Youth Ministry

The mission of Youth Ministry is to inspire faith and fellowship among the youth of United Protestant Church through various activities including service projects, fellowship events and mission trips.

All youth, sixth through twelfth grade, are given several opportunities through the year to serve both the UPC community and the community outside our church.

  • Each youth group will engage in one service project per month, with those ideas stemming from the initial planning meetings.
  • Fundraisers: Periodically during a year, all youth are invited to help raise money for certain charities or church needs. In the past we have collected backpacks for Katrina refugees, held 24 hour events for pledges to help veterans or the church and offered Parents' Night Out to raise money for mission trips.

Annual Summer Mission Trip:

Current seventh through twelfth graders are invited to journey to a community in need and help with painting, building, caring for children, and visiting senior members. Signing up for the mission trip usually happens in fall, with winter and spring months devoted to fundraising and group building. Timing of the trip depends on when the majority of students and adult leaders are available to attend.

All mission trippers must participate in four different youth service/fellowship events over the course of the program year to qualify to attend the mission trip. This enables group cohesion, and, frankly, it's just more fun.

Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grade: Middle School

9:15 a.m. Sunday Education Hour:
Sixth grade: These students are part of the Journeys in Faith program, available to 3 year olds through 6th graders. Friends are always invited to the JIF program! 

Seventh and eighth grade: Our education for this age group is a two-year Confirmation program. We'll work with families on special circumstances, like sharing weekends with more-distant parents, etc.

The Confirmation class meets in Room 101 in the lower level education wing. At the end of the school year, all eighth graders who have completed their requirements will be invited to be confirmed.

Youth Fellowship: Each month sixth, seventh and eighth graders will have two service projects and two fun fellowship events, such as minigolf or game day. Monthly event listings are mailed home to help students plan their participation.

Ninth-Twelfth Grades: High School

9:15 a.m. Sunday Education Hour:
High school students meet in the Loft.

Youth Fellowship: High schoolers meet for faith-based chats at the church or local restaurants and participate in fun events like kayaking and racing go-carts. This group is flexible in its content but always focused on faith and fellowship.