YOUTH MINISTRY

The youth programs at FPC seek to provide a place for the young people in our church and community to grow in their faith and their relationship to one another. We strive to create a place where they can learn life-giving knowledge of scripture, gain biblical understanding of what a relationship with Jesus Christ means, and be transformed by that relationship. We are a community of believers encouraging one another to strengthen our faith daily.

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Sunday Mornings

 

On Sundays, our youth, grades 6-12 attend worship with their families in either the 8:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. service.  The youth gather for their own class from 9:45–10:45 a.m. in the Youth Lounge on the third floor of the CE building. We have worship led by our Youth Praise Band, followed by Bible study taught by leaders and Elders in our congregation.

 

Midweek Opportunities

 

Youth Group on Wednesday Nights

Middle School and High School students meet together in the Youth Lounge (entrance is on Fourth Avenue) from

6-7:30 p.m., during our Wednesday Nights @ FPC program. Youth Group is a place where the enthusiasm of our students is harnessed for fun, fellowship, and spiritual learning and growth. Evening programs start with pizza dinner for $1/slice, followed by a spirited game or two, and a Bible-based lesson led by youth volunteers and involving small and large group discussions.

To read about our adult activities on Wednesday nights, click here

Small Group Bible Studies

Our Senior High students meet on Monday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Gross's house in Midtown. For directions or more information, email peggy.gross@fpcsd.org.

Middle School girls meet twice monthly on Sundays from 4:30-6 p.m. in San Carlos.  Contact Carol Rogers at kandcrog@cox.net for the current schedule.

Confirmation

 

Confirmation is a time for students to explore their faith, learn about the Christian and Presbyterian traditions, and grow in community with one another. When a baby is baptized in a Presbyterian Church, the parents and the whole church make vows to lovingly raise that child in the Christian faith. When he or she reaches a certain age, students are given the opportunity in confirmation classes to claim that faith as his or her own.

Youth Retreats

At Winter Camp, usually in February, youth have an opportunity to attend Forest Home Christian Camp in Forest Falls, CA. Middle School camp is a Friday through Sunday and High School Camp is Friday through Monday. Students take time away from the business of life to engage God through worship, teaching from God’s Word, and small group (cabin) discussions.

Summer Camp for Middle Schoolers is at Indian Hills Christian Camp in Jamul, CA at the beginning of July. Each year students are encouraged to bring a friend to camp so that they may hear the Gospel and learn what it is to know Christ as their Savior.

 

Fall retreats are scheduled for both Middle School and High School separately in October and November. The youth and their advisers stay together in a house away from their busy lives, with time to reflect on Scripture and God’s work in their lives.

Mission Trips and Service Projects

 

Our Youth Ministry is committed to serving others. Our youth are encouraged to use their time and talents to serve in our local congregation, community, and throughout the world. We participate in both service projects and mission trips throughout the year.

 

Most of our youth serve within our church community on a monthly basis.  Many students help lead our elementary Kidz Worship classes, serve in the Worship Band at the 8:30 a.m. service, run the computer/technology/video or sound board for church worship services, or help out in our Nursery.

We serve our downtown poor and homeless through Ladle Ministry on the second Sundays of February, April, June, August, October, and December.

We participate in AMOR Ministries, which sends short term work teams to build homes in partnership with local churches in Mexico. We send a team of students for 3 days to build a house in Tijuana, Mexico.  Most students would agree that it is the hardest they have ever worked and they had more fun than they could have imagined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also raise funds to fight hunger by participating in the 30 Hour Famine, where students grow closer to Christ and to each other as they learn about hunger around the world. Our youth are challenging themselves to be a part of something bigger than themselves: to take action for God’s kingdom and to help save the lives of hungry children.

Boy Scouts

Troop 15 meets at First Presbyterian Church of San Diego. Currently there are over 45 boys registered and active in the troop. The boys range in age from 11 to 17 years old. Click here, to see more about Boy Scouts at FPC and Troop 15.