Service and fun are the foundation of our Middle School Youth Ministry. We believe our middle school students get real insight into the life of Christian faith through serving their neighbors who are in need, and through their involvement in our church's worship. Once a month, our middle school students are invited to volunteer at a local soup kitchen (Pearl Street Cupboard and Café), and to participate as ushers in our Sunday morning worship service.
There’s also the fun part of this ministry. We offer special events and activities, including occasional trips to the Museum of Science, Aquarium, and other entertaining destinations.
Ministry with our high school students is the heartbeat of our Youth Ministry program. We host weekly Sunday evening Youth Group meetings, a monthly service opportunity, annual winter retreat and summer mission trips, a bi-annual Confirmation Class, and occasional fun events and activities. In addition, our high school students serve each month in worship reading Scripture and leading the liturgy. The high school years are critical as our boys and girls are becoming young men and women, and we encourage them along the way to love and know God, and love and serve their neighbor.
PCIS's Youth Ministry had the great privilege of honoring four high school graduates this past May 23 as we gathered in Debbie J's back yard for our annual High School Graduation Banquet. This year's graduates are: Ellie C., Turner G., Brian M. and Allison O. What a wonderful group of young people with kind spirits and big dreams. Ellie's interests are in law and she is planning to do work in pre-law as an undergraduate. Turner will be matriculating at Emory University and plans to continue participating in Track & Field at the collegiate level. Brian will attend Xavier University in Cincinnati and will pursue his interest in sports management. Allison will attend Syracuse University and her academic focus will be in the area of communications and journalism. We wish our graduates Godspeed and much success in the next season of their lives. They will each be missed back in the Youth Ministry fold of PCIS!
Our Youth Ministry program has developed a vital and important relationship with the United Way Kitchen (also known as the Pearl Street Cupboard and Café) in Framingham, MA. On the second Friday of each month, our high school and middle school students, youth leaders and other friends, serve dinner to the guests who come to dine at the Café. It is a marvelous opportunity for our students to serve and interact with neighbors for whom the basic necessities of life are a struggle.
Students, parents and youth leaders - in partnership with the Mission Team - provide and distribute meals, along with other extras, to our neighbors in need in Cambridge who are served by The Outdoor Church community.
Summertime at PCIS means a mission trip! Our youth have participated in summer mission trips for decades, including regional trips to Maine as well as international trips. We’ve traveled three times in the past 11 years to the Philippines to join in mission with the Little Children of the Philippines organization ( Little Children of the Philippines). Whether in Maine or half-way around the world, our youth are stepping out in faith and love to care for our friends who can use a helping hand.