The goal of our youth ministry at First Presbyterian church is to create an inviting and welcoming environment that exposes the truths of the Gospel into any teenager’s life through Christ-centered fellowship and community. We would love for you to come visit and join us! To get started, take a look below for descriptions of various ministries and retreats. Let us know if you have any questions!
Riptide – Highschool Age
Riptide Sunday Nights (Sunday 6-7pm FLC) – Sunday nights is a time when all High School students come to together to enjoy each other’s company, play games and hear a message from Gods Word. Following the message, students and leaders head to town for dinner at a local fast food joint, continuing in a time of fellowship.
Grillin’ @ the Rock (Wednesday 6-8pm FLC)- This is a time for High School students to come together mid-week for fellowship and a meal. The students and volunteer leaders gather in the game room in the Family Life Center. As the title of the ministry suggests, the meal is prepared and grilled for the kids at no charge to them. Once a month, the high school and middle school students join together for a time of worship and hear from someone in our church family, a volunteer leader, or a peer of what God is doing or has done in their life. On the other Wednesdays, students and their leaders split up into separate small groups to discuss God’s word with one another.
Who U – Middle School
Who U – Middle School (Wednesday 6-8pm FLC)
Who-U, or Who-University, is the ministry for any middle school student. Each week, students will play games, interact with one another, enjoy a time of fellowship, and explore the truths of the Gospel found in the scriptures. Following a message, students split up into small groups with their leaders to dig deeper into what was said.
Youth Group Permission Slip
Download the youth group permission slip here.
Events throughout the year
Winter Retreat – Florida Presbytery plans and hosts a winter retreat for all middle and high school students each January at Lake Aurora Christian Camp on the outskirts of Lake Wales. It serves as an opportunity to retreat from the daily hassles of life through games, recreational activities, worship, seminars and daily preaching. The hope and prayer of this camp is that it provides students an opportunity to start or grow in their relationship with God through Faith in Christ. Registrations become available late fall to sign up for this retreat.
Horizon and Quest @ Bonclarken
Horizon, is the senior high conference led by Christian Education Ministries. Horizon is a week-long opportunity for spiritual growth and development, fellowship, and teaching on pertinent information from God’s Word. The goal of this conference is to send young people out into their world, spiritually nurtured, fed and equipped to live out their faith and share it with those around them.round them.
Quest is the middle school conference led by Christian Education Ministries and is held at Bonclarken during the month of June. It is always a time of high energy and fun combined with an exciting presentation of God’s Holy Word and how it applies to daily life.
Summer Camp Scholarship Application Requirement:For students needing assistance to attend camps, scholarships are available. Fill out a scholarship application, indicating your level of need. Funds will be dispersed at the discretion of the Youth Council, based on involvement with, and participation in, Riptide/WhoU meetings, events and projects that take place over the course of the year.
Stay-at-home-work-camp and Thanksliving
The goal of Stay-at-home Work Camps is to provide services to homeowners who are in need of some home repairs. During the summer break, the care center offers four week-long sessions, each with about one hundred campers and counselors. The campers stay at a Lake Wales facility, either Camp Endeavor or the h.e.a.r.t. Village. During the day, campers visit local homeowners and complete various home repairs, including painting, yard maintenance, and yes, even roof repair. Campers can expect to work hard, enjoy down time with each other, and grow together during worship and devotion. See the Lake Wales Care Center website for registration forms and dates.
Thanksgiving Work camp serves a similar purpose of the summer camps. Students come together a few days before thanksgiving to serve the local community, although this camp’s service opportunities involve a little less physical energy. Students can expect to visit nursing homes, volunteer at a backyard bible club, set up Care-giving trees, deliver thanksgiving meals and much more. Campers will also hear from various speakers for daily devotionals. See the Lake Wales Care Center website for registration forms and dates.