Church of the Good Shepherd's Youth Group is a gathering place for young people, grades 6-12. Whether we're doing outreach, playing games, watching movies, or engaged in spiritual formation, the focus is always on community. Come join us and be one of the Faces of Youth Group!

Youth Group

Silly Youth Group night

Silly Youth Group night

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Silly Youth Group night

Silly Youth Group night

Silly Youth Group night

Silly Youth Group night

Silly Youth Group night

Silly Youth Group night

Silly Youth Group night

Silly Youth Group night

Silly Youth Group night

Silly Youth Group night

Silly Youth Group night

Silly Youth Group night

Silly Youth Group night

Silly Youth Group night

Silly Youth Group night

Silly Youth Group night

Coffee Hour prep

Coffee Hour prep

Making a strawberry dragon?

Making a strawberry dragon?

Dipping fruit

Dipping fruit

Kid created masterpiece

Kid created masterpiece

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Youth Group Schedule:

All regular meetings 3–4:30

 

9/13 This year kicks off with a camping trip for all 6–12th graders. See details »

9/20 – regular meeting

9/28 – regular meeting


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10/5 – regular meeting

10/12 – regular meeting

10/19 – regular meeting

10/26 – regular meeting

10/31 – spooky all-nighter

 

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11/8 – Give Back:

          Loaves & Fishes

11/16 – regular meeting

11/20 – Mocking Jay!!

11/23 – regular meeting

11/30 – Start cookie jars


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12/7 – Finish cookie jars
          Give Back: Angel Tree

12/14 – regular meeting

12/21 – Christmas party

12/28 – NO meeting

 

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Hello 2015!

1/4 – regular meeting

1/11 – regular meeting

1/18 – regular meeting

1/24 – Pasta Dinner
          & Talent Show


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2/1 – regular meeting

2/8 – regular meeting

2/15 – NO meeting

2/17 – Shrove Tuesday 
          pancake dinner

2/22 – regular meeting

NC Mission

NC Mission

Vans are loaded, ready to go!

NC Mission

NC Mission

The van ride is half the fun! Even at 16 hours?

NC Mission

NC Mission

Overnight stay in Virginia. Grateful teens!

NC Mission

NC Mission

Overnight stay fun!

NC Mission

NC Mission

Overnight in Virginia

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VT Mission

Next day - next group lining up to go!

VT Mission

VT Mission

Climbing to the water hole

VT Mission

VT Mission

Fun at the water hole

NC Mission

NC Mission

Morning devos

NC Mission

NC Mission

Caulking and cleaning

NC Mission

NC Mission

Up on the roof

NC Mission

NC Mission

Beautiful view

NC Mission

NC Mission

You missed a spot!

NC Mission

NC Mission

Rooftop break

VT Mission

VT Mission

Trail restoration - a 2 mile hike up to the hardest working site

VT Mission

VT Mission

Lots of digging and carrying rocks and dirt

VT Mission

VT Mission

Beautlful view of the mountains

VT Mission

VT Mission

A much needed work break.

VT Mission

VT Mission

Great work crew from Connecticut and Maryland

VT Mission

VT Mission

SNACK TIME!

NC Mission

NC Mission

Taking a break

NC Mission

NC Mission

Hanging outside

NC Mission

NC Mission

Is that a cellphone??

NC Mission

NC Mission

Hanging out in Branson

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NC Mission

Hanging out

NC Mission

NC Mission

Rooftop work crew

VT Mission

VT Mission

Checking dates on cans - Yippee!

VT Mission

VT Mission

Fun at Kids' Club

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VT Mission

Very long day!

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VT Mission

Happy girls

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VT Mission

Waiting for Club to start

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VT Mission

The word of the day? Respect!

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VT Mission

Hanging at Club

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VT Mission

A fun Club game

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VT Mission

Club leader silliness

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VT Mission

Contemplation

VT Mission

VT Mission

Youth Group Mentor Rich and one of his crew kids

VT Mission

VT Mission

Mountain trail work crew

VT Mission

VT Mission

Saying goodbyes

NC Mission

NC Mission

The whole NC crew from Connecticut and New Jersey

VT Mission

VT Mission

Full bellies for the ride home because of a wonder Parishioner donation!

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

Talking about the mission

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

A blessing for the Missioners

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

Mountains are much bigger out here!

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

Missioners grateful for a delicious church dinner

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

Rays of sun to greet us

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

The Biscuit Brigade

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

Painting a trailer

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

Morning devos on a deck project

2013 Tennessee Mission

2013 Tennessee Mission

Nightly Christian Formation

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2013 Pennsylvania Mission

Nightly Christian Formation

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

Getting our sugar fix!

2012 Tennessee Mission

2012 Tennessee Mission

Praying for our Missioners

2012 Tennessee Mission

2012 Tennessee Mission

Missioners and their sponsors. Sponsors sent us off with our own daily devotionals.

2011 Pennsylvania Mission

2011 Pennsylvania Mission

Our very first Youth Missioners

Mission Trips:

Each July Church of the Good Shepherd sends excited teens and leaders out to do the work of Jesus in communities with great need. This year two groups traveled, one to Rutland, VT and the other to Cherokee Nation, NC.

 

Teens re-roofed houses, restored mountain trails, ran a "Kids' Club" program, visited nursing homes and shared in a variety of community service projects. Days ende with fun, fellowship and prayer. It's an experience that help our teens grow in confidence and in relationship with God.

 

Please take some time to browse our mission trip gallery and see their good works. If you are interested in going on a mission trip or becoming a youth group mentor let us know!

 

What We Do:

Youth Group will be a little different this year. We are moving our meetings to Sunday afternoons from 3:00-4:30pm. Meetings will start with a fun activity together followed by a time of sharing and christian formation. At least once a month we will have a special event or "Give-Back" activity. Check out our calendar to the right to see our schedule.

 

Christian Formation:

Our 6th and 7th graders will be exploring The Story, a book and accompanying video based experience that "sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. And, like any good story, it is filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance, and redemption." 

 

We are currently reviewing several options for the 8–9th graders as well as the 10–12th graders. Check back! We will update the information here.

 

To Register:

Please download and complete the "Registration" form (top link to the right), complete, and provide it, along with the registration fee to the church office. Cost for the year is $75 per child or $100 per family. Tuition assistance is available. 

 

Our Leaders:

This year's Youth Group leaders are Betheny Hawkins and Jenn Dinzeo. This is Betheny's second year leading and third year participating. Betheny is very grateful to have Jenn join her as co-leader! This will be Jenn's second year with Youth Group.  

 

We have a wonderful group of kids and the leaders could always use help. If you want to become a Youth Group Mentor or a Youth Group Mentor-at-Large, or just want to hear more about the ways you can participate in Youth Group please click on any of these links for more information. It is truly a rewarding experience.

Church of the Good Shepherd
- 680 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT
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