Youth Ministries

Senior Youth Calendar of Events


30 Hour Famine

30 Hour Famine30 Hour Famine is an international youth movement to fight hunger. It brings our senior youth closer together and to God, feeds hungry children, and changes our world forever. Each year they fast for thirty hours while working on a mission project and raise funds to help feed and care for children around the world. By sacrificing and serving others, they are learning to think outside themselves and see the world as Christ sees it.

30 Hour Famine 2017 – February 24-25

The youth of St. Andrew’s UCC of Perkasie, and St. Paul’s UCC of Sellersville, participated together in “30 Hour Famine” through World Vision on February 24-25, 2017. The youth started fasting at 6:00 am Friday, and ended on Saturday at Noon. The youth groups ran a Service Project asking for Food Donations at Landis’ Supermarket in Perkasie, on Friday night for Perkasie’s local food pantry “FISH” (Fellowship In Serving Humanity). Later in the evening, the group went to Midnight Bowling at Earl Bowl. On Saturday, the youth ended their fast with a wonderful pancake breakfast served at St. Paul’s UCC.


Urban Cupboard at Old First Reformed United Church of Christ, Philadelphia

St. Andrews’s Senior Youth travel to Old First Reformed United Church of Christ every 6-8 weeks to volunteer on Saturday morning from 9:30 – 11:30 am to provide food, clothing and toiletries to approximately 30 individuals in our Philadelphia community. The cupboard functions as “free store”, offering as much dignity and choice as possible given the availability of donations from week to week. The youth take donations for the Cupboard, especially men’s clothing and ready-to-eat non-perishable foods (pop-top cans are best).

Urban Cupboard News

C.R.E.W. Urban Cupboard Mission Video – Fall 2011

 


Urban Cupboard Weekend, January 20-22, 2012

Last week, January 20-22, C.R.E.W. traveled to Old First Church in Philadelphia to serve at an Urban Cupboard Weekend, making over 455 sandwiches we helped to feed 200 + homeless in the Subways and Suburban Station. With the snow it was different being underground and not up in the parks as in the Summer. One of the youth mentioned a story that Bruce, our guide and mentor told them. The discussion had began when one of the youth said they didn’t think they could survive on the streets. Bruce then told them that his first day on the street, he didn’t think he could either. He distinctly remembered having to pull the newspaper over himself and said he felt completely helpless. But at the same time he didn’t want to be seen by people, so one thing he did was he would go in his head and think about somewhere great, like a beach or a mountain. This was one of his only escapes from the reality he was living in. In a discussion later, the youth said that sometimes we get caught up in our routines so much to the point where we don’t notice the people around us that need help. And sometimes it might be that we choose not to help because helping them might “infect” us with something that made them who they are and we’d end up associated with “them”. During the week after we returned home the youth reflected on the experience and what it means to be homeless, what have we learned from the experience and how humanity can change, but only if we start now.


TAP – Teens Acting for Peace

TAP is a dynamic, groundbreaking program that teaches teens how to put the skills and values of peacemaking and conflict resolution into practice throughout their lives, and prepares them to be peace educators for younger children. TAP was originally shaped around the Pledge of Nonviolence. TAP is an organization where teens gather to promote peace in their schools and communities.

Workshops and Peace Camp

Our workshops are designed to teach children from kindergarten through 5th grade the skills needed to promote a peaceful existence. The workshops actively “tap” the creativity and energy of young people to build peaceful schools communities, and a more peaceful world. Storytelling, art, music, drama, and creative play are all part of the experience. At our Peace Camp these lessons are more fully developed. Each day we focus in greater detail on the various aspects of the Pledge of Nonviolence. Each Peacemaker leaves with a new understanding and confidence in their ability to foster peace in their daily lives.


Pledge of Nonviolence

To Respect Self and Others

To respect myself, to affirm others and to avoid uncaring criticism, hateful words, physical or emotional attacks, negative peer pressure, and self-destructive behavior, including abuse of alcohol and drugs.

To Communicate Better

To share my feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express my anger and other emotions, to work at solving problems peacefully, and to encourage an open system of communication throughout the school.

To Listen

To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with me, and to consider others’ feelings and needs as valid as my own.

To Forgive

To apologize and make amends when I have hurt another, to forgive others, and to keep from holding grudges.

To Respect Nature

To treat the environment and all living things with respect and care and to promote environmental concern in the school.

To Recreate Nonviolently

To select activities and entertainment that strengthen my commitment to nonviolence and that promote a less violent society, and to avoid social activities that make violence look exciting, funny or acceptable.

To Act Courageously

To challenge violence in all its forms whenever I encounter it, whether at home, at school, at work, or in the community, and to stand with others who are treated unfairly.


TAP News

TAP Workshop Norris Square Philadelphia – July 11, 2012

Teens Acting for Peace will be traveling to Philadelphia on July 11th to conduct a workshop for the Norris Square Neighborhood Project. Last summer we were welcomed into their community garden (Las Parcelas) as we toured several of the beautiful murals the city has to offer. We were touched by their hospitality and the story of their journey to reclaim this neighborhood. Through this experience came a desire to share something of our program with them. We are excited to have an opportunity for our teens to explore peace with the children of Norris Square this summer.

The Norris Square Neighborhood Project has been working with young people for nearly 40 years; this nurture has had a profound and lasting impact on their community. Their core pinciples are deeply resonant with Teens Acting for Peace. We hope that NSNF’s witness and spirit will encourage TAP toward the same kind of impact for the next several decades of our service!

Salvation Army Telethon Philadelphia – December 19, 2011

Congratulations to Catherine, Jenn, and Michelle Wright who were interviewed on CBS 3 by Kathy Orr at the Salvation Army telethon on Monday, December 19th. Follow the link to watch it (it starts after the commercial)!

Joy of Sharing Toy Donations Video

Philadelphia Mural Trip – August 8, 2011

On August 8th, 2011, TAP ventured on a trip to the wonderful murals of Philadelphia. There, particularly in the Norris Square and Gray’s Ferry neighborhoods, we visited many different murals that illustrated hopes for peace. Some of these murals were painted to relieve racial tension, others were pure artistic expression. They had a huge impact on their community, as well as our TAP members. It’s unbelievable how a mural can make you question yourself and really reflect on the world. TAP had the opportunity to connect with the people living in Norris Square, especially when we were given a tour of their community garden Las Parcelas. There isn’t much nature in the areas where the murals are painted, so to see a plentiful garden with many types of flowers and vegetables was amazing. Overall, the experience was life altering, and very eye opening for our team. You can see more pictures of our adventure in our Facebook photo section.

TAP Peace Rally – April 10, 2011

On April 10th, 2011, TAP held a peace rally to introduce our organization to other teens. We conveyed how the goal of TAP is to create a more peaceful world through our children. We also shared how we plan to reach this goal by holding more workshops and camps. There was a scavenger hunt around Perkasie, where the teens looked for different inspirational peace quotes.

Some of these quotes were:

  • “Peace is not something you wish for; it’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.” ~Robert Fulghum
  • “The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.” ~Plato
  • “When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.” ~David Orr

These quotes demonstrate what TAP is all about. We had a great time at the rally; it was an awesome experience.

The TAP team enjoyed celebrating the Jerusalem Lutheran Church’s 185th Anniversary on Oct 15, 2011. We set up a table that displayed our summer camp and mural trip to Philadelphia. The teens enjoyed spending time with the younger children that attended the event.

By: Catherine Wright