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 boat adventures, 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 Ministry
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.
Complete Summer calendar, including mid-week activities, will be posted here and mailed in late April.
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 Kick-off for all grades (Rock Olympics, 6:30-8:30pm) on Wednesday night, and a 6th grade 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. Check out tentative schedule and activities here.
Youth Assistants at Day Camp
June 26-29, 8:30am-12:30pm
Students entering grades 7 and 8, interested in serving at this year's Preschool Day Camp?Apply Now!
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. Contact Bianca for scholarship opportunities. Do not sign up with Spalding, registration includes transportation.Register
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. Questions? Contact Rita.
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.
Student Leadership at Day Camp
June 26-29, 8:00am-1:30pm
Interested in serving at this year's Elementary Day Camp? For students entering grades 11 and 12 we will provide a $100 compensation to be used at any YMM event.Apply Now!
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 Makalee.Register
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. Questions? Contact Rita.Register
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 incoming seniors! 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.
Love Our City
Various opportunities throughout May
Loving our city in tangible ways throughout the month of May. Come and serve our neighbors in the University District and around the Seattle while sharing hope. All ages are welcome with a variety of opportunities and times to work for you, family and friends!
Questions? Email Rita.
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 in the Rock and Edge on particular nights. Email Laurie Duyker (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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