“‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:29-31

Come Grow with God

At 1st Pres, our desire is to equip students to become disciples of Christ. We recognize that high school is a unique time of life where students begin to discover for the first time who they are, and who Christ has uniquely equipped them to become. Here at 1st Presbyterian high school ministry, we try to provide a safe, Christ centered environment, great friendships, and Bible centered teaching to serve students where they are.

Goals of Ministry

Our youth ministry is shaped by the Greatest Commandment. We believe this Commandment is inherently about relationships, that loving God is joined with loving others and loving ourselves. It’s from this verse that we get the 3 components of our ministry: Love God, Love Your Neighbor, Love Yourself.

Love God – It is our desire that we teach students how to love God wholeheartedly, through inviting students into a personal relationship with God through teaching, Bible study, spiritual formation, and corporate worship. We believe that worship is an attitude that can be carried out into all areas of life. Today’s teenagers are longing for transcendence, we believe this desire is met through authentic worship and building a personal relationship with God.

Love Our Neighbor – We believe that authentic faith inspires us to love others. We strive to teach our students how to live out the love of Christ through engaging community in the church, being a light in their areas of influence, and serving the world. In a world of increasing isolation and hopelessness, teenagers need to be shown how to connect with others and bring the love of Christ to those in need.

Love Yourself – We are each created in the image of God. Our desire is that our students grow into that image by recognizing their gifts, gaining a deeper understanding of God’s steadfast love for them, and discovering their unique identity in Christ. Developmentally, the chief task of adolescence is to answer the question “Who am I?” We believe the true answer is found in Christ.

What We Do

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Our High School Ministry focuses on small groups, and we have several groups for our high school students, divided by gender and grade. Each small group meets in homes every Sunday afternoon from 4-5:30.  For more information on small groups and how you can plug in, email Marissa!

Sunday School meets weekly on during the school year on Sunday mornings at 10 AM on the second floor of the worship center.  Join us as we study God’s Word and learn how to apply it to our lives.

Love.edu is a program designed to help high school students learn more about spiritual practices and how they can make them a part of their lives.  We meet during the school year on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:15-7:30 in room A-219.

Our ministry participates in a variety of Mission Trips (both internationally and locally) in which we hope our students will grow stronger in their personal relationship with the Lord, as well as learning to practice how to serve and love others.

Other Opportunities: here are some ways you can get MORE involved with the youth at First Pres!

Worship team is a group of students who join together to worship God through song and lead their peers at special events throughout the school year.

Hoops4Him is a church basketball league here in town.  Join a First Pres team and help us glorify God as we play ball!

Student Leadership Team helps shape the mission, events, and focus of our high school ministry.  For more info, contact Marissa!