As many of BUC's young adults (age 19-25) are away pursuing post-secondary academic studies there are no weekly programs for this age group. However, at times of the year when many return home they will find a warm welcome from the Welcoming Committee. There is a gathering at Christmas for them as well as opportunities for fellowship in the spring and summer. Any young adults wishing to offer leadership or interested in being part of a Young Adult Retreat Group may contact the youth minister.
Sundays from 3:10 – 5:00 p.m. on the 4th floor
This is the week to week gathering of youth at BUC. Teens in grade 7 – grade 12 gather weekly to explore global justice issues, discuss current events, play games, make music, eat snacks, have sleepovers, go on fieldtrips, organize fundraising projects and do Bible study. The junior and senior high students are together for prayer and singing before being separated for the main activity.
The annual Teens United Junior “Bread of Life” retreat will be Friday February 1 – Saturday February 2, 2013.
The Teens United Senior “Spirit Quest” retreat will be Friday April 26 – Sunday April 28, 2013.
Youth Confirmation Group
Sundays from 3:10 – 5:00 p.m. on the 4th floor from January 13, 2013 until March 3, 2013 then again on March 24 and April 7 and 14
(No meetings will be held on Sunday March 10 or 17 or March 31)
Confirmation Sunday is April 21 and all youth must attend 9am & 11am services.
Youth in grades 9 and up are invited to explore the baptismal vows taken on their behalf by their parents when they were originally baptized and move towards making a powerful faith statement of their own in confirmation. Youth who have not been baptized are welcome and will be baptized at the confirmation service.
These special youth join Teens United for singing, snack and some of the sessions. Otherwise, confirmands meet in their own space for their program.
Youth who hope to be confirmed may only miss one meeting. If two are missed they cannot be confirmed.
The Halifax GO Project
July 1 – July 12, 2012
Youth in grade 9 to age 18 and their leaders will have the opportunity to serve the communities of Halifax in the summer of 2012. While practicing the gift of discernment, serve in their own community to better understand the dynamics of local poverty, homelessness and social outreach.
Unique youth require unique programs. The vision of the GO project stems back as far as eight years, when experiences of youth and their leaders, desiring hands on experiences of mission and outreach, were confronted with the reality that programming that matched their understanding of Christ, inclusion of all, acceptance of difference and a questioning atmosphere did not exist.
This is a national United Church of Canada ministry. For more info visit http://www.thegoproject.ca.
Youth Gambia Project
Over March Break of 2013 a delegation of youth and their leaders will travel to the Gambia, Africa to have a life-changing cultural experience and an opportunity to learn first-hand from the Peer Health Education program offered to Gambians by the Nova Scotia Gambia Association. The youth experience a year of spiritual reflection, cultural sensitivity training, team building, and fundraising. It is highly likely that a mandatory part of the experience will be to attend the Halifax GO Project from July 1 – 12, 2012.
As of March 1, 2012 the team of youth and adults has been formed and no new members may join.
The next delegation will be on March Break of 2016.
Volunteer Youth Ministry Team
The following devoted, caring adults, under the coordination and support of Youth Minister Rick Gunn, provide program development, leadership and pastoral care to youth at BUC:
For more information on any youth ministries visit www.bedfordunited.com or contact the Youth Minister Rick Gunn at 835-8497 or