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Service Learning Trips are an important cornerstone of Youth Ministries here at First Church. Each year, teams of teen volunteers travel to distant locations to devote their time, sweat, and spirit to important service projects. We hope that all First Church teens have the opportunity to participate in these beautiful ( but not always easy) life changing excursions!
2016 Youth Service Trip to Pine Ridge South Dakota - Eighteen participants left Windsor CT this past July for the windy and rolling hills of the Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. For one week they worked to insulate trailers, build and deliver bunk beds, construct ADA accessible wheelchair ramps and decks, and dig outhouses for homes without running water or other utilities. Each day, our kids met with tribal leaders and elders to learn about Lakota culture and life on the reservation. Thanks to all our participants, parents, and supporters who contributed to this amazing experience!
2017 - Upcoming trip to Camden, NY - Planning is now underway for our next trip - to Camden, NY from July 15 to 22, 2017. We will be working with Cluster 13 Ministries and their mission to address rural poverty, hunger and housing needs. We are still looking for adult youth leaders. High School and college youth are encouraged to apply, including youth entering 9th grade in 2017. We are also in need of adults with carpentry skills and the willingness and ability to be team leaders. Applications will be available after October 1 and will be received on a first - come -first - served basis. Space is limited to 25 participants. Applications can be picked up from the church office or downloaded here (add link). The cost is $275 for youth and $175 for adults. All youth and adult applicants must submit a nonrefundable $100 fee with each application. Some scholarships are available. Please note the application deadline is December 31. The First REQUIRED ORIENTATION session for youth and adults will be held on Sunday, January 8 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Nelson Hall. For more information, please email pastor Char at email@example.com call her at 860-688-7229, x15.
If you are a young person entering 9th grade or higher and have not been previously confirmed, you are invited to join the upcoming Seeking Disciples confirmation class. If you are curious about your faith, the Bible, the UCC, what it means to do mission in the world or the practice of spirituality in your everyday life, then this is the group for you! Conversation, worship, field trips, retreats, food, games, mentors and fellowship are all part of this faith exploration experience. The orientation for youth, parents and mentors will be held on Sunday, September 18, at 8:45 a.m. in Nelson Hall. Our first class together will be held on Sunday, October 16. For more information, please contact Pastor Nicole (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Youth Group Calendar for Fall 2016 – Check the church website for current Middle School and High School events, details and permission slips – or see Pastor Char for the upcoming programs. Here are the highlights:
Friday, October 21: 8th-12 Grades: Join us for a nightmarish evening at the Nightmare Corn Maze hosted at the Riverview Farm in South Glastonbury. Cost is $10/pp plus cost of snacks and drinks. A permission slip and a site-waiver form are required. This event is NOT for the light-hearted – be prepared to have your socks scared off! Adult drivers and chaperones needed.
Saturday, October 24: All FCW Youth and Families: You are invited to Trunk or Treat at First Church! Invite your family to decorate the family car in some ghoulish fashion, then get in costume and pass out treats from your trunk in the Meetinghouse parking lot to all our little trick-or-treating friends! We’ll offer face painting, games and other Halloween activities that will be fun for everyone! Car and parking lot decorating begins at 3PM. Sign up at the Youth Board or in Nelson Hall!
Saturday, November 5 – 8-12 Grades: Come out and support the Church Book Sale and Baked Goods Table. Sign up for a shift or stay all day, 9AM – 3PM. Youth will host a bake sale that will benefit a local not-for-profit of their choice. See Betsy Kenneson or Pastor Char for details.
Saturday, November 5 – 6-12th Grades: Join pastor Char and friends for Windsor’s Youth Worship Service at Christ the King Lutheran Church! Lively worship, music, fellowship and more to be offered. Make new friends across town and have a night of fun with your peers! Permission slips are required. Adult Chaperones and drivers needed.
Friday, November 4 – Sunday, November 6 – 9th-12 Grades: Silver Lake Fall Action Weekend! Cost is $45/pp, which includes meals and lodging. Join other youth across the state for some fall clean up and activities with other youth from across the state! Visit http://www.silverlakect.org/ to register and then email Char at email@example.com to let us know you’re going. Family carpooling from First Church meets in Nelson Hall at 5PM with a pizza dinner send-off! Adult drivers needed.
Friday, November 11 – Saturday, November 12 – 8th-12 Grades: Take an overnight trip by train to NYC for St. John the Divine’s Nightwatch Interspiritual Retreat. We will stay at St. John’s Friday evening followed by an afternoon on the town in NYC! Space is limited to 12 youth. The cost is $90/per person round trip. At the retreat we will explore music, spiritual disciplines, stories and wisdom from a variety of the world’s religious traditions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity. We will leave FCW at 4PM Friday and return by 9PM on Saturday. Permission slip required. Male/Female chaperones needed.
Youth Deacons provide assistance with worship services, including handing out bulletins, greeting members and first time visitors, collecting the offering, and assisting the Deacons with other tasks as needed. Youth Deacons are assigned to a worship service on a rotating basis from September to June.
The Silver Lake Conference Center offers outstanding programs for children and youth, including camp sessions, weekend retreats and other gatherings. Click here for more information on First Church activities at Silver Lake.