Category Archives: Youth Fellowship

Announcements, news and resources for young people in grades 6-12.

Education Sunday

Sunday, June 5, will be Education Sunday. We will be honoring the 2016 high school and college graduates during the worship service.  If your child or grandchild is graduating from high school or college this year, please contact the church office at 570-288-8434 and ask for June Gavenonis by Sunday May 15, so we can include them in the June 5 worship service.


Youth Group Meeting

The youth group will gather on Sunday, January 25th in the Janjigian Room from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  We will enjoy snacks and games and discuss upcoming mission projects and activities.  All 6th   – 12th grade students are invited to participate in youth group.


Annual Tree Trim

The Annual Church of Christ Uniting Tree Trim will be held Sunday, November 30th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please join us in making ornaments and decorations for the tree that will decorate fellowship hall during the advent season.  Enjoy time with the congregation and local community while enjoying pizza and refreshments.

You will also be able to have a family picture taken to be used in an ornament.  And we will be working on tie blankets to be given as gifts to the Catherine McAuley House.


Pictures from Church Without Walls

On Sunday, September 29th the congregation of Church of Christ Uniting along with friends from the community joined in the Church without Walls Project.  Together over 60 people joined together and used their talents, grace and love to work on over a dozen community service projects to serve others.  The following are some pictures documenting the day.

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Presbyterian Youth Triennium

The Presbyterian
Youth Triennium is back again and this year’s theme is “I AM” echoing from the
“I am” statements of Jesus, and whispering even further back in the story of
our faith from the Hebrew people’s encounters with Yahweh.  “I am who I am.”

During the 2013
Triennium, participants will explore, each day, one of the significant “I am”
metaphors from the gospels.  Jesus used
the “I am” images to help the rookie disciples understand his purpose, depth of
care, everlasting, presence and wide redemptive love.  We hope to do the same in hearing and seeing
and praying these stories at Triennium!

When:  July 16-20, 2013 (Our delegation will need a day of travel before and after so please plan to be away from July 15-21, 2013.)

Where:  The Triennium is held at Purdue University.

Cost:  The registration fee for the 2013 Triennium is $469.00/ per person plus travel expenses.  Travel expenses include bus travel, lodging for July 15th and 20th and meals on those evenings.   The approximate cost for travel is $100.00 but this may be adjusted down as we approach the event.

Registration:  Youth attending the churches in the Presbytery of Lackawanna are invited to attend.  Youth may attend if they are entering their freshmen year of high school through graduated seniors.  We also need adult advisors, male and female, based on the number of youth who register.  The adult advisors must be 21 years and older or be active in youth ministry or experienced in supervising youth excursions.  Adult advisors will need to provide a current background check or complete a new one.

For an application please contact Lesley O’Boyle.  Please have each youth fill out the application and return it to the Presbytery Office by April 1st with a $100 Non-Refundable Deposit.  Final payment will be due to the Presbytery Office by May 1, 2013.

For More Information:  Contact Lesley O’Boyle at 570-288-8434 or visit


Camp Lackawanna Clean-Up: Saturday, October 8th

A work crew will be meeting at 10 AM at Camp Lackawanna on Saturday, October 8th to assist staff and area Boy Scouts with clean-up of grounds which were flooded in September.  Much of the clean-up will include unwrapping debris from around trees and grounds clean-up.  Please bring work gloves, wear work boots and long pants.  If you have rakes, shovels and wheels barrows please bring along to help with clean-up.  Please also bring a bagged lunch.  If you have any questions feel free to email Lesley O’Boyle at



Furniture for Youth Room Needed

The Senior High Youth Room at Church of Christ Uniting is in need of  furniture.  We are looking for used but in good condition couches, loveseats, futons, or chairs.  If you are currently looking to donate these types of furniture and would like to donate them to the church please contact Lesley O’Boyle at   The furniture in our youth room at COCU had to be replaced and the youth, congregation, and pastor would be grateful for the donation. Thanks!


Annual Rally Day Picnic 09/12

Rally Day 2009
AN ALL CHURCH PICNIC will be held on Sunday, September 12 (Sunday School Rally Day) following
the morning worship service in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome. Come and enjoy a
barbeque chicken dinner sponsored by Program Planning.

The Education MInistry Team invites parents, family members and children and youth to register for Sunday School, take a tour of the classrooms and take a look back at projects and events that
from the previous school year.

There will also be information about COCU’s Youth Group along with many of COCU’s adult education programs. Please plan to attend this informational Fellowship Hour to learn about all the educational and fellowship opportunities COCU has to offer.


Summer Children & Youth Sunday School Survey

The Education Ministry Team and Director of Christian Education is interested in your input on whether your families are interested in having Sunday School during the summer months (June-August). A very brief survey of two questions has been put together for you to quickly fill out and submit online. If you can please fill out and submit by April 16th, 2010 we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

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Carolyn’s Crew is Chasing A Cure 4 Crohn’s

One of our young members, Carolyn, is organizing fundraising efforts to benefit research and programs for Crohn’s disease.

One of the events is the Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk – a casual 2-3 mile stroll at Nay Aug Park on June 5 at 4:30pm. Take Steps is CCFA’s national evening walk and celebration and the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases, which affect over 1.4 million American adults and children.

Here is Carolyn’s message:

I had a great time at this walk last year with all of my friends and family there to support me. I am hoping for even greater success this year. Please join me to walk, or sponsor me, or come to one of my bake sales or lemonade stands to show your support. The 2010 walk is June 5th at Nay Aug Park in Scranton and I have been chosen as the Honored Hero, check out my bio on the home page of the Scranton walk. Thank you!

Your donation will help support local patient programs, as well as important research projects. In addition to donating, you can join us at the event as a member of our team. There will be food, music and kid’s activities. The more money we raise, the closer we will be to making life more manageable for patients who live with these diseases every day.

From the Antall Family:

To register or donate please here. To register for the walk click on join a team and type in Carolyn. The full team name is “Carolyn’s Crew is Chasing a Cure for Crohn’s.” If you can’t walk but would like to donate to Carolyn’s efforts you can go to the same link and click on donate to a walker in the left hand column to find her.

Team shirts will be available for purchase soon. We are also planning the big bake sale/ lemonade stand blitz as the weather gets nicer. Stay tuned for details. That is Carolyn’s favorite part and she donates all proceeds to the walk. You may hear of additional efforts through students at Chester Street and the Middle School.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can join us for any part of this adventure.

Jen, Dave, Pat and of course Carolyn


4Word ‘10

All 7th-12th Grade Students are invited to attend the 6th annual 4Word. This event brings youth from the North Central NY, Troy, Western NY and Wyoming Conferences together to praise God and form friendships. This year it will be held at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, NY from April 23-25. There will be everything from faith issue based workshops to Bible trivia games, volleyball, games, open mic and much, much more! So why not come out and join in on the fun and meet some new friends!

All youth planning on going MUST attend a brief meeting on March 21st following worship from 11:15 to 11:30 to confirm registration, fees and rules for the weekend. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting. Meeting will be held in the Janjigian Room.


Apple Pie Youth Fundraiser

It’s Apple Pie Time Again!!

Purchase a fresh apple pie from the youth group for $8.00. They need your order by November 15th. The youth will be taking orders on November 1st, November 8th, and November 15th before and after the worship service. Please look for them and order your pies. They are offering baked and unbaked pies again this year. Pick-up time will be November 21st, 12 – 2 P.M. or November 22nd after the worship service. Thank you for helping out the youth program.