Youth Ministry at Second Presbyterian Church, Richmond
Sunday, March 10-1-3pm - Fellowship event at Laser Quest. Open to all youth.
Friday, March 15th from 5-6:30pm - Bible study (location TBD) for High School students only. Bible study will discuss sexuality and body image.
Sunday, March 17- Mid Highs Meet from 5-7pm for Dinner and Program
Sunday, March 24-1-3pm - Fellowship event at Bowl America. Open to all youth.
Sunday, March 31- Easter Sunday - No Youth Meetings
Some future dates to get on your family calendar:
Friday, April 12th from 5-7pm - Fellowship event for High School students only (in conjunction with Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church's High School youth group). Location TBD
Friday, April 26th from 5-6:30pm - Bible study for High School students only. Will discuss the "Abundant Life" and what it means to live faithfully in a world of consumption.
End of Year Banquet: May 5th from 5-7pm
Open to youth and families. Youth will be recognized with fun superlatives. A good time to reflect upon a great year of ministry. With family and friends.
Pool Party: May 19th from 1-4pm
Open to all youth. As is tradition, the pool party will mark the close of our year in youth ministry.
Five Theological Tasks of Youth Ministry
- To help young people know they are created by God and belong to God forever.
- To help young people know they belong to the community of faith and must claim a place in the community.
- To help young people know that faith itself is a gift from God.
- To trust that the Holy Spirit gives us what we need.
- To help young people become familiar with the Bible, our best hope of knowing God.
Five Intentions of Youth Ministry
- Call young people to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
- Respond to the needs and interests of young people.
- Work together, youth and adults, in partnership.
- Be connected to the whole church, community, and world
- Be inclusive of all young people.
Youth Ministry at Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond aids youth in exploring their faith through multi-sensory and multi-intelligence curriculum.
- Week One - Fellowship: Fellowship events, like lock-ins, camp retreats, and group outings, help build (and reinforce) the strong sense of community that is necessary for authentic and honest personal faith exploration.
- Week Two - Service: Service events help the youth in manifesting their faith. These service opportunities allow the youth to put their faith into action and the events give further room for personal reflection and exploration.
- Week Three - Spirituality: Spirituality events, like Ignatian Examen, Midrash, Lectio Divina, Praying in Color, and others, give the youth a wide array of options for developing a personal spiritual life.
- Week Four - Study: The Presbyterian Church is committed to strong theological education to help understand the Bible in its original context. Study events allow the youth to study particular topics of the Bible and learn about historical and social context, grammatical nuisances in the original language, and larger themes present in the text. These events are led by seminary trained youth ministers and volunteers.
Leadership: 2012 - 2013 Youth Ministers
Andy Morgan is entering his third year of the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education program at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Andy was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and his honors thesis, entitled Why Witnesses Come Knock'in When the Television is On: An Examination of the Paradoxical Development of Jehovah's Witness Evangelism, earned him summa cum laude honors in the Department of Religious Studies. Andy loves watching college and professional basketball, playing video games, and reading. Andy has been working with the youth since 2010. Andy's ministry interests deal with issues of gender justice, inclusivity, and eating disorders. Andy is a member of Second Presbyterian Church and is an ordained Deacon. Andy will be leading the high school ministry for the 2011-2012 year.
Andy can be contacted via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitney Caswell is a Master of Arts in Christian Education student at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Whitney graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. After college, Whitney served as Director of Children and Youth Ministry for four years at Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clinton, North Carolina. A native Floridian, Whitney loves the beach. Whitney also enjoys dancing, working out, and watching Netflix. Whitney's ministry interests include racial justice, discipleship, and eduation. Whitney has been working with the youth at Second Presbyterian since 2010 and will be leading the Middle School Ministry for the 2011-2012 year.
Whitney can be contacted via email at: email@example.com
Cam Thomas - Hailing from the small rural community of Barbecue, North Carolina, Cam Thomas considers himself one of the foremost unofficial barbecue ambassadors on the eastern seaboard. Cam and his beloved wife, Mary, are delighted to continue their Richmond adventure that began in June 2011. They moved to Richmond so that Cam could begin classes at Union Presbyterian Seminary in the M’ Div. program. Prior to moving to Richmond, Cam taught high school and coached football in North Carolina. Leaving at the height of his coaching career, Cam is thrilled to be working with the Second Presbyterian Church community. In working with the youth of Second, Cam will be able to call upon experiences earned while working with youth camps in Coastal Carolina Presbytery, and working with youth groups at Lillington Presbyterian Church and Barbecue Presbyterian Church. In his spare time, Cam enjoys eating, cooking, spending time with his family and friends, traveling, reading, and being outdoors as much as possible.
Anna George - Anna is a Masters of Divinity student at Union Presbyterian Seminary, originally from the small town of Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Anna is a 2011 graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, with a Bachelors of Arts in Christian Education and Religion and a minor in music. Throughout her time at PC, Anna served as an intern at First Presbyterian Church of Clinton, SC, and she has has been spending summers as a part of the Montreat Conference Center summer staff since 2008. Anna loves cooking, gardening, singing, and being outdoors. Anna's areas of interest in ministry include Christian education, social justice, and liturgy writing.
Supporting these two great folks are volunteer Youth Leaders from the congregation. This team approach ensures a strong program that will engage the youth in the full ministry and mission of Second Presbyterian Church.
If you would like to volunteer with the Youth Ministry Team at Second Presbyterian Church, email Ginger Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Morning Church School:
Middle and High School classes meet weekly September through May from 9:30 to 10:45 am on the third floor in their own rooms. Allison Mays and Robert Johnson will be teaching the class this Fall. Hot homemade waffles are served each week.
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