Youth Ministry

Multiethnicity

Purpose

At FPC, we believe that there is a purpose to life; to know God and enjoy Him forever. It is our desire to see young people come to:

  • Know Jesus
  • Grow in their faith and calling
  • Show others His hope and love
  • Go and tell the world about their one, true hope of Salvation                          (Matthew 28:18-20, & 22:37-39)
 

Middle School Youth Group

Meets weekly (during the school year) every Wednesday night, 5:15–6:30 pm. We gather together for fun games, powerful worship singing, and an inspiring and encouraging message. For grades 6 – 8. Followed by a dinner with HS Students from 6:30-7:00 pm (cost is $1 donation).
 

High School Youth Group

Meets weekly (during the school year) every Wednesday night, 7:00–8:30 pm. Come early at 6:30 pm for a home-made dinner (cost is $1 donation). We gather together for fun games, powerful worship singing, and an inspiring and encouraging message, along with small group discussions. For grades 9–12.
 

Youth Sunday School

Middle School and High School Students have a weekly class for going deeper into the Christian life on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 am. For grades 6–12.
 

Youth Handbell Choirs

We have two wonderful youth handbell choirs that meet on Wednesday nights. The Chapel Bells (5th-8th grade) practice from 7:00-8:00 pm on Wednesdays, and the Lindsey Bells (9th-12th grade) practice from 5:30-6:30 pm.
 

Summer Camps 2018

We offer summer camps for fun and spiritual growth at FPC’s own Camp McCullough:
  • Middle School Camp (July 22-27, 2018, 6th grade graduates thru 8th grade graduates).
  • High School Camp (August 5-11, 2018, 9th grade graduates thru 12th grade graduates).
 

Special Events

We host a number of special events for both our Middle School and High School Groups.

Middle School: Hang-out’s (Monthly, 5th Graders invited), Chapel Handbell Choir, Superbowl Party, Christmas Party.

High School: Turkey Bowl (Football, day after Thanksgiving), Lindsey Handbell Choir, Christmas Party, Superbowl Party.
 

Mission Trips

Each year we take 40+ students to Gleanings for the Hungry in Central California to process food that will be shipped all over the world. These food packages go with the Gospel and feeds the body and the soul.

Contact

miverson250
 
McKenzie Iverson
Youth Director
253.272.3286, ext. 114
 

Youth Ministry News

Reformation Sunday 2018: A Mighty Fortress

On Reformation Sunday (Oct. 28), FPC’s Lindsey Bells (under the direction of Daniel Heath) presented Joel Raney’s  magnificent arrangement of Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” one of the songs in the FPC Canon. The Lindsey Bells were joined by brass, piano, pipe organ, and FPC’s Chancel Choir (under the direction of Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin). If you missed this past Sunday (or if you want to experience the song again!), you can now watch the presentation on YouTube thanks to FPC member Chip Van Gilder.
 



Gleanings Fundraiser 2018

Wednesday, May 2, Fellowship Hall, 6:00 PM. Please join us for dinner and a show to support the 2018 Gleanings Mission Trip. The cost is only $5 per person or $15 per family. There will be a dessert dash during the intermission.
 
For more information, please contact Mckenzie Iverson at miverson@fpctacoma.org


Feed the Youth Group

FEED THE YOUTH GROUP  

January 10th will be the first Wednesday night youth group ever! Same place, same people, different day! With our shift to Wednesday nights, we have many holes in our dinner schedule, and our youth still come hungry.  Please consider signing up to cook a Wednesday night meal for our middle and high school students. Do it by yourself or as a small group! This is a great opportunity to meet and minister to our youth. Contact Jennifer Jensen, 206-853-1992 with questions!

 



Summer Fun at Camp McCullough!

Another great video from Kyle Peirson showing the fun at Camp McCullough this past summer!
 



New HS/MS Bible Study of Book of Daniel Starts April 2

On Sunday, April 2 we are starting a new Middle School/High School class—a Bible study of the book of Daniel! We will explore how Daniel became a leader for God in a culture that was hostile to the true God, and we will study the amazing prophesies in Daniel about the coming of the true Messiah and about the future of the world. We meet in the Gold Room on Sundays at 9:15 am. Led by John and Sonja West.
 



Easter 2017 Events at First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma

You are invited to celebrate Easter 2017 at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church at these FREE events.
 
Palm Sunday Worship Service, April 9 @ 10:30 am
Come for our traditional procession of the palms featuring the children of our church (bring your children so they can participate). Plus special music from our Chancel Choir, a message by Pastor Eric Jacobsen, and Holy Communion.
 
