MPC Youth

A Weekly Newsletter

Thought for the Week

Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New Year find you a better man. - Benjamin Franklin

I don't know about you, but I am pretty awful at New Year's Resolutions. I either make them ahead of time and then abandon them by the wayside sometime before the end of January or completely forget to make them and give it up as a lost cause.

What are we trying to change? The answers are not surprising: lose weight, improve personal finances, exercising more, find a new job, cut back on smoking, and improving a relationship. Those are, coincidentally, also the top resolutions that people break.

A recent article by the Washington Post says that 25% of Americans don't make it a week(!) before moving on. About 19% made it to six months. Only 8% of people, Forbes says, achieve their New Year's goals. There is some good news, though. If you can make it to the six month mark with your resolution, you are 10 times more likely to keep it as a habit.

Some of us don't need New Year's Resolutions to make change happen. Those are the people who are self-motivated to get up and go running at the crack of dawn every morning, regardless of the weather. To those people I say: you are awesome and I am jealous.

For the rest of us, who might need extra incentive or motivation, keeping our resolutions is a little more difficult. People who research this sort of thing have some tips to share with us.

You need a "contemplation phase." This is the period when you develop an attainable goal that you can stick with, even if you slip occasionally. Take time and think about what you can add to your schedule without being overwhelmed or what your body can handle and set goals accordingly.

Tell people about your goals or involve them in your effort. This is not about forcing people into your resolution or recruiting them to hit the same goals you are. Rather, this is putting people in your support network who will touch base with and encourage you on your journey. Maybe they'll join you, who knows! At the same time, be that support for your friends and family who have set goals. This is a two way street.

Shamelessly bribe yourself. Studies have shown that a "serious financial stake in the outcome" makes people more likely to hit their goals. It is okay to reward yourself for hitting your milestones. Hitting a goal is not a punishment, it is a moment of celebration. Go ahead and celebrate with that thing you've had on your Amazon wish-list for ages.

Be kind to yourself. On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic. We are used to moments of instant gratification that it is easy to get discouraged when we don't see results as quickly as we would like. It is okay if you mess up! You can always start again. Building a habit is not an all-or-nothing experience.

Even if you aren't into setting strict Resolutions, I encourage you to think about ways you can make this year better than the last for yourself or for the people around you.

I wish you all a year full of all the success, blessings, and happiness that you can handle!

Happy New Year!
- Liz

Upcoming Schedule

Sunday Morning Schedule

  • Middle School Sunday School, 9:15 AM (Youth Room)
  • High School Sunday School, 9:15 AM (Stephen Ministry Room)
  • Confirmation, 9:15 AM (Room 102)
  • Contemporary Worship, 11:00 AM (Sanctuary)

Sunday Evening Schedule

  • Middle School Youth Group, 5:00 PM (Youth Room)
  • High School Praise Team, 5:30 PM (Sanctuary)
  • Middle School Praise Team, 6:30 PM (Sanctuary)
  • High School Youth Group, 7:00 PM (Sanctuary)

Wednesday Evening Schedule

  • Youth Gathering, 7:00 PM (Youth Room)

Friday Evening Schedule

  • Middle School Lock-In begins, 7:00 PM (Youth Room)

Saturday Morning Schedule

  • Middle School Lock-In ends, 8:00 - 9:00 AM pick up (Youth Room)

Wednesday Nights

Beginning on Wednesday, January 6th, we are starting up Wednesday Evening Programs for all ages! All programs will run from 7:00-8:00 PM.

Middle School Lock-In!

Friday, Jan. 15th, 7pm-9am

30 East Baltimore Avenue

Media, PA

It's time for an overnight! This event is for Middle School Youth and friends! Come if you have been here often and come if you haven't been in a long time! All are welcome!

We'll gather on Friday, January 15 and be "locked in" until the morning of Saturday, January 16. Join us to celebrate the New Year with a lesson or two, games, movies, and, of course, food!

CLICK HERE for more information about this event.

Please RSVP to Liz via email or using THIS FORM so we can prepare for food and games!



  • Sunday, January 10
    Normal Sunday School & Youth Group schedule resumes
  • Friday, January 15
    Middle School Lock-In begins - drop off at 7:00 PM (Youth Room)
  • Saturday, January 16
    Middle School Lock-In ends - pick up by 9:00 AM (Youth Room)


  • Friday, February 12
    All-Church Retreat @ Harvey Cedars Begins
  • Saturday, February 13
    All-Church Retreat @ Harvey Cedars
  • Sunday, February 14
    All-Church Retreat @ Harvey Cedars Ends
    No Youth Events

2016 All-Church Retreat

Friday, Feb. 12th, 7pm to Sunday, Feb. 14th, 12pm

Harvey Cedars Bible Conference, Harvey Cedars, NJ, United States

Harvey Cedars, NJ

Join us for our all-church retreat, a weekend of fun, relaxation, and learning with others in our church family!

The retreat includes:

  • Meals
  • Program Sessions
  • Speaker Dr. Ruth Laker

Check out the website, the MPC newsletter, or the pew inserts for more information. You can also call (610-566-3944) or email Cathy Brod in the church office with any questions.

Registration deadline is Sunday, January 17!


Parents and Friends -

If you are interested in volunteering with the youth, either in Sunday School or Youth Group, please email Liz!

You are welcome to join us as often as you are able!

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Youth Program of Media Presbyterian Church

Media Presbyterian Church considers ministry to Youth and their families to be one of the most important ministries the Church can provide.

The Youth Ministry programs at MPC has long been a place that welcomes teenagers to embrace their questions and their struggles with faith in a healthy and safe environment.

The Youth Program is led by Ms. Liz Remelius, Director of Youth Ministries. Liz nurtures a deep love of education and believes that there is "a divine beauty in learning." She hopes that anyone who participates in MPC's Youth Ministry will be equipped to ask questions, search for answers, and turn that knowledge into action, both in the Church and the world.