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 Life & Worship is at the center of who we are and what God calls us to do.
Social Life & Fellowship: Both Middle School Fellowship and Senior High Fellowship groups meet regularly, including time for plenty of fun, community/peer group building, and personal reflection & faith growth.
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. When conditions allow, we will resume weekend and
overnight retreats and lock-ins.
Service to Others & 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. In August of 2018, we had our first annual Middle School Workcamp. During the summer of 2020, we held 2 weeks of local service (one for high school and one for middle school). We met each morning online to discuss topics of faith and advocacy. We also introduced exciting local service projects youth could do at home during the day. Each evening we gathered in large and small groups (socially distanced, outdoors, wearing masks) for fellowship, faith building and great discussions.
Please fill out this form 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.)
Youth Events Calendar
Youth Ministry Programs
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Bibles & Bagels
1st – 3rd Sundays, 10 – 10:40 am on Zoom
Join us for lively discussions as we explore relevant Biblical passages that coordinate with the verses read in worship each week.
Middle School Fellowship
We will meet on Zoom on Tuesdays from 5 – 6 pm, and will continue the above activities along with monthly service projects!
Sr. High Fellowship
Led by a team of dedicated advisors, Senior High Fellowship is meeting for outdoor, socially-distanced events or online events during the pandemic. All youth, grades 9-12, are invited to join us, and bring a friend. When conditions allow, we will return to meeting in the Youth Center of the church (in the basement of the Church House building) as well as periodic events such as weekend retreats, recreational trips and the annual summer Sr. High Workcamp. (Click here for Sr. High Workcamp registration forms for 2021)
Typical Monthly Schedule:
- 3rd Sunday: Sr. High Fellowship Meets outdoors or on Zoom
- 4th Sunday: Sr. High Fellowship rain date for outdoor meetings
- Once a month: We will meet on zoom and do a service project together while visiting
The Confirmation program prepares high school 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 with two adult mentors for conversation and study, 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 outdoor worship together and participate in hands-on mission opportunities, as a small group or with their families at home.
Also once a month, students, their parents and Cathi Reckenbeil, our youth director, will meet on Zoom for discussion and to get better acquainted.
Documents for 2020-21 Class
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If you are interested in learning more about any of our Youth Ministries, please contact Cathi Reckenbeil.
Next Level Small Group High School Bible Study
We are meeting for 4 weeks from 7 – 8 p.m this fall, outdoors at firepits at homes of youth. Our Senior High students selected “The Gospels” as the topic for this 4-week small group discussion. All are welcome!
Normally, 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 dedication 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. Because of the pandemic, this year’s workcamp experience will be local. We are committed to having a meaningful experience and helping our communities, wherever God sends us.
Due to Covid and the fact that many colleges will be asking students to remain at home after Thanksgiving break, we are postponing our Guardian Angel Ministry and our high school youth’s Care Packages to college students for this year.
Instead, Cathi is reaching out via texts and phone calls to check in with this age group. Cathi will also be holding Zoom gatherings.
We will head into NYC over the Christmas break to offer service, get reconnected with friends, make new ones, have a spiritual discussion about our faith journey, go to dinner in the city, and have lots of fun!
For information on the music opportunities for youth, please see the music ministries page.
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. Click to view/download an application.