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! 

All in-person Connection gatherings will follow the church's COVID-19 guidelines until further notice, including the wearing of masks and practicing social distancing.

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 November:

November 7 - No Sunday School! All youth are encouraged to join us for worship as we remember the saints of our community and celebrate communion!
November 14 - What is Holy Troublemaking? (Bayard Rustin)
November 21 - Talking with Our Sacred Texts (Fr. Broderick Greer)
November 28 - No Sunday School! We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving 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 November 2021:

Mondays, November 1 & 15 @ 5:30 p.m., Youth Rooms
We'll take time to catch up over a pizza dinner, then play some games and reflect together!

Saturday, November 13 @ 4:00 p.m., Larchmont Avenue Church (60 Forest Park Ave.)
We'll be sorting clothing and preparing supplies at Larchmont Avenue Church for the Midnight Run into NYC later that night! We will start at 4:00pm and end around 5:30pm. Space is limited to 6 participants. Please let Rev. JP know if your youth would like to join us!

We are also keeping the connections going outside of our gatherings through GroupMe! If your youth would like to be a part of our group chat, please send Rev. JP either your youth's cell-phone number or email.

High School Youth Group

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

All in-person HSYG gatherings will follow the church's COVID-19 guidelines until further notice, including the wearing of masks and practicing social distancing.

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

Vespers will start up again in this fall!

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 November 2021:

Saturday, November 13 @ 10:00 a.m., RPC Kitchen
Join us as we pack bagged lunches to take on the Midnight Run into 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, November 13 @ 7:30 p.m., Larchmont Avenue Church & NYC
We are partnering with Larchmont Avenue Church to hand out clothes and food to our neighbors living on the streets of NYC! All spots are filled for the actual run, but we could still use help collecting the following items:

Fresh Direct Grocery Bags
Six cases of water (12 ounce bottles)
Men's jeans
Men's hoodies, fleeces, sweatshirts
Men's casual jackets/windbreakers (not sport coats)
Men's sneakers

Sunday, November 21 @ 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 are unable to attend!

Contact Rev. JP for more information.

We are on Instagram! Username: ryepresyouth (click here).
Updates through GroupMe! Please email your name and phone number to Rev. JP.

High School Mission Trips

For the 2022 summer, we are planning on two different trips on the week of June 26-July 2: one to New Orleans and the other to Chicago. Each trip will have space for 15 high school youth! We are also continuing our local service week during the week of August 1-5.

For those interested in learning more, there will be an information session on Sunday, November 21 at 11:15 a.m. in the Westminster Room. Sign-ups for the trips will begin online on Monday, January 10 at 8:00 p.m. and will require a $100 non-refundable deposit. Space is limited, so please mark your calendars! 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.

 

Let's Get to Know You! (Youth)

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