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:

Bibles & Bagels, a class for middle schoolers continues this Sunday at 10:30 am in the Library.  Youth should sit with their families for the beginning of worship, then move to the library after the children’s message. Bagels will be provided!

Middle School Fellowship (Grades 6-8) —  Middle School Fellowship will start October 1st!

Senior High Fellowship (Grades 9-12) — All Sr. High students are invited to join us on Sunday evening from 7-9 pm.  Come meet Donna Anderle, our new Director of Youth Ministries.  We’ll eat some pizza, play some games, sing some songs, and have a great time!  See you there!

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 start the evening with pizza! We will also enjoy some fun outings throughout the year. Join us and bring a friend!

To learn more about youth fellowship, contact Donna Anderle.

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 Donna Anderle.

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.  For more information contact Donna Anderle.

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Youth Choir

For information on the Youth Choir & Bell Choir, 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 the application in pdf format.