YOUTH ACTIVITIES

November 2016 Update >    

The Youth Groups had their first devotion and their first activity. There was much discussion after reading scripture. We had a great crew for Apple Picking and fun was had by all. After picking we came back to church and with the help of Kathy Clements, we all made real applesauce, left up to Tara, you’d all be eating apple soup at the roast pork dinner. Lucky for you, there will be great homemade applesauce instead. We used 3 different methods of turning the apples to sauce, so cool. There are opportunities for helping out; Wednesday night community dinners are being held now. You could help set up, serve, clean up etc.

Devotions: November 20 and December 4th Senior High in the Parlor, and Junior High in the Nursery. Same time for both, 4 to 5 p.m. Bring your friends please!

We will be meeting from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM on Sunday, December 4th to assemble Care Packages for the College students.

Nursery >     Children of all ages are always welcome to join with their family's participation in any worship service.  A staffed nursery room is available as needed for infants and toddlers.  The worship service can be viewed from the nursery on closed circuit television.

Sunday School >     A one-room schoolhouse curriculum will be featured on Sundays from 9:00 AM to 9:45 am for youth age 4 through grade 5. Lesson plans include: old and new testament Bible stories, the commandments, the creeds and the Catechism.  Objectives are to build learner's knowledge of and faith in God and teach them to be imitators of Jesus Christ (what would Jesus do?).  Multiple teaching methods include: Bible study, story telling, lecture, discussion,crafts, art, drama, videos, song singing, and journaling.

Children & Worship >     Children from ages 3 to 7 are cordially invited to attend their own worship service, which will begin after the children's story segment of the congregational worship service (at about 10:20 AM). Each week the learners will hear God's word, partake in a feast, and be encouraged to present God's story to one another. Before leaving, each participant will be given their own special blessing from the leader.

Junior High >     Formation of personal faith, commitment to being a disciple of Jesus Christ and living a life pleasing to God's abiding Holy Spirit are the objectives of activities for junior high youth.  In youth group, development of convictions, ideals and values -- and making life choices consistent with them -- are focal.  Learners also participate in the annual spring break Capital District Youth For Christ ( CDYFC) Break Out Conference to gain the experiences only possible in a large group worship and retreat setting.  Other CDYFC events include teen lock-lock ins (stay up all night),  music concerts (both cafe style and theater), and worship-praise gatherings (to worship and fellowship with youth from other area churches).  Periodic weeknight and weekend activity focused meetings at the church provide a setting to build Christian friendships, encourage one another and carry out community service projects.  For many youth this age, spiritual formation by participation in confirmation classes and public confession of a personal faith and commitment to Christ at Maundy Thursday worship during Holy Week is the most important event at this stage in their lives. 

Senior High >     Ongoing development of Christ-like character, understanding and application of spiritual gifts, discipleship, sanctification, service, and Christian leadership are themes for senior high youth.  The annual winter break Capital District Youth For Christ (CDYFC) Excel Conference provides youth with a life changing large-group worship and retreat opportunity.  Other CDYFC events include teen lock-lock ins (stay up all night),  music concerts (both cafe style and theater), and worship-praise gatherings (to worship and fellowship with youth from other area churches). Periodic weeknight and weekend activity focused meetings at the church provide a setting to build Christian friendships, encourage one another and carry out community service projects.

Summer Camp >     Most youth from the church and some of their friends participate in at least one week of summer camp at the at Fowler Camp & Retreat Center at Lake Pleasant NY in the Adirondack mountains. Camp Fowler is a place of Christian hospitality where all are called to live more intentionally in community, more graciously in simplicity, and more consciously as caregivers to creation. Through this tradition of intentional living, Fowler staff and volunteers become role models in caring and faithful living and witness to the love that God has for all of creation.  The camp serves congregations of the Albany Synod of the Reformed Church In America.

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