Our Christian Nurture Team
The goal of the Christian Nurture Team is to support and encourage the Christian growth of youth and young adults in this presbytery. Some of the ways we accomplish this are:
- Presbytery-wide youth ministry events. We host fellowship activities such as lock-in overnights, skiing and tubing, or pizza and a movie; as well as providing mission opportunities like visiting with nursing home/assisted living residents, volunteering at an animal shelter, and trail-clearing on the Susquehanna River rail trail. In 2015 we traveled to Baltimore for a week-long summer mission experience that focused on poverty and hunger.
- Camperships for youth up to 12th Grade. Campers receive a partial scholarship to a 1-week overnight summer camp at any Christian camp.
- Campus ministry in five college communities, providing funding for mission trips and for special events designed by the Campus Ministers to address ongoing human issues such as hunger, marriage equality, ecumenical relations and interfaith dialogue.
- The national Presbyterian Youth Triennium. Held by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Cumberland Presbyterian Church every three years, the next Triennium is coming up in July 2019. Last summer's Triennium was a fantastic experience for the 17 youth, 2 college students, and 5 adult chaperones who attended.
The Nurture Team meets several times during the year to plan and carry out its various programs. Meetings are conducted either by getting together in person or through the use of GoToMeeting. We celebrate the growth in our programs, and invite all youth in the Presbytery to take advantage of God's bounty.
The presbytery supports the ministry at five college communities. For the 2015-2016 academic year, campus ministry funds totaling $22,000 were awarded as follows:
- Ithaca College - $5,175. This ministry, led by James Touchton, is focused on mission activities and interfaith dialogue.
- SUNY Cortland - $6,250. This ministry, led by Vikki Johnson, is working to build strong ecumenical ties. We are forging a relationship with the campus' Catholic ministry which has recently transitioned to new leadership. Some features of the ministry at Cortland include interfaith and theological discussion groups, and the "Cortaca Mug" coffeehouse, a non-alcoholic event held in tandem with the annual "Cortaca Jug" Ithaca/Cortland football game.
- SUNY Delhi - $3,325. The ministry at Delhi is in a period of transition with the departure this past summer of our campus minister. The college's campus ministry board is offering spiritual retreats for students and working in partnership with the local Anglican Episcopal pastor, Father James Krueger.
- Cornell University - $6,250. Rev. Taryn Mattise leads the campus' Protestant Cooperative Ministry. This summer they took a mission trip to build houses.
- Binghamton University - $1,000. This is a new outreach led by United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton. They have focused on being a place where college students can partake in the mission work at UPC with the homeless and poor. They are looking to start a Theology on Tap evening where students can come and engage in spiritual/religious questions in a safe space.
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