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
Coming Sunday, March 5!
Silent Auction: Larson Hall, 9:30am-1:30pm, 6:15-7pm
Live Auction: Larson Hall, 11:33am
Support Youth Mission and Ministry with this year's YMM Auction!
During this past year, the 2016 Youth Mission Auction has supported Easter Project (High School Mission Trip), City Splash (Middle School Summer Mission Trip), Urban Plunge (High School Summer Mission Trip), Summer and Christmas Intergen Trips to Tijuana and local service activities. This year's YMM Auction 2017 will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 and we need your help to make it a success!
If you are interested in working on Auction preparation and procurement please follow the Volunteer link below. To donate, please follow the link below to the auction website. To purchase sign-up party tickets, follow the link below.
Questions? Contact Rita, FLM Missions Coordinator, email@example.com
Middle School Ministry: The Rock
UPC's community for students in grades 6–8.
Every Wednesday through May 31 / 7:00-8:30pm / Geneva Hall
Join us every Wednesday night for a fun time with friends in fellowship, following Jesus. Keep an eye out for special Invite Nights & Service Wednesdays coming up! Friends are always welcome to youth group!
+ March 1 - Ash Wednesday - Still drop-off, 7:00pm & pick-up, 8:30pm in Geneva Hall
Sunday School & Small Groups
Sundays through June 18 / 10:00-11:15am / 270s
6th, 7th, & 8th graders, join us in the rooms next to Larson Hall during the 10am service for games, fellowship, and learning how to follow Jesus! Check back here for Sundays students go to the service and special events.
Small groups meet after Sunday school and are based on grade and gender. Leaders will email parents about when & where their first meeting is and how to get your student involved in a group that cares for each other as they grow closer to God. If you are not receiving the monthly youth group emails, please contact Bianca to be added to our email lists.
Rock Guys Bowling & Overnight!
7:00pm Friday, March 10 - 9:00am Saturday, March 11
It's the guys' turn now - Rock Bowling and Overnight! Come to have some fun with your Rock community! Drop-off and Pick-up in room Geneva in UPC. Friends are invited, make sure to direct them to this link.
July 9-15, $600. For students entering grades 6, 7, or 8 in Fall 2017
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. Make sure to pass this link to invited friends, do not register through Spalding’s site.
For scholarship opportunities and questions, email Bianca
City Splash: Seattle
August 7-11, $125. For students entering grades 6, 7, or 8 in Fall 2017
A mission trip in our own beautiful city! We will be learning more about Seattle and serving like Jesus on this 5-day mission. Email Rita, for scholarship opportunities and questions.
High School Ministry: The Edge
UPC's community for students in grades 9-12.
Wednesday night gatherings are a time set aside each week to focus on growing in faith with other High School students and our awesome adult volunteers. It's a great place to unwind, find community, and reconnect with God. We meet at UPC on on Wednesday nights from 7-9 pm. Our first gathering of the new school year is on September 21st (we won't be meeting on the 7th or the 18th).
Confirmation is an important milestone for any young person as they seek to more deeply engage their faith. We will be offering a 10 week class that will cover the basics of the gospel, The Sacraments, Presbyterian Polity, Ecclesiology (study of the church), and much more.
By the end of this class students will have a clearer understanding of Christianity and their role in it. Students will also be given the opportunity to make an important "next step". Students that have not been baptized will be encouraged to do so or they can become members of UPC. This will involve attending a Session Meeting and reading a personal statement of faith and participation in a Sunday service at UPC on May 14th where they will be confirmed as members in front of the church.The cost of the class is 20 dollars. In order to participate simply e-mail Scott Gronholz (High School Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org (just so we can be prepared for the amount of students who will be participating). Then on January 22nd bring 20 dollars. This will pay for your Gospel Primer work book and a new Study Bible.
Will resume January 17. On Tuesday afternoons, high school students play with kids and tutor at Union Gospel Mission (White Center) and Mary's Place (North Seattle) after-school programs. Starting in January, there will also be opportunities to serve at University District Food Bank. Contact email@example.com
Save the Summer Dates!
Lake Shasta Houseboat Trip - July 10-15th: We will travel down to Lake Shasta and join Sonshine Ministries for a week long houseboat trip! This is for students entering the 9th & 10th grades in Fall 2017.
Urban Plunge LA - July 23-29th: Join us as we travel to the City of Angels to see what God is up to in the lives of our neighbors to the south. Every day will be jam packed with serving, loving and playing as Christ has asked us to do. For students in grades 9-12th in Fall 2017.
Beyond Malibu - August 19-26th: This backpacking trip in Canada is designed for students entering 11 & 12th grade in Fall 2017.
When Helping Hurts Book Club
For YMM Parents and Leaders
A 6-week small group curriculum beginning January 15
This fall a group of high school students studied the concept of short-term missions as outlined in When Helping Hurts. It was quite successful, and so this winter we are offering a group for YMM parents and adult leaders. This book provides important insight into how to go about our ministry work so as not to inflict harm on those we are attempting to help. During this series, discussions will include topics like: Why Good Intentions are Not Enough, Reconsidering the Meaning of Poverty, and Seeing God at Work, among others.
The When Helping Hurts concepts and practices build the foundation of all that we strive to do in Mission and Service here in YMM. Come engage WHY we do WHAT we do with students!
For more info or to sign up, contact Rita at firstname.lastname@example.org
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! If you would like to contribute; checks can be made out to UPC with "FLM Scholarships" in the memo line, or give online with PushPay, select giving type of "Other" and note "FLM Scholarships" in the memo box. Thanks!