Explore, Encounter, and Experience
At UPC, we are encouraged to Share Hope in Jesus Christ. Not a hope that means "I wish," but rather a "certain or confident expectation." In Youth Mission and Ministry at UPC, we have a renewed sense of Hope—a certain and confident expectation that Christ is in our midst teaching us, bonding us, and sending us out. We are strengthening ways in which students can:
+ Explore, encounter, and experience life in Christ
+ Create authentic community, learning to love each other and grow in purpose
+ Live out a mission, a life that demonstrates the love of God through Christ.
This Hope is not a one-time event; it is a process that grows through retreats, mission trips, house boatadventures, mountaineering journeys, Bible studies, and many conversations over coffee. It comes through learning, acting, and reflecting, and sometimes by having a little more fun than is humanly possible. –Randy Brothers, Director of Family Life MinistryMiddle School Ministry High School Ministry Serve Together Parents
Sunday, March 4, 2018
UPC youth participate in mission activities and trips all year long. In 2018, our 6th through 12th graders will put their faith into action by partnering with nine local service agencies and traveling across the state and world to participate in short-term missions. The annual Youth Mission Auction is the primary fundraising event for the youth missions program. Your support is essential to provide meaningful and transformational mission experiences for students by keeping participation costs reasonable and providing necessary materials for our trips and projects. Please partner with the Youth Mission & Ministry community as we grow and serve from the foundation of Jesus Christ. To donate an item or cash and preview our online catalog, please check out the Youth Mission Auction website.
Sign up to Serve at the Auction
ON AUCTION WEEKEND
UPC's Community for Students in Grades 6–8
Wednesdays through May 30, 7-8:30pm, Geneva Hall
Every week we gather to play, worship and build community together. Friends are always welcome to youth group! Check back here for updates on special nights!
Sunday Rock & Small Groups
Sundays through June 17, 10–11:15am, Room 270
Join us every Sunday morning for fun, fellowship and to learn what it means to follow Jesus in Middle School. Dates when students will attend the services with families will be posted here.
Small groups are the best way for students to share with their Rock community. Small groups build fellowship centered on Jesus with group activities and Bible Study. Each small group is led by two mature adults. They are based on grade and gender and meet Sundays, 11:30am–12:30pm at UPC. Keep a lookout for an email from your student's small group leaders in the Fall. If you have not been receiving YMM information, you may not be on these lists. Contact Bianca for small group and Rock info.
Registration links coming in March
6th Grade Day Camp
June 26-29, 9:00am-1pm. For students entering grade 6 in Fall 2018 | $80
Fun, service, and learning on this week just for new Rockers! Tuesday through Friday with Summer Rock Kick-off for all grades, Rock Olympics, on Wednesday night, 7-8:30pm and an overnight at UPC on Thursday (it’s going to be a busy week). Please inform your friends who don’t normally attend UPC but look forward to UPC Summer Day Camp.
July 8-14 For students entering grades 7 or 8 in Fall 2018 | $600
Camp Spalding is a beautiful Christian camp just north of Spokane, along Davis Lake, set among the eastern Washington pines. Sign your student up for a week of adventure, laughter, and learning together with their home community of students and leaders. Do not sign up with Spalding, registration will be here in March.
City Splash: Portland
August 15-18, For students entering grades 6, 7, or 8 in Fall 2018 | $350
We are excited to partner again with Bridgetown Inc in Portland, Oregon for our short-term summer mission trip! In these few days we will travel together, learn together and serve together. We will learn what it means to live like Jesus in our relationships with others.
UPC's Community for Students in Grades 9–12
The Edge Wednesday Nights
Wednesdays, 7–9 pm, Calvin
We gather weekly to build relationships and explore faith in Jesus.
Sundays, Starting Feb. 4, 11:45am in Geneva A
The Edge will be offering a Confirmation class for Sophomores. It is a chance to go more in-depth into some core elements of the Christian faith and will provide students with an opportunity to be baptized or become new members of the church.REGISTER
Four Gospels, One Jesus
Sundays, 6:30–8pm in Knox
Join the Edge this winter as every Sunday evening we gather together to learn, discuss, and study the four gospels. In this ten-week class, we will explore different ways to interpret and study scripture as we look closely at the four unique gospels and how they create one true portrait of Jesus.
Registration links coming soon
July 9-14, For students entering grades 9 or 10 in Fall 2018 | $640
Spend a week floating on a houseboat at Lake Shasta in Northern California. Relax, enjoy community, and dive into relationship with Christ. For scholarship opportunities and questions email Scott.
July 23-29, Seattle | $125
Join us as we serve in Seattle and get to know our city and our neighbors better. The Urban Plunge group will stay in a facility in south Seattle and serve throughout each day.
August 2-10, For students entering grade 12 in Fall 2018 | $800
This summer we are going to offer a Beyond Sea kayaking trip to our juniors! The trip includes paddling through rapids, viewing marine life up close, swimming at the base of waterfalls, and exploring the wilderness surrounding the inlet. We would camp along the way as we make the journey to Base camp and back. The trip will be $800, scholarships available, please email Makalee for details.
University District Food Bank and Street Youth Ministries are two organizations that we loving serving! Providing care right here in the University District. Please support these ministries this season:
University District Food Bank
Support UDFB this winter by donating food and toiletries every Sunday during November and December. Drop off donations in the red barrels by the main building entrances.
Street Youth Ministries
SYM is a ministry that grew directly out of UPC. SYM is still located on-site at UPC and serves the homeless youth in the U-District. Donations of new men’s boxers/boxer briefs and women’s underwear, as well as gently-used men’s shoes, backpacks, coats, and belts may be dropped off at the kiosk.
Some Wednesdays During Youth Group programs
Join families dedicated to praying for this ministry during Wednesday programs. Times vary based on the activities going on during Rock and Edge on particular nights. Email Laurie Duyker (email@example.com) for information.
So every student can participate!
Families, we need your help to support all students wanting to attend retreats, fun events, and camps—no matter their financial situation. Join us in making sure every student has the chance to participate!
To contribute, write a check out to UPC with "FM Scholarships" in the memo line, or give online with PushPay, select the giving type of "Other" and note "FM Scholarships" in the memo box.Give Online