A Note from Jenny
Hello Junior High Families! As we kickoff our 2018-19 school year, youth group time will continue to focus on building character, showing compassion, and learning to love ALL of our neighbors. After much searching, I think I found some curriculum that will assist our youth on their spiritual journey while still aligning with our core UCC values. The first study is called "Dig In" and here's the info:
"Dig In will explore the teens' journey inward, as they begin to "dig in" and peel off the layers of expectations, lies and experiences that their past has possibly allowed them to believe about themselves, while encouraging them to form strong and healthy relationships with God and with others."
I plan to supplement this study with some Brene Brown, Glennon Doyle, and other positive faith leaders. I look forward to hearing the kids feedback and response to this information!
Youth group would not be possible without the help and support of all our parents! My plan is to once again assign (or as we call it "Volun-told") parents to assist with 1-2 meetings/year. I've created a tentative calendar for the fall, please take a look and let me know if your assigned day won't work for you and I will find a replacement.
PARENT GIFTS AND TALENTS
I'm always interested in the gifts and talents our parent group might have to share with our youth. As you know, it truly does take a village to raise our children and I'm open to learning from all of you. Seeing as my own children are in youth group, there are many times when they want nothing to do with me and will only listen to other adults (sound familiar?). This can make leading jr high a little difficult so I'm reaching out to ask for some help. This year, I would really love to explore new projects and outings led by other parents in our group. Do you have any thoughts or ideas?
Tea With A Teen
Our youth group is always looking for ways to connect with the rest of the congregation. One idea we had is something called "Tea with a Tea" which is just a fancy title for a proposed gathering of kids and adults (that are not their parents). The idea is to play some simple games/icebreaker activities, share some food and that's it! No pressure, no long-term commitment, just an easy way to get to know the kids in our church. Finding a date to meet everyone's schedules has been quite the challenge but as of right now it looks like Sunday, Feb 24 from 12-1pm will be the day. If you know of any adults who might be interested, there's still time to sign up--have them contact me asap and we'll add them to the list!
Thanks again to all our hardworking parents and youth who helped make our dungeon remodel a HUGE success! If you haven't been down lately, please come and check it out!
2018-19 Registration Form
Please download this year's registration/release form and bring to our first meeting.
January 12, 2019: Crab Feed (youth interested in helping with this event need to email Jenny by Dec 30)
January 27: Youth Group Meeting, 4-5:30pm in the dungeon
February 3: Souper Bowl Sunday (Youth needed to help with collecting donations at the beginning of the church service)
February 10: Youth Group/3rd Annual Cupcake Wars, 4-5:50pm
February 16-18: Mid Winter Camp at Blue Theology, Pacific Grove (SEE BELOW for more details)
February 24: Tentative Tea w/ A Teen event (more info to follow)
March 2: International Dinner (volunteers needed to help with serving--more info to follow)
Blue Theology Mid Winter Camp
Every year the Northern California/Nevada Conference of the UCC (or NCNCUCC) hosts special events for the youth in our region. One such event is Mid-Winter Camp which is a retreat just for junior high age kids. This retreat usually happens over the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday weekend but this year the conference is trying something new. Here is the release from the conference about the event:
"Our Junior High Winter Camp (grades 6 to 8), will be on Feb. 16-18 at the Blue Theology Mission Station at the Christian Church of Pacific Grove, 442 Central Ave., Pacific Grove -- half a block from the ocean. We will spend a day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and learn about how God loves the ocean and wants us to love it better. We will sleep two nights (Saturday and Sunday) at the church and take part in Sunday morning worship. We will do some service projects like beach cleanups, native plant restoration, citizen science. We can plan other events like communion on the beach, hikes at Point Lobos State Park, a visit to our local lighthouse, oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the west coast, 1851, a great symbol of light in the darkness, help for those in a storm, etc. Rev. Deborah Streeter, UCC minister authorized to do Blue Theology (ocean stewardship and spirituality) will be our guide. Deborah has been a volunteer guide at the Aquarium and Point Lobos for 20 years. Jesus walked by the sea and called his disciples to "fish for people." Come and Sea!
We are looking for volunteer chaperones. Early bird price is $125 if you register by January 18. After January 18, the price is $145. No cost for adult volunteers. Space is limited. Sign up soon!"
I (Jenny) will be attending the event, along with my kids, and would love to have the rest of our group join us. If you need help covering the cost of registration, let me know. You can register HERE or contact me for further questions.
Junior High Youth Group
Junior High Youth Group at 1CC Auburn is a safe place for tweens to hang out, build strong relationships, and discover more about their faith. We believe that our youth are a vital part of our greater church community and we do our best to love and support them during these middle school years. This group is active in our church, as well as the community, and we strive to make our world a better place. All children in 6th-8th grade are welcome to attend! Please contact Jenny Serrano for more information: