Middle School and High School Youth Groups

Every month, the middle school and senior high youth groups gather for various activities and fellowship. These gatherings foster a sense of connectedness across grades, niches, and cliques. Establishing healthy and safe church relationships is essential to the spiritual lives of our pre-teen and teenagers; the youth groups’ time together endeavors to nurture these relationships. When we gather, we do a lot of talking and eating. Often we pursue activities like ice-skating, apple-picking, and game playing. When we studied the rise of Christianity in medieval Europe last year, we took a ‘field-trip’ to the Cloisters in upper Manhattan.

We also struggle together to make sense of how our lives of faith have an impact on our daily lives at school and at home, how our faith orients us to our city and the many people who inhabit it. This past fall we endeavored to grasp the complexities of homelessness and hunger in New Haven together, with help from YHHAP (Yale Homelessness and Hunger Action Project) and Columbus House (a New Haven non-profit transitional living organization).

This Spring, both Youth Groups we will go to Philadelphia for a service trip.
Sharon Anderson and Anthony Damelio lead the Middle School and Senior High youth groups.

If you have questions and/or about the ways in which your child(ren) and family can be involved at FPC, Bryce Wiebe would love to talk to you. Please contact him at firstpresbyterianchurch@gmail.com (attn: Bryce).

Youth Group Lockin

Date Posted: April 6th, 2014 — 4:30pm

The Youth Group Lock-in (for youth in grades 8-12) is coming up!  We will begin at 5pm on Saturday, April 12th and end on Sunday morning, April 13th, in time for Palm Sunday festivities!

We will meet for dinner and fun and games and conversations in the Miller Gathering Hall, and then the boys and girls will move to separate classrooms for their night’s sleep.

Please contact Joel or Anna Hamaguchi if you are interested in coming.

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Upcoming Events – October – November 2013

Date Posted: October 12th, 2013 — 2:36pm

The youth group has several upcoming events, including pumpkin carving after church on October 20, a service day at Columbus House on Saturday, November 2, and an outing to see Anna Hamaguchi in the play Almost, Maine in November.

Be in touch with youth leaders Anna and Joel Hamaguchi for more information.

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Our Future for Peace and Development: the Story of Enough

Date Posted: October 11th, 2012 — 9:08pm

 On Sunday, October 21, at 6:30pm, everyone is welcome to join us in the Miller Gathering Hall for a talk by Mansoor Alam, an organization consultant to the United Nations (Department of Economic and Social Affairs) and founder of The Enough Foundation.

Enough is a Connecticut-based youth organization which brings together high school and college students of different faiths and ethnicities for the promotion of peace and development through collaborative work in communities, high schools and colleges.

Mansoor Alam founded Enough in 2009 when he was a high school student in Cheshire, CT. In just one year’s time, Enough expanded to create twelve new chapters across the Northeast. It now has over twenty high school and college chapters nation-wide and has even set up overseas chapters in the United Kingdom, Canada and Pakistan.

Enough’s present focus is on improving access to education for kids in developing countries and building cross-continental, cross-cultural and cross-religious youth networks. During his talk, Mansoor Alam, now also a Wesleyan University student and this year’s recipient of the Presidential Award for Volunteer Service, will share with us the vision and work of Enough.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear an outstanding youth leader speak about an exceptional youth organization.

For more information, pick up a flyer on the Welcome Table, or talk to Rona Johnston Gordon, Leah Miller, Rowyn Davis, Sophie Latham, Charlotte Gordon, or Cressida Lui.

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Children’s Garden Workday

Date Posted: June 1st, 2012 — 8:41pm

From Caty Poole:

Good afternoon, friends:

You are receiving this email because you generously offered to lend a hand in the creation of a children’s garden in the front yard at First Presbyterian Church. I would like to schedule a work day where most, if not all, can come out to set up the garden. Tasks on this day would include the following:

  1. measure out and mark the bed area
  2. remove the grass
  3. roto till the ground
  4. Assist, if needed, with the bed installation
  5. Fill beds with additional soil

I have spoken with a local teacher, artisan and Woodbridge resident, Trevor Youngberg, who has generously offered to build 2 small beds using repurposed wood at minimal cost to us. Trevor recently built a series of raised beds to form a Children’s Learning Garden at Massaro Community Farm. After some discussion we decided that 2 smaller beds would be easier for children of all ages to tend and manage.

Below is a Doodle link with some suggested times for us to get together at the church. Please click on the link to let me know what might work for you. I figured we’d do all the prep work and let our kids put plants in the ground on a Sunday. If you’re unfamiliar with Doodle, please just give me a call and we can figure out what works for you.M/p>

Thanks again for your generous offer to help with this project!!

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Youth Group Gatherings in February

Date Posted: February 5th, 2012 — 8:50pm

Sunday, February 5 – Calling all youth group members! Fun is the theme for February. On Sunday, February 5th, the youth group will go ice-skating immediately after church.

Sunday, February 26th – bring your favorite board games for a time of friendly competition – the fun will begin at 5 p.m. in the Miller Gathering Hall.

Thanks to the Youth Group members who came out on Sunday evening, January 22nd, to help prepare the final meal for Abraham’s Tent. Hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and salad were on the menu … the perfect meal for a hungry group to cheer on their favorite football teams!

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