We welcome our Summer Youth Interns, Gaving Hill & Ryan Carlsen
Hometown: Eden, NY
School: Roberts Wesleyan College
Major: Religion & Philosophy
Extracurricular activities: Cross Country and Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field
What do I like to do for fun: Go frisbee golfing with my friends
What am I looking forward to this summer: I look forward to being an example and a spiritual leader for those younger than me. Being able to connect my past experiences with their own daily lives and experiences.
Favorite Bible Verse: Deuteronomy 31:8 "And the LORD is the one who is going ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not desert you or abandon you. Do not fear and do not be dismayed." This verse brings me peace, knowing that when I am serving the Lord and walking in His ways, I have no reason for fear or anxiety because not only is he with me, but he is also going ahead of me. He is there before I even arrive; He is working before I have even worked. This was a comfort for me when I was about to give a devotional to a crowd of people I had not spoken to before.
Hometown: Lancaster, NY
School: Senior at Houghton College
Major: Business Administration with Bible as a 2nd major and Minor in Economics.
Extracurricular activities: College intramural sports like flag football and ultimate frisbee.
What do I like to do for fun: I enjoy both playing and watching football. In particularly the Buffalo Bills and Lancaster Football. I enjoy listening to 80s music and am a big Star Wars fan. I enjoy playing many different types of board games as well.
What am I looking forward to this summer: I am excited to share the gospel with others because having genuine faith in Jesus Christ is the most important thing anyone can have in this life. I am also looking forward to traveling some this summer.
Favorite Bible Verse: My favorite Bible verse is Matthew 4:4 which is that, "Men shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." I love this verse because it is so true and is the model which I try to live by in the way that I try to obey the word of God through His Inspired Scripture.
Backyard Kids Summer Youth Group (3rd—6th graders)
First gathering: Wednesday, June 8th, 6:30—8:00pm (Please call the church office for the address (716-684-2277)
Meeting weekly on Wednesdays (6:30-8:00pm) throughout the summer.
No Youth Group Wednesday, June 29th.
Junior & Senior High Summer Youth Group (7th—12th graders)
Junior & Senior High Summer Youth Group with our Summer Youth Interns, Gavin & Ryan begins Tuesday, June 21st 7:00pm—8:30pm (continuing weekly on Tuesdays in the summer) Be sure to check our Events page for the locations of youth group each week!
No Youth Group Tuesday, June 28th.
The Youth Ministry of Lancaster Presbyterian Church
We want all of our youth to know Jesus Christ and to find their ultimate joy and satisfaction in Him. We have designed our youth ministry to deepen understanding of the greatness of our God, and to give encouragement in the pursuit of godliness. Check out our events page to see any upcoming events for the youth of Lancaster Presbyterian Church.
Youth ministry has been a thriving part of our church for many years. Coming alongside parents to instill the Gospel, fostering spiritual growth and development and building both peer and mentor relationships with children, youth and teens are the main focuses of our youth ministry. We also desire for youth to build strong Christian friendships among peers to encourage and uphold one another while they grow from children into young adults.
To facilitate spiritual growth and development and guide youth to knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we provide a variety of opportunities including youth groups, Sunday School, service opportunities, retreats, camps, Vacation Bible School and special events.
Youth groups are a way for students to build relationships with peers, while being led by older mature Christians. In this relaxed atmosphere students engage in Bible discussions, games, activities and can just have fun with others around their age! Our groups consist of students from a variety of local school districts including, but not limited to, Lancaster, Depew, Iroquois, Alden, Akron, Clarence, and Hamburg, as well as some students that are home-schooled. Youth are welcome to come at any time! Every student can find a place at youth group.
Junior and Senior High Youth Group (7th-12th Grade)
Sunday Evenings: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Location: The Potter's House (5477 Broadway, Lancaster)
Our Junior and Senior High youth group is a dynamic group of 7th-12th grade students that gather weekly to grow in their faith. Weekly meetings include intriguing Bible discussions, encouraging prayer, exciting games, and time to connect with other teens. Special events, service opportunities, evenings of worship through music, off-site activities, and retreats add to the variety of events throughout the year and can be found on our events page. A full schedule for Spring 2022 can be found here.
Teenagers will be guided to discover a deeper relationship with Jesus, along with their peers through music and special lessons provided by our leaders.
