Youth Ministry
Our youth ministry invites young disciples to live into the calling to be disciples of Christ through community and mission. 

Real community. Real faith. Real Mission. 

Get Involved this Fall! 

Our Youth Programs kick back up for the fall on Sunday, August, 28th. Please see the side bar for the complete 2016 schedule and Mark Your calendars for the following events. 

Youth Kick-Off - Sunday, August 28th at 5:30 pm!
All youth are invited to join us at the PAD for dinner, fellowship and fun. We will introduce some of our upcoming events and have a little fun in the annual game of slip and slide kick ball!

Habitat Work-Day - Saturday, September 3rd
Join us at the Hilton's house at 9:00 am to work on putting together walls for the Gaston Area Presbyterian (GAP) Habitat House. See our Serve tab for more information

Mid-High Lock-In - Friday, September 30th
Join us overnight for games, bible study and some "lock-out" adventures.

Youth Fun Fall Event - Sunday, October 30th
Every Fall we gather for pumpkin carving competitions dinner and a bonfire off our church campus. Be sure to join us for this fun event.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner - Sunday, November 20th
Each year, our youth gathers with other youth programs in the Gastonia area to celebrate as a community, share a meal and collectively serve a specific cause.

Christmas Glory - Saturday, December 3rd
Annually, our youth hosts this event in which we Christmas shop with other students in our community. We all eat breakfast together, go on a shopping spree, then come back and wrap all the gifts we've purchased. 

Youth Christmas Party - Sunday, December 4th
This is a great opportunity for our youth to come together and celebrate before we all break off for the chaos of the holidays. We have a gift exchange, participate in a service project and share a meal. It is a great time!

Career Development Workshop for Juniors & Seniors and their Parents -
Monday, December 19th & Tuesday, December 20th

One of our gracious church members volunteers their time each year to work with our Juniors and Seniors as they make future decisions. This church member professionally works with individuals and corporations on personality types and career aptitudes and is a wealth of information for our students. She also engages parent sin the process, going through their child's personality type in order that better future decisions can be made. 

Senior High Ski Trip - Friday, January 6th - Sunday, January 8th
Each year our Senior High Youth travels up to West Virginia for the weekend to ski, snowboard and tube. We all stay in a house together and lots of great memories are made. Please sign up for this trip by November, 30th

If you have any more specific questions regarding either of these opportunities, don't hesitate to contact me for more information. 


Josie Miller joined the staff of FPC in 2015, after graduating from North Carolina State University. Go Wolfpack! At State, she was involved in a variety of social and service organizations on campus, serving in mentoring and leadership roles while pursing her degree. Before NC State, Josie grew up in another town with a big, red school - Columbus, Ohio - where most of her famil still lives. Even though they were Ohio residents, Josie's family took every opportunity to travel south to the Outer Banks, hence her eventual move to North Carolina. Although she was never a fan of the northern cold, being up there allowed her to grow up around her entire family. Josie has three brothers, seven boy cousins, and only when you get to her second-cousins can you find another girl! As a result of this outnumbered upbringing, she still loves being outside and is not afraid to get a little muddy every now and then. Josie spends her free time with family and friends doing different things, ranging from hiking to a day with Habitat for Humanity or even the occasional TV marathon. She really enjoys building relationships and community with new people, which is why she feels incredibly blessed for the opportunity to serve FPC.

To get in touch with Josie, email her via this link


Community. It's about being there for each other - in the good, in the bad, in the everyday. It's about growth and being together and serving the world around us. Together.

Sunday School

Sunday School classes meet at 10:00 am. Our Senior High meet at the PAD. Our Mid-High meet in the confirmation wing.

Sunday School is a time for the youth to dive deep into the Word of God. It is a time of intensive learning and discussion, and young men and women will grow in their faith through the Confirmation classes and then deal with how the Bible interacts with their lives during their senior high classes.

Sunday Night  Fellowship

Sunday Night Youth Fellowship is a time for young people to enjoy a night of food, fellowship, games, and a Bible lesson. Students will be given a chance to interact with other youth and be introduced to the Word of God in a fun and new way.Our Youth Fellowship schedule follows an alternating schedule from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the PAD. 

Bibles & Biscuits

Every other Thursday of the month the youth meet at the Bojangles on S. New Hope road from 7:00 a.m. to 7:40 a.m. We will enjoy a devotion, breakfast, and discussion. The devotion will be led by either a youth member or the youth director, and we encourage all that can come to join us.  Bibles and Biscuits is a great way to start the day and encourages students to spend time in the Word of God every day before school. Be sure to check our the monthly calendars for specific dates.

Small Group Hangouts

Small Group Hangout is a chance for youth to gather in same-gender groups to discuss current issues and to build a mentoring relationship with positive role models. In these group settings, students share thoughts and devotions and are able to grow their relationships with Christ and have their voices heard.

Small Groups gather twice a semester at the discretion of small group leaders and their groups. The meeting venue will change often in order to explore different parts of Gastonia.

Calendars & Forms

Fall Youth Schedule 2016
(August - December)

Click here for the 2016-1017 Medical & Youth Registration Form