Youth Ministry

The youth ministry here at First Presbyterian Church is committed to instilling and cultivating a faith that lasts. In other words, our vision is to see young people love Jesus as their Lord and Savior and to help provide them the resources necessary to cultivating that faith beyond High School graduation.

We seek to walk alongside the families of these amazing teens as we help provide the tools for them to raise their teen(s) into young men and young women of God. Parents are the number one influencer in the lives of teens and we exist to partner with families in the task of seeing young people follow Jesus.

We see youth ministry as a family-based ministry and we also see it as integrated into the wider church. Teens are not the future of the church. They are the ‘now’ of the church and we seek to empower them to utilize their gifts for such purposes and beyond.

We recognize that the world of teenagers is complex and difficult but we also see such wonderful opportunities with and through them. By building authentic, meaningful relationships with teens, we seek to understand their cultural language and allow the gospel to penetrate exactly where they are. We seek to listen to their stories, give them a space to share their stories, and empower them to continue their stories as new creatures in Christ. 

As PYF (Presbyterian Youth Fellowship), all teens from all backgrounds are welcomed. Here, they will find a plethora of opportunities to grow in their relationship with Christ and with others around them. They will find numerous ways to explore their faith and to put it into practice in their homes, their circle of peers, their work environments, their schools, and elsewhere.

Through mission trips, fun outings, service opportunities, visits with the elderly and sick, games, meals, worship services, camps, Bible studies, discipleship groups, and more, our young people will find a family where they can mess up, grow, learn, laugh, ask questions, and use their gifts.

So, when do we meet? How can YOU get find your way into the youth ministry? To ask questions and explore more, contact our Youth Pastor, Bryan and he’ll be more than happy to grab a cup of coffee with you and walk you through the logistics.

Articles

Empathy and Social Media

posted by: Bryan Cerrone

What’s the difference between empathy and sympathy? Well, the former is when we feel WITH someone and the latter is when we feel sorry FOR someone. Of course, this is a very simplistic way of putting this, but to empathize with someone is to enter into and walk in the story of another person. That is biblical empathy. Empathy, in general, is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Authentic Christianity vs. Cultural Christianity

posted by: Bryan Cerrone

Let me share with you a passage I came across this week. It’s found in the gospel of Matthew, at the tail end of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount:

“Not every who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness'” (7:21-23).

The Most Repeated Commandment in the Bible: Delighting In God

posted by: Bryan Cerrone

I once read in an online article this: “What do you think is the most repeated command in the Bible? It’s not any of the prohibitions or warnings. It’s not about sex, or money, or power. The most repeated command in the Bible will probably surprise you: Be Happy. God tells us more than anything else, in different ways, to ‘praise the Lord,’ ‘do not be afraid,’ ‘rejoice,’ and ‘give thanks’ – all of which are commands, in essence, to be happy… Let that sink in: more than anything else, God commands us to be happy.”

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Upcoming Events

PYF

Middle School is from 4:00 - 6:30 pm, High School is from 6:00 - 8:30 pm. 

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