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Sunday Night Youth Group

The youth of RPC meet regularly for Bible study, fellowship events, and service opportunities. Bible study and a time of fellowship is available for all high school and middle school youth on Sunday nights @ 6:30 PM in Kirkside Hall. They also meet weekly for Sunday school and have monthly events.

G.R.I.T.S. Girls Raised In Truth & Spirit (8-12 grade)

Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Vine. By the time you read this, there will be new ways to engage with others on social media. It’s fun to be connected, but it’s also a lot of pressure isn’t it? Social media constantly reminds you what others are doing, how they look, and who they are with. As you check your accounts (all the time!) it can be easy to think you aren’t measuring up.
Author Kristen Hatton, a trustworthy guide for teens, wants girls to have a deep security, value, worth, love, and acceptance they crave. But she points them in a different direction than they might expect. Instead of looking within, Hatton helps them to look up—to the one who made them and cares for them through all the ups and downs of their lives.

GRITS meet Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, in Kirkside Hall. This year we are pulling from 2 different studies Face Time: Your Identity in a Selfie World and Lies Young Women Believe. Please contact Dawn Warren for more information.

Ever since Eve, women have been swallowing Satan’s lies—-and so have their daughters. Best-selling authors Wolgemuth and Gresh offer fresh insights on the twisted messages about God, guys, appearance, and sexuality that our media-driven culture feeds young women. Equip your 13- to 17-year-olds to liberate themselves from deception—-and embrace God’s truth.

Men in Training

There is much confusion today about manhood and gender roles. Boys in our culture are facing a crisis of identity – no longer do they know what it means to be a man, nor are they told when they have become a man. As a result, many young boys (even in Christian homes) grow up confused and insecure, failing to leave childish ways behind (cf. 1 Cor. 13:11). A boy should not be left on his own to figure out what he was designed to be by his Creator and Redeemer. Instead, a boy’s journey to manhood should be the result of an intentional effort by his father, and men of his community, to prepare him for the life to which God has called him.

In generations long ago, the process of maturing from boyhood to manhood was one that involved a society of men who modeled, encouraged, and instructed boys of a community to take on the responsibilities of being a man. Men of the church of Jesus Christ should be that society that provides the brotherhood of men in which boys grow up to embrace their calling to be godly men.

Therefore, the fathers/men of RPC want to provide a context for boys (6th – 12th grade) to learn from Jesus – the True Man – and from the wisdom, failures, and successes of godly men. We are calling it Men in Training because we plan to train and prepare our sons to take on the responsibilities of manhood. There will be an 8-week small group in the fall and another 8-week small group in the winter/spring. The point of the small group is to provide an opportunity for biblical teaching and male fellowship that assists dads in the process of raising young men. It will be a springboard for fathers and sons to talk at home and put into practice what they have learned as they go about their normal week. For those boys who do not have a dad in the home, it will give stability and direction as relationships are built with godly men.

2018 RYM Reformed Youth Ministries Conference

RYM deeply cares about students and we yearn for them to know the unrelenting love of Jesus for them and the power of His gospel – a gospel and a love that will carry them through all of life, even until Jesus comes and makes all things new. That’s our heartbeat at RYM! RYM is serving local churches through its summer conferences by providing a space where groups can come and have fun together, be challenged and encouraged by the word of God and in worship and grow together both with one another and with students from all over the country.

2018 Widows’ Watchman Ministries Mission Trip

Wilford A. Martin’s (1911-1997) devotion to God and tireless dedication to area widows inspired the development of Widows’ Watchman Ministries. Through prayerful consideration since Mr. Martin’s passing, those close to him saw the need to continue what he had started. Over the last few years, many more have also seen the need to assist those widows in our churches and communities.

2017 The Gorge Green River Zipline

Zip lines are exploding in popularity across America, with the number of these high-flying thrill rides soaring from 10 in 2001 to more than 200 today. Unique among zip lines is a new 1¼-mile extreme course called The Gorge located on 125 wild acres just off Interstate 26 near Saluda, N.C.

Billed as the steepest, fastest zip line canopy tour in the US, The Gorge launches visitors on a heart-racing descent into the gorge of the world famous Green River. The 11 sections culminate in a section co-owner Tim Bell calls “The Star Wars Zip,” due to its similarity to the scene of racing through giant trees featured in The Return of the Jedi.

“You’re zooming through trees in a creek bed canyon that suddenly drops out from under you,” explains Tim, 33, who opened The Gorge with his wife and business partner Sara Bell. “You are going from the rim of the gorge to the bottom, so you feel like you have accomplished something on this very significant natural feature.”

2014 Youth Mission Trip

The youth mission team spent five days in Lake Wales, Florida. We stayed at Warner University on their H.E.A.R.T. campus. H.E.A.R.T. stands for “Hunger Education and Resource Training”. The campus consisted of no air-conditioned cabins, a circus tent for meetings, and a functional farm. The goal of this campus is to train young men and women for missionary service in third-world countries. We worked under the guidance of the Lake Wales Care Center, an organization that provides charitable service to those in need in the community. This mission is called “Stay-at-home Work Camp.” Can’t wait to return!

We are a congregation in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church pastored by Matt Lucas.