YOUTH CONNECTIONS COMMITTEE

CO-CHAIRS:
Rev. Ellen Williams, ellen@wpcaustin.org

Rev. Katy Walters, rev.katy.nbpc@gmail.com

 

Purpose:

The Youth Connection Committee (YCC) is responsible to provide opportunities for young people to grow in their faith and leadership abilities, to promote and support youth ministry guided by the vision and mission of the Presbytery, and to educate and model the "Five Intentions of Youth Ministry" (Appendix P of the Manual of Operations) to congregations.

January 10-12 and January 17-19, 2020

 

Midwinter Youth Conferences are an awesome opportunity for youth in grades 6-12 from around Mission Presbytery to join together at Mo-Ranch for faith, fun, and fellowship. We enjoy great speakers, small group Bible study and discussion, awesome music, crazy energizers, creative worship, new and old friends from around the Presbytery, and lots of time in the beautiful Hill Country. The scripture for the weekend is Romans 12: 3-11. Cost is $160 per person.

 

Email Caitlin at youth@missionpby.org for registration information.

Curriculum Ideas

Feasting on the Word

Multi-age (children, youth, and adult), lectionary based curriculum

The Thoughtful Christian

A la carte lessons for youth on a variety of topics

Sparkhouse

Lutheran publishers with several curricula to help youth explore their faith

Faith Questions

Great 4-6 week curricula from the PC(USA) on a variety of theological topics

Simple Sundays

From the PC(USA), easy, low-prep, downloadable, and inexpensive 4-5 week lesson plans on a variety of topics

Informed Adolescent Development

Downloadable lesson plans from the PC(USA) on tough stuff like addiction, eating disorders, faithful decision making and more

The Youth Cartel

Downloadable lessons on a variety of subjects

Confirmation

Curriculums

The Confirmation Project​

Insights from a multi-year, multi-denominational research project looking into curriculum. Includes lots of resources as you plan your confirmation program.

Big God Big Questions

PC(USA)’s fabulous new confirmation curriculum

Theocademy

Video-based confirmation curriculum created by Presbyterian clergy and youth workers

Colaborate from Sparkhouse

Presbyterian specific curriculum made by a Lutheran publisher

Confirm, not Conform

Comprehensive confirmation curriculum that includes a retreat program, mentor recruitment and resources, and parent materials

Mission Trip Ideas:

Texas

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Sites all over the country assist communities recovering from disasters. Contact Ed Sackett (​drc@missionpby.org​) for sites in Mission Presbytery.

Urban Gaps at FPC Fort Worth

Serve around Fort Worth in an immersive and reflective mission experience. Contact Rev. Robyn Michalove.

Reach Beyond Mission

Mission and justice education trips in Austin, Washington D.C., and Albuquerque

The Stewpot

A ministry out of FPC Dallas

Facebook Groups 

and Pages

Big Ideas in Youth Ministry

A group of Presbyterian youth workers and pastors who share ideas and resources and crowdsource questions and dilemmas

Association of Presbyterian Church Educators

A page that regularly posts useful information, resources, and articles for children, youth, and adult educational ministry

PWYA Discussion Group

Discussion group on Facebook from the Presbyterian Youth Workers Association

Bullying

Teaching Tolerance

Documentary and curriculum on bullying for 6-12 grade

Bullying: A Theological Reflection

24-hour hotline you can direct students to have on hand. Also, includes resources for recognizing dangerous warning signs.

Bullying Prevention Training 

From stopbullying.gov, a series of resources, training modules, and toolkits for communities to prevent bullying.

Great Bibles

for Teens

CEB Student Bible

Great for middle school students and beyond

Harper Collins Study Bible (NRSV)

Great for high school students and beyond with extensive study notes

The Guidebook (NRSV)

Excellent for high school and beyond. Notes are a mix of academic and devotional.

Supplementary Educational Materials

The Bible Project Videos

FREE, high quality videos for every book of the Bible, plus theological themes, and specific word studies. These are a great way to start a lesson on a book of the Bible.

Illustrated Children’s Ministry

It says “children”, but youth love coloring these giant coloring posters (you can also print them on regular-sized paper). These are especially good for Lent and Advent.

A Sanctified Art

A source for devotions, coloring sheets, videos and other creative worship and study resources.

Salt Questions

Print resources and customizable videos for liturgical seasons

Still Waters by Theresa Cho

HUGE list of prayer station ideas and instructions organized by theme

Sex Ed Curriculums and Resources

God’s Gift of Human Sexuality

One of the lessons from Informed Adolescent Development from the PC(USA)

Sex + Faith by Kate Ott

A helpful resource providing guidance and timelines for having age-appropriate conversations with kids and youth about sex.

Our Whole Lives

A comprehensive, holistic sexual education curriculum developed by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalists. Contains age-appropriate content for several age groups.

These Are Our Bodies

Episcopalian curriculum with modules for all age groups

Tools for Your
Youth Ministry

Survey Monkey

Create surveys and polls to find out the needs and hopes of your youth, parents, and congregation.

Sign-up Genius​

Create and share sign-ups for Sunday school teachers, volunteers, meals, and more.

Doodle

Create a poll when trying to schedule a meeting. Provide all the possible dates and times, send out the poll, and find out when the most people can meet!

Canva

User friendly (and free!) graphic design to make pictures, flyers, social media graphics and more for your ministry.

Mission Trip Ideas:

Out of State

DOOR Network

Week-long inner city mission programs in Denver, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles

Heifer Ranch

Transformational educational experience on hunger, sustainability, and relief work in Arkansas

Youth Mission Co.

Locations in Asheville, Raleigh, and Memphis. Immersive mission experiences that focus on relational as well as physical work.

Camp Restore

Mission trips in New Orleans or Detroit to repair disaster-stricken areas

Suicide and Mental Health Resources and Support

Soul Shop

Provides resources and training for suicide prevention and support for communities affected by suicide.

Suicide Prevention Hotline

24-hour hotline you can direct students to have on hand. Also, includes resources for recognizing dangerous warning signs.

Living Works

Online trainings to recognize suicidal signs and how to direct people to help

NAMI

National Alliance on Mental Illness--resources and support for a variety of mental health issues

How to Help a Friend

A printable infographic for your youth and Sunday school rooms

Other Useful
Resources

Quick Sheets from PC(USA)

As the name suggests, quick downloadable documents with simple, but useful information on a variety of youth ministry topics

D365

Online daily devotionals for youth

Youth Ministry Architects

Youth ministry coaching and consulting

APCE

The Association of Presbyterian Church Educators--advocacy, resources, tools, and an annual conference for Presbyterian Christian educators

PYWA

Presbyterian Youth Workers Association--support, resources, webinars, and events for Presbyterian youth workers

ABOUT US

We are Mission Presbytery, a part of the Presbyterian Church (USA), serving Christ in the world. We are BETTER TOGETHER.

ADDRESS

210-826-3296

7201 Broadway

San Antonio, TX 78209

 

presbyter@missionpby.org

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