Surrender Worship Youth Ministry at Brunswick Church by Kim Deal

"So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up..." ~Ephesians 4:11-12 What is Surrender Worship Ministry? The Surrender Worship Ministry Team is a group of high school students who gather weekly to plan and lead worship services at Brunswick Church, Troy, NY.  … [Read more...]

Youth Reflections from the Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum

In February, 40 delegates (6 adults and 34 youth) from churches all over New York State traveled to New York City for the Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum.  Sixteen (16) youth from Westminster, First Presbyterian Church in Albany and Bethany Presbyterian Church, Menands, NY attended.  Many with scholarship assistance from the Presbytery. The program was offered through the United … [Read more...]

NYS Council of Churches Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum by Christy D’Ambrosio

Next week (Monday-Wednesday, February 20-22), 40 delegates (6 adults and 34 youth) from churches all over New York State will board a bus and travel down to New York City for the Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum.  Sixteen (16) youth from Westminster and First Presbyterian Church in Albany will attend.  Many with scholarship assistance from the Presbytery.    The program is offered … [Read more...]

High School Youth Leadership Seminar at the United Nations in NYC by Christy D’Ambrosio

On President's Day, Monday, February 20, a delegation of youth from church congregations all over New York State will gather in the Methodist office at the Church Center at the United Nations, for a 2-day seminar focused on the issue of "Islamophobia."   Albany Presbytery at the 2016 High School Leadership Forum Global concerns that encompass terrorism, climate change, human rights, … [Read more...]

YOU Make a World of Difference by Rachel Mastin

A World of Difference. That was the theme for this summer’s youth conference at Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, NC. The two weeks I worked on the planning team- the group of youth and adults who work behind the scenes to make their two weeks of conference happen, we served over 2100 youth and their chaperones. We talked a lot with the youth about how they can make a world of difference in … [Read more...]

Musings On The Bus Home From Triennium 2016 by David Haas

I thank all of those who made my attendance, and that of the youth and my fellow adult leaders at Triennium 2016 possible. While there, I deepened my sense of call and found a number of ways to help others. I experienced the Holy Spirit in many places; at worship, in prayer, in small groups, in our delegation group, on the long walks to and from events, at table, and in the Prayer Center. I … [Read more...]

Youth Thank the Albany Presbytery for Triennium

Our PYT2016 delegation. Not pictured: Charlie and Joseph Reisner who are meeting our delegation in Indiana. Dear Albany Presbytery, Thank you for your aid in sending me to the Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2016. Throughout the trip, I have grown closer to God. I have also grown closer to myself and the direction I am being called in. During Triennium I found out about the Young Adult Volunteer … [Read more...]

Triennium 2016: It’s ALMOST HERE! by Christy D’Ambrosio

Traveling 20 hours via bus to and from Triennium may not sound like a terrific time to any sane adult, so, when Shannan Vance-Ocampo suggested we investigate flying to the Triennium event, I thought, "What a Great Idea!"  As it turns out, the cost was prohibitive, but it was interesting to note that many youth were disappointed with the prospect of flying.   "We would rather drive because we feel … [Read more...]