Margaret Caldwell leads our young people on May Day in "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" using boomwackers.

Margaret Caldwell leads our young people on May Day in “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” using boomwackers.

UP KIds 2

Christmas blessings from the PreK-11th grade SS youth of United Presbyterian Church!  They shared an awesome Christmas program on December 21st, under the direction of Tiffany Lehrman.  Thank you!

Kids Adventure Club met at Sugar Grove on Thursday, September 11th.  The group enjoyed time with miniature horses, donkeys and even elk. So much for fishing, the animals were too much fun! A great hot dog roast and s’mores were enjoyed by all! Thanks for food and entertainment, Tom & Sue Wolters!  Kids Adventure Club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 PM at the church. The next gathering of Kids Adventure Club will meet on Thursday, September 25th.  All youth, kindergarten through high school, are welcome to attend!

A Back 2 School Rally was held on Sunday, September 7th, in the fellowship hall to kick off this year’s Christian Education at United Presbyterian Church.  After introducing this year’s teachers, a box breakfast was provided as well as a fun art lesson (see the quick-change artists!). This lesson reminds us that it is important what we look like inside rather than what we’ve got going on outside. Jesus is our spiritual quick-change artist. He can change us on the inside and in no time at all. When we receive Jesus into our hearts, He changes us immediately into new beings. We are born again to walk a new and changed Spirit-filled life.  The rally concluded with story time and music before everyone was dismissed to their SS classes.


Youth in 4th grade were presented a Bible during worship on Sunday, September 7th and Sunday, September 14th. After the presentation, the young person was blessed during a special time of prayer.

THE PRESBYTEERS:  United Presbyterian Church 7th-12th grade youth are proud to introduce their newest addition to their faith walk with the debut of a new puppet ministry and fondly calling themselves The Presbyteers!  The group plans to share numerous stories with the use of twelve Biblical and six animal puppets.  The Presbyteers with their mascot, Rory, reminding us to “Give all the ROARY to God!” can be seen monthly as they will present the children’s sermon during worship on the third Sunday of each month during the school year.  A puppet theatre has been constructed thanks to the talents of Chris Moore.  The rich, red fabric puppet theatre surround has been provided by the gifted Cynthia Poots.

Year-round Sunday School is available for ALL AGES at United Presbyterian Church. Every Sunday morning at 9:15 AM, everyone gathers in Fellowship Hall for a short time to recognize weekly birthdays and anniversaries, share blessings received, and lift in prayer those most in need.  At 9:30 AM, all are dismissed to their respective classrooms.   Classes are available for ages Preschool, Grades K-6, Grades 7-12, and three adult classes.  All are welcome to join at any time and take part in a variety of small group studies.

All Are Precious in His Sight is a Christian Education mentoring program to connect members of the church with the church’s school-age youth.  Every month 1-2 young people (Kindergarten-12th Grade) are selected as the “students of the month.”  Their picture is displayed on the screen in the sanctuary and everyone is encouraged to pray specifically for these students that month, send them a note of encouragement, and/or reach out to them on Sunday mornings and let them know that they are, indeed, PRECIOUS IN HIS SIGHT!

YOU ARE INVITED to the youth-led, early- morning Easter service, “Come to the Cross” on Sunday, April 20th, at 8:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Join us as we celebrate this glorious morning with music, an enlightening skit, and a youth reflection on “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened” (Matthew 11:28a). Many thanks to the following youth who will participate in this year’s Easter morning: Andrea Freeman, David Freeman,  Sierra Griffith, Anna Hanbeck and Derek Lamb. A hot breakfast featuring HOT CROSS BUNS will be served at the conclusion of the early service with a free-will offering collected for future youth events. Please RSVP your intention to attend the breakfast on the sign-up sheet in fellowship hall. There will be Easter activities for all children and youth in the basement of the church after the breakfast and before worship. We hope you will join us this Easter at UP Church!

6th-12th grade youth from Grinnell’s Friends Church and Newton’s United Presbyterian Church experienced a night “Out of the HOME-dinary” on November 15th at Friends Church in Grinnell. After a time of fellowship and a movie, several youth spent the night outdoors in cardboard shelters they’d constructed to experience homelessness firsthand.  A hot breakfast was served courtesy of Friends Church the following morning.