Being in a retirement community, Bandon Presbyterian is a small congregation with a limited number of youth. We firmly believe that young people are not only “the future of the church,” but they are very much the present of the church. Youth are not separated from the adults in this congregation, but are known by name and individual personality and talents, and welcomed as valuable members of our community.
Youth are encouraged to participate in every aspect of our life together. Youth often lead in worship as liturgists, acolytes, musicians, greeters and ushers, etc. There is “A Time for the Young and the Young at Heart” in each worship service, where special messages or activities are provided for or by our youth. Every 2nd Sunday of the month, our youth collect a “Noisy Offering” in metal buckets, receiving the collected coins of all members to feed hungry people. This offering is divided between our local food pantry, Good Neighbors, and the Presbyterian Hunger Fund, which supports hunger remediation in the USA and around the world.
To strengthen their faith, Bandon Presbyterian youth are also encouraged to participate in the larger youth events and summer camps sponsored by Cascades Presbytery and the larger denomination, frequently with financial support from the congregation.
FPCB also has an Educational Gift Fund, which provides financial support to youth (and adults) who are active in the church and are pursuing education beyond the high school level. During the 2011-2012 school year, eight youth and one adult received grants of $1,400 to further their education. This program is fully funded by generous donations from church members and friends. Questions about this fund may be directed to the Pastor or the Moderator of the Christian Education Committee of Session.