PYC stands for Presbyterian Youth Connections and is open for any 7-12th grade students. We usually meet on Sunday nights from 4-7pm from September through March/April (spring break). Each Sunday we gather for worship and music, dinner, recreation, and Bible study. Our Bible study lessons are conducted in small groups, using an age-based format with an adult leader. We also participate in special events through out the year including a Winter Retreat, Youth Sunday, and the “Souper Bowl of Caring.”
Each summer the incoming ninth graders through graduating seniors go on a summer trip. These trips are always a spiritual retreat, a service work trip, or hands-on labor experience, with the trip’s purpose rotating every year. One thing that remains consistent, however, is the opportunity to explore God’s love for the students and for others in our communities through spiritual discipline (and building houses doesn’t hurt, either!). After these trips, the youth are invited to share their experiences during a Sunday worship service.
Confirmation is an opportunity for any ninth grade student to confirm his or her faith and become a member of Fairmont Presbyterian Church. (Those still in high school who are 10-12th graders and are not yet confirmed may join the confirmation class or the adult membership class.)
Classes start in January and members meet once a week for approximately ten weeks. The classes cover a variety of topics including church history, polity and personal faith development. Each teen partner is with one parent or guardian who attends confirmation class and events with him or her, as well as a Session Elder who serves as a prayer partner. These classes are taught by the Director Youth and Music Ministries.
Each summer, children and youth from Fairmont attend Kirkmont Summer Camps where they participate in fun and faith formation with others their age in a beautiful and spiritually enriching environment. Fairmont offers partial scholarships to help our children and youth attend these camps. Check out this brief description from Kirkmont’s website, and visit http://kirkmontcenter.com/ or contact the church office for more information.
Kirkmont Center summer campers can expect:
To be surrounded by God’s creation in a place set apart from the distractions of everyday life. We offer 278 acres of woods, streams and fields. Kirkmont’s beautiful campus includes an outdoor worship area and a labyrinth to provide places for meditation, singing and worship.
To have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of activities. Recreational facilities include a canoeing pond, swimming pool, climbing wall & zip line, giant swing, archery range and miles of hiking trails to provide opportunities for exploration and fun.
To actively engage in a Christian community, surrounded by those who continue to grow in faith every time they enter the Kirkmont grounds.
To make new friends and grow closer to old friends. Laughter, listening, conversation and prayer are part of every week of camp.
To encounter the bible and learn about how its teachings apply to your own life.
Delicious meals with your Kirkmont family!