By Cindy McNicholl

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

September 26, 2012 at 4:00 AM until 6:00 AM

Location: Brioad and Stoine Street IOneida, Ny

Phone: 315-26207590

Event Description


Oneida – An Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Oneida to herald the grand opening of “The Connection” – a new spiritual outreach to young people, grade seventh through twelve.

According to Youth and Christian Education Director, Kathy Bruno, the goal of this program is to reach out to teens in mind, soul and spirit as a means of empowering them to reach out to their families, their communities and the world.

Formerly known as “Jesus Street”, The Connection will provide teens with an expanded opportunity to spend more time talking about various topics that pertain to the teens and their lives. It will also be an opportunity to share experiences and concerns with other teens and mentors.

“We would like the teens to take away the fact that we are there for them - we care about them and that they are important. We want them to eventually take away that God and Jesus will always be a constant in their lives. Whenever they need someone to talk to or help them get through difficult times in their lives – we want them to know that we are here for them and help them to also know that they can always talk to God and Jesus,” Bruno said.

Teens involved with this program will also be able to utilize the gym for volleyball, basketball, and floor hockey, as well as interact with other teens through games of pool, ping pong, air hockey, and board games,

Bruno indicated that eventually the program would like to have the bowling alley within the church up and running. Much of the initial work has been completed but additional repairs and construction still needs to be done before this can be used.

The Connection will also focus on volunteer community service through raking, doing odd jobs, assisting in community events and singing for the elderly.

There has also been significant interest from the teens in starting a teen band. The Connection has the facilities to provide this outreach and hopes to expand that program.

Over the past few months, volunteers have been busy painting The Connection facilities and they are eager to show their new program site to the community. Additional information will be provided at the Ribbon Cutting and Open House and teens as well as Adult Advisors will be on hand to answer any questions that media representatives or community members might have.

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