Youth Ministries |
We presently have 2 directors, 9 advisors and 46 YPDer’s. Our young people’s division, under the direction of the Women's Missionary Society his involved in a number of service, educational leadership, development programs. In addition, the YPD has a GOOD TIME in the LORD . Recent YPD activities include: Annual lock-in., over 50 + young people were in attendance; . we participated in “Operation 1 Warm Coat”, which benefited the Berkeley Food and Housing project. Other highlights of the year are as follows:
- Souper Bowl of Caring, raised over 200. dollars donated to the food program at St. Paul, Berkeley
- Black History Program
- Participated in Annual Mr/Miss YPD Coronation
- Participated in Jammin For Jesus
Our YPD is a spiritually led, Bible based, AME rooted Young People’s Division. Remembering our past, understanding where we are, and planning for our future all as we Grow, Glow and Go for Christ
2010 - 2011 YPD Annual Report
The Young People’s and Children’s Division of St. Paul AMEC under the umbrella of the Alyce Fobbs Washington Women’s Missionary Society is on fire for Christ!! The YPD meets each month for our Friday Night Fellowship or other planned outings and activities.
In October the YPD resumed our monthly Friday Night Fellowship with an old fashioned Hallelujah Night. There were games, food and fun for everyone. On October 31st the young people attended a Holy Hip Hop Concert featuring the 116 Clique at Hilltop Community Church in Richmond, Ca.
In the month of November our focus was on church etiquette and knowing your church. The young people were led on a walk-through of the church and discussed appropriate behavior in every area of the church. The lesson ended with the young people cleaning the Sanctuary.
Our 8th annual mission project: Operation one Warm Coat was held from November 21st through December 5th. This year we supported First Place for Youth an EOCP program. The coats, socks we collected went to help young people, some with families, in transition from foster care.
In December we hosted the CCYPD leadership training as well as participated in our church wide Christmas program.
In January the YPD participated in MLK Jr Day….Make it a Day On…Not a Day Off. 13 ypder’s and 6 adults participated in a service project at The MLK Jr. Shoreline Park in Oakland – Restoration Project where we cleaned the shoreline. After the service project lunch was provided for our young people and we completed the day with a field trip to the “I have a dream” Basketball Classic at Laney College.
February was a busy month for our young people. On Saturday February 12th 9 ypder’s and 4 adults participated and attended the CCYPD Jam 4 Jesus at Parks Chapel. The theme was: “Praising through the years”….a look back at gospel music through the decades. We participated in our Annual Black History Month Fellowship in conjunction with the Class leaders and the St. Paul Church Family. We also participated in the California State University Sponsored Event “Super Sunday” which emphasizes the importance of education. Lastly we attend the stage production of the Wiz along with Project Touchdown.
In March the YPD sponsored our 6th annual Family Snow Day. We took over 90 young people and adults to Boreal Ski Resort for a day of fun in the snow. Also in March the YPD participated in 2 mission projects. We traveled to Sacramento to participate in the CCYPD On the Field Mission Project and Evangelism Workshop. The day consisted of hands on outreach ministry in the form of PB&J sandwich ministry, making of Easter Baskets, can food collection and messages of love prepared and distributed to a local homeless shelter. We ended the day with a fellowship outing to a local roller skating ring. Our second mission project was in conjunction with our local WMS and took place on Saturday March 12th….Feeding our Community..Soup and Sandwich Ministry.
In April the YPD sponsored our annual Bake Sale: “No Need to fuss leave the Baking to Us!!!
In May we attended the CCYPD Re5val Its time... Ecclesiastes 3:1 reaching a generation for God….a time of Restoration, Renewal, Revival held Saturday May 7, 2011 at FAME Oakland.
Our very own Samiyah Hodges represented the CCYPD during the Lay Musical.
Our other activities this year included our annual game booth at the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival, Recycle Saturday and supporting many of the other St. Paul ministry activities such as serving as food servers at our crab feed, sponsoring the Youth Fun Zone and sponsoring the ice cream bar during our Homecoming Celebration. We also continued to support the initiatives of the 5th district by continuing to have Daughter’s of Destiny.
Our young people are excited about serving as worship leaders on Youth Sunday which is the 4th Sunday of each month. Some of our themes for this past Conference year have been: “Standing on the Word”, and “Youth for Change on Soul Patrol for Peace, and Justice in Christ Jesus”. We are also excited about our St. Paul Steppers who minister on Youth Sundays under the direction of Kawana Burrouhgs and Crystal Simmons.
Our young people are active on all levels of the YPD (local, conference, district and now connectional ). We currently have 2 conference officers and 1 connectional officer.
In July our YPD Director Ms. Michelle Baptiste-Brown traveled with the 5th Episcopal District YPD to Orlando, FL to attend the YPD Quadrennial Convention where, one of our own ypder’s Miss Ka’Dijah A. Brown, was elected as the Connectional 1st Vice President of the YPD of the AME Church. Also during the Quadrennial Convention Ms. Michelle was recognized for her 8 years of service to the YPD and received a beautiful plaque from the Connectional YPD Director, Mrs. Paulette Cryer.
As you can see our YPD is on fire!!! Continue to keep us in prayer as we continue to Grow, Glow and Go for Christ!!!
Michelle Baptiste-Brown Director
Delia Hills Co-Director