Dear Parents, Guardians, and Youth Grades 6-12 of Union Cong:

We are pumped for the 2017-18 program year! It’s been a wonderful summer- we had a fabulous youth trip to Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. But we missed everyone we didn’t see, and we can’t wait to meet newcomers and our incoming sixth grade class!

We’ve thought a lot about creating a year of programming that boasts dynamic options while staying consistent and conveniently-timed.  Please read on for a summary of the coming year.

With gratitude,

Lindsey and AJ


Youth Group

This year youth group will meet most Friday nights. Typically, on three-day weekends, we take a break from youth programming so families can travel and so we can rest. Most Fridays we will meet at the parsonage across the street from the church, or in the Vincent Building basement, aka the Youth Room. On typical Fridays, our schedule will be:

6 pm: Middle Schoolers Grades 6-8 meet for Fellowship

7 pm: High Schoolers join for Dinner and Music Time

8 pm: Middle Schoolers Depart

10 pm: High Schoolers Depart

We liked this schedule because it allows for crossover time between middle and high school youth to share a meal, and also it provides a time for everyone to learn music that they will also have the option of singing in church when our Youth Choir is slated to sing. Dinners will typically be a simple meal like pasta and salad or soup and bread—sometimes pizza. Once every few months we will schedule a cultural or spiritual outing on a Friday night that youth will need to sign up for in advance. 

Fall 2017 Schedule 

September 8 Regular Youth Group

September 15 Lindsey and AJ's Celebration of Marriage, minors are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult 

September 22 Regular Youth Group

September 29 Regular Youth Group

October 13 Regular Youth Group
October 20-22 Fall Youth Crossroads Retreat
October 27 Regular Youth Group
November 3 Regular Youth Group
November 10 Regular Youth Group
November 17 Regular Youth Group
December 1 Regular Youth Group
December 8 Regular Youth Group
December 15 Regular Youth Group
December 22 Special Christmas outing-- afternoon in NYC followed an evening at the Metropolitan Opera to see Hansel and Gretel 

Spring 2018 Schedule

January 5 Regular Youth Group
January 12 Regular Youth Group
January 19 Special outing-- Nightwatch at St. John the Divine 
February 2 Regular Youth Group
February 9 Regular Youth Group
February 23 Regular Youth Group
March 2-4 Spring Youth Crossroads Retreat
March 9 Regular Youth Group
March 23 Regular Youth Group
April 6 Regular Youth Group
April 13 Regular Youth Group
April 20 Regular Youth Group
April 27 Regular Youth Group
May Schedule TBA

Youth Choir Sundays

As mentioned above, Youth Choir songs will be taught during Music Time on Friday nights, with option to perform them in church--dates below. We also encourage instrumentalists of all types to join in on the music!

Sunday, October 15

Sunday, November 19

Sunday, December 24 (Christmas Eve Family Service)

Sunday, February 11

Sunday, April 1 (Easter Sunday)

Sunday, April 29 (Confirmation Sunday)


Retreats, Lock-Ins and Summer Trips

Important get-aways for youth to unplug and have fun, as well as spend time in deeper spiritual learning and reflection.

Retreat and Lock-In Dates

October 20-22: Fall Youth Crossroads Retreat
January 19: Nightwatch Lock-In at St. John the Divine 
March 2-4: Spring Youth Crossroads Retreat

Summer Trip 2018


2017-18 Youth Programs Permission Slip


Scholarships for Retreats

There are scholarships available for youth to attend retreats and trips. We want everyone to have access to these wonderful opportunities. Please contact Lindsey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a scholarship for your youth. 


Lindsey Turner, Associate Minister

AJ Turner, Youth Music and Programming Advisor



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