Youth

Our youth ministry programs focus on children in grades 6–12, with special tween programming for those in grades 4–6. Throughout the year, we offer a range of opportunities to come together, share, learn, and grow as Christians.

For questions on any of the Youth Ministry programs, contact The Rev. Heather Schoenewolf, associate pastor for Educational Ministries by email or by phone at 412.441.3800 x121. Note that many programs, including Church School and Club One Sixteen, require this Enrollment Form 2017–2018. Please click to download the PDF; fill it in and return.

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Sunday Morning Church School

Sunday morning Church School classes for youth are designed to encourage youth to experience God, learn the stories of our faith and their meaning for our lives, and build community. See the Sunday Morning Church School page for more details.

Club One Sixteen

Club One Sixteen is an exciting Wednesday evening, faith-based program, for children in kindergarten through 5th grade and youth in 6th through 12th grade. Come join us for homework help, bible study, gym time, and an evening meal to share. See the Club One Sixteen page for more details.

Tween Ministry

Tween Ministry is a monthly gathering for tweens in 4th through 6th grade. Tween events focus on community building and service. Recent events have included hosting a Halloween party for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House, tie dying, and geo-caching.  For current and upcoming tween events see the youth calendar or talk to Sara Hackett.

Youth Basketball

Youth Basketball runs during the cold months of late fall through early spring. Young men in grades 9–12 are welcome to join us for basketball most Saturday evenings during the school year, from 5–8 pm. Check the youth calendar for more details.

Confirmation Classes

ELPC offers confirmation classes for youth in 8th  grade and older who are interested in learning about God, the church, and our Presbyterian tradition.  Confirmation is an opportunity to build community, and deepen youth’s understanding of God, and how God is active in their lives. At the end of our series, youth are invited to join ELPC through Baptism and Profession of Faith. Contact Rev. Schoenewolf for more information by calling 412.441.3800 x121.

Mission Trips

ELPC youth also participate in a week-long service trip, retreat or youth conference outside of the Pittsburgh area each summer. The summer trips are only open to those ELPC youth who have regularly participated throughout the year in other projects and weekly programs.

Service Projects

Once a month the youth participate in a service project aimed at serving both people in the community and in the church. Projects range from helping at our Vacation Church School to providing craft activities at local hospitals to packing food at the foodbank. See the youth calendar for current and upcoming service projects.

Special Events

Through out the year their are special youth fellowship events and activities. Some are held here at the church (movie nights, game nights, and more); other events are held at off-site locations such as skating rinks, Kennywood and the Gateway Clipper. Many events are opportunities for ELPC youth to include their friends, while others are celebrations for participation in service projects. See the youth calendar for current and upcoming special events.

Retreats

Youth typically participate in two weekend retreats each year. One is normally held in the fall in conjunction with youth from other churches; the other is held in the spring at Camp Crestfield in Slippery Rock, Pa. Retreats are available for youth in both junior high and senior high. See the youth calendar for upcoming retreats.