Reid Memorial is dedicated to challenging our youth to grow in faith and community with one another, learning with humility from Christ’s commandment to love God and love your neighbor. The Youth Ministry, Reid Youth, is dedicated to the Christian education, inclusion, leadership, mentorship, and fellowship of its youth.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH
Youth Sunday School begins at 9:35am in the Alan Fuqua Center (youth building), however, the building opens at 9:15am for a time of games, fellowship, and conversation. Sunday School classes are led by a dedicated team of teachers who facilitate and teach based on the scripture of the day.
Confirmation meets on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:30am in the Alan Fuqua Center (Youth Building). All students 6th grade through 8th grade (and older youth who have not yet been confirmed) are invited into a year-long process of exploring their faith and beliefs that culminates in claiming and proclaiming their baptismal vows.
Each year Reid Youth are invited to join in one or both semester-long book discussion groups. These discussions focus around a biblically-based theme explored in a secular book and evolve into discussion on how we as people of faith can better interact in and with our world. Previous discussions have included topics like (in)justice, profound friendship, loyalty, fear, rivalry, and love.
Annually our youth are invited to participate in a variety of trips that give them opportunities for fellowship, fun, community, and mission. Youth Winter retreats are intentionally designed to be a place for relationship growth with our own community and the world around us, and to be able to find God in and above the noise in the culture that surrounds us. As winter trips are limited in participation, they are planned to be an overflowing of the community that is being developed throughout the year, not the only time that youth engage with each other. These include:
- Fall Presbytery Youth Retreat: for Middle and High School Youth in September that includes White Water Rafting.
- Winter Retreat: President’s Day Weekend Retreat that includes 3 days at Universal Studios. Our challenge and goal for our youth is to find God in the mainstream, in the noise and above the noise, and in the culture that surrounds them. In light of this we will be looking the gospel according to Harry Potter, one of the worlds that exist within the realm of Universal Studios.
- High School Montreat: June 4 -10, 2023. It is for rising 9th grade through graduated 12th grade students. Montreat offers an incredible unique opportunity for our High School Youth to grapple with Gospel Truths and realities of the world we live in, in spiritually transforming and refreshing ways. Each morning begins with ENERGY and ENTHUSIASM: energizers, biblical interpretations, uplifting music and singing, videos, announcements and keynotes get our youth moving and thinking. Through engaging in new spiritual practices, unpacking of keynotes and having hard conversations with openness and care, small groups compose a large component of the day. The other large component of the day is Recreation, which is looked at through the lens of both Re-Creation (mission, art, reimagining of the world around in light of the gospel) and Recreation (play). Finally, each day closes more contemplative with worship, music, interpretations of scripture and preaching.
- Middle School Montreat: July 19-23, 2023. It is for rising 6th grade through graduated 8th grade students. With Covenant Presbyterian Church, we travel to Maryville College in Maryville, TN to join other middle school students from around the country for a wonderful four days exploring their faith and joining one another in fun and fellowship. Youth gather in small group, stay in the dorms, eat in the cafeteria, gather in the theater for worship and for keynotes, and play outside on the center lawn for recreation and re-creation (art, music, dance, and play).
- Summer International Mission Trip: June 17-24, 2023. It is for rising 9th grade students through graduated 12th grade students AND adults of the Reid Memorial congregation. This trip will be to Panjachel, Guatemala working with Porch de Salomon. Porch de Solomon is ministry presence in Panajachel, Guatemala that provides weekly worship gatherings and humanitarian aid. Modeled after Solomon’s Porch in Jerusalem, a place where all people could come to get help and would be received in a way that is open and accessible. One of the great things about Porch de Salomon is that they require mission teams to leave a tangible benefit. For us, this primarily means we will be helping to build a small cement block house for an impoverished indigenous family alongside skilled workers. Porch de Salomon just finished the 103rd house in Panajachel. It takes about 6-8 weeks to build a house with Porch. We will get to know the profile of the family we are going to be working with in the late spring. We will be helping in this process of building a house alongside the family and indigenous builders. There is not any skill level required and different levels of work will be available. This house will provide a seed of hope for the family.
- Local Mission Trip: July 9-14 focused on ecological and social justice along the Georgia Coast, specifically in St. Simon’s Island. We will work in the Merritime forest, help with water testing at the beach, learn about sustainable fishing using cast nets, hear from local agencies about social justice, and much more. We stay at St. Simon’s Presbyterian for the week in their youth space.