We believe that youth are an important part of the life of the church. In the sacrament of baptism our congregation promises to: "love, encourage, and support these brothers and sisters by teaching the gospel of God's love, by being an example of Christian faith and character, and by giving the strong support of God's family in fellowship, prayer, and service."
Our Faith Formation for youth includes:
- A Sunday morning gathering (traditionally called Sunday school): this is an opportunity to reflect and engage with the challenges of youth culture and committing and growing in faith;
- Confirmation class: led by the pastor and elders, this class attempts to dig deeper into the Reformed faith and what it means to make a commitment to the local church. Typically each participant is also assigned a mentor from the congregation. At the end of the class, participants are encouraged to stand before the church to publicly declare their faith and commitment. In 2015, classes will be held jointly with youth of the Reformed Church of Fort Plain. Contact the church for details.
Children and Communion
On the Sundays we celebrate communion, we welcome children to also participate in the feast (under the supervision of their parents). The board of elders and our pastor offer a brief class to children and their families to better help them understand communion and their participation in the sacrament.
One of the amazing gifts of our region is Fowler Camp & Retreat Center located in Speculator, NY. The summer camp program (July - August) is offered for children who have completed 3rd through 12th grade. Our church believes in this important ministry and continues to witness its impact on the lives of our children and their families. Scholarships are available from our church.
Vacation Bible School
Every summer we join together with St. John's and St. Mark's Lutheran Church to offer a week of Vacation Bible School. On a Monday through Friday we gather together in the evenings for singing, playing, and learning more about God's love. It's a great way for us to get to know each other better and to invite friends who may not have a church home to possibly find one.