, 12:00 p.m., Jay Heritage Center (210 Boston Post Road)
Join us as we partner with Jay Heritage Center in planting, maintaining, and harvesting organic garden beds on Sunday afternoons. All the produce harvested from the beds will be given to Caritas to distribute to families in need. Please let Rev. JP know if you are planning on joining us.

Sunday, May 15, 6:00 p.m., Chapel
Join us for Vespers, where we invite our high school youth to slow down in the midst of all the busyness for a time of intentional connection and prayer! Please let Rev. JP know beforehand if you plan on joining us for Vespers. Also, if you have a specific concern you would like us to pray for, please feel free to reach out, even if you re unable to attend.

Saturday, May 21 @ 10:00 a.m., RPC Kitchen
Join us as we pack 50 bagged lunches to take on the Midnight Run in NYC later that night. Youth and their families are encouraged to help collect food donations for the lunches: individual chip bags, bottled water/juice boxes/Gatorade, individually wrapped cookies/brownies/candy, and soft fruit (grapes, oranges, bananas).

Saturday, May 21 @ 7:30 p.m., Larchmont Avenue Church & NYC
We are partnering with Larchmont Avenue Church to hand out clothes and food to people on the streets of NYC. We will meet first at Rye Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. We should be done and back at the church sometime around midnight. Space will be limited to 8 participants, so make sure to sign up below on Wednesday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m.! We will also need 4 drivers for the event who drive SUVs or mini-vans. Parents, if you are available to drive, please let Rev. JP know.

Sunday, May 22 @ 6:00 p.m., Assembly Room
Summer Mission Trip Prep Meeting  - All participants of the summer mission trips will take time to get to know one another and discuss why we are going on the trip!

Contact Rev. JP for more information.

We are on Instagram! Username: ryepresyouth (click here).
Updates through Remind! Text @ryepre to 81010.

High School Mission Trips

For the 2022 summer, we are planning on returning to New Orleans on the week of June 26-July 2. As of right now, there is a waitlist for the trip.

We are also continuing our local service week during the week of August 1-5.

Sign-ups for the trips are online and will require a $100 non-refundable deposit once your spot has been confirmed. Please contact Rev. JP if you have any questions.

Youth leadership opportunities

There are a variety of ways our youth can share their time and gifts with the church! All youth are invited to read scripture, serve as ushers, or share any musical gifts with us during Sunday worship. Our high school youth are also welcome to help lead Sunday School or our monthly Vespers gatherings. And their voices are always welcome on any of our church's committees!

If you are interested in serving the church through any of these roles, or if you think of another way you wish to serve, please contact Rev. JP.

 

Midnight Run - May 21