Castile United Church of Christ

4 Washington Street, Castile, NY 14427

Castile UCC Youth Group News

Christian Education News

(No Youth Bible Study over the Summer)


Wed., August 29 – Outdoor Movie Night

Ferdinand” – 8:30 PM

Free to all…. Popcorn, Drinks & Snacks provided

Charcoal Corral Raffle

The Youth Group Raffle to benefit the Renewed Vision Project – Phase II was a big success. They made $417.00 and the winner was Carley Miller. Thank you to Charcoal Corral for your donation.

Youth News

Trip to the NY Council of Churches in NYC

Sitting in a meeting at the United Nations


Reclaiming the Voice of Resistance: the title of this year’s NY Council of Churches Youth Leadership Forum.  40 Youth as well as 10 chaperones embarked on a journey of expanding personal horizons through interactions, learning and opportunities to explore in ways that were outside of most in the groups comfort zones.

Opportunities included, meeting and traveling with people from all areas of the state as well as an assortment of lifestyles that may not have been what the individual youth were used to.  There were folks from all sizes of churches as well as rural, urban and suburban.  How ironic that as the seminar progressed the youth were split into clear economic divisions to experience what may or may not have been their “norm” as well as comfort zone.  The poor were to sit on the floor for the majority of the seminar.  The wealthy had nice comfy chairs while the middle class still had chairs but they were not as comfortable.  A tangible way for the kids to see and feel the differences among people.  We can hope that it created a feeling of empathy and awareness that might someday be the background to his or her own decision on how they perceive others, no matter what their own personal social status.

An awareness of the paths that we are destined to leading back to the time of Columbus and the long history of slavery was a groundwork to create awareness of the tendency of ourselves to accept what is and not become an agent of change.  In order for the youth to become those who see the need for change they need to be able to see the problem as well as to be able to have the conviction and belief through the power and love of Jesus that they can make a difference.  No matter how small, every little change does matter.

The whirlwind visit created so many sensations of environment and differences that each person on this trip should have experienced a change of heart and mind in their own personal way.

Yes, there was sightseeing and eating and entertainment – but there was also, new cultures, new people that look and act different than those in your own personal bubble.  There was a group of mixed people that all believed in the same Jesus, the same Bible and yet could leave this seeing that as long as you love Jesus and live your life to glorify him as well as what His path is for you – then, that is enough.

This event was a great opportunity for all involved, for their own different reasons.  It is so important for our youth to seize opportunities to expand their horizons and in turn their way of thinking.  A heartfelt thanks to all who made this experience possible – from the organizers to the church that welcomed us so greatly – to all of the organizations and folks that funded this experience that made a difference for all.


Help Wanted:

Offering a great opportunity with minimal commitment.  Please consider becoming a Bible Adventure Time teacher for one month.  We are trying a new approach with rotating teachers.  This creates an opportunity for folks to be part of a great team that invests a small time in the future faith development of our churches youngest learners.  Please contact Heidi or Gidget if you are interested.  All materials needed and well-planned lessons are included.


Youth Group Bible Study

We are moving on to a new curriculum with our Youth.  The book is titled Nothing Short of the Truth.  This book begins a lesson with a Disney short movie.  The movie is a kick off point for great conversation and learning with our youth group with a focused lesson tied to each film.  The current set up is an adult leader for each lesson. We are currently meeting the 4th Sunday of each month during Bible Adventure Time.

Here is where you come in – looking for adults that want to be blessed with this opportunity to learn with while leading a lesson.

Please contact Heidi if you are interested.  It really is awesome to see how insightful these kids are.




Community Service:

      The Youth Group will be in charge of checking the St. Pauly’s clothing shed on the church property each Sunday.

We will also be sending pout items to our Military deployed folks.  The youth group will be assembling packages with items that will be purchased in part by Women’s Fellowship and also by money raised from our Tastefully Simple gift basket raffle.


HELP Wanted: Looking for aspiring Puppeteers.

We have such a great resource of puppets in our church. We need to know if there are some aspiring puppet actors that would be willing to have at least 4 puppet skit contributions a year during worship services. Please let Heidi or Pastor Putnam know if you want to be included.