"To join God in creating disciples and apostles to be sent out into the world to communicate the gospel through lifestyle and engage in God's mission to all people."
The youth ministry at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church exists so that youth in the Yuba Sutter area can experience the fullness of life that comes through knowing Jesus Christ and following in His ways. Our goal is to provide a place where youth can encounter Christ, enjoy a sense of Christian community with one another, and develop a passionate but intellectually responsible faith. In short, we want a place that they can know God and know each other, a place they can feel at home with themselves and with one another.
Primarily, we teach our youth at our church God's story which comes to us through the Bible. We teach Scripture to our youth through Sunday School, Bible Study, our Sunday night Youth Group meetings. We also teach them a deep and vibrant Christian spirituality through regular prayer and musical worship. We give them opportunities to unplug and reflect on themselves and on the God whose way they follow. We teach them that their relationship with Christ is more than just about right belief by challenging them to right action through efforts to serve others. We have several retreats during which the youth learn what it means to serve like Christ. We believe passionately that Christ has called each youth to go out into the world with the gospel of Christ. Last, we also teach them how to have fun. The Christian life is not just about rigorous discipleship or deep spirituality. It's also about joy and play. We strive to keep those goals in balance in our Youth Ministry at St. Andrew.
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Both Jr. and Sr. High groups meet from 4:00-5:30pm on Sundays in the Youth Center, unless otherwise stated. After a brief gathering time, we begin our activities which focus on discipleship training in five key areas: Service, Worship, Fellowship, Group-building, and Study. Events are picked yearly by Youth and Advisors at the September retreats. Each event has a 5-15 minute devotional.
This class brings Bible stories to life and relates God’s story long ago to our stories today! Our current unit is on the book of Psalms! We begin each lesson with songs, led by Deanna Wiseman.
Teachers: Stu MacDonald, Jeannie Morrisey, Keith Nicholson & Tom Wiseman
Location: Youth Center “Fish Bowl Room”.
Time: Sundays 9:00-9:50 a.m.
Hangout Leaders: Nick Roby, Amy Hayward-Amos, Julie Dewey & Pastor Hayes Noble
For 9th through 12th graders, Senior Night Hangout is designed to be a safe place to openly discuss relevant current topics while exploring faith and scripture. The first 30 minutes is spent catching up, while the last 30 minutes is devoted to scripture and discussion. We welcome all youth within this age group, regardless of your church affiliation.
Location: Changes Monthly. Please contact Pastor Hayes for address.
Time: Wednesdays 7:00 to 8:00pm
Over Martin Luther King Jr weekend in January, we host youth who have an interest in joining the church and claiming their faith for themselves, where we openly dicuss faith issues allowing youth to examine their personal beliefs as well as those of the Presbyterian faith. At the end of the weekend each youth will decide for themselves to become baptized and/or a member of the church.
For decades, youth and adults from our community and church have spent their spring break serving in Mexico where they have built homes for people living in poverty as well as sharing their faith with them. Seeing the look on the new home owener's face while handing over the keys transforms the way our youth and adult volunteers look at the world, their faith, and themselves. For more information, please visit YS Mexico Mission.
Believing that serving in a mission environment demonstrates the love that Christ showed the world, we have two work camps where youth are invited to serve, either at Zephyr Point in Tahoe or a suburban environment helping to clean up grounds, actively serve the local community, and interact with children and youth.
Weekend retreat to kick-off the school year which will be held between Aug 18-20, 2017, where Youth and Youth Team leaders brainstorm about different ideas and opportunities to socialize, study and worship for our Sunday night events.
Every three years, we join Sacramento Presbytery’s Delegation for this national youth conference at Purdue University where 5,500 Youth and adults gather! The next Triennium will be July 2019. The theme from 2016 was GO!
Our annual Christian themed youth musical affords our youth the unique opportunity to explore their faith through acting and singing in front of a live audience, while also allowing our adult volunteers the chance to get to know our youth on a more personal level, making life-long connections.
Last year's musical was written entirely by our youth and adult volunteers, which was a first for St. Andrew Presbyterian.
Try-On's are typically held 2 months prior to the show dates, where all youth are guaranteed a part on stage if they so choose, though some choose to participate as an off-stage technician such as costume or set prep, lighting, sound or choreography.