RRPC Youth kicks off each program year with a retreat at the beach or river at the end of August, before school starts. A super fun event full of recreation, creativity and worship, this is a critical time of relationship building and community formation before the start of the school year. Always located in a beautiful setting, plenty of opportunity be in God's creation- under the sun and in the water.
HS Ski Trip
The last weekend of January, HS youth meet at the church on Friday to head out to Wintergreen, where we have a lovely house in which to stay. We spend Saturday skiing, snowboarding, tubing, visiting the spa- whatever youth choose to do. Friday and Saturday nights we play games (spoons is a particular favorite), watch movies, and eat (RRPC youth take our snacks very seriously). Sunday morning we worship in a small, informal service at our ski house before heading home.
Tacky Light Tour and Progressive Dinner
In December, Ms and HS youth groups go on a Tacky Light Tour and Progressive dinner. Special vehicles are chartered, and youth families volunteer to host either group (MS or HS) for the appetizer stop, the entre stop, or the dessert stop. Between meal host houses, we tour Richmond's fabulous tacky lights. One of the favorite events of the year, this evening is full of beauty, fellowship, fun, and warm Christian hospitality.
MS Halloween Carnival
The Wednesday night before Halloween, RRPC's middle school youth host a Halloween Carnival and Trunk-or-Treat event. They start planning this event weeks in advance. They decorate the basement of the church, turning one room into a haunted house, and setting up several game stations. Monster cupcakes are decorated for the traditional cake walk, prizes are ordered and organized, and a spooky playlist is made. That night is one great big Halloween extravaganza, starting with a dinner hosted by Fellowship and Hospitality, then all of the children are invited to the carnival, and later to the Trunk-or-Treat in the parking lot, where church members decorate their cars and hand out candy. There are prizes for best costumes and best trunks awarded. This event offers something for all ages, and is great fun every year!
As a part of the national movement, RRPC Youth comes together to collect money and food offerings on Super Bowl Sunday. The Saturday before the Super Bowl, youth gather in the kitchen to decorate Super Bowl Themed cakes, which are auctioned off on Super Bowl Sunday morning. All funds raised go to the LAMB's Basket food bank as part of SOUPer Bowl of Caring. In 2011, we raised over $400 for LAMB's Basket, and 20 pounds of nonperishable food.
MS vs. HS Can Hunt
At this annual event usually held in November, the middle and high school groups compete to see who can collect the most cans to help feed the hungry. This is a fun way to live into Christ's vision for a church that cares for the poor. We go all over Richmond's West End visiting church members' houses to collect cans, then meet back at the church for a lesson and the declaration of a winner. In 2011 we collected over 200 nonperishable food items for LAMB's Basket food bank.
HS Haunted House
Every October the HS youth take a trip to Ashland berry Farm's haunted forest. This is a fun, spooky evening of festive fellowship.