Good Friday Open House for Prayer, April 14, Noon-3:00 pm
Come for meditation and prayer in our cathedral-like sanctuary on Good Friday, April 14 from Noon-3:00 pm. Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours. This has been a powerful time for connecting with God one-on-one that draws people from throughout our neighborhood.
 
Good Friday Requiem and Communion Service, April 14, 7:00 pm
You  are invited to experience Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for us in a new way at our Good Friday service at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. In addition to participating in Holy Communion and hearing a meditation by Pastor Eric, we will be experiencing the world premiere of a Requiem composed by our own Jesús Gomez. The Requiem will be performed by the FPC Chancel Choir accompanied by a chamber orchestra.
 
Easter Sunday Brunch, April 16 @ 9:00 am
Join us Easter morning for a free hot Sunday brunch in Fellowship Hall starting at 9:00 am.
 
Easter Sunday Celebration Service, April 16 @ 10:30 am
On April 16, celebrate the Resurrection at FPC Tacoma’s festive Easter Sunday celebration featuring its Chancel Choir, praise team, Lindsey Bell Choir, chamber orchestra, and pipe organ. Plus, Pastor Eric will be preaching a special Easter message.


The Jesus Tomb Unmasked, HS/MS Sunday School, March 19

The New Testament records the first-century event. The disciples of Jesus reported that he was risen from the dead, while Roman soldiers were paid to claim his followers secretly removed him from the tomb. After 2,000 years, the latest challenge to the historical resurrection of Jesus comes in the form of a bone box discovered in Jerusalem. The  documentary, The Lost Tomb of Jesus, has popularized the hypothesis that Jesus’ followers stole his body from the tomb by suggesting that the bone box inscribed with “Jesus, son of Joseph” may contain the remains of Jesus of Nazareth. Join the High School/Middle School Sunday School class on March 19 as we take a hard look at the evidence and answer the questions concerning the reliability of the resurrection. Have the bones of Jesus of Nazareth really been found? Is the resurrection history of myth? The HS/MS class meets in the Gold Room (South Building) on Sundays at 9:15 am. All High School and Middle School students are invited to come on March 12. As long as there is room, interested parents and other adults are also welcome.


The Soul Shepherd, HS/MS Sunday School, March 12

The Bible teaches us that our relationship with God is like the relationship between sheep and their shepherd. Sometimes, however, this deep truth is lost on us because we have never lived the life of a shepherd or become familiar with the ways of sheep. For the past five years, filmmaker, Joel Kramer, has captured the lives of Bedouin shepherds tending their sheep in the same places Abraham and David watched over their own flocks thousands of years ago. Here wolves still prowl and old men and young boys still shepherd in the ancient ways. Join the High School/Middle School class as we follow filmmaker Joel Kramer’s journey into the mountains of Israel as he captures the pastoral scenes that the Bible paints and helps us more fully understand our own relationship with our true Shepherd. The HS/MS class meets in the Gold Room (South Building) on Sundays at 9:15 am. All High School and Middle School students are invited to come on March 12. As long as there is room, interested parents and other adults are also welcome.


Jericho Unearthed: HS/MS Sunday School, March 5

 
The battle of Jericho is one of the most enduring biblical stores. The description of the “walls falling down” is among its most well-known accounts. Yet for more than fifty years, some scholars have built a wall of doubt against the historical accuracy of the Bible using Jericho as one of its cornerstones. Join the High School/Middle School class as we watch the documentary Jericho Unearthed and return to the site of one of history’s most important battles in order to explore the crucial question relating to Joshua’s conquest: Did the walls of Jericho really come tumbling down? The HS/MS class meets in the Gold Room (South Building) on Sundays at 9:15 am. All High School and Middle School students are invited to come on March 5. As long as there is room, interested parents and other adults are also welcome.
 
 


Expedition Bible: New HS/MS Sunday School Class for March

 
On March 5, 12, and 19, the High School/Middle School Sunday School class will be exploring what we can learn about the truths of the Bible from modern archeology and from visiting the Holy Land. On March 5, we will watch Jericho Unearthed, which examines whether archeologists have proven or disproven the Bible’s account of the Battle of Jericho. On March 12, we will watch The Soul Shepherd, which explores what it means for God to be our shepherd by following the lives of Bedouin shepherds tending their sheep in same places Abraham and David watched over their flocks thousands of years ago. Finally, on March 19, we will watch The Jesus Tomb Unmasked, which investigates explosive claims that archeologists have discovered a “bone box” containing the remains of Jesus! ? The HS/MS class meets in the Gold Room (South Building) on Sundays at 9:15 am. All High School and Middle School students are invited. As long as there is room, interested parents and other adults are also welcome.