Encanto’s Religious Education Board (R.E.) includes a very active Youth Group. Throughout the years, R.E. has sponsored numerous youth activities including summer water park days; fishing trips; visits to the Desert Botanical Gardens, the World Wildlife Park, and the Arizona Science Museum; “Faith and Family Nights” with the Phoenix Mercury and the Phoenix Suns; excursions to the Chinese New Year’s Festival; Harry Potter slumber parties; Halloween costume contests; and our annual “Fat Tuesday” Casino Nights. Our students also attend UCC summer church camps in Yucaipa, California (Pilgrim Pines), and in Prescott, Arizona (Emanuel Pines), and participate in other UCC Conference-based events.
Our latest project is to raise money for the kids to take a five-day trip to Disneyland and California Adventure in December of 2014. The youth also participate in several community service projects annually including:
- Collecting for UNICEF during the Halloween season
- Collecting for Heifer International during Lent
- Decorating and providing back-to school backpacks for homeless teens
- Assisting in the collection of goods for the Humane Society
The “R.E. family” is further responsible for hosting the annual Easter Egg Hunt, assisting with the Rally Day service, serving at various Church dinners, and decorating the Church and Fellowship Hall (both inside and out) for Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and other holidays.
Our youth are always busy between October and December rehearsing and preparing for the annual Christmas play—usually a delightful comedy that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.
To say the least, we are an extremely active group who is always happy to welcome newcomers! We would love to have you join us anytime you wish!