Youth Group @ WRPC

West Raleigh Presbyterian Church  seeks to offer a variety of opportunities for youth in grades 6-12 to experience a relationship with God, the Church and the world that is reflected in the goals for youth ministry.



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These opportunities include

  • youth-adult partnerships for Bible study,
  • exploration of issues of faith,
  • intergenerational friendship among the people of God,
  • mission beyond the congregation,
  • mission trips,
  • youth conferences,
  • participation in denominational ministry, and
  • vital expression of faith through music.

Youth serve God through

  • church leadership,
  • kitchen brigade,
  • children’s worship,
  • Sunday worship leadership,
  • children’s library and
  • a host of other callings.

Some of our youth have served on Presbytery Youth Council, Summer Conference Leadership and International Youth Triennium.

Our youth enjoy spending time in worship together, often sitting together during the 11:00 AM worship service.   We encourage these young people to use their gifts in leadership, whether serving as liturgsts or musicians. 

Clearly there is a lot, and each individual youth will discern his or her place in it all. It is our hope that youth will participate in as many of these activities as will feed their own spiritual growth. We strive to find a place in the life of the church for each individual.

Goals for Youth Ministry

Using the Youth Mission Statement and prayerful discernment, the Youth Committee of WRPC has identified five specific goals for youth ministry, which serve as the foundation of our programs. These are:

  • Connecting youth with the Church and World
  • Discipleship
  • Inclusiveness
  • Meeting the needs/interests of youth
  • Youth and adult partnership

Youth Mission Statement

As a result of our youth ministry, youth will be nurtured by their church family, will be challenged to study and understand God's Word in the Bible, will realize how unique they are, how much they are loved and how they are created in God's image, as they grow closer to God.

They will become actively involved in the church community, where they are accepted and feel free to discuss, question, explore and finally, embrace their faith, as God's Word challenges them to think, feel and act outside their comfort zone.

Our youth are called to be faithful Christians throughout this diverse world, to hold God's Word in their hearts while sharing it and serving others.

Our youth will know, share and model love as revealed in God's Word as they express their faith uniquely throughout their life journey.

Adopted 1998

Middle & High School Youth Fellowship

Middle and High School Youth Fellowship meets Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:30 PM and other times for retreats and projects.  This is the relationship part of youth ministry devoted to playful and recreational exploration of Christian faith and community.  Included in the annual program are retreats at Camp Don Lee or Camp Albemarle, summer conferences at Massanetta or Montreat, opportunities to serve on Presbytery Youth Council, to attend Youth Triennium at Purdue University, summer mission trips at home and abroad, camping and recreation.

Youth Confirmation Class

Confirmation Class is a two year course of study led by pastors, in partnership with the church elders, that helps youth (often in Grades 7 & 8) prepare for a deliberate and mindful affirmation of Christian faith.

The curriculum takes students through a complete survey of the Bible and immersion in the confessional tradition of the church. Participants will be guided to write and present their own statement of faith.

Confirmation is a voluntary covenant on the part of each participant. A person's decision to participate or not to participate will not in any way, prevent participation in other parts of youth ministry.

Classes take place each week beginning in October and lasting through May of each year on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM  in Room 201.

Youth Conferences

Middle School Massanetta Youth Conference 
girls.wetA 4-day immersion in Christian community.  Youth travel each summer to the Virginia skyline along with hundreds of youth from around the country. In addition to fun and fellowship, Middle Schoolers are exposed to the mission of the wider Church.  

High School Montreat Youth Conference 
A week-long immersion in Christian community.  High Schoolers travel to western North Carolina along with over a thousand other youth from around the country and world. In addition to fun and fellowship, high youth are exposed to the mission of the wider Church.

An international youth conference held every three years at Purdue University. Six thousand youth come from the USA, Canada, Ireland, the Caribbean, Korea and a host of other locations. Participants are selected by the Presbytery of New Hope to be part of its delegation.  Three West Raleigh youth attended Triennium in 2010.

Youth with a Mission

West Raleigh is a church who serves Jesus by serving others.  Bagging lunches, serving soup, gleaning sweet potatoes... there are so many ways to serve God!   

Mission Trips

Our youth join with many adults to serve God in many ways and many places throughout the United States.  Their 2013 trip took them to Inez, Kentucky where there worked through Appalachian Service Project fixing up three homes. 

Past trips have taken the youth to Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, on an I-40 road trip to Tennesee and Arkansas, to Swan Quarter in Eastern North Carolina, and to Chicago.

Youth Group Forms

Youth Group Handbook (pdf)

Volunteer Forms

Youth Forms