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 Summer 2021:

June 9 @ 5:30 p.m., Grape Arbor & 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!

Donuts & Lawn Games
Saturdays @ 10:00 AM, Great Lawn

Throughout the summer, all youth are invited to join us as we gather on the Great Lawn on Saturday mornings at 10:00am for donuts, lawn games, and connection! Please let Rev. JP know if your youth will be joining us so we can make sure to have enough donuts.

We will gather on the following Saturdays:
June 26
July 10
August 14
August 28

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 September!

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 Summer 2021:

Local Service Week - June 28-July 1
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Join us as we partner with local organizations such as Caritas, Rye Town Park, and Carver Center! We will meet each morning at 9:00 a.m. and work until 4:30 p.m. Please make sure to bring a bagged lunch, a water bottle, and work gloves! We will provide snacks, drinks, and plenty of things to do each day. If you wish to join us for this service week, please contact Rev. JP.

Summer Book Study
Sundays @ 6:00 PM, Assembly Room

Join us as we read This Book is Anti-Racist  by Tiffany Jewell! We will meet four times throughout the summer to discuss the four sections of the book. Participants are also encouraged to work through the companion guided journal, This Book is Anti-Racist Journal. Please consider purchasing both books at our local bookstore, Arcade Booksellers!

We will meet on the following dates:
June 13 - Waking Up: Understanding & Growing Into My Identities
July 25 - Opening the Window: Making Sense of the World
August 15 - Choosing My Path: Taking Action & Responding to Racism
August 29 - Holding the Door Open: Working in Solidarity Against Racism

 If you wish to join us for this book study, please contact Rev. JP.

Donuts & Lawn Games
Saturdays @ 10:00 AM, Great Lawn
Throughout the summer, all youth are invited to join us as we gather on the Great Lawn on Saturday mornings at 10:00am for donuts, lawn games, and connection! Please let Rev. JP know if you will be joining us so we can make sure to have enough donuts.

We will gather on the following Saturdays:
June 26
July 10
August 14
August 28

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 a vaccinated-only trip for August 1-7. We will continue our partnership with Rebuilding Together New Orleans and will stay at Trinity Episcopal Church's Molly House for lodging.

Sign-ups will require a $100 non-refundable deposit. Space is limited, so please sign up soon! Please contact Rev. JP to sign up for this trip.

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?