Throughout the year, our Presbytery’s Youth Connection Council (PYCC) hosts a variety of opportunities in which youth groups can participate. We worship and play. We work and pray. We provide time and space for youth to connect with God and with one another.
Each spring our PYCC leads weekend retreats at Camp Cho- Yeh for senior high and middle school youth. These weekends enable youth groups to grow closer together, connect with other youth from our presbytery, engage in Bible Study and small groups, participate in mission projects, experience dynamic worship, and of course have fun playing games and making new friends!
February 24-26, 2017 and March 3-5, 2017
Fall Youth Rally
Come one, come all, to the Youth Rally in the fall! The PYCC host an afternoon of fellowship, worship, mission and fun for senior high and middle school youth.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' Matthew 25:35-36
We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ, to build up the body, and to love and care for our neighbor. Whether it is a work day or food drive, there is always a need for mission work. The Youth Connection of the Presbytery of New Covenant provides opportunities throughout the year for youth groups as well as individuals to come together to serve in the name of Christ.
Mission projects are a key part of our Fall Youth Rally and Conclaves weekends. The projects range from clothing drives for area homeless to packaging meals to be sent across the world.
"I was blown away by what we did in a short amount of time. What a difference this will make!" said one youth participant.
One adult sponsor described it this way, "It's simply amazing what can be done when we serve together. A PERFECT example of the body of Christ at work in the world!"
Mission Days: Our PYCC plans and leads ONE DAY MISSION EVENTS in the Houston area for the youth groups of our presbytery. Youth groups are invited to work and fellowship with their presbytery friends as we serve others in the name of Jesus Christ.
Summer Youth Mission Trips: Our presbytery helps connect churches that want to team up and go on summer youth mission trips. The presbytery assists the churches with determining trip location, dates, lodging, and mission projects. The churches are then empowered to plan and lead the experience for their young people.
"This is a chance for our youth to continue to make connections with other area youth and perhaps reconnect with youth met at Presbytery youth events like Conclaves. With a smaller youth group, it becomes difficult to get enough youth to make a trip like this possible. Joining forces with other small churches gives us an opportunity that we might not otherwise have."
"The fact that Presbytery coordinates and supports youth mission is a great avenue to build relationships between churches and their youth as well as gives them experiences in helping others that they might not have otherwise."
Presbyterian Youth Triennium is an event for high school youth (entering freshman through graduating seniors) hosted by the Cumberland Presbyterian Churches and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This event is held every three years at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Participants experience the event as a part of a presbytery delegation or a church group. This presbytery organizes and sends a delegation of youth and adults. Informational packets and applications are sent to churches the fall semester prior to the event. Don’t miss this powerful week of worship, small groups, recreation, & fellowship with thousands of Presbyterian youth from all over the world!
2016 Triennium dates: July 19 - 23
Young Adult Ministry
Plans are underway for a ministry designed specifically for young adults ages 18 – 25. Our aim is to provide events and opportunities that will help young adults stay connected to the church, build friendships, and continue to grow in their faith. Stay tuned for more details. If you have an idea or would like to serve on the planning task force, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
College Connection at Mo-Ranch: May 16 – 20
College Connection is a time to relax at Mo-Ranch after the semester ends and experience thought provoking keynote presentations, creative worship and music, a writing workshop and great discussion groups made up of students from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. Held every May, it's a great time to grow spiritually and unwind from a hectic semester. Click here for more information.
Additional Opportunities for Youth
Celebration is a weekend retreat event for high school students to explore their faith in a loving and supportive environment. Activities during the weekend include music, worship, fellowship and fun. Youth leaders guide the weekend’s activities (with the assistance of adult leaders) to provide opportunities for focusing on what it means to be a young Christian in today’s world.
The staff is made up of youth who have attended previous weekends. Also, "moms" and "dads" are there to chaperone and support - NOT to run things. A COOL Presbyterian pastor is also present throughout the weekend.
If you’re looking for a fun way to explore your personal faith journey with new friends, Celebration is for you. Celebration weekends are the 3rd weekend in January (MLK weekend) and the 2nd weekend in July.
Cho-Yeh is a Christian Summer Camp and Retreat Center just 1 hour north of Houston. Loaded with fun activities like archery, paintball, horseback, riflery, blobbing, wakeboarding, waterskiing and more, Camp Cho-Yeh is a great place for summer camp or a retreat.
Each year, Camp Cho-Yeh hosts our Presbytery’s Youth Conclaves weekends in late February and early March as well as our PYCC planning retreats. Several churches in our presbytery also utilize Camp Cho-Yeh for church, youth and/or staff retreats.
Synod Youth Workshop
The Synod Youth Workshop is a unique conference for high school youth (entering 10th grade through graduates). Held at the University of Tulsa, OK, each July, this conference brings together Presbyterian youth from across our Synod of the Sun to engage in small groups, worship, Bible study and mission projects. This conference gives youth and adults an opportunity to encounter God and others.
Mo-Ranch Presbyterian Conference Center
Located in the beautiful hill country of Texas, Mo-Ranch offers a variety of camps and conferences for youth and young adults.