This is an exciting year for Church of the Good Shepherd's Youth Group! We have a great group of teens and are welcoming any new youth, grades 6-12, to join us. The format of our year is changing a bit and we welcome input from you, our teens! We will continue to participate in outreach projects, play games, and engage in spiritual formation and the focus will continue to be on community. Come join us! Let us hear your voice! Help make Youth Group great!

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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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

VT Mission

VT Mission

The word of the day? Respect!

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VT Mission

Hanging at Club

VT Mission

VT Mission

A fun Club game

VT Mission

VT Mission

Club leader silliness

VT Mission

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!

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2013 Pennsylvania Mission

Talking about the mission

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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

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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

2013 Pennsylvania Mission

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:

 

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

 

Thanks to everyone who showed up for this November's Spooner House Service Project!

 

A Fantastic Mission Trip to Jamaica Queens, NY

We have returned from our Youthworks hosted mission trip in Queens. Two leaders accompanied 10 youth into the big city to serve in Queens & Brooklyn. We spent time working in a community garden, Green Gems Garden, and also weeding playgrounds in Corona Park. 

 

Our time there was filled with meeting new people, making personal connections, God moments, worship, hard work, and lots of fun! Check out our picture gallery with some of out trip highlights.

Departure Day

Departure Day

All packed up and ready to go!

Departure Day

Departure Day

A knotted icebreaker

Outside Queens Botanical Garden

Outside Queens Botanical Garden

What a beautiful stop on our way to the Youthworks site.

Green Gems Garden day one

Green Gems Garden day one

A quick photo under the grape arbor

Green Gems Garden day one

Green Gems Garden day one

Cooling and beautiful grape arbor

Green Gems Garden day one

Green Gems Garden day one

Checking out the water cistern

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Green Gems day one

Admiring the rose bushes near the arbor

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Green Gems day one

Beautiful color

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Green Gems Garden day one

Awesome volunteers ready to get started

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Green Gems Garden day one

Bring it on in for a pose

Green Gems Garden day one

Green Gems Garden day one

Getting the whole group together...

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Green Gems Garden day one

Everyone here?

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Green Gems Garden day one

Smile!

Green Gems Garden day one

Green Gems Garden day one

A nice shady spot under the "umbrella"

Waiting for Club

Waiting for Club

Hanging on the steps of the Magill building (where we slept)

Waiting for Club

Waiting for Club

Chatting with a Youthworks staff member

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

1. A picture of your whole group excited to be here!

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

2. Two kids with the same name

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

3. Leap frog, a duck face, and an upside down person

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

4. Your best "Home Alone" faces in front of a brick wall.

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

5. Spell out someone's name: Max for Maxine!

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

6. A "Pretty Little Liars" diva publicity shot

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

7. Can YOU guess this Mother Goose nursery rhyme?

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

8. Your best Beatlemania fan pose

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

9. A Jamaica Avenue street sign

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

Photo Scavenger Hunt in Queens

10. Spell out "I <3 NY"

Sunset at Magill Memorial Building

Sunset at Magill Memorial Building

A second church house at the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica

Waiting for Club to start

Waiting for Club to start

Someone found a deck of cards

Waiting for Club to start

Waiting for Club to start

Let the card house building begin!

Club

Club

Singing and praising God

Club

Club

Hearing God's message

Starting off the day...

Starting off the day...

with a little bit of Dunkin.

Starting off the day...

Starting off the day...

with a little bit of Dunkin.

Starting off the day...

Starting off the day...

with a little bit of Dunkin.

Starting off the day...

Starting off the day...

with a little bit of Dunkin.

Green Gems day two

Green Gems day two

A view of the vegetable garden through the lillies

Green Gems day two

Green Gems day two

Officer Ramos brings Pompeii in for a quick drink

Green Gems day two

Green Gems day two

Everyone is a bit shy

Green Gems day two

Green Gems day two

Officer Ramos has lots of stories to share!

Green Gems day two

Green Gems day two

The girls are warming up

Green Gems day two

Green Gems day two

Ready for a big hug!

