Christian Education does not end with the conclusion of Sunday School. After we teach our children the important stories of our faith, we need to guide them as they apply these lessons in their own lives. We want to equip them to receive and respond to all of their life experiences as disciples of Jesus. In that hope, we offer this programming for youth in Middle School and High School. Each age-appropriate segment is designed to increase the Biblical understanding, prayer capacity, worship fluency and ability to make a difference in the world in Jesus’ name.

This Week:

Senior High Fellowship (Grades 9-12)—
Sunday, April 27th from 7-9pm, Youth Center
This topic night is going to be lots of fun! We will start the night with pizza and games as usual and then mid-way through the night, start a casual dialogue on today’s relationships… the good, the funny, the awkward, and sometimes ugly truths! Jenna will be leading this discussion using references to the “hook up culture” as defined by Boston College’s Professor Kerry Cronin. We will use her critiques as the basis of our discussion and find out if we agree or disagree! Come join this time to connect with friends and relax before your week starts. We will also have Youth Sunday sign-ups… you choose your role!! You don’t want to miss this!

Senior High Fellowship (Grades 9-12)—
Saturday, May 3rd: Youth Sunday Rehearsal from 11am-1pm!
We will meet in the BRPC Sanctuary at 11am for a full run-through of the two Youth Sunday services. All students in the services are REQUIRED to be at this rehearsal. Please contact Jenna at jmeyers@brpc.org if you have any questions or concerns. Seniors will stay until 1pm and underclassmen are only required to be there until 12pm. There is also an opportunity to help set up for the Mother’s Day Plant Sale/ Workcamp Fundraiser after this rehearsal.

Middle School Fellowship (Grades 6-8)—
Wednesday, April 30th from 6-7:30pm, Youth Center
Come join this fun and vibrant group for a night of games, fellowship, and a special project! We start the night with a sit-down pizza dinner, and then start making eye-catching signs to support the Senior High’s Mother’s Day Plant Sale/ Workcamp Fundraiser (May 4 & 11). We are excited to use our time to get artsy and help this important mission. We welcome new faces!

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Sunday, May 4 & Sunday, May 11
This year, the Senior High Fellowship and Youth & Young Adult Committee are hosting a Mother’s Day Plant Sale after both services on May 4th and May 11th! There will be 3 beautiful plant options perfect for adding a touch of Spring to your home, or as a special gift to the mother in your life. Depending on the weather, the sale will be outside by the Oak tree or in Westminster Hall. A special thank you to Michael & Amy Pellegrino for supplying us with such gorgeous plants. Come support the Senior High Workcamp!

Middle School

Calling all 6 – 8 graders to Middle School Fellowship on Wednesday evenings, 6:00-7:30 p.m., in the Youth Center. Plan to join us for fun, games, activities and discussion time. We will also enjoy some fun outings throughout the year. Join us and bring a friend!

To learn more about youth fellowship, contact Jenna Meyers.

Sr. High Fellowship

Led by a team of dedicated advisors, Senior High Fellowship meets in the Youth Center of the church on Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. and the evening includes dinner. All youth are invited to come along and bring a friend. The group also enjoys weekend retreats, recreational trips and the annual summer youth Workcamp.

To learn more about youth fellowship, contact Jenna Meyers.

Confirmation Class

The Confirmation program prepares 9th grade students to become full adult members of the congregation. Students learn more about their relationship with God, what it means to be a Presbyterian and how they can be involved in the church community. Participation in Confirmation does not mean students must join the church, but if after prayerful consideration they are ready to take that step, they will be confirmed as full members at the end of the program year.

Students meet twice a month in small groups of two or three with an adult mentor for conversation using the curriculum material provided by the program. These sessions give the mentors and students a chance to talk with each other in a relaxed environment and discuss questions and reactions to the information being presented about God and the church. These small groups may also attend worship together and participate in hands-on mission opportunities.

Also, once a month, students and their parents gather together for dinner and class. Pastor Dennis Jones, meets with the students, digging deeper into the topics they have been discussing during the month or others not covered by the curriculum, while parents meet in another room, reviewing the same topics, asking questions, and listening to presentations relevant to their role as parents.

If you are interested in learning more about the Confirmation program, please contact Theresa Creedon at tcreedon@verizon.net.

Workcamp
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For one week in July, youth and advisors from our church and community travel to Maine to repair homes for those in need. This is an awesome opportunity for our young people to see how their hard work and can make a difference in the lives of others, as well as experience what it means to live out their faith in an intentional way.  The 2014 Workcamp will take place July 12-20.  (Check back in the spring for links to sign up!) For information contact Jenna Meyers.

Youth Choir

The Youth Choir, for grades 6 – 12, provides a great opportunity for our young people to enjoy singing and to serve God and their church while doing it! They sing wonderful music and add joy and vibrancy to our worship. Youth choir sings one or two Sundays a month, on Christmas Eve and on other festival days.

Alpha Bell Choir for youth and adults rehearses on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Music Minister Mary Lou Stevens.