Youth Groups

Posted on: November 16th, 2011 by

ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US!

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The Junior High Youth Group, for grades 6-8, meets most Sundays from 5pm-6:30pm. The Senior High Youth Group, for grades 9-12, meets most Sundays from 7pm-8:30pm.  See the Event Calendar for meeting schedule. Or download this calendar: Youth Calendar 2013-2014 Our youth groups enjoy fellowship and spiritual growth through community service, retreats and mission trips. Please contact Rev. Jamie at revjamie@needhamucc.org with questions or more information.
And make sure to join our facebook groups at facebook.com by searching for “Needham Junior High Youth Group” or “Needham Senior High Youth Group”

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are Sunday night meetings like?
A: Lots of fun! Meetings always start with a ritual, like naming your joys and concerns, or talking about your highs and lows for the week. After that, each meeting is a little different. Sometimes, we have a discussion about meaningful topics, or plan a fundraiser or special project, or play crazy group games. There is also always a delicious snack.

Q: Why should I try Youth Group?
A: Youth Group is a great way to make long-lasting friendships, learn about yourself and the world around you, give back by doing community service and mission trips, and be a part of a community that really truly cares about you! And ALL are welcome!

Q: How many youth come to youth group?
A: Currently, we have an average of 20 coming to Junior High and 30 coming to Senior High.

Q: Do you need to go to church to come to Youth Group?
A: No! Youth from all backgrounds are welcome to Youth Group, and you are not required to come to Sunday morning church services in order to be a part of the group.

Q: What kinds of special activities does the Youth Group do?
A: Both the Junior High and Senior have several special events! Lock-ins (overnights at the church, with dinner, snacks, games, activities, movie, and breakfast in the morning), Winter Retreats (to NH or VT for tubing or skiing for a weekend in the winter), fundraisers (like the Haunted House and Superbowl Subs), and other special outings, like bowling, rock-climbing, and Christmas Caroling. The Senior High also goes on a week-long mission trip in the summer.

Q: How do you sign up?
A: Email or call Rev. Jamie at revjamie@needhamucc.org or 781.444.2510 ext 104, or come to a youth group meeting!

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News and Events

2011 SUMMER MISSION TRIP TO BILOXI — AN AMAZING TRIP!
On one of the first days of summer vacation, 33 high school students and 7 chaperones from The Congregational Church of Needham boarded an airplane and flew down to Mississippi to spend five days rebuilding homes that were damaged in hurricane Katrina. Read the sermon about the trip by clicking the attachment below. See photos from the trip at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSiKaPreqKU.

The church’s youth minister, Rev. Jamie Green, organized the trip.She said, “We learned that even though it has been six years since the storm, 17,000 families remain without homes and there is still much work to be done. Many people from other parts of the country don’t realize the need that still exists in this area.”

The youth and chaperones worked on five houses in hot and steamy weather.They built a chain link fence, painted the interior and exterior of a home, did lead paint abatement which required wearing hazmat suits, built braces for columns that held up a home, learned many renovating and home repair techniques and much more.

At one home, the youth met the owner, named Bathsheba.She described how she lived in a trailer outside her home for three years waiting for the funds to get her house fixed.Eventually she had to move back into her unrepaired home with barely working electricity, no kitchen and molding cement floors.The youth group worked on her home which is nearing completion and she is incredibly thankful that she and her mother and sister have a safe place to live again.

The youth group stayed at Camp Victor in Ocean Springs, MS, an air-conditioned dorm and cafeteria facility built by volunteers to give Hurricane Katrina volunteers a comfortable place to stay while working in the area.More than 60,000 volunteers have stayed at Camp Victor since 2005.In addition to working on the homes, the group toured Biloxi and New Orleans and saw that much hurricane damage is still visible six years later.In New Orleans, they viewed block after block of empty foundations with steps leading to nowhere and severely damaged, boarded up homes.

At their nightly meetings, the youth were asked what they had learned so far.Rev. Green was happy to hear that the youth were learning some valuable life lessons.Here are just a few of the things they said:help however you can, sometimes things don’t go as planned, take risks, you get what you get; don’t get upset, consider the positive effects of actions, and it’s more important to be with people who are welcoming than to try to be with people who are cool.

Many people were helped during the trip and many lessons were learned by the youth and adult chaperones making the experience a win-win situation.