Young Adults and Youth in Prairie to Pine

The YAAY Committee encourages all youth to participate in activities in their home congregations, in events in the area and in regional gatherings. Youth are also given many opportunities for leadership at youth events and by filling positions on the YAAY Committee. (Click here to learn more about this important committee and who serves on it.) 

What is YAAY?

This community and program provides opportunities for young adults and youth to connect with other people who share similar values as their own. This is done through semi-annual young adult-led youth retreats, area-based travelling youth groups and young adult gatherings, and other events. Read on for more details!

Connect with us!

Instagram: @prairie2pine_yaay  and @yarg_hangouts 
Facebook: Prairie to Pine United Church Young Adults and Youth 

Have an event that you want to advertise on YAAY social media?  Email a poster to p2pyaay@gmail.com

Retreats

A youth retreat is… well, it’s a lot of things! Mostly, it’s a great opportunity to meet lots of people and make new friends from all over our  Prairie to Pine Region (Manitoba and North Western Ontario). It’s a time to laugh, learn, worship, dance, sing, talk, and more. It’s a chance to explore and deepen our faith in God in new and exciting ways. It’s a safe, warm, welcoming, and friendly environment where you can just be yourself! Everybody is accepted, and nobody is judged. That sounds pretty great! 

More retreat info

Two region wide youth retreats are held each year for youth grade 7 to 12. The Zeebu Retreat is held in February on the Louis Riel long weekend and  the Alf retreat is held in October on the SAGE weekend. 

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Events

The Prairie to Pine YAAY committee organizes and collaborates on events for youth and young adults of all interests to come together in community, whether locally or nationally or in between. 

  • Travelling Youth Group (TYG) is a still evolving opportunity for youth and leaders from different churches in and around Winnipeg to plan a youth group “evening” in their own church, to which they invite other youth. This allows small groups, even churches with one youth, to feel their planning effort is more worthwhile because they can plan for a larger group and know that other groups will reciprocate and plan something to which they can then take their youth. This significantly cuts down the work-load of one youth leader while introducing their youth to a wider circle of United Church peers.

    “Travelling Youth Group” events have typically been held on a Friday from 7 to 9 pm for grades 6 and up, but aren’t limited to this. For ideas on planning a Travelling Youth Group, click here.

  • YARG (Ages 18-30) or Young Adult Recreational Gatherings, are events put on by the Prairie to Pine YAAY committee. They aim to bring young adults together to grow friendships, and strengthen the young adult community in the United Church. Past events include potlucks, karaoke or games nights, and volunteering events.  To see current events see Instagram, @yarg_hangouts
  • Rendezvous (Ages 14+) is a national gathering of the United Church of Canada youth, young adults, and their leaders. Rendez-Vous is held every three years in the year before a General Council.  Click here for more info.