Children, Youth and Families

Children have a very special place at Plymouth. We teach our young people Biblical stories through a progressive Christian lens. We emphasize the arts and social justice from a young age. The work and development of our young people are integrated into every part of building our church community.

As children grow up at Plymouth they move into the Youth Program, the youth of our congregation are actively living their spirituality, exploring relevant issues, and learning the history of the Christian faith. Our Children and Youth leadership develop and offer service activities, retreats, and camps to benefit our young people’s spiritual development and meet them, exactly where they are on their journey.

For more information, contact our Director or Children and Youth Ministries Nina Jonson, ninaj (at)

Updates From Nina

This week at Plymouth, for Children, Youth and Families

I don’t want you to miss out on everything in this week’s email! Here’s what we cover

*Important upcoming events (including NO CHURCH SCHOOL this weekend!)

*Registration for Camp Club! and Camp Plymouth are both open! Due to COVID, spots are limited and will fill fast.

*Ways to support our graduating seniors

*In-person worship and church school starting June 6th!

And more! Check it all out HERE!

Give in to Hope Day 47: YOU!

Here we are, on Easter morning–a day of hope, of rebirth, of new life, and of possibilities! Over the past weeks, we have learned about young people from all over the world, all with different passions, different problems, and different plans for their futures! Each of these heroes had something in common–they didn’t wait until they were adults to start on their path to change the world. You don’t have to either! You inspire the people around you every day

Here is my favorite verse in the bible, from 1 Timothy 4:12–“Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith…”

You are the example grown-ups need in the world. You have the power to make a difference. The choice is up to you–what change are you going to make?

Questions for families: Thinking about the world around you, what is a problem (big or small) that you would like to make some kind of impact on? Can we make a list of information we need to get, and ways we could get involved? How can I, as your caring adult, help support you?

Closing prayer: Dear God, Thank you for putting these heroes into the world, and into our lives. Help us find our purpose, so we can make a difference too! Amen.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this opportunity to Give in to Hope for the last 47 days. We can’t wait to see where hope will take you next! We’d love to hear how you enjoyed our Lent experience for Children, Youth and Families. Please email with any comments or suggestions!

With love, Nina, Dylan, and the Committee for Children, Youth and Families

Give in to Hope Day 46: Boyan Slat

When Boyan Slat was 16, he went scuba diving on a family vacation and was horrified to see more plastic than fish during his time underwater. The image stayed with him, and he spent a lot of time both learning about how plastics accumulate in the water, why people have felt they were nearly impossible to clean up and if there might be any way to rid our waters of plastic. By 19, he has founded a clean-water non-profit and began fundraising to put his water cleaning devices into production. He came up with prototypes (models) of a water clean-up system that used the currents in the ocean to naturally move plastics into nets, and then into a filtration system, to sort plastics from fish, sea creatures, and plant life. This process was not easy, and many funders and scientists felt that it wasn’t realistic. The first test models were made, and many of them broke. But Boyan and his team did not give up. He retooled his plans to instead focus on cleaning up polluted rivers, rather than the vast, open ocean, and his newest clean-up device, the Interceptor, was finally revealed and successful! Currently, there are interceptor devices cleaning plastics out of rivers in 4 countries, with plans for many more. Rather than give up, Boyan adapted, looked at the problem from different angles, tried different solutions, and stayed focused on his goal–any positive impact on the pollution of our water was a success. Boyan remains hopeful that significant portions of the plastics currently in our water can be removed, and the nonprofit he founded is also committed to stopping the entrance of new plastics into our water system from here on out!

To learn more about Boyan Slat:

What are your favorite things to do in or on the water? What are your favorite animals and creatures that live in or near water? How does plastic in oceans, lakes, and rivers impact activities and living things?

Closing prayer: Dear God, let us be creative, committed, positive and focused as we work to create change in the world. Amen.

Give in to Hope Day 45: The Little Rock Nine

It wasn’t so long ago that separating people in schools, stores, on busses, and at drinking fountains, was not only expected in many places in the United States, particularly the South, but actually LEGAL! In 1954, a landmark Supreme Court Case, Brown v. Board of Education ruled that school segregation was illegal and unconstitutional. However, just because the court said schools needed to desegregate, didn’t mean that the change happened quickly. It took nearly 3 years of work by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (the NAACP) to put into motion Black students actually attending and integrating white schools. In Little Rock Arkansas, 9 African-American students; Minnijean Brown, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Thelma Mothershed, Melba Patillo, Gloria Ray, Terrence Roberts, Jefferson Thomas and Carlotta Walls, were selected by community leaders to be the first high schoolers to enroll at Little Rock High School. They were selected because of their calm, strength, and ability to withstand the bullying and violence that would most likely befall them during the integration. On September 4th, 1957, the teens attended their first day of school. During the coming weeks they had to be escorted into the building by the National Guard, and endured taunting, racist slurs, getting spat on, and getting hit and kicked. Still, they persisted in attending school daily, effectively integrating Little Rock High, and paving the path to integrated schools across the country. 8 of the 9 students are still alive today, and received a Medal of Honor from then-president Barack Obama for their bravery.

To learn more about the Little Rock 9:

To learn about Brown v. Board of Education:

What do you think it was like for the Little Rock Nine as they had to walk through angry crowds every day to go to school? Why do you think school is so important that people all over the world are willing to endure extreme hardship to go?

Closing prayer: Dear God, no one should have to fight to go to a good, safe school. Thank you for our education, and may we help others have access to education too. Amen.

Give in to Hope Day 44: JoJo Siwa

Many people are familiar with Jojo Siwa, whether it’s because of her big personality making her a breakout star on reality TV and Nickelodeon, her songs that kids can’t get enough of, her youtube channel, or her giant hairbows. At only 17 JoJo created a brand that was a lot like her, colorful, sparkly, confident and full of personality! She was even listed as one of Time’s most influential people in 2020 and millions of tweens and children look up to her. She has always taken her job as a role model very seriously. Even though she is an older teen, and could choose to dress and act in a more adult way, because so many of her fans are kids, she has said it is really important to her that she remains relatable to them, and doesn’t encourage them to act to grown-up too soon. Early in 2021, JoJo came out as part of the LGBTQ+ community, sharing on her various social media platforms that she feels the happiest she has ever been. For many adults and young people who identify has queer, her coming out is very momentous. A young person with so much influence, showing herself as happy, authentic and empowered in her LGBTQ+ identity is extremely powerful, and JoJo will most certainly garner even more fans now.

To learn more about JoJo Siwa:

To hear why her coming out is so meaningful for the LGBTQ+ community:

Closing prayer: Dear God, Let us create a world where everyone has the power to be joyfully, unapologetically themselves. Amen.


with Nina Jonson

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