“‘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

At First Presbyterian, our desire is to equip
students to become and grow as disciples of Christ.

Middle School is a time of transition, self discovery and a desire to encounter something larger than life. We love that about Middle School students and believe God does too. Our desire is to walk alongside them during this transition, remind them of who God has made them to be and encourage them to connect with their creator and one another.

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 three 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

Connect – Connect is our weekly middle school gathering that meets during the school year from 6:15-7:45 pm on Wednesday in the B-100. We worship together through crazy games, music and discussions on Scripture.

Move Groups – Move groups are small groups divided by grade and gender that meet during the school year on Sunday afternoons in student’s homes. This is a time for middle school students to grow in relationship with God and one another. Email Marissa to find out more information!

Sunday School – Our middle school Sunday School classes meet weekly from 10:00-11:00 AM in room B-100. This is a time for students to worship God through studying scripture.

Confirmation – Confirmation is an invitation for students to personally confess Jesus as Lord and Savior and become full members of First Presbyterian. We do this through mentoring, retreats, service, weekly lessons and class parties. The class runs January – May, and is open to students in seventh grade and up.

Contact Work – Our staff and volunteers value building healthy relationships with student. We do this by spending time with students outside of our regular programming. Let us know if we can show up for a game, concert, lunch or hang out after school.

Mission – Our middle school students have an opportunity to serve others through God@Christmas and summer mission trips.

Retreat – Our fall retreat and summer camps are time for students to step away from the busyness of life and encounter God.  We would love to have you join us!

Hoops4Him – Hoops4Him is a citywide church basketball league that runs November – March. An intermediate division is offered to 7th and 8th grade middle school students. Registration opens in September and runs through November!