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.
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.
Youth Group is a place where…
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 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
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
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.
Youth Registration Form
All youth participating in youth events on campus should fill out the 2019-2020 Youth Ministries Registration 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.