We’re YAYA. Nice to meet you!
Youth & Young Adult Ministries at the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto is committed to building a positive, progressive, encouraging, affirming community for students and young adults. If you’re in middle or high school, or completing your university studies, or a young professional to age 35, a special welcome to you!
Mission, Vision, and Values
We feel the Holy Spirit calling us to:
- Cooperate, working in collaboration with each other and drawing upon each person’s gifts to demonstrate God’s grace and love.
- Cultivate, tending to one another’s concerns, building community, and recognizing the inherent dignity and worth of each human being, paying attention to the Holy Spirit’s movement in our lives.
- Consecrate, taking time to see the sacred in the ordinary, identifying the presence of Jesus Christ in the communities of our everyday lives.
- Celebrate, being joyful for God’s divine handiwork in all things created and called “good.”
To provide safe space where young people are accepted and affirmed in their being, encouraged to deepen their faith journey, and equipped to be a transformational presence in the communities of their everyday lives.
Our Core Values
- We are unapologetically Christian. Our faith foundation begins in the example of Jesus of Nazareth, fully divine and fully human, the Son of God who demonstrates the path of love, reconciliation, grace, mercy, justice, and right community.
- We are community-focused. In the face of a culture that promotes as sacred the notion of complete self-sufficiency, we recognize that we are created as social beings and are interconnected with every other human being in ways that are impossible to detangle.
- We are justice-seeking. Following the wisdom of the prophets, the teachings of Jesus, and the call of the Holy Spirit, we seek to be partners with those on the edges of society, to care for creation, and to use our various privileges in a way that empowers marginalized persons and honors the inherent worth, value, and dignity of all God’s created beings.
- We are disciples-making-disciples. Leadership is not confined to the clergy, or to elected leadership boards and committee structures. In the waters of baptism we are all called to an active, engaged faith that affirms, empowers, encourages, and equips. All Christians are called to live out their lives in a way that witnesses to their faith, and in so doing, takes a leadership role in the promotion of the Gospel.
What to expect
It can be intimidating going to something new, no matter what the age. Across our YAYA ministries, know that you will be most warmly welcomed and affirmed — we like to say you “bring your whole self,” because we believe that God’s Beloved Community really does include all people. As an Open and Affirming ministry, we extend a special welcome to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities expressions.
Above all, we pray that you will find a spiritual home here. Take a look at our calendar of events. Reach out to our pastor or any of our leadership team members with questions or just to grab coffee.