A Vision for Youth
We believe that through a tri-focused youth ministry, we can help our teenagers mature in their relationship with God, grow in their discipleship and care for one another and the world, and provide a space wherein the Holy Spirit can help them wrestle with questions of faith and identity that so often surround young people in this age. Our hope is that through committed youth ministry, we can position our young people for a lifetime of love for God.
Study and Worship
Children and Youth Handbells (9:00 – 9:30 weekly during the school year): Children and youth rehearse and then lead handbell pieces in worship throughout the school year. Children second grade and older are invited to participate.
Sunday School (9:45-10:30 weekly): Our youth are currently studying the parables of Jesus. This study seeks to combine biblical and theological themes with the everyday lives of teenagers, as they seek to integrate their faith in their ordinary life situations. Separate classes are offered for middle and high school students
Confirmation: This is a time of intentional study for middle school students, to examine their faith and prayerfully consider confirming the promises made by their parents at their baptism, that they wish to commit their life to honoring and serving Jesus Christ as Lord.
Acolytes: Middle school students may serve as acolytes on special Sundays. These young people mark the beginning of worship by ringing the church bell, they carry in the light of Christ into our presence, and they remind us that our journey of faith begins in baptism by pouring water into the baptismal font.
Liturgists: High School students are invited to assist the pastor in worship leadership, leading prayers and scriptures.
Youth Group Events
The youth group meets during the year for study, recreation, group activities, retreats, and mission trips. The events for 2014-2105 are listed below:
Youth Group: The Marks of the Christian
Each month we will explore a different mark of what it means to live the Christian life. These gatherings will be at the church from 5:00 to 7:00. In addition to our exploration of faith, there will always be a game and dinner provided.
Sept. 14 Called
Oct. 26 Wounded and Whole
Nov. 16 Mercy
Jan. 11 Courage
Feb. 22 Kingdom
Each month we try to plan a fun outing for our group, giving our youth a chance to grow as friends.
Oct. 19 Churchwide Hayride
Nov. 8 Mission Work Morning (either at Appalachian Outreach or Habitat for Humanity)
Dec. 7 A Christmas Carol at Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville
Feb. 1 Super Bowl Party
May 9 End-of-Year Dollywood Day
Each spring our youth plan and lead an entire worship service. In addition to the dates below, our youth will work on elements of the service during the education hour in the month of April.
Mar. 8 Youth Sunday planning night
Apr. 19 Youth Sunday planning night
Apr. 25 Youth Sunday rehearsal
Apr. 26 Youth Sunday
There are a variety of opportunities for our youth to grow in faith and gain new experiences through retreats and our annual mission trip.
Sept. 5-7 Holston Presbytery Middle School Retreat
Mar 13-15 Holston Presbytery High School Retreat
May 31 – June 5 FPC Youth Mission Trip: DOOR Atlanta
Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR) is a faith-based network of six cities that provides opportunities for service, learning and leadership development within the urban context. We highlight the strengths of our cities, as well as the needs. We believe this is best accomplished through collaboration, mutuality and partnership.
Through DOOR’s Week Long Discover Program, your group will participate with local ministries under community leadership. While volunteering, listening and reflecting on the issues, joys and concerns of the ministries, your group will be challenged to “see the face of God in the city”. This program is designed for groups age 13 and up from all denominations.