Youth Ministries

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Youth Ministry Team Goals

  • To create opportunities for youth to develop personal relationships with God by their own initiative.
  • To provide service opportunities where students may express the faith they have developed.
  • To encourage intergenerational opportunities that engage in the life of Unity Presbyterian church
  • To help establish a spiritual foundation grounded in Scripture
  • To establish a safe place for welcoming and inclusive fellowship/community to occur.

Youth Ministry Vision and Priorities

The Youth Ministry Team believes that ministry to youth in our community is changing and looking different. We believe that teenagers are looking for communion with others, both in their own generation and in other generations. We believe that teenagers are looking for mission and purpose. This generation is going to change the world, and we as the church are excited to be a part of that change.

Strategies

All of our opportunities in the 2019-2020 school year include chances to be in communion with others and to make a difference in our community and the world. By no means do we expect that all of our youth will attend all of our programs. We believe teenagers are looking for a place to belong in our church: maybe they come to Sunday School but not Youth Group, Prayer Breakfast but not Sunday School. We want teens to know that no matter where they find their place here, they are beloved children of the living God and an important part of our ministry. We seek to serve each youth exactly where they are.

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Youth Group is a place where...

...We Belong

We believe in unity: our youth go to a wide variety of schools and come from a wide variety of backgrounds and families, we believe that all are welcome here at Unity Presbyterian Church. The Scriptures are clear: Jesus welcomed everyone he met and invited them to be a part of the Kingdom of God; we strive to live that same principle at Youth Group.

...We Grow

We believe in community: Unity Youth Group is a safe place to be who you are and to be loved by others. Teenagers in Middle and High School learn and grow with their peers, but they also get to know members of our church of different generations. We believe these connections are vital to faith formation and a representation of God’s Kingdom on earth. We hope that at Unity, you will have friendships and mentorships that last a lifetime. We believe that everyone is learning how to be themselves and live their best life, and Youth Group is a safe place to learn and grow together.

...We Change The World

We meet on Sundays for a purpose. We believe that teenagers have the power to change the world by treating others the way they would want to be treated. This year is going to be different: we’re not just going to talk about how to love our neighbors; we are going to actively do things to care for others in the world. From simple mission projects like collecting cans and making dog treats to more complicated endeavors like a massive clothing drive and trips to local organizations. This year, we are ready to truly be the change we wish to see in the world and in our community.

Middle School Youth Group 

5:00-6:00 pm, Sunday evenings. 
Pick Up and Drop off at Youth Wing Parking Lot; meet in M102

Spring 2020 Calendar

Middle School Youth Group is a place where youth in grades 6-8 can gather in fellowship and fun, explore their faith, and serve their community. MSYG will typically meet in the Youth Wing Parking Lot and M102 (across from the elevator) unless otherwise noted. Friends and visitors always welcome! All youth must fill out the Youth Registration Form to attend.

High School Youth Group 

5:00-6:00 pm, Sunday evenings.
Pick Up and Drop off at Youth Wing Parking Lot; Parking in Fellowship Hall Parking Lot; Meet in M108

Spring 2020 Calendar

High School Youth Group is a place where youth in grades 9-12 can gather in Fellowship and fun, explore their faith, and serve their community. HSYG will meet in the Youth Wing classrooms unless otherwise noted. Friends and visitors are always welcome! All youth must fill out the Youth Registration Form to attend.

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Sunday School

About Sunday School

On Sunday mornings, we offer Sunday School for all ages from 10:00-10:45am. In Middle School, our classes are focused on bridging the gap between biblical knowledge and practical faith application. In High School, our class is focused on faith development and practical application. Our classes run on the school calendar beginning in August and wrapping up in May.


Confirmation

About Confirmation

In the Presbyterian Church USA, when we practice baptism, we believe that we are proclaiming the completed work of God in giving grace and mercy to the individual being baptized. We welcome the individual into the fold of God often before he/she can even respond. In baptism, families and the congregation promise to raise the child in the way of God. In Confirmation, we confirm the promises made on our behalf at our baptisms by professing our faith in Jesus Christ and becoming full members of the congregation.

At Unity, we invite all eighth graders to be a part of the Confirmation Journey. In this journey, youth are expected to participate in classes during Sunday School, attend worship regularly, attend a retreat, attend Sponsor Group meetings and write a Statement of Faith to be shared with the Session.

Every 4 years, we offer Confirmation for Older Youth for anyone who may have missed in 8th grade. The next Confirmation for Older Youth class will be held in the spring of 2023.

To be a part of the Confirmation Class, contact Lindsay White as soon as possible and click here to fill out the Commitment Form.

Parents, click here to view the 2019-2020 schedule and click here for more information.

Register for Special Events

High School Beach Retreat

Each Spring our high school youth travel to the beach for a fun retreat to enjoy fellowship, prayer and relaxation. While enjoying the beach, they spend time intentionally in prayer, learning about God's gift of Sabbath rest and attending a sunrise worship service.

AYM: Asheville Youth Mission

Sunday, July 12 at 3:00pm to Friday, July 17, 2020 at 12:30pm

All rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders are invited to join us for a week with Asheville Youth Mission, an organization that partners with local mission agencies to do mission work in the community and teaches youth about faithful mission. We will participate in 3 full days of work with local gardens, food distribution centers, homeless ministries and veteran support centers. We will also enjoy a day of hiking and swimming, and take walk through downtown Asheville to learn about the experience of homeless people. In the evenings, we will have time to debrief, worship, and relax.

Cost: 325 per person, which is subsidized from the total cost to attend and includes all meals, transportation, activities, lodging and a T-shirt - registration deadline is Easter Sunday, April 12.

Click here to register

Work Camp 2020: High School & Adult Mission Trip

Saturday, June 20 at 8:00am to Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 5:00pm

All rising 9th through 12th graders, college students and adults are invited to join us for Work Camp 2020. We will be joining the Summer Youth Institute North, a mission and learning event involving church groups from all over who will stay at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. There will be opportunities to participate in local mission in the rural community, take a 1-credit hour college course on Christianity 101 and spend time in fellowship with our church and other churches. We will leave on June 20, spend the night in Pittsburgh at Hiland Presbyterian Church, and then participate in SYI North from Sunday through Friday. We will come home Saturday, June 27. 

Cost: $350 per person, which includes all meals, materials, activities, lodging, transportation, and expenses- registration deadline is Easter Sunday, April 12.

Click here to register

Questions about Youth Ministry Activities? 

Email us at youth@unityfortmill.org, contact Rev. Lindsay White, our Associate Pastor at LWhite@UnityFortMill.org or call the church at 803.547.5543.

Forms

Youth Registration Form

All youth participating in youth events on campus should fill out the 2019-2020 Youth Ministries Registration Form.
Paper Copy 
Online Form
All youth participating in youth activities off-campus (including trips, mission events and outings) must fill out a Permission and Medical Form specific to their event. These forms can be found here when the registration is up and running.

Photo Release Form

All youth should fill out the Photo Release Form. These are good for as long as you are worshiping at Unity. Photos taken at youth group or on youth trips may be used on our Facebook Page, website, and our promotional materials. The names and locations of our youth are never published.

Safe Place Policy

Unity is a Safe Place for all of God's children. Anyone interested in volunteering with children and youth at Unity is required to complete a Volunteer application, which authorizes us to complete a background check, and to attend Safe Place Training. Click here for more information.