YOUTH ACTIVITIES

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 in kindergarten through grade 6. The first 15 minutes are set aside for children's choir, which is directed by Lori Robinson. 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 8 (third grade) are cordially invited to attend their own worship service, which begins 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.  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.  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.

Cooking and Creating Camp >     Our fourth annual Cooking and Creating for a Cause summer camp was held at the Church from 9 AM to noon from August 5th to 9th, 2019. We had 23 great children ages 7 to 13 learning to sew, cook, bake, craft and learn who their neighbors are and how to love and serve them. Additionally, 15 adults volunteered to work with the children. The kitchen food was donated to Joseph's House. This included over the two weeks: 133 bags of Chex mix, 71 packs of chocolate chip cookies, 34 packs of peanut butter cookies, 60 packs of oatmeal raisin cookies, 11 loaves of pumpkin bread, 8 banana breads, 11 zucchini breads, 3 apple breads, and 97 rice krispie treats. The campers also provided weekend meals for Joseph's House which included tuna salad and egg salad for sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, chicken and vegetable casseroles, 60 corn muffins, tossed salad, four each of and white, chocolate and spice sheet cakes. Also, 59 beautifully decorated cupcakes and 75 bags of potato chips were made for use by staff of the Joseph's House outreach van.

In the Summer 2019 sewing and craft room, the kids were busy sewing and creating up a storm. We made 8 fleece blankets, 21 pocket pillows, 24 pillow cases and 24 vases with flowers.

A huge thank you to everyone who donates supplies to the camp and especially those who share their time and talents with the campers!

Camp Fowler >     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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