Youth

Teenagers are all about exploring their beliefs, passions and identities during their formative adolescent years. The mission of our youth ministry is to create strong intergenerational communities and sacred space where spiritual formation happens among friends. Midtown Youth Collective (MYC) is a neighborhood youth ministry among the churches in Bolton Hill (Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, Memorial Episcopal Church, and Corpus Christi Catholic Parish).

Midtown Youth Collective is:

  • Oriented around Jesus.  Together we explore the life, teachings and person of Jesus Christ through stories, songs and experiences.
  • Theologically and socially open. Youth are encouraged to bring their doubts, questions and experiences here without fear of judgment or rejection. Youth that identify as lgbtq+ or questioning are welcome. 
  • Playful. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. Games and laughter are essential ingredients to our time together.
  • Passionate about justice. We believe that loving God means loving the world and that justice is what love looks like in public.

Youth have many ways to become involved with the Midtown Youth Collective. Explore the opportunities below.  Adult mentors and volunteers are also appreciated. Contact Michele Ward if you are interested in becoming involved with Midtown Youth Collective. 

BMPA: Sunday Morning Classes - 9:45-10:45 am, Church House

Middle and high school classes offer opportunities to study, discuss and explore the Christian faith tradition in casual, age-appropriate groups. Sunday morning classes do not meet over the summer (Memorial Day – Labor Day). Youth classes take place on the Church House third floor. 

BMPA: The Confirmation Experience - Sundays, 9:45-10:45am

This class is a year-long journey through “Christianity 101,” as well as current events, controversies and spiritual practices. Confirmation is for young people (typically 8th and 9th graders) who are considering their own faith and relationship to God and to the Presbyterian Church (USA). The class includes games, field trips, a retreat, and the opportunity to join the church. Contact Michele Ward for information. 

MYC: Sunday Night Live! - 4th Sundays, 6-8:30 pm, Assembly Room

Sunday Night Live! is our monthly evening gathering for middle and high school youth (4th Sunday of the month). SNL begins with a homemade meal and ends with games, activities, worship and small groups revolving around a theme. SNL goes offsite occasionally for special activities. SNL does not meet over the summer (Memorial Day – Labor Day). Contact Michele Ward for more information.

2019-2020 SNL Schedule

No SNL in September due to Fall Retreat @ Brown

Pumpkin Carving @ Memorial: October 27, 2019

Friendsgiving @ Brown: November 24, 2019

Progressive Dinner & Gift Exchange, offsite: December 8, 2019

God & Games: January 26, 2020 

Escape Room, offsite: February 24, 2020

Pray & Play: March 22, 2020

Duckpin @ Stoneleigh, offsite: April 26, 2020

Cookout & Pool Party, offsite: May 31, 2020

 

MYC: Trips and Retreats

A typical year in youth ministry at Brown includes winter and fall retreats, cookouts and dinners out, and conferences with hundreds of other youth.

Fall Retreat @ Brown (middle school and high school): September 21-22, 2019

Winter Retreat @ Massanetta (middle school and high school): January 31-February 2, 2020

Spring Backpacking Retreat @ Appalachian Trail (middle school and high school): May 2020

Massanetta Middle School Conference (rising 7th to graduating 9th): Dates TBD

Montreat Youth Conference (rising 9th to graduating 12th): Dates TBD

MYC: Mission, Justice, and Service

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Brown Memorial encourages youth and their families to connect with our mission partners in Baltimore City and beyond.

Annual Opportunities

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Canoe Trip: November 2, 2019

Social Justice Retreat, Memorial Episcopal Church: January 18-19, 2020

Soaring Eagles Learning Camp, Eutaw Marshburn Elementary School (rising 9th to graduating 12th): June 22 to 26, 2020

Youth Choir Camp, Eutaw Marshburn Elementary School (rising 9th to graduating 12th): 2020 dates TBD

Pejuhutazizi Family Learning Camp, Upper Sioux Presbytery (intergenerational mission trip): July 25 to August 1, 2020

Biannual Opportunities

El Salvador Trip (rising junior to graduating senior): 2020 Dates TBD