Youth Ministry provides a community for 7th-12th graders that focuses on fellowship, service, and pastoral support for youth during their middle school and high school years. Youth Ministry is an open and welcoming community that invites all to join in asking questions, making friends, giving back, having fun, sharing new experiences, having doubts, finding answers, and feeling God's love during the teenage years. For more information about Youth Ministry, contact Annalise Ford, Youth Director - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Sunday School is offered during the academic year from 10:10-11:10am, in the Youth Loft, on the top level. Youth Ministry utilizes a curriculum that is discussion-based and designed around the unique experiences of teenagers.
Wednesday Youth Group
On some Wednesdays, Youth Ministry gathers for Youth Group from 6:30-8pm in the Youth Loft, on the top level. Youth enjoy dinner, games, and just plain hanging out, as well as a short discussion topic for the week. Youth Group provides a great opportunity for the youth to get to know each other better in a casual, unstructured setting.
Throughout the year, the youth gather for fellowship opportunities, including Night Games (think hide and seek in the dark) at the church, as well as outings like a baseball game, bowling, a rafting trip, etc. Fellowship outings provide the youth a great chance to have new experiences with friends, as well as get to know the adult volunteers from the church who help chaperone.
Youth Ministry offers a variety of opportunities for service throughout the year. These include opportunities internal to the church like helping with all-church events and serving as mentors for those in Children's Ministry, as well as external service opportunities like making sandwiches for the soup kitchen and helping host Family Promise. Through these experiences, youth learn the importance of giving back and being leaders.
The youth hold two fundraisers each year to support their programming and activities. In December, they put on a wildly successful Christmas greenery and bake sale at the annual Advent Festival.
Youth are offered the chance to enjoy summer activities including Mission Trips somewhere in the Intermountain West and overnight camp at Camp Tuttle in Big Cottonwood Canyon, as well as trips to summer retreats at Montreat in North Carolina. Additionally, every three years, youth in 10th-12th grades are invited to attend the Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University in Indiana, providing them a chance to get to know Presbyterian youth from around the country.
Confirmation is available to youth 8th-12th grade who desire intentional time for discovering what they believe in, what the Presbyterian Church believes, what being a member is all about, and everything in between. Youth are paired up with an adult member of the congregation that serves as a mentor through this process. This is a nine-month process that is offered every few years.