Youth Ministry

FPC Youth Ministry at a Glance (2016-17)

SUNDAYS

Sunday School
10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Located in the High School Room (Gym Ed building)

Teachers
Barbara Fowler, James Harris, Justin Smith and Susan Harris 

THERE'S SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR!
High and middle school youth will be in one class. So this is how it is going to work:  The teachers will present the lesson of the week; the older youth will lead the small group guided discussion per the lesson as a mentor/teacher assistant.  Teachers and youth will come together to wrap up what has been learned and discussed. 

Growth often occurs best in the context of small group Bible study and discussion, not only from the Bible teaching, but from the understanding of said teaching by each individual in the group. The all-inclusive set up can and will assist in spiritual growth and in building meaningful relationships among the different age groups.  Members will share fellowship times with class members and their families which can build life-long friendships. 

NEW CURRICULUM!
Talksheets: Creative Discussions for Youth Groups based on Psalms and Proverbs.  The authors describe: “The ancient-but-oh-so-modern Psalms and Proverbs from the Old Testament to get youth talking about God, about themselves, their beliefs, their questions, their lives and about the things that matter to them.”   Some of the  topics are: facing challenges, inner beauty, gossip, unhealthy friendship…

Youth Connection
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Located in the High School Room (Gym Ed building)           
*The youth band practice starts at 3:30 p.m. (Those who wish to be part of the band, come at 3:30. Others come at 4:30 p.m.)

Youth Connection Leader
Aaron Brock

Youth Connection is a time of contemporary worship and fellowship through fun activities and sharing meals together. The Sunday school lesson from the morning will be reiterated through an activity or game at Youth Connection

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

Wednesday Small Group
6:00 -7:00 p.m.
Located in the High School Room (Gym Ed building)

Teachers
Molly Richardson and Bryan Byrd

Scary, gross and weird stories from the Bible: Some of the best stories in the Bible are also some of the most unexpected and unusual. And they're not for the faint of heart. These Bible lessons truly are sick...and totally interesting!

Surprise your teenagers with the "disgusting" truth! Each of the 13 easy-to-use lessons focuses on a relevant topic related to a scary, gross or weird Bible story and includes a challenging "Fear Factor"-like activity (like eating daring treats), a fun game, and thought-provoking discussion questions that help teens uncover life applications.

These peculiar & profound lessons will grab everyone's attention!

Confirmation Class
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Every Wednesday in the Middle School Room

Teachers
James Harris and Julia Kipp

Confirmation is a year-long course.  It is a time of intentional preparation for the youth to reflect on the most basic tenants of our faith, rooted in the reformed theology and Presbyterian traditions. This study is to help youth to understand what it means to become a devoted follower of Jesus Christ in their lives and serve as an active member of the church. This class will guide the youth to articulate their faith by producing their own statement of faith.  At the end of the session, the youth will make their first public profession of faith.  We will be using a confirmation curriculum, “we Believe: Professing our faith,” and “The Study Catechism.”

WINTER CONFERENCES (PINECREST) 
Awakening Retreat
(15-19 year olds)
January 14-16  (tentatively)

Presbytery Youth Retreat  
February 25-26 (tentatively)

SUMMER CONFERENCES
High School
Completed 8th grade through completed 12th grade
Montreat Conference at Montreat Conference Center, Montreat NC (usually during the third week of July)

Middle School
Completed 5th grade through completed 8th grade
The Great Escape  at Lee University, Cleveland  TN  (usually during the third week of June) 
*Please note that the church covers 1/3 of the cost, and youth fundraisers usually cover a significant portion.  

In addition, there will be opportunities to serve guests at Room in the Inn, help with Chilldren’s Ministry Events, and fundraisers for youth activities.  Also,mini trips and special events like a trip to Global Village, the Heifer Project in Arkansas, FPC youth retreat/or lock–in, and Christmas caroling and celebration will be planned.

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