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YOUTH

We're committed to engaging in faith-growing ministry with youth and their families.

Our lives are a continuous journey of faith formation. We encourage youth to explore the many questions they encounter along the way so that God might lead them to discover meaningful, faithful answers that make sense out of their lives.

As we share in faith formation with our youth, we will use the avenues of Discipleship, Worship, Mission and Fellowship. Large group gatherings, small group sharing, service adventures, individual relationships, and partners with other groups are all ways that our youth grow in their faithful relationship to Christ.

Many of our Youth Ministry programs are made possible by Crossways, an endowment fund.

Youth, join us as we journey together!

Camp Friendly

Camp Friendly, OPPC’s summer camp, is held one week during the summer at Camp Pyoca in Brownstown, Ind.
Two individual programs, known together as “Camp Friendly,” are held concurrently: the original Camp Friendly, for third through fifth graders; and Junior High Leadership Camp for sixth through eighth graders. For additional information about Camp Friendly, click on the following link: Camp Friendly.
Camp Friendly Principles
  • Our camps are about friends: making new friends, rejoining old friends, and learning how to play, work, and live together as friends in Christ.
  • Camp Friendly is open to all, not just members of OPPC.
  • We encourage campers (especially younger children or first-time campers) to “buddy-up” and recruit a friend to come along for the fun!
Camp Friendly Goals
  • Promote spiritual growth
  • Foster relationships with and through Christ
  • Develop self-confidence and leadership

Caravan

Youth Caravan is our annual summer mission trip for youth completing grades 8-12.  Each year we travel to a new location and spend a week engaging in various mission projects including home rehab and repair, food pantry assistance, leading children’s programming, etc.  The past few Caravan trips have been to South Dakota, Tennessee and Maryland.  For more information about this year’s Caravan, please contact Rev. Jenni Crowley Cartee, jcrowley@orchardpark.org.

Camp Pyoca

Junior High youth who have completed sixth, seventh, or eighth grade are invited to participate in this week-long camp held each year at Camp Pyoca in Brownstown, Indiana. This camp is held in conjunction with Camp Friendly (for children who have completed grades 3-5). Junior High Leadership Camp will include all the wonderful elements of church camp: outdoor recreation, worship, campfire, and fellowship. In addition, youth will continue to develop skills to be successful leaders in their church, schools and community! See www.campfriendly.org for more information about this camp.
 
Visit www.pyoca.org for more information about Camp Pyoca.

Confirmation

Confirmation class for 7th and 8th graders meets every Sunday from September through May during the Sunday School time (10:10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.).  We use the curriculum Journey to Discipleship.
 
Students are welcome to participate in the classes with no obligation to join OPPC or be confirmed at the end of their 8th grade year. This is a personal decision that youth may make during the confirmation process. The curriculum used for this class is very age appropriate whether or not the youth is planning to become a member of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church.

Those completing 8th grade will be invited to be confirmed as members of OPPC if they so choose.

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