Senior High Youth Group

Senior High Youth Group (SYG) is a program for youth in grades 9-12 which is sponsored jointly by the First Congregational Church and our sister UCC church, the East Woodstock Congregational Church. SYG provides a variety of events to promote community service, fellowship, spiritual growth, and recreation. Our purpose is to foster spiritual development and discipleship with Jesus Christ as our guide. We seek to nurture relationships between youth and faithful adults at our Sunday night meetings, retreats, and mission trips. SYG has an event each week from September through June. Friends are welcome at all events. Click here for news about upcoming events.

We encourage Youth to participate in the overall life of the church community. Our teens do valuable ministry assisting with Church school, nursery care, Handbell choir, Senior choir, Compassion Camp, the Woodstock Fair Chicken Barbeque, Christmas on the Hill, and church dinners. Youth serve on boards and committees are also active in wider church settings; attending summer conferences at Silver Lake, attending Connecticut Conference events such as annual meetings, Synod, and youth events.

RECENT SYG EVENTS HAVE INCLUDED:National Youth Event at Purdue

-National Youth Event at Purdue (2012)

-CT UCC Youth Revival

-In Our Shoes anti-bullying display

-Easter Egg Fundraiser

-MLK Day of Interfaith Service in Boston

-Sunday morning Breakfast Club

-Senior Cafe

-Santa’s Sitting Service-Souper Bowl food drive for Daily Bread Pantry

-Christmas caroling to shut-ins

MISSION TRIPS

Each year our Youth Group puts faith in action by serving neighbors in need.  We offer mission trips to a variety of urban settings to work in soup kitchens, shelters, and food banks.  These trips provide a valuable experience of living in community as well as a chance to reflect on the justice issues underlying poverty and hunger.  Our mission sites have included:

Boston Urban Outreach with City Mission Society

Worcester Fellowship

City Reach in Boston with Ecclesia Ministries

Hands on Hartford

YSOP (Youth Service Opportunities Project) in New York

THE YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM includes members from this congregation as well as from the East Woodstock Congregational Church. The committee meets regularly to plan youth activities. Some team members serve as chaperones for the various youth events.