First Presbyterian Church is committed to minister to the youth of our congregation and the surrounding communities through separate Middle School and High School groups. We work with parents to help their kids grow in the Christian faith during their teen years.
Students who become involved in FPCs youth programs will find solid Bible teaching, friendship, spiritual encouragement, a purpose for living that is larger than themselves, good fun which is not chemically induced, and moral support in dealing with the challenges of life.
Youth Ministry at FPC is lead by two full-time youth staff – youth director, Jon Evans, assistant youth director, Anna Hadorn, a staff of dedicated adult volunteers, and an active church committee overseeing and supporting the youth ministry.
Got questions? Feel free to contact Jon Evans about MS Youth Group at 978-807-8932 or Anna Hadorn about HS Youth Group at 978-602-0468.
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Special Events Happening Soon
On Wednesday, October 28 we are hosting a Walk Through Harvest Party for the younger kids that are here at church. It will be outside, from 5:30-7:30 and will include some of our favorite Harvest Party games, like pumpkin bowling, the gourd toss, fishing for candy, mini-golf, the dart toss and a photo booth. There will also be people with cars for “Trunk or Treat.” It should be a lot of fun. We’ll get to dress up on non-scary costumes and wear masks. Due to event size limitations we need to limit total the number of people at the event, so, if you’d like to come and help with this, please send an email to Jon by 12:00 on Tuesday.
Girls and Boys Bible Studies meet on Sunday nights from 6:00-7:00. The next girls group meeting is on Sunday, October 25. The boys will be meeting again on Sunday, November 1. Come on out and study God’s word with us.
Let’s read the Bible in 2020! Here is a link to a plan that will guide you through reading the entire Bible through in 2020. It will only take you about 10 minutes a day: https://bibleplan.org/plans/chronological-bible-in-a-year-dual-reading/ If you’d still like to read the Bible everyday, but just not quite as much go to www.Bible.com and search for “The Jesus Bible” plan. It will give you a short devotion and a few verses about Jesus to guide you through each day.
Regular Weekly Activities
Ipswich Sunday Morning Sunday School – 10:30-11:00 am during the school year
Philip and Elizabeth Jones lead a team of teachers who meet each week with the students seeking to instill in them the truths of God’s word. This class is currently meeting on Zoom, contact us for the link.
Bible Study – Sunday Nights during the school year 6:00 – 7:30pm
Girls you get to, you know, do girl stuff and hang out with Dawn, Becki and Becca. If you haven’t been yet, come and check it out. This is going to be starting up for the season both live at church and on Zoom on Sunday, September 27.
Boys Bible Study is starting on Sept. 27 too and we are going to hang out around a fire from 6-7:00 pm! Contact Jon for more info.
Youth Group – Wednesday Nights during the school year – 6:00-7:00 pm
In these crazy times, we are meeting outside both live and church and on Zoom with games, skits, videos, the opportunity to hang out with friends, and the chance to be challenged and encouraged from God’s Word, the Bible. Please contact Jon for the most current info about this.
Camps & Trips
Soul Fest – Postponed until 2021
Three whole days jam-packed with Christian music?! It’s true! Don’t miss this chance to camp out, share meals with our group and drag your youth leaders to the craziest concerts on the schedule like For King and Country, 10th Avenue North and Switchfoot! There’s also swimming, an adventure course, the skate park, shopping, free t-shirts, cool speakers, and chair-lift rides! You can sign up now by clicking here.
Deerwander – Postponed until 2021
The best Middle School Summer Camp Ever! Our days are packed with super fun games, clan challenges, activities, swimming, Bible lessons, craft shack, snack shack, volleyball, water balloons, the Babe Ruth Challenge, Capture the Flag and lots lots more. Deerwander will be held at Camp Berea in Maine.
Profession of Faith Class
This class is designed to assist a young person in his or her desire to make a profession of faith at First Presbyterian Church. This is a great opportunity for our pastors to work together with our youth to understand what it means to follow Christ. Students must be 12 years of age or older to participate.
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Summer Book Clubs are in their last few weeks! But even if it is your first time, you are welcome to join in!
Guys Book Club is reading and studying “The Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges. We meet Thursday nights outside at church from 5:30 – 6:45. Please arrive wearing a mask, and please fill this out before you arrive: Guys’ Form
Girls Book Club is reading Liturgy of the Ordinary! We meet outside at church every Monday at 9:00 am. Come check it out! Fill this out before you arrive: Girls’ Form
Friday night means movie night, show time is 8:00, bring a blanket or a chair, your own snacks and bug spray. Hope to see you there, you can sign up by clicking here.
School-Year Activities – on pause for summer –
Sunday Morning Sunday School – 10:15 – 11:00am on zoom
We’re going to talk about a different aspect of God’s character each week this fall! Come explore how God is so different than us, and how that’s a good thing.
Youth Group – Sunday Nights – 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Come hang out with us outside under the big tent and enjoy some (safe) fun & games! We’ll hang out, then get to sit down and talk about things that matter with people who care. Sunday nights together will be low-key, always welcoming, and everyone in high school is invited – bring a friend along!
Camps & Trips
We are really looking forward to summer 2021!
Soul Fest –
The most musical camping you will ever experience. You’ll see artists like Switchfoot, Tenth Avenue North, Rend Collective, and Matthew West! You’ll camp and eat with us, have devotionals with us, swim, hike, ride the chair, eat bagels and goof around at the campsite with us!
High School Deerwander –
A week at beautiful Chop Point where we’ll be learning from God’s Word, be encouraged in our faith, be able to hang out by the water, compete in fun challenges, and so much more! More info about Deerwander is available by clicking here.
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