SHYG Mission Trip 2021
June 20-25th, the SHYG is away at the Rolling Ridge Retreat Center in North Andover, MA, for their annual service week. Due in part to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the group is staying close to home, and learning about need right here in New England! Throughout the week, the SHYG will be doing conservation work, reviving the center, and serving at homeless shelters in surrounding cities.
Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) 9th-12th Grades
The SHYG at the Congregational Church of Amherst is a fellowship group for 9th-12th graders. The SHYG currently meets most Sundays from 4:00-5:30pm for fellowship, service, and spiritual time. Check the CALENDAR for more info. This vibrant group has its own culture and traditions, and is always open to new members. You (or your parents) do not have to attend CCA to come to Youth Group – ALL are welcome!
We are currently meeting in person, using all of our best social distance practices, to stay safe and connected for as long as we can. Come to SHYG, and bring a friend!
An essential part of the Senior High program is community building, centered in God’s love for us and God’s call to love others. As a group, we continually and consciously work to take risks and be real with each other, to lift each other up in truth and love, and to see God’s face in one another. SHYG is a place where each and every one of us is invited to come with our full selves, knowing that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. SHYG is an open and affirming group, and strives to be a safe space for all.
Worship + Learning
Sunday evening youth programming includes planned conversation, worship, and prayer in the sanctuary. Here, we intentionally connect with one another about the joys and hardships of life through prayer and rituals. In this way, we support one another, strengthen our relationship with God, and build faithful resilience for life’s hard journey.
The SHYG maintains relationships with local nonprofits and service organizations, and do small mission projects throughout the year. This ministry is rich and life affirming for the teenagers in our group, and offers opportunities to understand the needs in our own backyard.
Each June, the SHYG takes a weeklong trip to intentionally serve communities in need. Over the years, the SHYG has served in places like New Orleans, Miami, Tennessee, and New York, learning about issues affecting our nation that range from rural poverty to urban renewal. Going away for mission work teaches us about cultures and experiences different from ours, deepens our understanding of our own lives and experiences, supports lasting relationships, and statistically encourages lifelong participation in the life of the church.
If you are interested in learning more about our Senior High Youth Group programs, please contact Pastor Kate (603) 673-3231 ext 14.