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
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!
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.
Parents Night Out for 1st-5th Graders Hosted by Rockers!
Friday, April 28, 5:00-8:30pm / Calvin Lounge / $20
Elementary children are invited to a night of fun hosted by Rock students and leaders! Enjoy carnival themed games with pizza dinner and movie showing! All funds go towards World Vision's 30 Hour Famine campaign.
Rockers who want to help host are invited to Calvin lounge at 4:00pm that day.
30 Hour Famine
May 5, 6:00pm through May 6, 6:30pm / $30
Optional Parent Meeting / Sunday, April 23rd, 11:30am in Geneva A
For the past few weeks Rockers have been raising money for World Vision's 30 Hour Famine campaign to help hungry kids around the world. In this culminating event we will have fun together playing broom ball at an Ice Rink, doing service projects, playing games, worshiping, and most of all, supporting one another as we fast for 30 hours together. This experience will grow us closer as a community, closer to God, and closer to those we seek to serve in our fundraising portion.
* Read more from director of middle school ministries, Bianca here
* Every student needs a waiver signed by their guardian to participate. Waivers are good from June 2016-June 2017. Waiver here
* If you need a scholarship for 30 Hour Famine, please email email@example.com
City Splash: Seattle
August 7-11, $100. 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.
July 9-15, $600. For students entering grades 6, 7, or 8 in Fall 2017
This event is full. Sign your student up for our waitlist with the link below. For scholarship opportunities and questions, email Bianca.
High School Ministry: The Edge
UPC's community for students in grades 9-12.
Every Wednesday night / 7:00-9:00pm / Calvin Lounge
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.
Lake Shasta Houseboat Trip
July 10-15th, $680. For students entering 9th and 10th grade Fall 2017
We will travel down to Lake Shasta and join Sonshine Ministries for a week long houseboat trip! This week will be filled with days of swimming, games, hikes, boating, worship and fellowship. As a summer camp experience it is unique in it's relaxed feel and time spent together in community, as well as being surrounded by a beautiful lake. Join us on this awesome trip.
TRIP FULL as of 4/26 - Register asap to be put on the wait list!Register here!
Urban Plunge LA
July 23-29th, $495. For students entering 9-12th grades Fall 2017.
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. $495 (deposit of $95 required upon registration).
August 19-26th, $775. For students entering 11th and 12th grade Fall 2017
This backpacking trip in Canada is designed to take students "beyond" in their friendships, relationship with God, and experiences in nature. We will spend the week in British Columbia working towards reaching the summit of a mountain, and enjoying every step of adventure that comes with it!
Middle School Ministry Internship
Know someone who loves middle schoolers and Jesus and wants to work in a professional church environment?! Are you that person?! If yes to either, check out this application and Bianca will contact the candidates! Thanks for supporting UPC's youth ministry.
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!