There is always something going on for youth at BBPC. We offer youth groups for junior high and senior high youth, mission trips, music programs, education opportunities … you name it, chances are we do it! We have a great time. Our activities are open beyond our congregation, Friends are always welcome!
- SENIOR HIGH YOUTH: Students in grades 9-12
- JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH: Students in grades 6-8
JUST THE FACTS …
- YOUTH GROUP …( Sundays evenings in October through early June) Youth Group gatherings normally take place at the church in the Cave (located in the basement of the church – you have to see it to believe it. The Cave ROCKS!). Youth Group gatherings include fun, food, and conversation centered around matters of faith and everyday life. Periodically we gather for special events like retreats, Dorney Park, movie outings, car rallies (The Great Race) and other adventures.
Usually, Junior & Senior High meet together from 5-7 PM, but occasionally the they meet separate or at a different time … so pay attention to our calendar of events!
- RETREAT… Once a year, usually the first full weekend in December, we take both Junior & Senior High youth on a three-day retreat. We travel by bus and leave on Friday evening and return around 3PM on Sunday. We stay at a retreat center where youth stay in cabins with bunk beds. This is one of the highlights of the youth group year.
- OPEN CAVE …Tuesday evenings from 5-7:30 PM in the Cave. Both Junior & Senior High welcome. Open Cave is a great time to hang out with friends. Students can enjoy dinner together, do homework, play pool, attend choir and bell choir rehearsal, watch TV and participate in a One Life Bible study and discussion. Parents take turns providing dinner, which is served at 5 PM. At 6:30 PM we convene our One Life meeting where students, guided by the Bible, plan ways to use their ONE LIFE to make a difference!
- SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR JUNIOR & SENIOR HIGH … Our Junior High Students in grades 6-8 meet Sunday mornings at 10 o’clock, first in worship, and then after the Children’s Time they gather downstairs in the Cave for discussion and laughs focused on living the faith. Senior High Students in grades 9-12, gather in the Cave before worship at 8:45 am for ECHO, a program that teaches us to retell the story of God from Genesis to Revelation. For more information about Sunday School for JH & SH please contact Rev. Linda Owens at email@example.com.
- CONFIRMATION … Offered annually. Confirmation class is offered to high school students beginning in the 9th grade. The confirmation program leads youth through a process of spiritual discovery and church orientation. At the end of 10 weeks, youth are offered the opportunity to become adult members of the church. Confirmation is normally offered in the late winter – early spring and culminates on Pentecost Sunday with the receiving of the confirmands into membership in the church. For more information contact Bill Dettelback at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Linda Owens at email@example.com
- A.W.O.L (A WORK OF LOVE) … A Summer Service Camp for Junior High Youth.Each summer we offer a weeklong summer service camp onsite at the church. Monday through Friday, from 9:30 AM-3 PM, youth entering the 6th grade are invited to join the Junior High Group for local service projects, learning opportunities and LOTS of fun! There is a small fee for this program.
- ASP … APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT … An 8-day mission trip for senior high youth. Each summer we travel to the central Appalachian Mountains to repair homes for impoverished families. ASP is a mission of the Methodist denomination and has been working in Appalachia for over 45 years. Registration for the trip begins in December, and requires participation in orientation gatherings and fundrasing activities. *Students who have completed the 8th grade are welcome to participate in ASP, but must bring a parent or be assign at parental surrogate. To learn more about the ASP organization check out www.asphome.org.
- ONE LIFE … MISSION TO ZAMBIA … Since 2003 youth at BBPC have been involved in bettering the lives of children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Zambia. In 2004 the Junior High Youth Group raised funds to build a home for a family affect by HIV/AIDS. In 2005 & 2006 the Junior High Youth were able to inspire the congregation to sponsor over 100 children and raised over $13,000 to build a well in an area of Zambia known as Twachiyanda*. A year later, 13 youth and adults traveled to Zambia to meet some of our sponsored children and to celebrate the well that was built. In 2008 the Junior and Senior High Youth who meet weekly on Tuesdays for the One Life meeting, planned our first Walk Their Walk Event. Walk Their Walk is a 5K run/walk that raised money to build a second well in Twachiyanda. Recently our youth have participated in an annual 30 Hour Famine to raise more funds for Twachiyanda. Our work in Zambia is accomplished in partnership with World Vision. *Twachiyanda is not a proper geographic location. It is the name of an area of Zambia targeted by World Vision for development work. You will not find the name “Twachiyanda” on a map, but you can locate it just south and east of the town of Choma. It is a collection of villages all under the same tribal chief. The total population of the area is approximately 35,000.