young adult logo R3Young Adult Service Communities (YASC) @ First Church, Simsbury!

Young Adult Service Communities (YASC), is a program of our denomination, the United Church of Christ. Congregations participate in YASC by hosting a community of young adult interns (ages 21-35). These interns live in intentional community with other young adults who share a common commitment to mission and justice work, congregational service, spiritual growth, and personal discernment.

First Church, Simsbury, is excited to join the YASC network of churches to host three young adults for the 2017- 2018 program year!

From September through August each year, three young adult interns live at the church house at the upper end of the church parking lot. Each intern is placed with a local nonprofit agency dedicated to mission work, justice advocacy, and collaborative action.

Interns will also be part of the First Church community, attending and participating in worship and or assisting with church school, and choosing two or three areas of focus in which to provide leadership within the life of the church.  Interns also work with the CT Conference of the United Church of Christ, attending workshops, conferences, and taking on a social justice project. Finally, young adult interns spend time in reflection and discernment with a spiritual sojourner, exploring God’s call on their lives.

Introducing Our 2017 – 2018 Interns:

adMy name is Anastasia Damyan, I’m  joining the YASC program from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’m deeply excited for this time where I will be interning with Christian Activities Council and First Church of Christ, Simsbury. I look forward to being a part of your community and worshiping with you. I’m especially excited to participate in your music ministry and youth ministry.  I was born in Singerei Noi, Moldova and raised in Minnesota. I’m interested in cultural studies, psychology, and helping people. My hobbies include dancing, singing, gymnastics and yoga.  I’m looking forward to the beautiful seasons of Connecticut and growing together as a community!

raMeet Bekah Anderson….I am a recent graduate of Hampshire College, where I studied religion and creative writing. I’m a PK (pastor’s kid) with a deep commitment to the present and future of the church, and I’ve been dreaming of doing a service year since I was fifteen. I’m really excited about getting to know the community in Simsbury and working with Our Piece of the Pie. My passions include disability justice, progressive theology, and fantasy novels. I would love to talk about any of these, and more, over a nice cup of tea. 

sdHi everyone! My name is Sarah Quinn Donnelly, and I am beyond excited to embark on this journey with you all. Some of my favorite things are reading, writing, earl grey tea, arts & crafts, sunflowers, the smell of rain, singing/playing guitar, hummus, and making new friends. I am grateful to the First Church of Christ, Simsbury for finding it in their hearts to offer me a place in their community. I’ll be working in the Life Enrichment Program at McLean. This upcoming year I hope to learn more about myself and my faith. I look forward to getting to know each of you and worship alongside you all. I just know that this is going to be a fantastic year and thank you all again for this incredible opportunity!

Introducing our 2017 – 2018 Non-profit Partners: 

Becoming part of the First Church family….

  • interns will attend and participate in Sunday morning worship, church school and fellowship, attend weekly meetings, and provide written updates to the congregation.
  • interns will also choose from the following areas and work with the appropriate boards, committees and staff of First Church
    • Environmental Justice
    • Faith-Based Community Organizing
    • Music Ministry
    • Racial and Economic Justice
    • Social Media Presence and Outreach
    • Welcome and Hospitality
    • Young Adult Leadership
    • Youth Ministry
  • View the full Congregational Role Description

Partnering with the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ…

Looking for more information?

Contact Jennifer Sanborn, Congregation Coordinator:
Jennifer Sanborn is the Congregational Coordinator for the Young Adult Service Community at First Church.  Jennifer brings to the role extensive experience in supporting and mentoring young adults, launching new initiatives, and facilitating community partnerships.  She also serves as part-time admissions recruiter at Hartford Seminary.

Jennifer’s office and the workspace for all of our YASC Young Adults is the office between Pastor George’s and Rev. Kev’s offices.  You can contact Jennifer by stopping by  or contact her by email at

You can also visit the United Church of Christ YASC web page, contact Rev. Kev at, or Debby Kirk at

Interested Young Adults…

…we are already recruiting for the 2018 – 2019 Program Year!

First Church is located in the heart of the Town of Simsbury Connecticut. Simsbury is a town rich with historical, agricultural, and industrial culture.  Our close proximity to our state capitol, Hartford, allows for our partnering and mission, justice and advocacy work with both urban and rural agencies.

As part of YASC Simsbury, you will live in a full size home with your own private bedroom.  The home is on church property within easy walking distance to downtown, where there is a grocery store, coffee shops, walking and biking paths, and more.  Housing is paid for as part of the program.  You will receive a stipend and health insurance as well.  We at First Church are excited about the possibility of you joining us.  Email Jennifer Sanborn at for more about YASC Simsbury.