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
UPC's Community for Students in Grades 6–8
Waiver remains on file from June 2018–June 2019
Wednesdays in June, 7-8:30pm, Geneva Hall
+ June 20 - 6th Grade Welcome! - Students who attended the Prep the previous week are invited to enthusiastically welcome in the new Rock class!
+ June 27, 6:30–8:30pm - Rock Olympics! - Rockers of all grades are invited to kick-off the Summer with this night of crazy games and competition. Drop-off & pick-up at UPC, although games will be held on UW campus.
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!
6th Grade Welcome! June 20, 7-8:30pm, Geneva Hall
This is a great time for incoming 6th graders to meet other Rockers and get a taste of what the Rock is all about. Parents & Guardians will hear from Ministry Director, Bianca, about the year and how we can work together!
Sunday Rock & Small Groups
Over the summer students will attend UPC worship service (9:00am, 10:30am, 5pm) with their families. Sunday Rock will resume September 9, 2018. This summer, keep a lookout for emails about occasional small group meetings planned by individual small group leaders.
Downloadable Summer calendar here!
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.
6th Grade Day Camp
Day Camp is full. Check out our Rock activities for the whole Summer here!
Camp is full. Hope you can come next summer!
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.
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 23-27, 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.
Serve in Seattle
Jon our partner ministries and serve Seattle year-round! After sign up, you will be contacted with additional information for your shift.Sign up!
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