Why Youth Ministry?

Our Youth & Young Adult Ministry nurtures in our young people a strong faith in and love toward Christ, while experiencing Christian community, where each person is welcomed and accepted. We provide opportunities to put faith into action by serving our neighbors in need.

Our ministry aims to create a warm and welcoming place for youth to form friendships, grow in their faith, have fun, and serve the community as they grow into fully devoted followers of Christ. Our aim is for every youth that comes through our doors to find a place where they feel they belong.

During 9th grade, youth are invited into Confirmation, which is a year-long ministry of spiritual formation, culminating in a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ, and commitment to the life and ministry of our church.

Youth Ministries Focus

Spiritual/Worship: is at the center of who we are and what God calls us to do.

Social/Fellowship: We meet regularly for fellowship with both Middle School and Senior High, for a time for reflection, fun and spiritual camaraderie.

Study/Spiritual Growth: We provide many ways throughout the week for youth to be wholeheartedly involved in the life of the larger church as they grow spiritually. Our confirmation class is held annually for 9th graders from October through May. In addition to Sunday gatherings, we offer several retreats.

Service/Mission: We initiate opportunities for youth to serve others as they form a closer relationship with God and with each other. We serve locally at food banks and senior centers. Our life-changing annual Senior High Workcamp trip has run each summer for over 50 years.

Screenshot_101915_030047_PMParental Consent Form – Please fill this out and send/bring to the church to allow your child(ren) to be participants in youth activities at BRPC. (You just need to fill out the form once, it covers all events during the year.)

Middle School (6th – 8th grade)

Bibles & Bagels

2nd – 5th Sundays, 10:30 – 11:15 am in the Church House Library

Join us for lively discussions as we explore relevant Biblical passages.

Middle School Fellowship

Wednesdays, 6 – 7:30 pm in the Youth Center

Come for dinner, a short devotion, and fun, energetic games!

Sr. High Ministries (9 – 12 grade)

YOUth Group

Led by a team of dedicated advisors, Senior High YOUth Group meets in the Youth Center of the church (in the basement of the Church House building).  All youth grades 9-12 are invited to come along and bring a friend. The group also enjoys weekend retreats, recreational trips and the annual summer youth Workcamp.

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 monthly 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. Youth Ministries Director, Cathi Reckenbeil, 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.

Typical Monthly Schedule

1st Sunday: 9th Grade Confirmation Family Dinners
2nd Sunday: Sr. YOUth Group goes off-site for social or service
3rd Sunday: 9th Grade Confirmation Small Groups with Mentors
4th Sunday: Sr. YOUth Group meets in Youth Center

If you are interested in learning more about any of our Youth Ministries, please contact Cathi Reckenbeil.

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.

 

Youth Music

For information on the music opportunities for youth, please see the music ministries page.

Scholarships
Each year, the Youth & Young Adult Committee offers scholarships for college juniors, seniors and graduate students. The scholarships are granted to aid education at an accredited college, university, or seminary for individuals dedicated to working in “helping professions,” such as pastorate, psychology, psychiatry, medicine, nursing, law, and social work. Church members and Somerset Hills residents are eligible. Applications are due May 15th. Click here to view/download an application.