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

Real community. Real faith. Real Mission. 

TRIPS

Senior High Mission Trip to Long Island, New York

Register to join the Sr. High mission team as they head to Long Island, NY with NextStep Ministries to help rebuild homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy next July. The mission team will be lodging at a local community building and will work with other groups from across the USA July 1926, 2015. During their stay, the team will be assigned one project to work on for the entire week, which  will allow them to get to know the residents of that home and build relationships with the family.  At the end of the week, the mission team will be spending one evening inNew York City.  

The cost of the trip will be $550 per student. That cost includes: Lodging for a week, food for the week, and a t-shirt.  It does not include the money for food on the road trip there or back or money for the day in New York City.  Also, each student is required to bring at least two tools on the “tools request” list to use while on the trip.  Read more about NextStep Ministries here. 

JOSIE MILLER, DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRIES

Josie Miller joined the staff of FPC in 2015, after recently 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 both her parents live. 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. 

Activities

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 9:15am-10:15 a.m. Our Senior High youth meet in the PAD building. Our Mid-High youth meet in 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. 
 

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.

Bibles & Biscuits

Every second Thursday of the month the youth meet at the Bojangles on S. New Hope road from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. We will enjoy a devotion, breakfast, and discussion. The devotion will be led by a youth member, 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.

YOUTH MINISTRY

Page Carver
Grady Kennington
Betty Burrell
Julie Craig