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.

Sundays | 6:30 p.m.

Presbyterian Youth Connection

Presbyterian Youth Connection (PYC) typically meets on Sunday nights at FPC from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Middle and High School youth split for Bible study, prayer, games/recreation, service projects, relationship building, and leadership development. Meeting times may change depending on other church and community events.

Sunday | 10 a.m. 

Youth Sunday School

Each week our students gather to study scripture, learn theology, and grow in their discipleship.

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

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Sunday Nights | One a Month | 6 p.m.

Grade Level Dinners

Youth meet one Sunday a month at each other’s homes from 6-7:30 p.m. to eat together and engage in an evening program. Sign ups are sent a few weeks in advance via email and are posted in the weekly newsletter, This Week @ First.

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.

Your 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

Massanetta Springs Youth Conferences

July 7-10, 2022 | Massanetta Springs, VA

A long weekend conference of worship, games, and community building for middle school youth.

High School

Montreat Youth Conference

July 24-30, 2022 | 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.

High School

Mission Trip to Mexico

June 16-21, 2022 | Villa Infantil Maya (VIM) | Yucatan Peninsula

FPC began its long history with Accion Ministry in 1988 and since then youth and adults have participated in over 25 mission trips to all three states of the Yucatan. We support Accion’s mission to improve the daily lives and Christian faith of the Mayan people in this region. Youth will have the opportunity to be part of this long time tradition in summer 2022.

Confirmation

All eighth grade youth are invited to participate in Confirmation beginning in the fall. 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.

We will celebrate our Confirmation Class on Youth Sunday in April. Each youth is partnered with a Confirmation Sponsor, an adult outside of their family, with whom they can share their faith and questions.

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