Rev. Aqueelah Ligonde, an ordained PCUSA clergywoman, is an enthusiastic speaker and leader with a passion for today’s generation of youth, women, and leaders. She has worked with organizations such as Princeton Seminary Institute For Youth Ministry and Youth Specialties. She has served on the Executive Board of GenOn Ministries, an organization dedicated to intergenerational relationships and on the Board of Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center. Aqueelah holds a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, in Chicago, IL. Currently, she is a Staff Coach and Consultant with Ministry Architects, a coach with Ministry Incubators, and Transitional Pastor at Far Rockaway Presbyterian Church. She is also pursuing a Doctor of Ministry from Louisville Theological Seminary. For over a decade, Aqueelah served as the Associate Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Queens, NY. She and her husband live in Long Island, NY.
New in 2019!
CPYC has partnered with YouthWorks a nationally recognized brand that designs short-term mission trips for groups all over the United States to offer two-day mission trips during CPYC.
Registered groups will spend two of your afternoons (Monday & Tuesday or Wednesday & Thursday) serving in and around McKenzie. If you might be interested in doing your mission trip during CPYC contact Nathan Wheeler (email@example.com) for more information. Spots are very limited!!!
CPYC 2019 is June 23-28 @ Bethel University
CPYC is for youth who have finished the 8th-12th grade and adult participants
$300- before May 1st
$325 -before June 1st
$375 – late registration (after May 31st)
$400- CPYC + Youthworks Mission Trip (contact Nathan Wheeler for details)
$150- One adult participant from participating church
IMPORTANT! READ BEFORE YOU REGISTER
Tips for registering for CPYC 2019
- Under session list find CPYC 2019 and select add (you can register 1-8 people at a time by using the quantity drop down menu ) and then hit continue.
- Follow steps afterward to complete registration including filling out registration information, reading and agreeing to abide by CPYC Covenant (it’s highlighted blue just click and it and you will be able to read it).
- At review cart &/or check out screen select NO for protect your registration fee.
- If you would like to pay at a later date select Pay a Deposit/Pay Balance Manually.
- A $25 cancelation fee will be applied to all canceled registrations and a refund will be offered for any canceled registration up to May 31st.
- You will receive a confirmation email with more details including how to download, fill out, and upload your completed Media and Medical Waiver Form.
CPYC hits the road to bring the CPYC experience to a town near you.
The CPYC (Cumberland Presbyterian Youth Conference) Experience is a FREE one-day youth event for 6th-12th graders to experience what one day at CPYC is like. It includes an opening gathering with energizers, music, and games, a small group time centered on the theme for the day, recreation, dinner, and worship. There will also be a time of promoting CPYC including a video presentation, testimonies about the impact of CPYC and some CPYC giveaways!
March 2- First CPC Chattanooga, TN
April 27- New Hope CPC Paducah, KY
We are looking for locations to host the CPYC One Day Experience in 2020. We have held them at local churches, at the CPCA denomination center and even created an event around a presbyterial retreat. If interested contact Nathan Wheeler firstname.lastname@example.org
Morning Mash-Up – A whole group activity including an introduction to the daily theme, group singing, energizers, keynote speaker, and announcements.
Discussion Groups – Theme exploration and biblical discovery through various learning techniques in small groups meeting daily, led by adult and peer leaders and concentrating on daily sub-themes where discussion and questions are encouraged.
Worship – A whole group gathering of further theological and biblical reflection of the daily theme through music, drama, scripture, and preaching. Worship concludes with quiet time. Holy communion will be served one evening.
Recreation – Afternoon recreation and free time consists of numerous options. The CPYC “lounge” is an indoor area with cards, games, and creative activities. Every day there are different options of organized games/sports & activities, pickup games or swimming. Participation is by signup sheets or free-flowing, with announcements & explanations given daily. Evening recreation is an organized, whole group activity and will be something different each night.
Prayer Center – A come-and-go center of prayer stations, thematically organized, open during afternoon free time and after worship.
Suite Time – A time of sharing and daily reflection with suitemates and suite counselor.
Housing – All participants are housed in one dorm. Youth can choose one or two other participants with whom to room, but we do try to house larger groups together if possible. Each suite houses 6 participants plus an adult counselor. Boys and girls are housed in separate wings and are not allowed in the wing of the opposite gender.
Staff – There will be a staff to camper ratio of about 1:4, which doesn’t include the adult youth worker participants who bring their youth. A nurse will be on staff.
Experience – The most important thing about CPYC is the experience of being part of a larger group of young people and purposefully forming one faith community, regardless of differences. Youth who attend alone or for the first time will quickly receive hospitality and feel at home. The hospitality, love of neighbor and love of God is a life changing experience.
June 23-28th @ Bethel University
CPYC 2020 (tentative)
June 28-July 3 @ Bethel University
CPYC 2021 (tentative)
June 27-July 2 @ Bethel University
Terms to Expire 2019: Emilie Jerrolds (West Tennessee), Chandler Anderson (Murfreesboro), Casey Crowe (Nashville), Cydney Lowder (Arkansas), Victoria Hassell (Covenant) Terms to Expire 2020: Amelia Shelton (East TN), Danny Ruiz (TN/GA), Gregory Oliver (Murfreesboro), J’Naya Breedlove (Nashville), Kauryn Datcher (Huntsville), Sheila Tume (Red River), Josue Rodriguez (Grace) Terms to Expire 2021: Paul Rackley (TN/GA), Kaylee Hayes (Trinity), Nate Woods (Missouri), Ian McClung (West TN)
Adults: Joanna Wilkinson (CPC)-2020
YMPC (Youth Ministry Planning Council) is an agency of the United Board for Christian Discipleship of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. This board comprises members of the Discipleship Ministry Team (CPC) and the General Assembly Mission Board (CPCA). The council comprises 17 members.