The Youth Team strives to provide quality programs and activities to carry out our Lord’s command. Our Destination Youth Group actually has two groups, one for junior high and one for senior high aged youth. They usually meet the first and third Sundays of each month from 5:00 to 6:30 pm but the schedule is very flexible. Children moving from the junior high to the senior high group participate in Commitment Sunday which is a formal “graduation” into the high school group and where they are publically committing to be faithful members.
The youth assist other team activities by helping with the Presbyterian Women’s Christmas Bazaar, the Deacon’s Thanksgiving Basket Assembly/Distribution, and other activities such as helping set up for other special events.
The senior high group, with the help of the junior high group, work throughout the year to raise funds to attend the annual youth conference in Montreat, North Carolina, every June. This conference is looked forward to by our youth all year long and attendance at this conference has proven to be truly “transformational” for many of our youth for decades. While the church provides financial assistance for the youth to attend, each youth member is responsible for active participation in youth group meetings and activities throughout the year in order to be eligible to attend.
The Youth team encourages our younger children to attend summer camp at Geneva Center and provides financial assistance when needed.
Youth who attend either conference are encouraged to share with the congregation about their experiences during a worship service. Their testimonies are often very moving.
The Youth of our church are able to participate the following actiities: youth groups, camp and conference opportunities (Montreat for senior high and Geneva Center for children and youth) with church financial support, Operation Backpack, working at a fundraising tent at the White County 4-H Fair, youth Sundays, various fundraisers (e.g. Pizza Hut Tip Night, Wild Game Feed), Committment Ceremony, participation in worship and helping other teams with many activiites (such as Thanksgiving baskets and the Presbyterian Women Bazaar and rummage sales).
To find out more about youth opportunities or to get involved with this team, please call the church office at 574-583-5787.