Youth Group News

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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Youth Group News – October 2012

Date Posted: October 3rd, 2012 — 8:55pm

We are pleased to introduce our new Youth Group leaders, Anna and Joel Hamaguchi!

Anna and Joel hosted a kickoff lunch on September 30 for youth in grades 6-12 and have many more activities planned for the year.

Welcome Anna and Joel!


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Children’s Garden Update

Date Posted: September 5th, 2012 — 8:37pm

In June, Dick Hasbany, Martha Smith and Jessica Walker came out on a very hot day to help prepare the ground and install two garden beds marking a new ‘Children’s Garden’ at FPC. The garden includes both flowers and vegetables and we look forward to working with the Christian Education committee in the coming weeks and months to incorporate aspects of the garden into the children’s activities.

We hope you will see flowers from the garden in the sanctuary or in Miller Gathering Hall. We also hope to share vegetables at fellowship hour and regular potluck luncheons. This garden is meant to be shared so all are welcome to weed, plant & share in its growing.

A special thank you goes out to local artisan, Trevor Youngberg and his fledgling company, Urban Canopy, for building and installing the beds using oak taken from a felled tree in Milford. Please contact Caty Poole (215-694-5549 or via email at to offer your help and input.

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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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