The Junior and Senior High leadership team includes both mature young adults as well as more seasoned Christians. These adults have a love for working with and encouraging teens to grow in their faith.
**The Potter's House provides ample space for social distancing, as well as a 3rd floor gym for games. The Potter's House is located at 5477 Broadway, across from the church (enter at the back door).**
Kids Youth Group (3rd-6th grade)
Thursday Evenings: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Potters House, 5477 Broadway St. (across from the church)
Coordinator: Becky Young
Our 3rd-6th grade youth group is a fun place for children to develop a relationship with God. This eager group of students gathers weekly to participate in active Bible lessons, prayer time, and energetic games. Crafts, music and special activities interspersed throughout the year keep the group fresh and exciting for all involved. An annual spring retreat is held each year and allows the children a chance to grow their faith in a unique way. Details about special events can be found on our events page.
The students will be encouraged to learn how love is patient, kind, and not easily angered. That love is not envious or boastful, nor is it rude or self-seeking. Student will work to better understand that love does not keep a record of wrongs and that love rejoices in the truth.
The adults that lead this group are full of energy and excitement and have many years sharing the love of Christ with children.
Starting in January lessons will focus on Moses, and lead up to the Easter season.
Fun each week includes gym time, crafts, singing and friendships.
Contact leaders Rob and Janine MacDonald, Megan Chaves or David and Becky Young with questions.
**This youth group is held weekly at the Potters House which includes ample space for social distancing while learning or working at tables, as well as a gym on the 3rd floor for games.**
Service and Unique Opportunities of Youth
Dates, times and locations of events vary throughout the year
Special retreats, camps and service opportunities throughout the year allow our youth to serve God and strengthen their faith in unique ways.
Middle and High School students have the opportunity to serve God by serving others on our annual Youth Missions Trip. The past few years youth have traveled to serve others in one of our nations poorest counties, located in Kentucky. Our 2021 trip is TBD. Our youth leaders also work to get our youth serving our local community of Lancaster/Depew and the surrounding towns as well as in the city of Buffalo through ministries such as Good Neighbors Health Care and the Buffalo City Mission. Students in 7th-12th grade also have the opportunity to serve in various church ministries alongside adults in positions such as childcare assistant, usher, greeter, and Vacation Bible School assistant.
Our yearly Summer Youth Camp is a highlight of the year for many youth that participate. The camp offers a variety of programming for youth that have completed 3rd-8th grades and eligible 9th-12th grade youth can volunteer to be assistant staff members, working with adult staff to allow all involved to grow in relationship with Christ. Head over to our camp page for more details!
Retreats are great opportunities for spiritual growth as well as a time for youth to connect with one another away from every day life. Middle and High school youth generally have the opportunity to attend both winter and spring weekend retreats and 3rd-6th grade youth have a weekend retreat available as well. Students in our Confirmation Class have the opportunity to participate in a weekend wilderness canoe trip to Algonquin Park in Canada each summer. Additional Christian learning opportunities for all youth include Sunday School (all grades) and Vacation Bible School (preschool - 6th grade).
Sunday School Program
Sunday school has been an active part of Lancaster Presbyterian Church for many years. It is our goal to raise children to know the Lord and for each student that attends to come to know Jesus as his or her personal Savior. Sunday is a chance to grow your Biblical knowledge in a classroom setting. We have weekly Sunday morning classes for infants through adults and every age in between! Small age-level classes teach Biblical basics as well as encourage students to deepen their personal relationship with God. Please visit our Sunday School page to see full details of our Sunday School program.
Confirmation Class is an in-depth class for youth that are serious about making a commitment to declaring God as personal Savior and a serious commitment to learn and study the Word of God. Those that participate in this intense class work toward understanding the fundamentals of the Christian faith and those specific to Evangelical Presbyterian beliefs. Most youth take this class in early high school. Students are guided weekly, during the Sunday School hour, by mature Christian teachers, Ed and Diane Carlsen, as well as by our pastor, and other elders. Students involved in this class work to write a declaration of faith that is presented to our Session each Spring and are encouraged to participate in service opportunities throughout the church under the mentor-ship of various church leaders. The end of Confirmation Class is celebrated in June in a special Sunday service.
summer youth camp
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Vacation Bible School
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