Youth ministry is a vital part of First Presbyterian Church of Dutch Neck. The fundamental goal of Youth Ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Dutch Neck is to bring our students into an intimate relationship with God.
We pray that students will come to know the passionate love of Christ and will desire to follow Christ’s example of service and ministry. We believe it is our call to equip teens to share this unique love with all of God’s people. We desire to prepare our students to be faithful and devoted followers of Christ, leaders of the Church, and advocates of justice and peace in our society and world. We aim to develop mature disciples of Christ who hunger for the Word of God and who share this Good News not only by their mouths but by their lifestyles, their thoughts, and their faithfulness, so that all whom they encounter may see and know Christ through them.
There are three major programs in the DNPC Youth Program: Youth Sunday School, YIM, and the Homework “Safe Space” Program.
YIM: Youth-Led Intergenerational Missions (Youth Group)
The DNPC youth group, known as “YIM” is led and managed by the youth of DNPC, and meets once a week to select, plan, design, and execute local mission projects, and to (hopefully) work towards a larger, long-distance mission trip. This gives our adult members of the congregation opportunities to be active in the community, while supporting our youth as they learn what it means to manage community service projects. This also helps our youth to get some real-world project experience, while taking care of some much-needed community service hours. That all said, it’s not only work; there’ll be plenty of fun events throughout the year as well; regular events that everyone (like the hayride and corn maze) as well as some new ones too! The first project will be a renovation of the basement Youth Room. We meet every Sunday at noon, starting from September 25th. See you there!
Homework “Safe Space” Program
Starting in early October, we will be opening the Youth Room up every week on Wednesday nights (more often, if enough people want to volunteer!) for students in the church and local community to have a safe, comfortable and quiet place to come work on school work away from parental pressures, meddling siblings, or any of the other distractions that can come up at home. Volunteers will also be available to help the youth with particularly difficult work, and the Youth Minster will be available to help older youth with college prep work, applications, essays, and things of that nature. We need lots of volunteers, and we’re hoping to see lots of youth take advantage of this program too! Watch the website, FB group and twitter for timing and updates as this program gets ready to start!
Friday Fun Nights
Two or three times per month, we have “Friday Fun Nights,” where we open up the youth room for food, fun, and games. Our first event is on November 11th, and will be a Mario Kart Tournament. People of all ages are welcome, from 0 years to 150 years old. (NOTE: If you are more than 150 years old, please come anyways, because we would love to meet you!) Other events, such as board game nights, fun trips, and other things, will happen in the future, so if you miss one, make sure you make the next. Join us for some really fun evenings!
If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 609.799.0712, or email the Youth Minister at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check us out on Facebook at “Dutch Neck Presbyterian Youth,” or follow us on twitter @DNPCYouth. We hope that you will make Dutch Neck home!
Upcoming Youth Events
Wednesday, November 23
There will be NO Homework “Safe Space” Program on 11/23. It’s the day before Thanksgiving; spend time with your family, because they are awesome and fun!
Friday, November 25th
We will be having a MOVIE NIGHT! From 5:30-8pm. There will be fresh-popped popcorn and snacks. Make sure you join us for a fun, relaxing night for youth and adults of all ages! Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, November 30th
Homework “Safe Space” is back! Come join us for dinner, and bring your homework!
Wednesday, December 7th
Homework “Safe Space” again! Come join us for dinner, and bring your homework!
Friday, December 9th
Bowling night! Come join us for a night out bowling. Youth and adults of all ages are welcome; we hope you’ll join us for an evening of fun and friendly competition!
Wednesday, December 14th
SUPER HOMEWORK “SAFE SPACE” PROGRAM NIGHT! The end of the semester is almost upon us, and exams are getting close! Dinner and snacks are provided, but we’ll be available for as long as is necessary, with volunteers on hand to help you study, and get ready. We’re here to help you, feed you, or just give you a safe space to get ready. See you there!
Sunday, December 18th
Christmas caroling! A longstanding Dutch Neck tradition, on Sunday the 18th we will be Christmas Caroling. It will be a great evening of fun, fellowship and singing, with refreshments to follow. Make sure to put this one on your calendars!
Wednesday, December 21st
The final Homework “Safe Space” Program of the year will be our “School-Year Decompression Night.” As always, dinner and snacks will be provided, but we hope you’ll join us for a time to just hang out, and recover from your test, exams, or whatever else you ended your semester with!
Sunday, December 25th
It’s Christmas! YAAAAAY FOR CHRISTMAS!
Check out some photos from our most recent outings here: