High School


We believe that youth ministry thrives at the intersection of community and discipleship, where students are formed together into the likeness of Christ.
A thriving youth ministry is oriented around students’ formation as life-long disciples of Jesus. Over the duration of students’ involvement in the high school ministry, our hope and aim is to equip them to engage deeply in Christian community for the sake of Christian discipleship.

Our youth ministry vision is aligned with broader congregation-wide philosophy of discipleship. Click here to learn more about discipleship at First Pres.

Fall 2021 Programming and Events

Reminders for New Worship Schedule:
Equip (9:30-10:30) | Gather (10:30-11:00) | Worship (11:00-12:00)

Families are asked to pick up their students at 10:30 as youth will not be supervised by youth staff during the Gather portion of the morning.

*Masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status.*

Weekly Programming

Sunday Morning Equipping Hour
Sunday Mornings Beginning August 22 | 9:30-10:30am | B-100
We are kicking off our fall Bible study by exploring the gospels through the tv series "The Chosen" and discussing the Bible passages corresponding to each episode.
High School Youth Group
Wednesdays from September 8 - November 17
6:00-7:15pm | Check in at B-100
High School students will be gathering as a large group on Wednesday evenings this year. We are excited to be joining the Wednesday fun! Students will meet in B-100 and enjoy building community through games and activity, and then be equipped for discipleship through song and Scripture in smaller groups. A one time registration is required - click here
Youth Choir (Grades 6-12)
Sundays Beginning August 29 | 5:05-5:50pm
Youth Handbells (Grades 6-12)
Wednesdays Beginning September 8 | 5:30-6:15pm

Escape Room Outing!

Saturday, September 18, 2021
All In Adventures (located in Hanes Mall)
3320 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston Salem, NC 27103
The Escape Rooms are one floor below the food court next to the main entrance of Dillard's.
Please drop students off in the parking lot across from the Carolina Ale House by no later than 11:30am and everyone will walk in together.
We plan to have lunch afterwards at the food court in the mall. Parents are asked to pick students back up at 2pm. 
We have 12 spots available, and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis. There will also be a wait list.
Families are asked to pay $10 when they register to cover the cost of the ticket. Please have students bring extra cash with them on the day of the event to cover the cost of lunch. 
Register for the Escape Room by clicking here


Our All-Church Retreat (ACR) will look a little different this year. In a word, the ACR will be unplugged! After the last year, we think that offering down time for families, with plenty of time to rest but also connect, may be exactly what we all need. What this means for our youth is that the weekend will be less structured than in years past. There will be several opportunities for youth to have time together, but students will also be joining in activities with the adults. Youth will have their own rooms in Assembly Inn on the same hall. They will be next to the youth leaders. Due to COVID, we have put siblings together in the same rooms, but if parents prefer for their kids to stay with them, that is an option as well. Rooms are first come, first served until September 12 when we will start a waiting list. 

Pandemic Procedures

As a youth ministry, we are committed to the safety and well being of our students. For all of our weekly in-person, indoor gatherings on campus, masks will be required. We also have new check-in stations for students to sign in upon arrival to all events and programs.

Who is Confirmation Embrace For?

Confirmation Embrace is an extension of Confirmation Explore. Confirmation Explore is offered each spring for any 8th grade student to explore and deepen their understanding of the basics of Christian faith. Confirmation Embrace is for any high school student who is ready to commit their life to Jesus and take the next steps toward embracing this commitment with their life. There is no expectation for a student to take Confirmation Embrace simply because they completed Confirmation Explore. Participation in Confirmation Embrace signifies a big commitment in a student’s life and we encourage each student to prayerfully consider whether they are ready for this step. Each student should only sign up to take Confirmation Embrace when they are ready to make this commitment to follow Jesus with their life.

New Covenant Partner Class

Confirmation Embrace is paired with the New Covenant Partner Class that is open to anyone looking to become a covenant partner at First Pres. This class is four weeks long and is an overview of Christian belief, our Presbyterian denomination, and life at First Pres. The last class consists of meeting with elders of session and being confirmed as a covenant partner within First Pres. There are further instructions for those who have not yet been baptized. Students in Confirmation Embrace are expected to attend each New Covenant Partner Class. The class is co-led by Amy Carlan and Davin Thomsen Tang and meets in person (with safe pandemic practices) from 9:30-10:30am each Sunday of October at church. The dates are October 3, 10, 17, 24.

Confirmation Embrace Team Time

In addition to the New Covenant Partner Class, students will meet for lunch after the worship service for Team Time. This Team Time is designed to be fun and interactive. Students will discuss the class content and will dig deeper to discover how to embrace God with their mind, heart, and life.

Confirmation Embrace Weekly Work

– Spiritual Practices – Each week, students will be given a spiritual practice to do each day. The time commitment is approximately 10 minutes daily.

– Reading Assignments – Each week, students will be given a short reading assignment that will help them prepare for the upcoming week. The time commitment is approximately 30 minutes weekly.

– Written Assignments – Each week, students will be given a written assignment that will be turned in the following Sunday. Each Confirmation Embrace Team Time will help the student prepare for the weekly assignment. The time commitment is approximately two hours weekly.


Stay in Touch | Contact the Youth Staff

Davin Thomsen Tang– Youth Director and High School Director

Amy Hodges – Youth Ministry Administrator


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