Being Called: Winter Weekend 2015

Hello everyone!

This past weekend we had a fantastic time a Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church in Scarborough.

Friday night we started off the weekend with Get to Know You Games! A lot of laughs and fun games got us going and creating the wonderful community for the weekend. After a brief introduction, we started an intense team build activity. Participants were split up into groups of six, and there was a race to complete! My personal favourite was where each group was given three pieces of rope and had to hold on to one end. With a time limit, each group had to create the largest and most complicated knot without letting go of the ropes! Another team then had to try to untie the rope with the same rules. Needless to say, groups got competitive!


Getting a bit competitive…

After some tasty apple cider, we head out to worship in Guildwood’s beautiful sanctuary. Although we’re all from different cities, backgrounds and churches, it’s amazing to know that we are all connected through our belief and love of God. After worship, we headed out to our fantastic billets for a good night’s sleep.

Singing together!

Singing together!

Saturday was definitely eventful! As an ode to Valentine’s Day, we played a game with “people,” versus “Cupid’s minions.” The people wanted to steal the secret of love from Cupid’s fortress (the sanctuary), and Cupid’s minions wanted to keep it a secret. Trying not to get tagged, the people tried to bring the secret of love back to the common place. Unfortunately, Cupid’s minions won, but everyone found out that the secret of love was in the bible!

After this loving activity, we joined in on a Yoga class in the church with Cathy Mines. Cathy led us through some heart opening and relaxation practices. After yoga, we went to worship where we sang, laughed and listened together. Our speaker, Rev. Tim Raeburn-Gibson led us through the process of discerning God’s call. Tim led us through the story of Joseph, his brothers and the coat of many colours from Genesis. We learned about how Joseph was uncovering his purpose and where God wanted him to go.

Tim leading us in acting out the story.

Tim leading us in acting out the story.

After each theme speak with Tim, we separated into discussion groups where we could talk about our beliefs, ideas and problems we all encounter on our spiritual journey. Discussion groups are such a great time to connect with like-minded people and talk about similarities and differences.

We had a delicious lunch of sandwiches and soup, then headed out to play an epic game of capture the flag at the Guild Park down the street. Overlooking the lake, we tried to steal the foam swords from each other’s teams!

It definitely was a wintery day at the Guild Park!

It definitely was a wintery day at the Guild Park!

After playing outside, we sat down to listen to Bonnie and Luna from Guildwood about their mission work with Amnesty International. We helped sign petitions and write letters to help those around the world. Our afternoon then went into a worship service, theme speak with Tim and discussion groups, we had a bit of free time together.

A delicious four cheese lasagna got us ready for an evening of crazy activities. We started with a real life game of “trivia crack,” where we tried to answer trivia questions on entertainment, art, sports, history/bible, science and geography. The only catch was that both teams could challenge each other to make the other team have a disadvantage. My personal favourite was the no hands pantyhose chase! Three people from each team had to put a pantyhose leg with an orange on the bottom over their head. Without using their hands, they had to swing the orange to try to pull off the pantyhose of of the other team’s heads! It was hilarious to take part in!

Trying to pull the pantyhose off of each other's heads without using hands!

Trying to pull the pantyhose off of each other’s heads without using hands!

After Trivia track, we packed care packages for Arise mission. Arise focuses on outreach, case management and spiritual care to individuals involved in the sex-trade. We were glad to take part and help out!

We then got musical and participated in a Pitch Perfect-esque “Riff-Off.” Everyone definitely had fun trying to come up with more songs to sing!


Singing our hearts out!

Singing our hearts out in the Riff-Off!

Sunday morning, we participated in the service by singing The Loricaand speaking about our experiences with mentors. After lunch, we had a fun Photo Booth time to end off our time together.


lots of laughs!

PYPS is an incredible opportunity for youth to share our common experiences and celebrate our differences. We had such a fantastic weekend, and would love for you to be a part of our next event at Glen Mhor Camp, May 29-31st, 2015.

Thanks again to Rev. Tim Raeburn-Gibson for sharing your personal stories and wisdom with us, Rev. Hugh Donnelly and Bruce Morrison for providing us with food and such a welcoming atmosphere, Cathy Mines for leading us in yoga, Bonnie Horton and Luna for sharing your Amnesty International mission work, and all of the billets who opened up their doors for us.

What a wonderful time to be a youth in the church!

The group!

The group!

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Winter Weekend 2015 Information

We’re excited to see you all at Winter Weekend!

In case you didn’t get the information email, here’s what you need to know!



Registration is from 7:00-8:00pm, so please bring your payment (cheques can be made to CNOB PYPS) and signed waivers with you. If you forgot to save your waiver, you can find it at the bottom of this post.

On Sunday, we’ll be all wrapped up at 2pm.

Here’s some things you need to bring for this weekend:

– yoga mats (if you have one)

– sleeping bag/pillow

– warm clothes for being outside

– small billet gift

– personal toiletries

– signed waivers (you can find them attached to this email)



As part of our mission component of the weekend, we will be packing care bags for Arise Mission. Currently, they are looking for these items to place in the bags:


-moist towelettes, individually wrapped, no water needed


-hand sanitizer (purse sized bottles)

-lip balm

-hair elastics

-safety pins


-personal-sized packages of tissues

-mini-sized chocolate bars

-stretchy gloves


-hand warmers

-toe warmers

If you would like to donate some items for the bags, feel free to bring them along so we can pack them in.



We’re so excited to see you!

If you have any questions, feel free to email

-PYPS Exec



Downloadable Waiver Winter 2015

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Winter 2015 Registration!





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Winter Warm Up Registration Details

Hello PYPSers!

