Youth Ministry

Growing up is hard. We believe our youth should have a safe space to explore their faith, build relationships with each other and with God, and learn to live as Christ teaches us.

To help with that, we provide routine gatherings for middle and high school students to live out their faith in a world that is broken. We do that through worship, love, service, and witness.

Ultimately it’s our hope that our students will go into the world with a deeper understanding of their relationship with God, knowing how to live as Christ instructs us, and showing love to all they encounter.

We're Hiring!

First Pres Charlotte, a PC(USA) congregation in the heart of the Queen City, seeks a dynamic, passionate leader to guide 6th-12th graders on their faith journeys. The Director of Youth Ministry will be responsible for developing a relational approach, grounded in scripture, that builds intentional experiences through which students and their families can connect to God, self, and others. In addition, the director will partner with other ministers, staff, and volunteers to dream and implement a vision for the youth of First Pres today, and tomorrow. You can learn more with the full job description, or apply here. Contact Adam Witter with any questions.

Upcoming Events + Registrations

  • Read the 2023-2024 Youth Handbook | CLICK HERE
  • PYC Registration | REGISTER HERE
  • 2023-2024 Youth Calendar | CLICK HERE
  • Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. | Every Sunday
  • PYC, 6:00pm | Every Sunday (unless otherwise communicated)
  • Middle School CROSS Missions Trip (June 23rd-June 28th, 2024) | REGISTER HERE (Registration closes on March 1st)
  • Middle School Massanetta Springs Youth Conference (July 11th-July 14th, 2024) | REGISTER HERE (Registration closes on March 15th)
  • High School Mexico Mission Trip (July 7th-July 14th, 2024) | REGISTER HERE (Registration closes on March 15th)
  • High School Montreat Youth Conference (July 21st-July 27th, 2024) | REGISTER HERE (Registration closes on May 1st)

September-April | Weekly | 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Youth Sunday School

Middle and high school youth meet every Sunday during the school year. During this time, youth will have the opportunity to grab some breakfast, a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, enjoy fellowship with their youth peers, and engage in Bible Study together.

Middle School | Middle School Room (P301)
High School | High School Room (P321)

September-April | Sundays | 6-7:45 pm

Presbyterian Youth Connection

Middle and high school youth meet to share a meal together, play games, engage in Bible study, participate in mission opportunities, and more.  View the youth schedule for specific dates.

September-April

Confirmation

Confirmation is a time for eighth graders to confirm their baptismal vows, explore their faith and claim it as their own, deepen their relationship with God and discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and part of the Presbyterian tradition. Each youth is partnered with a Confirmation Sponsor, an adult church member outside of their family, with whom they can share their faith and questions.

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September-April | Monthly

Small Group Meetings

We take one night each month to break down into smaller groups so we can explore a time of focused recreation and reflection. Both middle and high school students will have groups dedicated to their age and gender so they can learn more about God and talk through the issues and challenges they’re facing.

Meeting time and location varies. No sign up required.

November-February

Basketball

Middle and High School youth have the opportunity to join the FPC Basketball Team. Practices typically begin in November and the season runs from December – February. It’s a great way to be part of a team and have a great time playing basketball!

Ivey Ringers (grades 9-12)

Rehearsals Wednesday | 7:30-9 p.m.

An auditioned group for advanced middle and high school handbell ringers. Ivey Ringers rehearse weekly and participate in worship and special programs throughout the year, including a handbell concert on Christmas Eve. The group tours each summer, domestically or internationally.

Mission Trips & Service Opportunities

Our youth work during the school year to provide service and ministry locally. In the summer, middle school youth serve the local community, and high school youth spend a week serving domestically or internationally.

Middle School

CROSS Missions

June 23-28, 2024 | Charlotte, NC

Rising 6th-9th grade youth participate in a local week of service led by CROSS Missions and our neighbors at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Youth spend four days traveling to various organizations and mission sites across Charlotte to serve, learn, and witness God at work in the city. | More info

Middle School

Massanetta Springs Youth Conferences

July 11-14, 2024 | Massanetta Springs, VA

A long weekend conference of worship, games, and community building for rising 6th-9th grade youth in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

High School

Mexico Mission Trip

July 7-14, 2024 | Mexico

High School

Montreat Youth Conference

July 21-27, 2024 | Montreat, NC

Rising 9th grade through graduating high school seniors can spend a week in the mountains for fellowship with FPC youth and youth from other churches, worship, small groups, recreation, energizers, and music.

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