Elementary, Middle and High School Youth Groups are a dynamic ministry at First Church. Our fellowship time consists of prayer, games, action, and conversations around the intersection of faith and justice. We also focus on individual and communal spiritual formation, grounded in scripture as our guide towards a liberated world.

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Middle School Youth Group, 6th-8th grade: Meets Sundays 11:30- 1pm for hikes, adventures, boating, and faith formation with Beth and Rev. Rebecca.

Youth retreat and confirmation retreat postponed because of blizzards in the Valley. New dates: March 17-19. A retreat for middle schoolers to Jackson, NH for cross-country skiing, service and social justice work, and faith exploration.

High School Youth Group, 8th-12th grade: Some of our youth recently joined prayer walk seeking freedom for Elder Leonard Peltier. Our spring retreat is the first weekend of March, to offer solidarity with the unhoused in New Hampshire.

Through these religious education offerings, our goals are:

  • A safe and sacred space for young people
  • Supporting the faith journeys of youth in the church and the community
  • Studying of Scripture with honest dialogue about authority, beauty, faith, humanity, and love
  • A place to question: to bring doubts as well as certainties
  • Engaging in music, sports, dance and drama to develop spiritual/religious practices
  • Retreating for First Communion and Confirmation
  • Celebrating special church holidays including St. Francis Day, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost

We invite parents, Godparents, relatives, and friends on a monthly basis to team-teach with the church faculty.

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