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.

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 Spring 2021:

April 21 @ 5:30 p.m., Assembly Room & Great Lawn
Join us as we spend time catching up, playing games, and talking about caring for the earth!

May 5 @ 5:30 p.m., Assembly Room & Great Lawn
Join us as we spend time catching up, playing games, and praying together! 

May 19 @ 5:30 p.m., Assembly Room & Great Lawn
Join us as we spend time catching up, playing lawn games, and praying together!

June 2 @ 5:30 p.m., Assembly Room & Great Lawn
We'll meet for hamburgers, hot dogs, and some end-of-the-year fun!
Current 5th graders are invited to come hang out with the Connection youth group!

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!

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 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. Please let Rev. JP know beforehand if you plan on joining us for Vespers. 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 Spring 2021:

Sunday, April 18 @ 6:00 p.m., Assembly Room
Join us as we collect hygiene items and create kits for young children in our local community! Please bring your collected items with you that evening so we can sort them and distribute them into kits. If you are unable to attend that Sunday but would still like to donate items, please let Rev. JP know when you would like to drop them off at the church.

Please collect the following hygiene items:
Toothbrush (in packaging) - multiple in youth size
Full-size toothpaste (geared toward younger children)
Bar of soap (in packaging) -  neutral scent preferred
Full-size shampoo
Full-size conditioner

Sunday, April 25 @ 6:00 p.m., Great Lawn
Join us for Vespers! In recognition of Earth Day and the season of spring, we will gather outside with a creation-centered focus. We will end our time together with some pizza and lawn games!

Sunday, May 2 @ 6:00 p.m., Assembly Room
Join us as we continue our conversation on youth mental health in our community! We have narrowed our focus to starting peer-to-peer check-in groups and pen pals. We will discuss next steps for these ideas so we can start them soon!

Sunday, May 16 @ 6:00 p.m., Assembly Room & Great Lawn
Join us for an evening of outdoor fun with food and lawn games!
Current 8th graders are invited to come hang out with the high school youth group!

Sunday, May 23 @ 6:00 p.m., Love Home
Join us for Vespers! In recognition of Pentecost, we will gather outside around a fire and end our time together with some pizza, s’mores, and lawn games!

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

It is our hope to continue serving alongside our neighbors in New Orleans during the summer of 2021!

As of right now, we are planning on two trips: June 27-July 3 and August 1-7. We will continue our partnership with Rebuilding Together New Orleans and will stay at Camp Restore of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and School for lodging.

Sign-ups for the trip will begin online on Monday, January 4, at 8:00 p.m. and will require a $100 non-refundable deposit. Space is limited, so please mark your calendars!

Click here to go to the registration page.

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 virtual Sunday School via Zoom 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.

COVID-19 - Waiver of Liability For In-Person Gatherings

Please sign this waiver and either have your youth bring it with them to the first in-person gathering they attend or send it to Rev. JP beforehand.

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. JP.

Let's Get to Know You! (Youth)

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How would you like to serve the church this year?