Youth

(Newsletter)

  Thank you to all who support our youth ! 

 


Youth Group & Meals

Youth group is online now at noon on Sundays.   Contact Caroline for details.


Sunday School 

Sunday school is at 9:30. Meet in the youth room upstairs in the Education Building.


Upcoming:

May 24: Youth Sunday 


Spring Flower Sale 

Thank you for those who ordered flowers. If you did not place an order through the church, you can still purchase flowers directly from Pemberton’s Greenhouses. Thank you for supporting our youth and a local business. 


Mission Trip News

Mission Trip News
A message from Shelli Gregory about our Middle/High School Mission Trip to Raleigh, North Carolina (June 28th – July 3rd)

While things are still uncertain for now, we are hopeful that everything will be back up and running and it will be safe to travel by the end of June. One thing that is for certain is that people will need our help. We surveyed a small sample of parents, and based on that survey, we have decided to combine our middle and high school groups this year and take only one trip. Fortunately, TeamEffort in Panama City Beach, FL has agreed to let us use our deposit for next year’s trip.

In two months, we plan to depart for Raleigh, NC to participate in Raleigh Youth Mission (RYM). Located in the capital city of North Carolina, Raleigh Youth Mission gives young people an opportunity to explore the hidden needs and struggles of those who are living on the margins within and around the City of Oaks.  Groups will volunteer at a variety of agencies, many which are located among the halls of power of the North Carolina state government, serving alongside our neighbors who are homeless, in poverty, or food insecure. The theme for the week will be People, Planet, Prophet. This program is operated by the same group that runs Ashville Youth Mission, where we went in 2017 for our middle school mission trip. I was very impressed with the organization and structure of the program and I look forward to seeing how it operates in a different city.

Where will we sleep?

You will be staying at First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC (120 West Hargett St.  27601) In our designated (and gender specific) sleeping rooms there is plenty of floor space. PLEASE BRING SINGLE SIZE AIR MATTRESSES/pad or cot, as well as sleeping bags, sheets and pillows. Unlike in Ashville, showers are available in the church building.

Where will we eat?

RYM provides breakfasts, lunches and dinners (with the exception of dinner on Thursday, which is free afternoon). We’ll be on our own for Thursday dinner and Friday lunch after closing worship, before we head back to Lexington.

Schedule

We will depart from MSPC on Sunday, June 28, 2020 and drive all the way to Raleigh, arriving in time to load in before orientation at 7:30pm. We will work Monday through Wednesday. Thursday, we will have breakfast at 7:30am, an Urban Faith Walk at 8:30am, then a free afternoon and evening. We will choose a fun outdoor activity to all do together. Nearby options include: hiking, zip lining, tubing down the river, museums, go-cart racing, laser tag, breakout games, and mini golf. Friday, we will eat breakfast and do our check-out chores at 7:30am, have closing worship at 9am, then travel home, arriving sometime around 7pm. We will have the kids call parents when we are one hour out to inform them of exact arrival time.

Payment

The total amount due for this mission trip is $375 and is due by May 28th, 2020. Please note that we do have scholarship money available for any youth that needs assistance paying for this trip. I encourage the youth to bring some spending money for snacks and souvenirs throughout the week. A prepaid visa card is strongly encouraged to ensure the safety of their spending money. I would also encourage limiting the amount of money they bring. They should not need more than $100 for this trip.

Registration Requirements

Please let Shelli know if you plan to send your child by emailing at Shelli@maxpres.org by May 28th. Please go to https://youthmissionco.org/rym-participant-forms-2020/ to register your youth by May 28th, 2020 as well. This is a hard deadline. Caroline and I will send out lots of reminders. We really hope that your youth will be joining us!


Leadership

Rachel Vankirk Mathews – Associate Pastor of Youth, Young Adults and Social Justice

Rachel is excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead and love the youth and young adults of Maxwell Street and to follow the ever-beckoning voice of the Holy Spirit forward with the whole congregation and its community in God’s work towards a more just and loving world. Assisting Rachel are two interns this winter: Caroline Copley and Dany Vissing. Thank you, Madison for your leadership in the fall!

Interns
Caroline Copley 
 Caroline grew up at Maxwell Street, is currently working towards her Masters in Music Therapy, and served as Director at Burnamwood Camp over the previous summer prior to being a counselor in summer’s past. Caroline is very skilled at working with youth, creating fun and engaging programs, building relationships and providing care. I’m incredibly grateful Caroline is leading our youth program over the next two months! Caroline will run the weekly Youth Group programs, Sunday school, Wednesday night Middle School small group, and send the weekly youth email. Feel free to reach out to her with any questions. Contact Caroline. Responses to the youth email will also go to her email.
Dany Vissing
Dany grew up at Second Presbyterian and has been an intern with our youth since the beginning of this school year. She is working towards an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and worked as a counselor at Burnamwood Camp this past summer! Dany knows our youth at Maxwell Street very well and is great at making our activities for them fun and engaging while making them to feel welcome week to week. We’re so glad Dany will be here, working with Caroline over the next two months!

Finally, Will Burchfield and Colyn Clarke have volunteered to support the youth at each activity over the next two months. 

           

Thank you to these four for leading the youth program!