Youth Ministries

Looking for Christian youth programs 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."

After a too many months apart, we look forward to meeting regularly and safely beginning September 2021. We plan to provide opportunities for bonding and learning more about the love of Christ as found in God’s Word.

Sunday Mornings for Youth

Bible Study for Grades 6-12

The Bible is so important for vibrant and enduring faith that we offer small groups that study the Word in fun, creative, and informal ways.

Youth Bible Study begins September 19

Stay tuned for details. Our Youth Director & church leadership are currently in discussions regarding how to provide programs in a way that is accessible, safe, and enjoyable for students.

HS Seniors
Owen & Jon Bible Live Nov. 2019

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 beginning fall 2021.

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

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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 & 2021, 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.