Youth Ministry Blog

How do you retreat?

Hello everyone,

This week Jamie is talking about the moment when Jesus left the crowd to be on the boat by himself. The scripture comes from Matthew 14:13

"When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns."

Through life, you'll find that there are many moments when you need to retreat. Sometimes that means leaving people and spending time alone, but it can also mean you retreat with others and find peace together.

What are ways you have spent time "retreating" this Summer? How are ways you can continue to find solitude?

May your Summer continue to bring you times of peace and solitude!

With love,


Chi Rhi Service Learning Trip

Hi everyone,

This was such an incredible week on the Chi Rho Service-Learning trip! Our youth worked SO HARD on every project that was thrown their way. Here are some photos from the trip.

(Also: Make sure you're signed up for Family Night at the Rangers game, and get your youth signed up for a Community Group this fall! Links for both below the photos!)



Grace and Peace,

Community Groups



I want to officially announce an exciting new thing coming this fall! We will be starting weekly, mid-week community groups in September!


These community groups are designed to encourage quality relationships and foster deep conversations. They'll be hosted in people's homes (the same home for a month at a time) and led by amazing youth mentors. 


(On a side note, we are still looking for a few more hosts and mentors. If you're willing to volunteer for either of those roles let me know!)


Each group will be divided out by grade level - for example, the seniors will gather each week at my house, where Skylar and I will be the youth mentors for that group. 


These groups will also work with the understanding that it's tough for folks far away from church to get to mid-week things. So, at least one group will meet based on where a cluster of youth live, out in the Aledo area (a big thanks to Kate and Cain Williams for stepping up the be the first hosts for that group!). 


Registration for community groups opens on Monday, July 1. We'll post the registration link everywhere we can and send out reminders throughout the month. It will also be included in this email moving forward. 


I also want to note that these groups are not exclusive! If your youth has a friend who is looking for community, let's get them signed up too. This is an opportunity for new faces to connect with UCC Youth in a smaller setting, 


My ultimate hope is that these community groups become a space for our youth to share their wisdom and laughter with one another, as they grow together in faith. 


I know you all have questions - reach out to me at any point to ask them! One big question that you might have is - what's happening to Sunday night? 


We'll still gather on Sunday nights, but moving forward that time will be exclusively set aside for fun activities and games, as well as a shared meal. 


I hope you're as excited as I am for this new opportunity! You'll be receiving a mailer soon with a few more details, and a reminder to register. 


In the meantime, I'm here for any questions you might have. I hope each of you is having a wonderful summer, and I can't wait to chat more about community groups. 


Grace and Peace,