I'm Nico Carrillo, the full-time Youth Director at San Pedro. It's my honor to serve the needs of families as students transition to adulthood. I've got a degree in music and I'm passionate about worship, God's word, and discipleship for teenagers. I grew up in San Antonio, so it's my joy to serve the next generations of disciples. Our weekly youth gathering happens Sunday mornings during the 10:00 worship service, when sixth through twelfth graders attend worship, then leave during the sermon for their own age appropriate Bible study. We also host retreats, mission trips, lock-ins and fellowship events throughout the year. We're ramping back up other activities after the pandemic, which will include summer camps and a mission trip during the summer. Coming events and news are posted on this page.
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ESPN reports San Pedro Presbyterian's Director of Youth Ministries, Nico Carrillo, has qualified for the 2022 US Open Tennis Tournament. Barely missing out in last year's qualifying events (pictured facing off against Novak Djokovic in 2021), Nico has won enough matches and he now anticipates a strong showing.
Around the church office, the buzz has reached a fever pitch. When asked for his comment about this unprecedented development, Choir Director Mark Twehues said, "Wait, Nico plays tennis? And what's the US Open?"
Pastor Paul gave his support, too. "There's no way we're giving him time off for this. He can play in the tournament, but we expect him back on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings with our youth."
You can confirm more information about The US Open Tennis Tournament HERE. We have no idea when Nico's playing in the first round, but prayers are welcome.
UPDATE: The US Open is a real tournament, this article is not. However, we do have a passionate group of Pickleball enthusiasts who play at several locations every week. Nico made an appearance and dominated; Pastor Bryan has been showing up to play, too. Want to join them or get on the Pickleball Fellowship list? Get connected with the group HERE. For information about our youth programming, go HERE.
Our youth had an amazing time at the Intercultural Youth Conference hosted by Mo-Ranch this past weekend! While the youth group has been to Mo-Ranch before, this was our first time attending this conference, and what an eye-opening and unique experience it was. We were able to see glimpses into the diversity of culture and upbringing within our faith community and celebrate what makes us all different.
The theme of the conference was to “leave our mark” on the world and how we want to make an impact. Our kids learned that the way we leave our mark on the world is by sharing our story with others. While we all come from different backgrounds, experiences, and cultures, we are all One Body in Christ. We witnessed some inspiring testimony, demonstrations, games, food, and stories from various represented cultures that inspired some deep discussion and curiosity to learn about the stories of those around us.
After having some time to decompress and talk about the things we all enjoyed most about the conference, everyone expressed how cool it was to see the culture that other people were raised with. All things said, our youth group had a really good time at ICYC and look forward to the possibility of attending next year with more of their friends.
Summer of 2022 is here, and we have an exciting schedule of youth events to share. Whether it’s fun in the sun, mission work, fellowship, or Bible-focused discussion, there is something for everyone that will encourage growth and build relationships. This schedule has been planned around our church entering a season of prayer for vision over the next few months giving our youth an opportunity to also begin praying for vision in how God wants to use their youth group to reach our community. Listed below are the dates of the events that will carry us through a prayerful and growth-filled summer with our youth.
- STARTING JUNE 8TH - WED. NIGHT WORSHIP
- JUNE 13TH – 17TH – VBS HELP
- JUNE 18TH – PRAYER WALK/BIKE RIDE
- JUNE 19TH – CAR WASH FUNDRAISER
- JUNE 22ND – PRAYER VIGIL
- JUNE 30TH – JULY 3RD – INTERCULTURAL YOUTH CONFERENCE
- JULY 13TH – 15TH – MISSION PROJECT
- JULY 15TH – 16TH – MISSION LOCK-IN
- JULY 27TH – GREAT SCHOOL SUPPLY GRAB
- AUGUST 7TH – SWIM PARTY
Dates and events are subject to change pending potential scheduling issues.
Riser Sunday celebrated our upcoming children, youth and graduates during worship on Sunday, May 22nd. All children and students received a special gift to affirm their accomplishments from this past year.
Youth Director Nico Carrillo, Children's Director Lyndsay Watson, and Children's Ministry Assistant Madison Munoz did a fabulous job re-gathering our young saints this past year after two challenging years of being apart. All our programs are growing, with new opportunities coming this summer and fall. Read and RSVP for all our pending activities on their respective web pages:
On Sunday, April 24th we worshipped for the second of our beta test services in the Neal Building. Once again we had to bring out chairs to make room for everybody, which was exciting to see. With feedback from the first service, we made some tweaks to how we ordered the service (a little less music), and presented the sermon (in 3 parts).
We have another round of adjustment to make before the last of our test services on May 29th, but all in all we're getting good feedback and participation. We're going to make another improvement to the sermon content by working on the sound, and we'll get a bit smoother with slide transitions. We'll also maybe add a little percussion and more singers for the last service.
Two things to point out about the crowd on April 24th. One, there were a number of adults who again joined us to try this style of service. We were building it as something we thought was of main interest to students. We think there are some adults and young families who might regularly join a contemporary service. And secondly, our youth had a lock-in the previous Friday, so we think some of them were still recovering (we're were up most of the night). Even without the bulk of our youth, we had a crowd.
So keep praying and keep passing along your suggestions. We've still got one more service to put together before our summer break and final discernment about what to do in the fall. Your participation and feedback is really helpful, so thank you again. I'm enjoying being the new guy on staff.
RSVP for the last test service HERE. I'll have the chairs ready!
PREVIOUS ARTICLE - UPDATE 1 Apr 2nd, 2022
Our first contemporary test service is in the books! I want to thank everyone for your prayers and support in preparations for this service and a special thanks to those who were able to attend and provide much needed feedback. Firstly, I want to say how humbled I am just to have the opportunity try something new here at SPPC. Secondly, the amount of support and prayer that has surrounded this service has not gone unnoticed and I have been truly blessed by your willingness to try something different. This first service was by no stretch of the imagination “perfect”, however I believe it was successful and I am going to share my thoughts on why I believe that to be the case.
Simply put, this service was successful in my mind because it provides us with the opportunity to learn what works and what doesn’t. The most difficult part of trying anything new, is starting. We now have something to reference and grow from as we begin shaping this service into a healthy and nurturing element of worship at SPPC over the next two services. We also found success with this service with the amount of engagement and feedback we received. There were nearly 30 people who not only attended the service but worked together to come up with ideas for how we can reach more people with this service.
What we learned from this service is that there is more for us to learn. However, what I can say with certainty is that the youth of our church that did attend the contemporary service were genuinely excited about the service and the potential it brings to their faith walk and worship involvement. I don’t know yet if this contemporary service can engage the youth and young adults of our community, but I am excited for the possibility.
Great news! We had a strong turnout of students for our April 22nd lock-in (pictured are a few who braved the "color battle"), with a lot of guests and tons of laughs.
While it is so exciting to see so many youth attend an event, please keep our middle and high school students in prayer. It has been a challenging season for all of us the past couple of years navigating through the uncertainty and the impact of not meeting regularly. The same can be said for the youth of our community that is now returning to a sense of normalcy after significant time apart. As the family of God, this is a great opportunity to remind them of the promises we've made to them through their baptisms.
So thank you for generously supporting the ministries we provide to future generations of saints. Your grace, patience, and long-standing commitment is making a difference. Now is the time when young lives need to experience San Pedro's loving, caring and supportive attention.