Green Gems day two

Green Gems day two

Thanks to Gabriel, who runs the garden, for inviting Pompeii in for us to meet.

Green Gems day two

Green Gems day two

Pompeii just loved being petted.

Green Gems day two

Green Gems day two

Hello - I know you!

Green Gems day two

Green Gems day two

Happiness is a garden

Dinner Prep

Dinner Prep

Awesome girls!

Dinner Prep

Dinner Prep

Happy huggy girls

Dinner Prep

Dinner Prep

The one that won't let go!

Dinner Prep

Dinner Prep

Aahhh!

Dinner Prep

Dinner Prep

Photo bomber

Dinner Prep

Dinner Prep

Cutting up dessert

Dinner Prep

Dinner Prep

I carried a watermelon.

Dinner Prep

Dinner Prep

The dinner prep sillies

Dinner Prep

Dinner Prep

Are we ready?

Dinner Prep

Dinner Prep

Time to eat!

Dinner Prep

Dinner Prep

Selfie!!

A night at Rockaway Beach

A night at Rockaway Beach

Pyramid scheme

A night at Rockaway Beach

A night at Rockaway Beach

We <3 the beach

A night at Rockaway Beach

A night at Rockaway Beach

Toes in the sand

A night at Rockaway Beach

A night at Rockaway Beach

High level activities consultation

A night at Rockaway Beach

A night at Rockaway Beach

Surf's up!

A night at Rockaway Beach

A night at Rockaway Beach

Sunset

A night at Rockaway Beach

A night at Rockaway Beach

Let the beach games begin

A night at Rockaway Beach

A night at Rockaway Beach

God is awesome. These girls are too.

A night at Rockaway Beach

A night at Rockaway Beach

The crew

Waiting for Club to start

Waiting for Club to start

Hello Smiley!

Waiting for Club to start

Waiting for Club to start

Who wants to play cards?

Waiting for Club to start

Waiting for Club to start

Building a card house

Waiting for Club to start

Waiting for Club to start

Serious concentration

A random act of kindness

A random act of kindness

Supply run for Green Gems

Supply run for Green Gems

Girls in carts...

Supply run for Green Gems

Supply run for Green Gems

Girls in carts posing!

Last Day at Green Gems

Last Day at Green Gems

Weeding in the shade

Last Day at Green Gems

Last Day at Green Gems

Making new friends

Last Day at Green Gems

Last Day at Green Gems

Garden is looking great!

Last Day at Green Gems

Last Day at Green Gems

Cleaning up the entrance

Last Day at Green Gems

Last Day at Green Gems

Digging up the dirt covered bricks

Last Day at Green Gems

Last Day at Green Gems

Bricks are all exposed for the next group to paint

Last Day at Green Gems

Last Day at Green Gems

with Gabriel and his crew

Breakfast cleanup

Breakfast cleanup

Working and smiling!

Breakfast cleanup

Breakfast cleanup

Never too busy to pose

Breakfast cleanup

Breakfast cleanup

Happy sweeper

Club Time

Club Time

Symbols of God's love

Leadership:


We need more leaders/mentors! If you are interested in learning more about youth group leadership, let us know! 

 

This year our wonderful youth served a meal at Spooner House, volunteered to assist at Loaves and Fishes, made a yummy pancake dinner for members of our parish on Shrove Tuesday, played rousing games of Bingo at a local nursing home and hosted a Spaghetti Dinner. Come join us for fellowship and fun! Regular Youth Group Meet Ups will resume in September 2015!

Youth Group 2014 – 2015

Youth Group All-Nighter

The All-Nighter was a great success and fun was had by all. We started with a little miniature golf in the dark and ended up with a spiritual morning walk throught the labyrinth followed by cereal, pick-up and blessed sleep!! We'd like to say a special thank you to Sandy Bremer for allowing us to splash around in her pool, play a little ping pong, roast marshmallows by the fire pit and generally be loud and have fun!

If you are a teen or want to Register your teen for Youth Group:

Please download and complete the Registration form, and provide it to any of the leaders or drop it off to the church office.

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