ERMUC Youth are active in a wide variety of ministries and activities as valued members of our community. Our Sunday morning program includes both time at worship with the entire congregation, and time together as a youth group community. Youth are also involved in a variety of other things, including social events, leadership in worship and church events, outreach projects, global education experiences, UCC events for youth and Youth Leadership Training (a summer employment and learning-leadership program for high school youth). Our youth ministry and its various activities are open to all youth, grades 7 to 12. We welcome friends of our youth and we even welcome back our graduates when they are home for a weekend break or holidays.
Youth Service 2016
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Slideshow of pictures taken during the Youth Service
Social Time and Outreach Projects
This year’s activities will include an outreach project and fundraising related to El Salvador, a Presbytery wide youth event (afternoon, Oct 16) and our annual Backpack Outreach. There will be an opportunity in late March-early April for interested youth to accompany our minister, Rev. Jean Stairs, to El Salvador.
Youth Leadership in Worship and the Church Community
One of the most exciting things about youth ministry at ERMUC is how talented our youth are – and in many different ways! An important value of our youth ministry is to encourage the various gifts and talents of our youth. Some are gifted musicians, and share their talents during ministry of music moments, as well as in our annual youth-led service
(May 24, 2015).
Drama and dramatic proclamation of the Word has a long tradition at ERMUC. Our youth community includes talented writers and artists.
Our youth are also active in a variety of other ways. Last year, our youth served communion, read scripture and took part in our Remembrance Service, taught Sunday School and volunteered in the nursery, planted bulbs for the church’s gardens, dished out “Stone Soup” (a fundraiser for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank) and served dessert at the annual Classics Birthday party.
Sunday Morning and Youth Faith Formation
This year, youth faith formation will focus on “Seasons of the Spirit”, an ecumenical and UCC endorsed curriculum. Occasionally, we will break away from the curriculum in order to do something special, such as “Prayer Stations for Heading Back to School” or to assist the whole Sunday School in an outreach project.
Annual Confirmation Program
Many choose to participate in confirmation during their years in the youth program. We also welcome youth from other United Churches in Four Winds Presbytery who do not have a confirmation program in their church.
Confirmation Program will begin in February 2016. The confirmation program is a combination of 4-5 monthly Saturday morning sessions and participation in local field trips to other religious communities such as the Islamic Centre. Each youth is paired with a mentor from within the church for the confirmation period and beyond. The confirmation program concludes with a celebration dinner for parents, mentors and confirmands. Confirmation will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2016.
Youth Leadership Training Program Summers 2013 – 2018
Under a six-year grant obtained from Four Winds Presbytery, this unique program provides high school youth from United Churches within the Presbytery with the opportunity to be employed while developing their leadership skills and then to test them by actually serving as leaders for “Summer in the City Children’s Program.” The program happens during the first two weeks of August. The program is a collaboration of Chalmers, Crossroads and Edith Rankin Memorial United Churches in Kingston.
The first week is a training program for up to six youth, hired by an Interview Committee. During the second week, the youth are the leaders of “Summer in the City Children’s Program”- a morning program for children age 5 to Grade 7. Up to 25 children are enrolled in the program. Since 2014 we have been able to hire a mature secondary student and youth from within the Presbytery to serve as Assistant Coordinator for the program. This was possible through successful Canada Summer Jobs grants. The Assistant Coordinator was hired full-time from mid-July to the end of August.
For more information about next year’s program, summer employment opportunities for high school youth, or registration information for the children’s program contact Rev. Jean Stairs
Global Experiences for Youth
In 2014, two youth from Edith Rankin Memorial UC, along with one lay member and Rev Jean Stairs, travelled to El Salvador to experience and learn about our UCC partnership with Iglesia Bautista Emmanuel, a thriving church in the capital city, San Salvador. Our youth met with youth from IBE and learned about various mission and outreach projects, including Cal Papil, a drop-in for street youth and an alternative to the violence of city youth gangs. ERMUC and IBE have established a formal “twinning agreement” and are committed to an enduring partnership of solidarity.”
For more information about our Youth Ministry
For more information about our youth ministry, please contact the Minister of Christian Education, Outreach and Family Pastoral Care, Rev. Dr. Jean Stairs