Creating a safe and fun environment where students are encouraged to make friends, to ask hard questions and to seek answers to everyday issues in God’s word are the primary focus for the youth discipleship classes. They are also challenged to grow closer to God.
Curriculum for the 6th through the 8th grade is published for the Presbyterian Church(USA) by Congregational Ministries Publishing (CMP). The title of the curriculum is, We Believe, and it focuses on a Reformed understand of God and God’s people. In different ways, each age level includes content from Reformed creeds, confessions, catechisms, and statements of faith. We Believe tells the stories of our faith in a variety of ways to allow for different learning styles as well as for age appropriateness. For those who come to the church from other faith traditions, the curriculum serves as a basis for understanding who we are as Presbyterians and what Presbyterians believe. The 5th through 8th graders are using CMP’s new curriculum for Tweens and Younger Youth.
In addition to the curriculum, children are involved in mission projects that raise awareness of people in need and care, and a special Mission offering is collected on the first Sunday of each month. Our missions can include food support for the Center for Food Action in Mahwah, Angel Tree gifts at Christmas, greeting cards for the patients at Valley Hospital, Bible distribution through the American Bible Society, School and Health Kits for Church World Service and the CFA, ‘tabs’ for the Ronald MacDonald House in Danville, PA….or wherever the need. The Bible School also supports the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, collecting our coins in fish banks.
Confirmation is for students entering the 9th grade (or older) who wish to become full members of the congregation. The confirmation program was developed using a combination of resources to create a unique experience for youth that includes their parents, a mentor, and classes with the pastors. At the end of the process, students will write a brief statement of their faith to confirm the vows made for them at their baptism as infants, or to prepare them for making those vows when if they choose to be baptized when the class is over.
Youth Fellowship is a place where teens and young adults (6th-12th grade) can connect with their peers, serve their community through mission projects and just have fun together all while growing in their faith. Rock climbing and laser tag are some fun activities that teens and young adults participate in. Everyone in grades 6th-12th are welcome!
Youth Fellowship generally meets on Wednesday nights from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm. If you want to know more or be added to the youth fellowship mailing list, please contact Steve Huston.