Youth Ministries: Grades 5th - 12th
Intro from Rich Richards, Interim Director of Youth Ministries
At Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, youth ministry is a vital part of who we are. We offer an atmosphere where youth can support and nurture each other, feel safe to ask questions that may be challenging, and participate in a wide variety of fun and enriching experiences. We have an active group of caring youth, a strong youth music program, and a great selection of programs to help teenagers learn and explore their faith. We balance events and programs between education, fellowship, service and worship.
For more information on the Youth Program at HMPC, please contact Rich Richards, Interim Director of Youth Ministries.
The Five Intentions of Youth Ministry
The Youth Ministry at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church is a collaborative effort of many dedicated people to provide diverse and well balanced programs in worship, education, music, service & fellowship. Our primary intentions are:
To call young people to be Disciples of Christ
To respond to the needs & interests of youth people
To work together, youth and adults, in partnership
To be connected to the whole church, community and the world
To include all young people, reaching out and inviting them to belong to the community of faith
Youth Sunday School
At 9:30 am, two youth Bible study classes meet.
Explorer's Class – All 5th, 6th & 7th graders meet in Room 227. This class is interactive, discussion based, and a whole lot of fun. We have a wonderful team of teachers who love middle school students & create a friendly, welcoming environment.
Confirmation – To confirm means to make firm, to validate, and to strengthen. All 8th graders and older are invited to participate in this class with the intention of deepening and strengthening their faith by helping them discover and develop the key teachings of being a Presbyterian. It is a significant opportunity to explore one’s own spiritual and faith journey while building bonds of friendship with other confirmands, mentors and leaders through various activities. Individually, they articulate their own statement of faith and are given the opportunity to become a member of the church. The Confirmation Class meets Sunday mornings in Room 234 from September-May.
Currently, HMPC does not have a High School Sunday school class. This mainly is due to very low to no numbers where teachers outnumber the students.The Youth Committee at HMPC is looking at how we might serve our High Schoolers during the Sunday school hour on Sunday mornings, (9:30 to 10:20). Stay tuned for possible offerings for this age group.
Summer Mission Trips
Each summer our High School youth go on a week long mission trip. These trips are wonderful opportunities to live out your faith, get to know each other, learn about the complex and diverse world we live in, and accumulate numerous community service hours.
Our trips in the past have included …
2011 – A border ministry trip to Mexico
2012 – An urban plunge to Washington D.C.
2013 – A wonderful adventure to Miami serving at soup kitchens and food banks
2014 – A week of global farm work at a Heifer International Farm near Boston studying hunger, poverty & sustainable agriculture
2015 – The Pilgrimage Service and Learning Center in Washington D.C.
2016 – We went to Costa Rica to work with a local congregation, study the culture & see the country
2017 - An Urban Plunge to Nashville, Tennessee
2018 - Inner City Adventure - Mobile, Alabama
2019 - Washington, DC
Camps and Conferences
Presbytery Retreats – Every year, we attend the Middle School Retreat at Camp Kanata and the High School Retreat at Camp Don Lee. These retreats are planned & led by High School Youth who served on the New Hope Presbytery’s Youth Council.
Montreat Youth Conference is for all rising 9th graders through graduating seniors. Montreat, near Asheville, NC. Students participate in a week of of music, small groups, dances, recreation, new friends & worship with over 1,200 high school youth from all over the United States.
Massanetta Middle School Conference is for all rising 6th through graduated 8th grade youth. Massanetta Springs is in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This is a wonderful 4 day, hands-on experience of wild & crazy recreation, interesting workshops, creative keynotes, worship, energizers & more. You can expect to be challenged and inspired, and grow in your faith.
Sunday Evenings (September to May)
4:30 - 5:00 - Music with Barbara Loehr-Fox, HMPC Director of Music Ministries
5:00 – 6:30 – Middle School & High School Youth Groups
Youth Group is a time for food, fellowship, community outreach and service, Bible study & more! The youth gather together before separating into Middle and High School groups for their programs and activities, which are different every week. We welcome friends, newcomers & all visitors.
Middle School Youth Group (5th to 8th grade) meets every week with special Presbytery retreats to Camp Kanata, a ski trip with the youth from St. Giles Presbyterian and other activities and trips scattered throughout the year like collecting food for those struggling with homelessness, bowling, rock climbing and exploring the richness of our city’s wonderful park system. During the summer, they participate in the Massanetta Middle School Conference, provided by leaders in the Presbyterian Church (USA) located in Virginia.
High School Youth Group (9th to 12th grade) meets every week and provides our young people with a fun, safe and supportive place to explore all the joys and challenges of growing up as a disciple of Christ in the world today. Some activities have included serving dinner at the Ronald McDonald House, packaging meals at Rise Against Hunger and the NC Food Bank, exploring new ways of exploring the Bible, mountain biking and other recreational activities and much more! During the summer there have been local, regional, national and international mission trips and continued participation in the Montreat Youth Conference in Montreat, NC.