Youth Ministries

COVID-19 Update: 2/2/2020

Following the precautionary measures of the church, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our regular in-person gatherings until Summer 2021. It is our hope that we will be able to offer regular gatherings over the summer.


First Pres is hiring two interns to run Youth Ministry for summer 2021! Please click here to read job description for details on the positions and how to apply. The Application Deadline is March 19.


Looking for a youth group that your student WANTS to attend? At First Pres, students participate in youth ministry because of the warm community, the fun experiences, and the valuable life lessons we learn together. Because our ministry is open to all youth in grades 6-12, students easily feel welcome at "the Coach House." Plus, we meet actively and regularly to maximize opportunities for bonding and learning more about the love of Christ as found in God’s Word.



Middle School Beach Party ZOOM

Wednesday Evening Programs 

(September thru May)

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how frequently we meet as a group, First Pres has a history of active, welcoming youth groups. We are looking forward to phasing these groups back into action throughout the 2020-21 school-year.

Stay tuned as we phase back into our youth programs...

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After-school program for grades 3-8: outdoor games, crafts, activities, and lessons about trusting God in the midst of uncertain times

A special thanks to all of the students that participated in RECHARGE in September and October 2020! We enjoyed hanging out with you every Wednesday, as well as our games, lessons, Boys vs. Girls challenges (congrats girls!), and dinners. But most of all... we enjoyed getting to see and talk to you again after a long time apart. Stay safe and stay healthy!

RECHARGE will return this spring, beginning April 28.

Meet our Director of Youth Ministry

Alex Jerve,

Although I grew up going to church, my faith in Jesus Christ became big priority after being inspired by…     Read more about Alex…

Youth Summer Trips...

First Pres has a long history of offering annual mission trips for grades 6-12.

Unfortunately, for the safety of our students, we are postponing our annual summer trips until 2022.

Surf City (for grades 6-9)

We head out to beautiful western Michigan for a fun-packed week of swimming, biking, boating, games, worship, and so much more! This trip has become an annual treasure for our middle schoolers. Although we missed going in 2020, we know that the impact made on our 100+ former Surf City participants continues to be used by God each and every day.

High School Mission Trip (for 10th graders thru recent grads)

Jesus has set a powerful, high expectation for us: "I assure you, servants aren’t greater than their master, nor are those who are sent greater than the one who sent them," (John 13:16 CEB). We introduce our highschoolers to the aspect of servant leadership through our incredibly impactful mission trips. We select a new destination each year in order to broaden the experiences of our students.