“I can’t wait to spend a week this summer spreading love, understanding, and charity into this world that so needs it. We will make lasting memories together.” These words as spoken by the youth leader, Marc Sorini, are welcoming and motivating to our youth as they commit to one more year of missionary service.
Destination: Chillicothe, Ohio. The trip will take place on June 24 through July 1, 2017, and will involve volunteer home repair and related work activities for the underprivileged in Chillicothe, Ohio. See https://groupmissiontrips.com/trip-types/home-repair/chillicothe-oh-2017/. The work camp is organized and run by respected Christian charity Group Mission Trips. Fill out 2017 MISSION TRIP COMMITMENT FORM and return to RPC by March 1.
RPC’s leadership has made a conscious choice to invest in youth. You might think this means we throw a lot of money into programming for youth, but that is not really what investing in youth is all about at our church. We are investing in the long term building up of the spiritual lives of our youth and training them to become leaders in the church and to make a difference in someone’s life!
This involves time and effort more than money! Many people have given their time, skill and, yes, money to invest in the spiritual nurture and leadership development of our youth, teaching them to reach out and impact the world in wonderful ways. Our hope is that the baton of faith is being passed down for a new generation of leaders to emerge and to take the church to places it has never gone before!
Some Of The Priorities Of Our Youth Program Include:
Relational Ministry– building friendships among the youth is important for growth in God. We value being with each other more than even excellent youth programming- but we also like that too!
Growing in God– we value learning about how the Bible impacts everyday real life and how knowing God in a real way helps us make wise choices in life. We provide a safe place for youth to discern, question and clarify their beliefs and create paces and an atmosphere where youth can encounter God in deep and life changing ways.
Serving Others– We provide opportunities for youth to understand that the church is just a missional outpost where we gather for worship, study and fellowship, but that our real work is when we leave the doors of the church and enter into the world. Wherever we are is where God puts us to do ministry- in school, on field trips, on the soccer fields, in a drama class. We also provide experiences to impact others- we have yearly mission trips in the summer and service projects throughout the year.
Having Fun– we love laughing together and having fun- which many times involves something with food!