Youth Ministry

Youth ministry at the First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury celebrates our youth and young people. The hope of our youth ministry programs is to reveal God's love to all who join us, to equip and challenge our youth to follow Jesus out in the world, and to share God's Word in life-giving and relevant ways.

Youth ministry is not a side program to the church, but at the heart of the church's faithful expression of God's love and care. Likewise, we believe children, teens and young adults are not the future of the church but insist instead that they are a vital part of the church right now.

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Youth Group

Youth Group at FPC Cranbury brings young people together for faith, fellowship, food and fun. Whether we're studying the bible, serving the larger community, or running through the church playing games, we're always building relationships, engaging relevant topics, and growing in faith.


We have two youth groups, Middle School and High School. Some special events and activities are combined, but most Sundays we meet separately.


Overview: Middle School Youth Group

Students grades 6 - 8 meet for middle school youth group on Sundays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. We gather together either in the fellowship hall or downstairs in the McKnight room.

Middle School is an important and difficult period in a kids' life. Recognizing the pressures, discomforts and expectations middle schoolers often live under, middle school youth group offers a safe and affirming environment where we can laugh and have fun together. We play games, pray, grow in faith and engage the world. Middle School Youth Group tries to help students become more comfortable both in themselves and in the church as they sort out who God is and who they are in relation to our loving God.

In addition to weekly youth group meetings, middle school youth also go on weekend retreats, take part in service opportunities throughout the community, and join together for worship and shared meals.


Overview: High School Youth Group

Students grades 9 - 12 meet for high school youth group on Sundays from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. We gather together in the Youth Room for worship, prayer, bible study, conversation and games.

High School is the beginning of the developmental stage of adulthood. It is a difficult time of transition, full of pivotal decisions that will come to define the lives of these emerging adults. The High School Youth Group Program is designed to equip our youth with the tools to make informed and intelligent decisions on their own, and to guide them along the paths that Christ will open to them.

Our Youth Program is centered on Discussion and Reflection; central to this element of fellowship, however, is being able to cut-loose - to have a physical outlet for pent-up emotions and frustrations. We have special events throughout the year; including Bowling, ice skating, indoor/outdoor church scavenger hunts, barbecues, movie nights, lock-ins, Johnsonburg Retreats, and much more!


Overview: Youth Group Mission and Service

Our youth express their faith by giving of themselves for the benefit of others through mission and service projects. They reach out by sending care packages to our college students and cards of encouragement to people related to our church family who are serving in the military in the US and abroad. High school students serve meals at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) In October, our youth participate in the CROP walk to benefit Church World Service. Our youth also sort food for the Thanksgiving baskets and prepare Christmas baskets for local families in need. They collect the "SOUPer Bowl of Caring Offering," serve as waiters at Guatemala mission dinners, prepare soup for Senior Fellowship, and make bag lunches for TASK. They also assist with the Annual Strawberry Festival, Vacation Bible School and the Christmas Pageant/Vespers service.

Fundraisers for the annual mission trip consist of a car wash, a hoagie sale and a bake sale. In the past, we traveled to Orland, ME and served others at HOME, Inc. We attended the "Mission 101" summer program with other youth groups at Ocean Grove, NJ and have worked at Camp Johnsonburg. We traveled to Brick, N.J. and helped with Hurricane Sandy Relief - we raised over $2,000 to donate to the local community's recovery efforts!



Our 2017 summer youth mission trip is to Crownpoint, New Mexico, from Saturday, July 29 to Sunday, August 6th. Crownpoint is on the Navajo Nation Reservation. This trip is organized through Next Step Ministries (http://www.nextstepministries.com/crownpoint-new-mexico-2/) and will offer students an opportunity to serve, learn, grow and worship alongside our neighbors in New Mexico. Email Pastor Hannah if you or your high school youth is interested in going on the summer mission trip.



Retreats

March 31 to April 1: High School Johnsonburg Retreat

Email Pastor Hannah (firstpreshannah@comcast.net) to learn more or sign up!

Youth Group News
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Youth Group Leaders

The Rev. Hannah Lovaglio
Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry and Christian Education

Email firstpreshannah@comcast.net or call the office: 609.395.0897 ext. 108.