ABOUT YOUTH MINISTRY

The purpose of the SVPC Youth Ministry is to provide an environment and rigorously inclusive programming where students (defined as 6th-12th graders or “youth”) and their families are able to experience what it means to have a relationship with Jesus, to equip them to be able to articulate that faith, and to empower them to live out that faith in service to themselves and others within the context of a church community and the world. In short, our purpose is to create communit(ies) for youth and their families to connect with God and each other.

We strive to foster a ministry that reduces harm to others, seeks the liberation of God’s people, and mirrors radical grace and radical hospitality to all young people we encounter. View our SVPC Youth Ministry Area Charter here

FLASH

FLASH is our middle school (grades 6–8) youth program. Students are invited to join us for fun events throughout the year. We help students grow in their faith as well as in their relationships with each other and adult advisors.

CLUE

CLUE is our high school (grades 9–12) youth program. At CLUE, the goal is to build relationships with God, with each other, and with other trusted adults in our church community. We emphasize building a faith that gives students purpose and is based on action.

THEOLOGICAL EXPECTATIONS & YOUTH MINISTRY AREA COMMUNITY NORMS

• We seek to always make God bigger, our theology deeper, and our love for the world wider.

• We agree to use expansive language about God.

• We agree to see each child in the programming as a child of God.

• We agree to model adulthood authentically. We consent to learn in public and be honest about our doubts. We don’t have all of the answers and we know faith is often messy and ambiguous.

• Use a restorative (not punitive) justice model when it comes to discipline: we repair where harm has been done and heal together as a community.

• We agree to honor difference and mystery in our theology.

• We reject all forms of language about people that is ageist, racist, sexist, and othering.

NEW HERE? GET CONNECTED!

Welcome to SVPC Youth!

 

Please take a moment to introduce yourself to us here

 

Ways to Stay Connected:

To learn more about events, subscribe to our e-newsletters.

For live updates, check out Youth Ministry’s Instagram, Linktree, or text ‘FLASH’ (Middle School) or ‘CLUE’ (High School) to 51400 for text reminders.

WEEKLY YOUTH PROGRAMMING

Sunday Night Programming

FLASH (middle school) & CLUE (high school) 

FLASH and CLUE are our weekly fellowship program on Sundays from 6:30–7:45 p.m. Both meet in the Phoenix Center, in our respective CLUE and FLASH youth rooms. We meet each week to discuss issues in community through the lens of Jesus’ radical hospitality, call to social justice, and the way God shows up in the pop culture of our lives. 

 

For next week's topic, visit the Sunnyvale Pres calendar.


"The Well" Wednesday

Life can be wild in middle and high school! Join us for our weekly midweek program on Sabbath keeping and self-care. Come each week for meditative music, weekly check-ins, and an intimate gathering that focuses on feeding your soul when life is chaotic.

 

Middle School (FLASH) and High School (CLUE) both meet for "The Well" from 7:15 to 8 p.m. in the CLUE (High School) Youth Room in the Phoenix Center. Small groups will always be separated based on age (FLASH/CLUE).

End-of-the-Year SPECIAL EVENTS

FLASH (middle school) & CLUE (high school) End-of-the-Year Party!

May 22, 2022

On May 22nd from 6:30-7:45p, FLASH (middle school) & CLUE (high school) are invited to our annual end-of-the-year party! We will meet on the Coleman Patio to enjoy a Chipotle dinner and celebrate our year together for our last youth group of the program year.

Adult Volunteer Lunch Social

May 22, 2022

Hey Youth Adult Volunteers! We want to celebrate you and all you do for our ministry! Join us on Sunday, May 22 from 11:30–2 p.m. at Sunnyvale’s Ramen Sea’s for a lunch social. We’ll end the year with delicious food and fellowship before the summer arrives.

Senior Dinner + Santa Cruz with Addie

June 5, 2022 + Late August

Seniors! You are formally invited to the CLUE Senior Dinner on Sunday, June 5 from 6–8:30 p.m at Campo Di Bocce Los Gatos. Please RSVP by May 20th.

 

Also, Addie will be on Parental Leave during Senior Dinner, but she wants to give you a send-off! She plans to host a day trip to Santa Cruz in late August. Learn more in our RSVP linked below.

2022 CARAVAN MISSION TRIP

July 16 – 24, 2022

All 8th graders and older are invited to participate in this trip to Chicago's South Side to learn about the impact of housing segregation.

Questions? Contact the youth ministry staff at youth@sunnyvalepres.com!