Youth At UPC

At UPC, we want to provide a place where young people of all backgrounds can belong to Jesus, believe in him, and become the people they are created to be. Our youth ministry exists to make UPC a place where teenagers are welcomed into our community and encouraged to take hold of the faith that we hold dear. 

Gatherings

Weekly: We gather twice a week—on Sundays at 9am for our Sunday Study, and on Wednesdays at 7pm for our main meeting. These gatherings are for all youth, grades 6-12.

  • Sunday Study: Sundays at 9am in the Education Building Room #14. We currently have one youth Sunday School class, taught by our youth director and volunteers. This class is going through a series called “Basic Concepts”, which focuses on such foundational Christian issues as assurance of faith, confession, forgiveness, the Holy Spirit, and community. In October, we will split into two classes, one for high school and one for middle school.
  • Main Meeting: Wednesdays at 7pm in the Commons. This is the “front door” for our youth program, and several of our participants do not have a church home, or come from other churches. We typically begin the evening with a short time of singing and worship, group games, and announcements, followed by Bible teaching, small groups, and prayer. Small groups are divided into boys' and girls' middle and high school groups.

Monthly: We currently organize monthly social gatherings for our middle schoolers and high schoolers, separately. These are times mainly devoted to fun and fellowship, to help our youth grow together as a community. 

  • Middle Schoolers: 2nd Sunday each month, after the morning service. Lunch is provided.

  • High Schoolers: 3rd Saturday evening each month. Dinner is provided.

Retreats and Camps

Fall Retreat. We are currently getting ready for our Fall Retreat, a time when all youth (grades 6-12) get the chance to go away together for a weekend of teaching and fellowship. This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to experience a few days outside of the city, grow in their faith, and grow as a community. 

  • What: Fall Weekend Retreat
  • Where: Deerhaven Retreat Center (Ocala National Forest, Paisley, FL)
  • When: November 18-20
  • Cost: $100/person ($175 max/family)
  • Register by: November 1

[ REGISTER ONLINE HERE ]

We generally organize youth retreats in the Fall and Spring, and camps in the Summer. Pertinent information will always be posted here, and interested parents and youth can always contact our youth director directly via email.

Youth Director

Jonathan Trousdale is our Director of Student Ministries and leads our youth program. If you have any questions about getting involved, or if you are a church member who would like to volunteer with our youth program, you are welcome to call the church office or contact Jonathan directly via email.