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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.

Summer 2021 Programming and Events

Fellowship Hour | Sundays @ 9:45am | Meet in B-100 | During July we will participate in the coffee trucks that will be on campus with our own youth table to fellowship

Youth Lunch | Sundays @ 12pm | Meet Under Shelter Outside of B-100

Youth Frisbee | Sundays @ 5-6:30pm | Miller Park (upper field)

High School Movie Night | Wednesday, July 28th | 7pm | The Grand Theater, Winston Salem

Field Day | Sunday, August 8th | 5-7pm | Miller Park (upper field) | This event will take the place of our regularly scheduled frisbee

Amazing Race

We hope you will make plans to join us for our "Amazing Race" adventure which will be on Wednesday, August 4th!

We will meet at the church at 11:30am and begin our journey at 12:00pm. We will travel in vans to locations such as Winston Salem, Charlotte and High Rock Lake. We will arrive back at the church at 8:00pm. We ask that students eat lunch prior to the drop off time of 11:30am. Dinner will be provided along with snacks in the vans.

Click on the link below to sign up by July 21st!

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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 9-10am each Sunday of October at church. The dates are October 4, 11, 18, 25.

Confirmation Embrace Team Time

Directly following each New Covenant Partner Class, students will meet in person (with safe pandemic practices) from 10-10:45 each Sunday of October at church. During the Confirmation Embrace Team Time, students will have a chance to discuss the New Covenant Partner Class, sharing what “clicked” and talking through any confusing parts. Then, Confirmation Embrace Team Time will consist of lessons that enable students to embrace God (mind), embrace their identity in Christ (heart), and embrace life in Christian community (life). Each lesson is structured around Jesus’ command to love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and being/life (Matthew 22:37).

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 one hour weekly.

Routine Programming During the School Year:

Sundays, September-May | 6-7:30pm | B-100

Join us for large and small group conversations. The primary aim of High School Youth Group is for students to engage richly together in Christian community to be formed as followers of Jesus

Sundays | 10 Am | B Building Basement

Join us as we learn more about God through studying his Word every Sunday morning!

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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