Christian Education for Youth
Youth Program Year
Sunday School and Youth Group for you grades 6th-12th runs from September to May each year.
Weekly Youth Activities
Youth Sunday School
Youth Sunday School will give Middle and High School students a chance to dig deeper into foundational scripture stories found in the Old and New Testament using the Echo The Story curriculum. Through video, creative prompts, and discussion, youth will explore the arc of the Bible, find connection points within Bible stories and their own lives, and have a chance to engage with scripture in a way that brings the stories to life beyond what it is they’re reading in the Bible.
Sunday School Teachers: Leigh Ann Hamlin, Josh Dietz, Emily Jarrett, and Isabella Fagiani / Room 204
Takes place each Sunday night from 6-8 pm. This year our Youth will: reflect, refract, and reform. We'll begin by reflecting on how we see ourselves and how God sees us addressing self-worth and our identity that never leaves us: children of God. Living a life in which we live into God's view of us causes our lives to change. We see that our light is actually God's light, refracting through us, bending back out into the world. We'll end the year spending time with some ancestors in our faith whose lives were forever reformed after hearing God's call on their life. Youth will explore how God is calling them for such a time as this one.
Each Sunday night we eat dinner together and engage in a time of collective check in, introduction of a big topic, games, and small group time. Throughout the year are special events in mission projects, recreation, and fellowship.
Mission Projects range from packing up College Care Packages to collecting items to help the Homeless Assistance Team.
Recreation takes us on field trips to things like ice skating or playing games like Anomia or 9 Square in the Air together.
Small Groups provide the chance to gather in a smaller cohort of students in similar grade levels to discuss scripture and explore connections the biblical story has with their life.
Twice a year we gather at the church for an all night lock-in filled with fellowship, food, games, and a mini mission project. These typically happen each October and March.
Fall Youth Lock-In: October 6-7, 2023
Spring Youth Lock-In: March 15-16, 2024
Each November we collect items needed by the Homeless Assistance Team which helps our neighbors currently experiencing homelessness and those who are transitioning to housing. Youth canvas the neighborhood alerting them to the urgent needs and return a week later to pick up items neighbors place outside their homes.
November 5 & 12, 2023
On this Sunday, youth lead worship. From ushering to writing the liturgy, to preaching, to leading us in music. It’s the youth of RCPC’s chance to share the Good News of the Gospel with their wider church family.
January 28, 2024
Each May we celebrate our graduating seniors through a liturgy during the 11:00 AM worship service and an evening worship service complete with a photo slideshow, and leaving a painted handprint in the children’s library.
Hometown Mission Week
Rising 6th graders – graduated 12th graders are invited to participate in a week of being the hands and feet of Christ right here in our hometown. Youth spend the week working with mission partners across the valley while exploring their faith through devotionals, service, and fellowship with each other and the wider RCPC congregation. Save the date for the 2024 Hometown Mission Week: July 22-24. Contact Isabella at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Massanetta Springs Middle School Conference
Rising 6th-Rising 8th graders are invited to attend Masanetta Springs Middle School Conference in Harrisonburg, VA each June. This is a four-day event created especially for middle schoolers centered around a theme from scripture with time in worship, small groups, and recreation. Save the date to attend in 2024: June 7-13. For more information click here: massanettasprings.org/programs/msc
Montreat Youth Conference
Rising 9th graders – graduated 12th graders are invited to spend a week at Montreat Youth Conference in Montreat, NC. Montreat is a week of worship, keynotes, small groups, time with our youth group all designed for our high schoolers. Save the date to attend in 2024: July 7-13. For more information click here: montreat.org/events/myc-23