SHYG 2022 Mission Trip
This year’s SHYG Mission Trip is in Austin, TX. From June 19-24th, our SHYG will be working with an organization called Reach Beyond Mission, serving those facing food insecurity and learning all about the injustice of food insecurity in our country.
Followers of Jesus are called to feed the hungry. Many churches just like ours work diligently providing food to neighbors in their communities, and yet Feeding America projects that 42 million people (1 in 8), including 13 million children (1 in 6), experienced food insecurity in 2021. While in Austin, our SHYG kids will explore how, as people of faith, we can reach beyond charity and work to end hunger in our own community.
You can Help! With rising inflation, this year’s trip will be a little bit pricier than trips past, so we need your help. The SHYG’s 100 Envelopes Fundraiser is launching on Palm Sunday. In the community room, you will find a bulletin board display of envelopes numbered 1-100. Think about how much you’d like to donate to the SHYG mission trip, and grab an envelope (or a combination of envelopes) with that number on it! Want to give 35$, but envelope #35 is taken? Get creative, and snag envelopes #32 and #3! If you would prefer, you can donate online (please put SHYG TRIP in the memo line). Thank you for your caring and generous donations!
All who give to the 100 Envelopes fundraiser will get a Mission Trip Newsletter live from Austin, TX!
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!
SHYG is a time of fellowship, fun, and faith exploration. As always, friends are welcome, whether they attend this church, any church, or none at all! SHYG is a place to connect socially and spiritually for teens, no matter who they are or where they are on life’s journey.
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.