Ministries With Youth

 

“Journey to the Cross”, the devotional series for Lent, returns to the popular devotion site d365.org. Running Ash Wednesday, February 14, through Sunday, April 8. This series features scripture, prayer, and meditative thoughts accompanied by gentle music. The ecumenical team of writers includes Chris George, Peter Hanson, Susan Sytsma Bratt, Kyle Oliver, Ellen Di Giosia, Wade Griffith, Chip Hardwick, and David Burroughs. Journey to the Cross features a collection of instrumental arrangements from Ken Medema. The musical reflections provide a familiar and gentle backdrop that accompanies the daily devotional. Visit d365.org or download the free Android and iOS apps.


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Have you checked out our Quicksheets lately?

Advent season is upon us and we have a new Quicksheet! Quicksheet #62: Advent, “Making a List and Checking it Twice” You know it; we all know it: the church competes in this season with the cultural push to buy, do, and rush, but our faith tells us to wait, prepare, and reflect. This Quicksheet tackles Wait, Prepare and Reflect of the Advent Season.

Check out these other recent Quicksheets:


Now is the season for the Pentecost Offering! This is the offering that funds national youth ministry, supports the Triennium, d365.org and Quicksheets. Thank you for your generous support!


Let My People Go” is an excellent bible study written by Rebecca Barnes, Coordinator of the Presbyterian Hunger Program. This bible study invites a group of young people to examine the theological issues and conversations surrounding ecological justice, fairness and discipleship. “Let My People Go” is the final bible study prepared for youth and adults who attended the 2016 Triennium to use a way to re-engage with the theme of “GO.” This bible study is also adaptable for youth who did not attend the Triennium.
Download, “Let My People Go Bible Study”


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Looking for an easy, fun, way to gather young people together? How about a book club? Since millennials are known to be great leisure readers, and with so much great youth and young adult fiction available — and some excellent new “classics” — why not start a weekly or monthly book group? It’s a great summer program. It’s an ideal small group meeting platform. It is doable for a season such as Lent or Advent. Presbyterian Youth Book Club selections and study guides are user friendly and easy to download. Titles include: The Hunger Games trilogy, The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines, and more. These FREE study guides include Bible study, discussion questions, community building, and a youth-friendly flow. Interested in starting a Presbyterian Youth Book Club—click here!

View all of our resources in the section below.


Send us your youth Sunday resources!

We’d love to include them here in our ‘Youth Led Worship’ index.  Send to gina.yeager@pcusa.org.  View the most recent services shared.


A Vision for Young People and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)


 

In the midst of a beautiful and broken world, we have a vision for ministry with young people  that unites youth in Christ with all other generations and proclaims the love of God without end.  This vision gives us hope for a Church that:

  • Is authentic, made up of communities of faith that live what they proclaim;
  • Participates in, and pays witness to, the lively, joyful reality of the grace of God for the whole world;
  • Helps young people to understand what it means to be saved by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that they will, as God does, view all people with love and possibility;
  • Expresses God’s boundless love by embracing young people as they are, where they are, and where they could be,  inspiring them to share their ideas, dreams and unique gifts with the world and the church;
  • Acknowledges and celebrates youth as the keepers of God’s world, capable of serving as agents of healing, friends to the friendless, and leaders along the path of Jesus;
  • Encourages young people to live and lead with humility, but also with confidence and joy;
  • Accepts that it may be changed, even re-made, through the power of the Spirit and by youth’s energy, freshness and vitality.

Resources

Quicksheet #67 – Christian Formation Conversation Starters

How would you like to help form the faith of your children, youth, young adults, adults, families, and neighbors in ways that are life-giving, relevant, and practical? Often the first step is to talk about it; you simply have to “put it out there” and “start the conversation!”

Quicksheet #62 – Advent

You know it; we all know it: the church competes in this season with the cultural push to buy, do, and rush, but our faith tells us to wait, prepare, and reflect. It can easily become overwhelming for families and teens to try to be all and do all that is expected of them to… Read more »
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