Parking Lot Party
In August, the Youth Group says “good-bye” to the end of summer, and we kick off the new school year with a big party in the parking lot of the church. This party is complete with music, food, inflatable games, and lots of fun! Youth are encouraged to bring a friend to the party. They have the opportunity to hear about all of the great plans for the year and to sign up for several fellowship events and trips that will happen during the year.
This weekend event, that is held in the Fall for Junior High and the Spring for Senior High, brings together youth from all over Arkansas to worship and play in a beautiful camp setting, while getting to know other Presbyterian Youth from around the state. This weekend centers around a theme that will help them relate experience in their life to God’s plan for them, through music, play, and worship.
On the Sunday before Halloween, Second Presbyterian Youth come together to put on a carnival for the children of the church and community. Children are encouraged to come in costume and enjoy the festivities. Youth work booths with activities such as a costume contest, cake walk, trick or treating, face-painting, ring toss, Go Fish, and even a “haunted” house! A hot dog supper is served, too. This event is always eagerly anticipated by church members of all ages.
Occasionally on Friday evenings, our Middle School or Senior High youth gather at the church for a night of bowling, movies, go-carts, and lots more fun. They stay up most of the night playing games, listening to music, and enjoying other fun activities, (chaperoned of course!). Throughout the year lock-ins are sometimes planned around practices for concerts or musical presentations. Sleeping bags and pillows optional! We will typically have three lock-Ins a year.
For over 30 years, Second Presbyterian Youth have showcased their musical and acting talents through the production of a Broadway musical. Past performances have included such favorites as Godspell, Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, and Children of Eden. Youth hold tryouts in the fall, and begin rehearsals after New Year’s. This culminates in three performances in the church Great Hall. One of the more popular youth events of the year, the spring musical is eagerly anticipated and enjoyed by the entire church family, as well as the community.
Second Presbyterian Youth recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of SPY musicals with a video montage of many of the past musicals. The video, in two parts, may be viewed by clicking the following links:
Musical Video Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKqTGt6MoTs
Musical Video Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOUIyuxn_8o
End of Year Banquet
After a year filled with learning, growing, and fun, the youth gather at the End of the Year Banquet to say thank you to volunteers, good-bye to seniors, and hello to summer! Families of the youth are invited to attend the banquet as well. There is a welcome to the rising sixth graders, who are the newest members of the youth group, as well as a welcome to eighth graders who are moving up to the senior high group. There is also a time to reminisce with the graduating seniors through the presentation of a slide show, depicting pictures of them through the years.