News from the Director of Christian Education and Youth Programs

Director of Christian Education and Youth Programs

Amy Grella —

Souper Bowl of Caring Results

Bower Hill Youth thank you for your support of our first ever Souper Bowl of Caring collection that took place this year around the Super Bowl.  $196 in cash and canned goods was collected for SHIM!

Youth Program Enhancements

Has it been a while since you have checked out the programs we have for youth grades 5 and above?  There is no better time than now to do so.  Many exciting changes are taking place based on feedback from the recent youth survey, and these changes have been implemented to make the experience for our youth even better!

Changes to Our Sunday Morning Wrap & Dive

Instead of a one-hour meet, this time will now have planned programming for 45 minutes.  The last 15 minutes will be a new hangout time for any youth who wishes to stay.  This will allow the youth time to relax in the newly redone lounge with their peers, while giving flexibility to families who want to leave earlier the ability to do so.

The programming content will no longer include a review of the sermon and sermon questions as a group.  In March and continuing through Lent, the group will discuss what it means to walk in Jesus’ ways.

Changes to Sunday Evening Eat & Meet

Going forward, dinner will no longer be a part of our normal programming.  At lesson time, we will split into two groups (one for older/ one for younger) in order to allow the youth a more age-appropriate discussion experience.  Meeting time is still 6:00—8:00 p.m., so there will be plenty of time for group games at the end!  The youth have decided to rename the group Sunday Night Live, since Eat & Meet is no longer accurate.  Upcoming topics will include peer pressure, forgiveness, mission opportunities, and finishing the painting of the last wall in the youth lounge.

Tweener Retreat Sign-ups

Youth in grades 4-6 are encouraged to sign up for the Tweener Retreat at Crestfield Camp and Conference Center from Saturday, April 29—Sunday, April 30.  Come enjoy 24 hours of fun!  This retreat will introduce the importance of retreating to young people. These 24 hours will give kids a chance to start exploring their relationship with God and what it means to be a Christian in an ever-changing world.  The sign-up sheet can be found on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.   Questions?—please contact Amy @ or (412) 801-3723.

Save the Date for Day Camp / Jr. Day Camp

Please mark your calendar the week of July 17-21 for Day Camp and Junior Day Camp.  Bower Hill will partner with Crestfield again to offer Day Camp, which is for completed 1st – 6thgraders.  Junior Day Camp is for completed Preschool – Kindergarten.  Details about how you can volunteer to help and/or contribute supplies will be sent in the coming weeks.

Summer Youth Mission Trip

Please save the date for Mission Possible – a mission trip / camp experience at Camp Crestfield from July 23-28.  Mission Possible is a mission program targeted for Junior and Senior High youth groups that offers experiential growth in faith through service, fellowship and fun.  By focusing on mission, participants will work side-by-side with partners in Christ’s service, and work to fulfill Christ’s great commission to make disciples while staying at Camp Crestfield and taking advantage of their beautiful grounds and amazing activities.  The cost of the trip is $250 when paid in full by April 30, or $275 after April 30.  A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place, and is due by March 30.  We are also in need of chaperones to participate in this week with our youth.  If you are interested, please contact Amy at