where teenagers can connect
At First Presbyterian, youth ministry is about connecting one to another, persons meeting persons, sharing in suffering and joy, sharing life before God and understanding that in our shared connections, Jesus Christ is present. As our interactions with youth become more infused with prayer and relationship, as our ministries become more attentive to the movement of God, our offerings become more natural and responsive to the real needs of teenagers.
From mid-September through mid-May, we offer all types of opportunities for connection for both middle and high schoolers. We meet during the week for small groups and Bible study, we hang out on Friday nights, we share meals together and we serve our community through Habitat and other service organizations.
Summers offer our youth a chance to go out into the world in order to learn, serve and grow together. We gather with youth from around the world as we participate in the ongoing mission of the church through our local and global partnerships.
If you’re looking for a place where teenagers can connect, challenge themselves and their peers, serve the Lord and belong, we hope you’ll visit us at First Presbyterian.
Youth Sunday Mornings: Biblical Teaching and Relevant Discussion
We begin our Sunday mornings together in Room 304 for a time of fellowship, laughter and most importantly, doughnuts. We welcome everyone with a time of announcements, prayer and fast-paced, high-energy minute-to-win-it style games.
Following our opening gathering, we start with a large group conversation that highlights the theme or topic for the day. Finally, we break out into smaller groups for middle and high school to dig a little bit deeper and to share in dialogue.
The schedule for 6th-12th graders will look like this:
- 9:30-9:45 a.m.: Fellowship and Doughnuts
- 9:45-10:00 a.m.: Welcome, Announcements, Worship, and Prayers.
- 10:00-10:10 a.m.: Large Group Gathering
- 10:10-10:45 a.m.: Small Groups
Confirmation: An Invitation for All Ninth Graders
Confirmation is a learning opportunity and important step in one’s faith journey where a small group of students are exposed to some of the key teachings of the Christian Faith, the history of the universal church and our local church, the life and work of Jesus, and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Ultimately, our students will decide whether this is the time they want to make a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and to become members of the church. In addition to the retreat component, we also want the confirmation journey to provide an opportunity for the youth to connect with adult mentors, and to find new and authentic ways to share and articulate their personal faith.