There are lots of activities and opportunities for youth of all ages at First Pres. In addition to the Jr/Sr High Youth Groups, Vacation Bible School, and Arts in the Park, youth have planned and led worship for the congregation, enjoyed a Christian Rock concert on the front lawn, had Breakfast with the Pastor Sunday mornings, and of course, planned and presented the Christmas Program. You don't have to be a member of the youth group, or even a member of the church to join in the activities. Everyone is invited!

Youth Outreach

A ministry for youth 11-16 years of age. Every other week, games, a meal, worship and Bible teaching are shared from 6:30-8:00 PM. This is in collaboration with Calvary Road Community Church that is hosted at First Presbyterian Church.



Youth groups

Any youth grades 6-12 are invited to become part of a fun and meaningful group. The youth groups meet twice a month during the school year, starting in September. Activities last year included:

  • Movie Nights
  • Serve at the Homeless Center 
  • Westminster Worship/Coldstone Creamery
  • Hayride at the Smith Farm
  • Christmas Shopping Babysit
  • Lock-in at the Church
  • Air Hockey Tournament
  • HeroSong with Big Daddy Weave
  • Frisbee Disk Golf

Check out YouTube videos of Devotion in Motion.

Recent Youth Group events...


The Big Mission Trip

Each year the junior and senior high youth groups embark on a mission trip to a community in the US that really needs their help. These are true mission trips to help those who have asked for assistance. Although the accommodations are spartan (often involving sleeping bags on a church floor), the sightseeing is modest (what can be seen from the bus window), and the weather may be hot and humid, the labor is hard, the friendships are for life, and God's world is improved just a little bit. What better way to spend a "vacation?"

Contact Arlene Richardson (269-684-2858) for more information.

Mission Trip photos...


Special Programs for Youth

Throughout the year there are many special events for youth of all ages. These include:

Easter Egg Hunt – Community Outreach
Pentecost Picnic - Children's Lawn Games
Sunday School Celebration and Teacher Appreciation Reception
Classroom Makeover Project (Rummage Fundraiser, CE Hallway and Classroom Painting, etc.)
Vacation Bible School – Community Outreach
Worship in the Park and picnic
Cherry Street Hot Dogs and Outreach - Community Outreach

Rally Day
3rd Grade Bibles
Hanging of the Greens - Children's Activities
Christmas Program

Devotion in Motion

Like to dance? Join us for our new group, Devotion in Motion, as we dance and move to the Glory of God! This group, open to young adults and teens (male and female), will practice together and contribute to worship at both the contemporary and traditional worship services. Don't know how to dance? No problem. We'll teach you! Contact Pastor Fran (269-683-7600) for more details. Check out YouTube videos of Devotion in Motion.


Youth Worship Services 

Youth are active in worship! Youth occasionally lead worship in the sanctuary. These have an element of fun, but carry a deeper message applicable to everyone.

Click here for information on our midweek Kids Program