At Westminster, the youth mission and ministry is a vital and growing part of church life. We hope to equip students with the ability to live out their Christian faith in a complex world, to build relationships and communities, and to offer service and aid to a world in need. Youth Ministry at Westminster is to the young people, by the young people, and for us all.
High School students involved with Westminster enjoy many activities together. On Sundays, Senior Highs (9th-12th grade) usually attend the 11:00 AM Sunday service. Senior Highs are also encouraged to get involved in the church in many ways. Some serve as deacons, liturgists, Sunday School helpers, and members of other committees such as the Racial Justice Committee and ENERGY tutors.
Each Sunday morning Senior Highs and Advisers meet from 9:30AM until 10:50 AM for fellowship, sharing and discussion. Participating families take turns providing the ingredients for breakfast, such as eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast, fruit salad, milk and juice. Senior Highs cook, eat and clean-up together, then attend church.
Senior Highs, along with the staff Youth Coordinator and volunteer Advisers, get together on a regular basis for a variety of activities that are both fun and formative. Events vary but at the core of every outing is a balance of mission-oriented and fun activities. Events are generally scheduled for Sunday afternoons from 12-2PM ; some are occasionally on Sunday evenings or Saturdays. The schedule is available HERE.
Each summer, the Senior Highs travel to Hartford, Maine where they work on projects like siding and painting a house, rebuilding a handicapped ramp, painting a church and "chucking" firewood to stock a local "firewood bank" to serve the poor and elderly through the Maine winter. Senior Highs also get to enjoy some New England highlights - lobster, a trip to the beach and Freeport.
To finance this mission trip, Senior Highs raise money throughout the year through various fundraisers: If you would like to make a donation to support the Senior High's Mission Trip to Maine, please click here.
Apple Pie Sale:Senior Highs bake and sell more than 150 pies each November just in time for Thanksgiving. Proceeds are sent directly to Maine to buy project supplies for the following summer.
Maine "Shares": Senior Highs invite congregation members to become "shareholders" in their trip. Members who purchase "shares" receive a handwritten postcard update about our trip in Maine.
Allentown Art Festival Parking: Our church is located just a block away from one of the region's biggest outdoor art festivals. During the festival each June, Senior Highs sell parking in our church lot to festival-goers to raise additional funds for the trip.
For more information about the Senior High program, please contact Mark Aquino, Youth Coordinator, at 716-432-4585 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always looking for energetic, patient, faithful and nurturing advisers for our youth. If you think you have a calling to work with our youth or have questions about how to become involved, please contact Mark Aquino or fill out the contact form below.