The National Association of Congregational Christian Churches sponsors two annual, concurrent youth gatherings, which provide opportunities for spiritual growth through worship, fellowship, service, and leadership development.
The National Association of Pilgrim Fellowship (NAPF) gathers together youth from around the country who have completed the 8th grade through 12th grade. As these youth meet fellow Congregational Christians, they make abiding friendships and share their faith in a fun-filled atmosphere. Small groups are led by dedicated adult counselors. Vibrant worship experiences with outstanding music may be led by adults or youth. Youth are often asked to prepare morning and evening devotionals. Opportunities to express faith through acts of service are always a highlight of the conference.
Heritage of Pilgrim Endeavor (HOPE) offers a great opportunity for young adults post-high school through age 26 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 also promotes closer connections 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. HOPE provides additional opportunities for leadership involvement through prayer teams, small group leadership and leadership on the NACCC’s Youth Task Team, hosted by the Growth Ministry Council. HOPE creates a genuine, meaningful, and fun atmosphere to grow in faith while discovering new friends.
Participants often stay connected between gatherings through two Facebook pages:
For more information, or to be placed on the NAPF and HOPE mailing lists, please contact the NACCC office.