Grades 5-8 meet at 10:20 a.m. during worship. We discuss powerful real life issues for early teens and touch base on things that affect them every day. We explore issues such as transitions in their family life, school, emotions and friendships.
Senior High (grades 9-12) meets after worship at 11:15 a.m. The curriculum is part of a four year program called the “Compass” where we explore World Religions, Old Testament, New Testament and Current Issues Through a Faith Lens.
Come join us for youth group!
Youth grades 6-8 meet together for Junior High, and grades 9-12 meet for Senior High. Each group meets every other week, usually from 6-8 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. We also have special meetings like our Wheel-A-Thon biking fundraiser and overnight lock-ins that happen throughout the year! Youth group is mostly a time for fun and fellowship, with some service projects. Some of our favorite activities include a “Where’s Waldo” search in the mall, a Haunted Hayride, and weekend retreats. Everybody is welcome!
For more information, contact the office.
Refer to the Resources & Documents page here to find the following forms that relate to youth group:
- GPC Youth Group Participation Form
Confirmation in the Presbyterian Church seeks to provide young people a foundation of faith and spiritual practice in the Reformed tradition so they may participate fully in the life of the church as active members.
Our confirmation class uses the “Amazing Faith Journey” program, which was designed specifically for GPC. In their own amazing faith journey, 9th graders learn through hands-on activities, discussion, and personal reflection. Each group meets a few times throughout the year to talk about God, Presbyterian tradition, and their church. In order to find their own place in the congregation and explore their faith, each confirmand also chooses from other activities to complete. Confirmands can pick which activities fit them best, such as volunteering at a soup kitchen, attending special worship services, or trying new things in the church. By offering a wide variety of choices, the program is flexible enough to help each student express their faith and use their talents. At the conclusion of this program in May, confirmands who wish to join the church are welcomed in worship at a service led by the class. For more information, contact the Director of Youth Ministries.
The Youth Choir of 7th through 12th graders rehearses weekly. Please refer to Music and Choirs.
Youth Mission experiences are developed by age:
- Junior Highs participate in a daytime mission for a week in the summer at local organizations which care for homeless, hungry and elderly. The week also includes a fun day.
- Also, Junior Highs coordinate the Souper Bowl collection and serve at one of the St Joseph’s meals.
- Senior Highs participate in a week long summer mission work project in the northeast U.S. Traditionally, this alternates between rural and urban locations with a NYC visit every 4 years. The group is usually divided in work teams for work activities. There is evening time of reflection on the day’s experience and the theme and message of the week. The week includes a planned Fun Day.
- Both Junior and Senior High youth join other youth within the Genesee Valley Presbytery for a presbytery sponsored Mission Madness work day at local organizations.
- A week long international mission trip is available to High School Seniors. Since 2001 this has been to Jamaica during school winter break. This trip supports our Jamaica Partnership described under Mission – International Partnerships.
- Refer also to Work Projects for further description of youth trips.
To support their mission activities, the youth have several fundraisers:
- Collecting sponsorships for an October Wheelathon – a 20 mile bike ride on the Erie Canal path.
- An ongoing deposit can and bottle drive to support the upcoming Jamaica Mission Team.
Take cans & bottles to Flower City Redemption Center, 2374 Chili Ave (730-7786) and let them know to credit the GPC account OR Drop in bins at GPC in fenced area outside the Fellowship Hall entrance. Click here for the recycling schedule: Jamaica 2018-19 Recycling Schedule
- A Blue Mountain Coffee House which reopens each January offering entertainment, java (or hot chocolate or tea) and desserts.
Mustard Seed Scholarship Program
A tiny seed of genuine faith in God takes root and grows to produce great things. The Mustard Seed Scholarship Fund was created with the generous donation of a faithful GPC member in 1997, revealing his utmost hope and faith in our church’s youth. Followed by the generous donations from another giving member of the congregation and also from numerous memorial gifts, honorariums and one-time gifts, the fund has awarded scholarships since 2005. The award currently provides a scholarship to a high school senior in the amount of $1,500 each academic year, for a total of $6,000 over the course of a student’s on-going educational program after high school.