Presbyterian Youth Connection (PYC) is a vital part of our church life at Highlands. Youth are nurtured through study, fellowship, and mission.
While our youth are encouraged to fully participate in every aspect of church life, we understand the value of same-age peer groups in faith development. Here are some of the nurture opportunities available to our youth:
Sunday School meets on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am in Harris Hall. Our youth engage in lessons and discussions to reinforce and strengthen their Bible literacy.
LOGOS is our intergenerational Wednesday ministry. Youth are encouraged to join us after school from 4:45 pm to 7:00 pm. All youth gather for fellowship and games and then split for Bible time. Our middle school youth participate in their own, age-appropriate lesson that is based on the lectionary text for the upcoming Sunday. Sr. High youth are assigned to the class of a youth age group to help the adult teachers and foster relationships with our younger children. Following Bible time, everyone gathers together in the Dining Hall for family dinner.
PYC Meetings & Mission
Our youth meet together several times during the month on Sunday evenings. We meet for Bible study, mission, and fellowship. Our youth host several annual mission projects such as Trick-or-Treating for Canned Goods, Souper Bowl of Caring, and providing Thanksgiving Food Baskets.
The 2nd Sunday of each month during the school year is JOY (Jubilant Offerings of Youth) Sunday at Highlands. Our youth serve as liturgists and share their praises in song. This has been a long-standing tradition at Highlands, providing opportunities for our youth to grow in both leadership and public speaking. Our congregation cherishes these Sundays as they watch our youth grow and mature over the years.
Each summer our high school youth head "up the mountain" to Montreat, North Carolina. There they join 1,000+ other Presbyterian youth for a week at the Montreat Youth Conference. They participate in worship, keynote, recreation, music, and small groups. It is a wonderful tradition and opportunity for our youth to build relationships with other Christian teens and to grow in their own faith.