Youth Ministries: Grades 5th - 12th
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 Frank Boyd, Director of Youth Ministries, or click on the link below.
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, three 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.
High School Class – Our High School Class meets in Room 236 for biblically based discussions exploring how faith and culture intersect. The topics are applicable, relevant and engaging. The High School Class also participates in the adult Gathering Classes.
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.
5:00 – 6:00 - Music Options Rehearsals
6:00 – 6:30 – Supper in Westminster Hall
6:30 – 7:30 – Middle School & High School Youth Groups
Youth Group is a time for food, fellowship, community outreach and service, Bible study & more! The youth gather for supper 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 – This year’s activities include a ski trip, a retreat to Camp Kanata, collecting food for homeless people, as well as bowling, rock climbing, walking to North Hills for dinner & more.
High School Youth Group provides our high schoolers with a fun, safe & supportive place to explore all the joys & challenges of growing up as a person of faith in today’s world. The activities consist of serving dinner at Ronald McDonald House®, packaging 2,000 meals at Rise Against Hunger, exploring Bible stories, mountain biking, other recreational activities & much more.
Phil & Friends
Youth in grades 5-12 prepare and share music in worship throughout the school year. No long-term commitments or regular rehearsals; this ad-hoc ensemble is known as Phil & Friends. Contact Phil Hayden for more info.
Boys and Girls Scouts
Hudson is honored to host a number of Girl and Boy Scouts troops. Please click below to learn more about our troops!