VAPC's ministry with Children and Youth is supported by the church minister, our Youth Ministry Co-ordinator and the Faith Formation Group (FFG), a small group of committed and enthusastic volunteers.
By translating words into actions, FFG strives to offer relevant and fun programs and events in the life of VAPC:
Sunday School - Participants from the preschool-aged to highschool youth gather on Sunday's to connect and learn, sometimes as a mixed group but often as divided age groups (nursery/preschool, elementary and youth classes). With the move to online church services in March 2020, we began gathering virtually from our households each Sunday for stories, songs and community.
Youth Group - Meets 2-3 times a month for activities like games, movies, cooking, competitions or mission work. Since the pandemic, the youth are committed to continually gathering online with regular virtual events to keep them well connected. Offsite activities such as escape rooms, swimming and special events have been a staple of the youth group over the years and hopefully will be again soon.
Youth Adult's Group - VAPC encourages young adult participation within the congregation, with a number of organized events taking place each year to keep the group connected.
Mentorship Program - For youth to connect with the minister and mentors to learn about the Presbyterian faith, and in prepartion for the possibility of affirming their baptism.
Adevent celebrations - An annual intergenerational event, bringing together the young and old in our congregation to celebrate the beginning of Advent and make Advent crafts together.