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
Love Your City: Love God, Love Others
October 21, 2017
Join Family Life Ministries as we put our faith in action around our neighborhood and throughout the city. Ministry sites and opportunities include the following: Hope Place, Neighborhood Coffee, Recovery Cafe, Mary’s Place, Medical Teams International, White Center Food Bank, Search and Rescue and more! There are various opportunities throughout the day, sign up according to your availability and interest. Questions? Contact Rita.
Suggested Donation: $5 per person / $20 for family
You will be contacted via email with information on what to bring for your service team project.
Parents are the New Youth Pastors
Sundays October 1–November 19, 11:30am–12:30pm, Geneva Hall
This is an 8 week class for all UPC parents, guardians, and teachers. The focus of the class will be how to take the lead as parents on the spiritual nurture and development of your kids and how to best partner with the pastors and teachers that you have entrusted them to.
The (Almost Mandatory) Parent Meeting for Middle School Parents
Wednesday, October 18, 7–8:30pm, Room 270
It’s important that we talk about this coming year in Middle School Ministry, answer questions, and understand the roles of our volunteer leaders. And yes, you will have a chance to get involved in supporting the ministry! RSVP to Bianca, email@example.com
Parenting with Strengths
Wednesdays, October 11th, 25th, and November 1st - 7-8:30pm, Knox Parlor
We will be weaving Biblical texts and Strengthsfinders assessments to explore a theology of parenting. We will be asking, “How can we be the parents that we were created to be using our God-given gifts and strengths?” And consequently, “How might we parent our kids so that they are living into the unique people God created them to be?” RSVP Marisa: firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle School Ministry: The Rock
UPC's Community for Students in Grades 6–8
Wednesdays through December 13, 7:00-8:30pm, 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 December 10, 10–11:15am, Room 270
Students to the service with their families on November 5th if they're not on the Fall Retreat.
Join us every Sunday morning for fun, fellowship and to learn what it means to follow Jesus in Middle School. Students will join their families in the service on November 5.
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, email@example.com if you would like to receive small group and Rock info.
Rock Fall Retreat
November 3–5, Warm Beach
Join the Rock on a crazy weekend of growing closer in community and with God.
Drop-off at 6:00pm in Calvin, pick-up at 12:15pm on 15th ave NE. Arrive early on Sunday for some post-retreat tips, 11:45am in Calvin Lounge. $140 per student, contact Bianca if your family requires financial assistance. If you have not filled out a yearly waiver for your student, please complete the waiver form by check-in.
High School Ministry: The Edge
UPC's Community for Students in Grades 9–12
The Edge Wednesday Nights
Every Wednesday evening at UPC from 7-9 through December 13
Our weekly gathering where we meet to build relationships and explore faith in Jesus.
The Edge Fall Retreat
November 3-5, Miracle Ranch
Save the date and plan to join the Edge family as we spend a weekend retreat at Miracle Ranch growing together in fun and faith.
Watch of video of last year's Fall Retreat
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!