We are excited to see you for our Winter Warm Up event on January 10th from 10:30 to 4:30 at Riverdale Presbyterian Church in Toronto! You DO NOT need to register before the event, so feel free to show up day of! Lunch will be provided for you, so just bring yourself and some warm clothes to brave the outdoors!

You can download our  WINTER WARM UP REGISTRATION FORM and bring it signed to the event, or you can fill our the form at our registration table with the provided copies.

If you have any more questions of what the day will look like, feel free to email and we will gladly answer them.

We’re looking forward for what our day together will bring!



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Save The Date for Our 2014-2015 Events!

We’re looking forward to our upcoming events!
For printable event-specific posters and Registration, check out our Events Page.

Events Poster PYPS

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Fall Convention 2014

We have new exciting things ahead for PYPS, and in order to bring the best we can ahead, there will be no Fall Convention.

Stay tuned for information on our Winter Weekend February 13th-15th, and get excited for a special surprise coming up!




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PYPS T-Shirt Contest!

Do we have a contest for you! We need a design for new PYPS T-shirts and we know that you are all creative people! Send in your drawing through an inbox message to the CNOB PYPS Facebook page, and we will anonymously post it in our T-shirt design contest album. You can make as many submissions as you would like. The person’s design that gets the most likes by noon on August 15, 2014 will win a $100 prepaid visa/mastercard and their T-shirt for free! Even if you’re not into designing, just ‘liking’ a design in our T-shirt contest album puts you in a draw for a $25 prepaid visa/mastercard! You can like more than one design, but you will only be put in the draw once. The deadline for submission is July 31st, so get drawing and ‘liking’ those designs!


tshirt contest

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Introducing: May Camp 2014!

Hey folks!

We are pleased to announce our Spring Weekend with you all!


Printable May Camp Poster 2014

We look forward to seeing you at beautiful Camp Kintail as we share in fellowship with our friends from the Synod of Southwestern Ontario!

You can register right here: PYPS May Camp Registration

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Winter Weekend Wrap Up 2014

Hey PYPSers, Holly here!

This past weekend at Westminster Presbyterian in Barrie, we had about 30 fantastic youth from our synod come together. We started of the weekend with lots of get to know you games, and echoes of singing “The Mingle Mingle Mingle Song” filling the church. After everyone arrived, we joined in our discussion groups for a newspaper building challenge. The discussion group that could build the newspaper structure that could hold the most bibles won! We continued into worship where Caleb led us in song and participants helped read song and scriptures. With fantastic volunteer billets from Westminster, we said goodnight!


In the morning, we started off with worship which led into theme speak with our fantastic speaker, Karen Horst, from St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Orillia! Talking about the different seasons of our faith journey, we joined in discussion groups and got to know each other even more. We then went into a rotation of team building activities including balancing 11 nails on one, and a game called helium stick! Right before lunch, Al Clarkson from the National Presbyterian Museum had an informative presentation which included some stories from his PYPS experience!

Caleb leading us in worship.

Caleb leading us in worship.

Lunch was graciously prepared by the church for us. We then went into another worship service, theme speak with Karen and discussion groups! For mission, we went through a “World of 100” simulation activity where participants were separated into five groups of countries, were given resources according to their classification. With healthy cereal donations donated to The David Busby Street Centre in Barrie for their healthy breakfast program. The participants were completely surprised when Alex came out with a cat mask as “Cat Man” and led them through Zumba in the fellowship hall! Surprised to say the least, everyone had a great time! With free time till dinner, we mostly played card games, and got in some extra singing time in the sanctuary.


Our speaker, Karen Horst.

Our speaker, Karen Horst.

After dinner, we had a full “clue like” mystery of who “stole” the spoon of silence. Participants had to go to different stations around the church and do challenges like gorilla soccer, and writing their own quick songs to get clues. Our last adventure of the day included an Iron Chef Kraft Dinner challenges! Disco groups were given a box of Kraft Dinner, chocolate, doritos, eggs, bread crumbs, and lots of random ingredients to create the best mac and cheese. Though we had some…interesting mixtures it was great to see what everyone came up with!

Youth in the Kitchen ready for the KD challenge!

Youth in the Kitchen ready for the KD challenge!

Sunday morning, we all enjoyed an Intergenerational service at Westminster including a puppet show on the sower and the seed parable! Enjoying a soup lunch with the congregation, we definitely all finished lunch with a smile on our faces!

After lunch, we played a game of “hashtags!” Each discussion group was given a Twitter hashtag like #thoughtIwascool or #bestadvice, and they had to come up with a Tweet that was under 140 characters. A lot of groups were so creative, we all couldn’t stop laughing! We ended the event with some free time so we could have enough time to say not goodbye, but “see you at the next event!” to all of our new friendships we’ve made.

Another discussion group.

Another discussion group.

At the end of this event, I am reminded how much God is working in our lives. The fact that all of these youth could come together and enjoy each other’s fellowship truly will keep me going until our next event at Camp Kintail on May 16-19!

Thank you to Matthew Ruttan, Julie Cunha, all of the volunteer billets and the volunteer cooks from Westminster Presbyterian in Barrie, Melanie and Glen Dow for being our fantastic deans, our speaker Karen Horst, Al Clarkson, the executive for planning the event, and all the participants for coming out.

Stay tuned for more information on Spring!


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Winter Weekend 2014 Registration!

Winter Weekend 2014 registration is here!

Use the link below to fill out your online registration. In addition to completing this, you also need to bring your waiver and $65 to the event. All cheques are payable to “CNOB PYPS.”

We hope to see you in Barrie!

Online registration:

Once you complete your online registration, you will be prompted to save or print the waiver form.

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