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.

September-April | Sundays, twice per month| 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Youth Sunday School

Middle and high school youth meet respectively 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, twice per month | 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.

Youth Council

Youth Council members help plan programming and serve as leaders amongst their grade levels and peers during the school year. Youth Council members develop leadership skills to carry with them outside of the church walls.

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!

Overnight Retreats

In an increasingly fast-paced world, people struggle to create balanced lives. It is important to take time away in a multi-tasking world. Middle School and High School youth will have the opportunity to experience Sabbath in a whole new way and focus on faith. Middle School and High School will have separate retreats in the Fall and Spring.

Middle School

Fall Retreat

November 18-20, 2022

Middle School

Camping Trip

May 6-7, 2023

High School

Fall Retreat

November 19-20, 2022

High School

Spring Retreat

April 28-30, 2023

Youth Choirs & Groups

Each week, youth have the opportunity to join with our youth choirs. They rehearse on Wednesday evenings and participate in worship several times throughout the year.

Youth Choir (grades 6-12)

Rehearsals Wednesday | 6:30-7:15 p.m.

The group sings several times a year during worship with the Sanctuary Choir, as well as at Singing in the Season.

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.

Knox Ringers (grades 5-12)

Rehearsals Wednesday | 7-8 p.m.

This group is a middle and high school ensemble that builds on basic handbell techniques. No music reading experience is required. They rehearse weekly and ring in worship during the year.

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 25-30, 2023 | 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 13-16, 2023 | 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

Mission Trip 

June 18-23, 2023 | Location TBD

High School Youth will travel domestically to serve and learn in a new community!

High School

Montreat Youth Conference

July 23-29, 2023 | 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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