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Youth Ministry

Youth ministry creates educational, safe, fun, and Christ-centered ministries for youth in the Presbyterian church.

Presbytery Liaison

Barbara Chalfant
Presbyter for Congregational Life


Supporting Youth Ministry

Invite youth to lead worship and speak out on issues they care about

Ordain youth as ruling elders in your congregation

Reach out to young people in your midst to encourage them

Get Involved in Youth Faith Formation

Serve/Advise on 2023-2024 Youth Council

Encourage teens in your congregation to consider this leadership opportunity. It is a wonderful way for youth to grow in their faith and plan events for themselves and their peers.

Youth Leader Summit

October 23-25

Presbyterian Mo-Ranch, in Hunt, Texas, invites youth directors, parents, pastors, educators, and advisors to a free Youth Leader Summit. Participants will dig into some of the current issues facing youth ministry while also sharing joys, concerns and best practices. There will also be time for individual and group worship, play, rest and relaxation. Housing and meals are included in this no-cost event.

Area Opportunities for Youth

Youth Retreat

October 13-15

Youth ministry leaders, bring your middle and high schoolers to Camp Hanover for the weekend. With retreat leader Rev. Mike Burcher, youth will explore the idea of belonging and fitting in by not fitting in. There is no one more important to God than you are. God has called you by name to be part of the biggest adventure ever! Youth will grow their faith through keynote presentations, small group discussion, and other activities. This event is for youth groups of all sizes.

Youth Group @ Pace

October 15, 5-7 p.m.

The Pace Center for Campus Ministry at VCU will host area youth groups and their leaders for a special “Youth Group @ Pace” event. Middle and high school students will enjoy dinner and games, learn about a mission opportunity, and meet other youth from the area. Activities will be led by Rev. Russ Kerr and Pace’s college-aged students. A donation of $5 per person to offset the cost of dinner is appreciated. Youth leaders, please RSVP to by October 12. Include the number of participants and dietary restrictions. Can’t make this event? Pencil in March 24 for the next opportunity.

Fall Mini Camp

October 27-29

Youth in grades 5-12 are invited to explore Camp Hanover in the cooler temperatures of fall. Spend time outside enjoying creation and nature through favorite camp activities. This event is for individual campers registered by their caregivers. Youth group leaders do not have to provide chaperones like they do for retreats.

Keep Awake Retreat for High School Students

November 17

Massanetta Springs hosts Keep Awake! a retreat for high school students and their leaders. The event is centered on worship, leadership development, and PC(USA)’s Matthew 25 initiative. The 2023 event focuses on congregational vitality and will include preaching by Rev. John Molina-Moore (National Capital Presbytery).

Winter Camp

December 28-30

Pack your coat, gloves, and hat! Youth in grades 5-12 are invited to experience frosty fun, faith, and fellowship at Winter Camp. In this getaway, enjoy many camp favorites, plus some special ones just for this season. Camp Hanover's longhouses are climate-controlled, so campers will have toasty places to warm up. This event is for individual campers registered by their caregivers. Youth group leaders do not have to provide chaperones like they do for retreats.

Confirmation Retreat

February 2-4, 2024

The confirmation retreat at Massanetta Springs will focus on broad questions of why we join the Church, what we want our churches to be like, and how we can actively engage in that work. The retreat will be led by Rev. Leigh Anne Ring, POJ’s presbyter of relational care.

Confirmation Retreat

February 23-25, 2024

At Camp Hanover's confirmation retreat, youth will explore the ideas of being made in God’s image, seeing God’s image in others, and imagining a world of justice and righteousness. Rev. Adam Bowling, pastor of First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City in Northern Virginia, will lead this retreat.

POJ youth council