YOUTH: Youth Programs
What are NAPF and HOPE?
By supporting and promoting the NAPF and HOPE conferences, NACCC churches can send their teens and young adults to an annual event which provides opportunity for spiritual growth through worship, fellowship, service, and leadership development.
NAPF (National Association of Pilgrim Fellowship) is for youth who have completed 8th through 12th grade. NAPF allows teens to meet and bond with other Christians from throughout the country and to share their faith in a fun-filled atmosphere. Small groups are led by dedicated adult counselors, many of whom volunteer and use vacation time to attend. In conjunction with tremendous worship music, worship times may be led by members of the Commission on Youth Ministries or other adult leaders as well as by local church youth groups who are asked ahead of time to prepare and lead morning and evening devotionals. Opportunities to express faith through acts of service are always a highlight of the conference. And any time a group of young people is gathered, there is always plenty of fun!
HOPE (Heritage of Pilgrim Endeavor) offers young adults post high school through age 26 a great opportunity to further grow in faith with peers in an environment similar to NAPF. While still including worship, speakers, small group time, and mission work--HOPE promotes closer connection with peers and deeper discussion about faith through peer-led small groups. The experiences and perspectives that each person brings to their small group are valued and can enrich discussions about faith in remarkable ways. In addition, HOPE provides more opportunities for leadership involvement through prayer team, small group leader, or CYM representative positions. HOPE creates a genuine, meaningful, and fun atmosphere to grow in faith while creating new friendships!
Both programs have one thing in common – a place, time and friends, with which to share their faith. The leadership team, counselors and participants come back year after year.
If a yearly conference were all the youth programs consisted of, it would be wonderful enough. However, it is only part of the youth program. The camaraderie and closeness are established by individuals for a lifetime. They cannot wait for only once a year to contact each other. They stay connected through three Facebook pages (NAPF – National Association of Pilgrim Fellowship, H.O.P.E, and NAPF/HOPE Alumni), emails, Skype and individual communication.
The NACCC is very committed to, and proud of, its youth program. The more you learn, the more you will agree that it is a great place for youth to promote, encourage and nurture Christian Fellowship. They, then, may bring all they’re learned and experienced back to strengthen their local church and the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches.
For further information, please contact the NACCC office.
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