Our annual conference returned to an in-person gathering filled with awesome events and activities this year. Guest speaker, worship music, mission work opportunities, a day of activities with the adult conference, games and other recreational activities, meeting new friends and seeing faces of friends we’ve known, while gathering, fellowshipping, and worshipping in the name of the One who came to save us!
NAPF is for youth who are entering 9th 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. Local church youth groups are also asked to prepare and lead morning and evening devotionals. Opportunities to express faith through acts of service are always a highlight of the conference. Any time a group of young people is gathered, there is always plenty of fun!
HOPE (Heritage of Pilgrim Endeavor)
HOPE 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 (Commission on Youth Ministries) representative positions. HOPE creates a genuine, meaningful, and fun atmosphere to grow in faith while creating new friendships!
Scholarships have been made available through various funds to provide assistance in reducing the cost of the registration to the annual youth conference. Scholarships will be awarded according to available funds and can be used to cover part or all of the registration fee to attend the meeting. Included, is the Lynn Merkel & Joanne Simpson NAPF/HOPE Scholarship, This scholarship was created in 2018 and named to honor the tireless work and the many years of leadership that these two individuals gave to the youth ministry of the NACCC.
We also encourage you to check with your state or regional association for scholarships that might be available for NAPF/HOPE conferences and events as well as for Mission trips.
Scholarships provide assistance to anyone wishing to attend a NAPF/HOPE conference and event, who has financial need and has shown outstanding development in any or all of the following areas:
· Christian character
· Participation in local church youth programs
· Community service
Scholarship applications are available to all who are affiliated with a church that maintains membership in the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches.
How You Can Help
Many youth around the country spend time raising funds to offset the cost of attending NAPF and HOPE, but not all youth can afford to attend. You can make a contribution to the youth assistance fund through the NACCC. You will have the satisfaction of helping to bring our youth closer to Christ through this exciting gathering of Congregational Christian youth. Contributions may be made on line by clicking the DONATE NOW button. They may also be made by check, payable to NACCC and mailed to:
NACCC – Youth Fund
P.O. Box 288
Oak Creek, WI 53154