Youth Ministry


At First Presbyterian Church, 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 2020

We offer summer camps for fun and spiritual growth at First Presbyterian Churches own Camp McCullough:
  • Middle School Camp 1 (6th grade graduates – 8th grade graduates).
  • Middle School Camp 2 (6th grade graduates – 8th grade graduates).
  • High School Camp (9th grade graduates – 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.


McKenzie Peirson
Youth Director
253.272.3286, ext. 114

Youth Ministry News

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.

VBS & Camp McCullough Summer 2017 Dates!

Announcing….Summer 2017 Dates!

VBS – (4yrs- 5th grads) MONDAY, JUNE 26- FRIDAY, JUNE 30


JR. CAMP 1 – (2nd grads -5th grads) SUNDAY, JULY 16 – THURSDAY, JULY 20

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP – (6th grads-8th grads)SUNDAY, JULY 23 – FRIDAY, JULY 28

JR. CAMP 2 – (2nd grads-5th grads) SUNDAY, JULY 30 – THURSDAY, AUGUST 3

HIGH SCHOOL CAMP – (9th grads -12th grads) SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 

Sunday School Starts on Sunday, September 18: Where to Go

We have a spot for you!  Sunday School starts THIS Sunday at 9:15am. Here is where to go for classes:
0 – 2 year olds- Nursery Room 204
2 & 3 year olds- Room 208
4 & 5 year olds- Room 211
Kindergarten- Room 307
1st & 2nd Grade- Room 314
3rd – 5th Grade Girls- Room 313
3rd – 5th Grade Boys- Room 302
Middle & High School- Gold Room in South Building (Drive thru History: The Gospels)
Living in God’s Presence- Middleton Parlor- Room 109
Prayer Class- Prayer Room (2nd floor in South Building)

MS/HS Class: The Gospels

If you are in High School or Middle School, come to Sunday School this Fall and explore the story, the history, and the meaning of the Gospels at 9:15 am on Sunday mornings. This class is a great way to become better grounded in your faith. We will be using the new “Drive Thru History” DVD series The Gospels hosted by Dave Stotts, which was filmed in the actual locations where Jesus preached and performed his miracles. During the first half of each class, we will watch the DVD, and during the second half we will discuss what we’ve learned. Facilitators: John West, Sonja West, Gregg Leach. Location: Youth Room (Synder, Main Building). Adults are also welcome to attend, especially parents of teens! For more information, contact Class starts on September 18.




Youth Talent Show on April 27!

Come enjoy dinner at 6:00 pm and the youth talent show at 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, April 27th! Tickets will be on sale this coming Sunday—$5.00 per person or $15.00 per family. Proceeds will fund the Youth Ministry summer mission trip to Gleanings For The Hungry. Questions? Ask McKenzie Iverson. There will also be a youth bake sale in Fellowship Hall on Sunday to benefit the Gleanings trip.


Watch FPC’s Lindsey Bell Choir Perform “Mighty to Save”

In case you missed the Lindsey Bell Choir perform “Mighty to Save” this past Sunday, you can now watch (and listen) to the performance on YouTube. Enjoy! Thanks to Chip VanGilder for putting up the video, and thanks to Patrice Barnett (organ), Jim Brownlee (guitar), and Scott Juergens (drums) for playing along with the bells. The Lindsey Bell Choir is made up of high school students in our church, and it is directed by Daniel Heath. If you like what you hear, be sure to come on Easter Sunday for more music from the Lindsey Bells along with our Chancel Choir, Praise Band, and a 19-piece orchestra.

Lindsey Bell Choir THIS Sunday, March 6

Our wonderful youth bell choir directed by Daniel Heath will be helping us to celebrate worship this Sunday, March 6 at 10:30 am. You won’t want to miss it!

New High School Class Starts Jan. 10: Is the Bible Reliable?

Are you in High School? Do you have kids in High School? The High School Sunday School class will be starting a new series on “Is the Bible Reliable?” on Sunday, January 10 in Snyder (in the back of Fellowship Hall).  If you heard Pastor Eric’s sermon last week, you know that he made reference to the fact that the Bible is different from fairy tales—it is presented as an historically accurate account of events.  Well, does the evidence bear that out?  Is the Bible accurate? Please come join us for the next 10 weeks as we look at and discuss the evidence that Biblical accounts are reliable and trustworthy. For more info., contact Sonja West.

CORRECTION: Lindsey Bell Choir Practice TONIGHT!

It was incorrectly reported earlier that because of Veterans Day, there would be no bell choir practice tonight. Although there will be no Chapel Bell Choir practice, the Lindsey Bell Choir WILL be practicing as usual from 6:00-7:00 pm at the church. In fact, tonight is a particularly important practice because the Lindsey Bells will be performing on Sunday during worship.

Message from Camp McCullough

The word “new” has continued to make an appearance to us here at Camp McCullough. It has become our theme. Whether popping up in a simple conversation or being the foundational word in a daily verse, it is persistently seeping into daily life. This word can cause multiple reactions to different people. It can be scary because it most likely represents change or it can bring joy for that very same reason. We have experienced both. DSC_0284
We want to see Camp continue to be used in the lives of people of all ages and walks of life. We want to see it continue to be a place that people love to reminisce about. And we want to continue to see it be a place where Jesus is made real and big in the hearts of those who come. But we have come to a place where we need to look at “new” ways to help these things continue. This is why we are writing you.

One of the new things we are doing is starting a volunteer team for camp—a team of volunteers who would be willing to be called if there are needs for kitchen, cleaning or maintenance needs during weekend groups or special activity needs for FPC youth weeks during the summer. Volunteers could also be a part of a team or small group who come out to do service project days. We are hoping for volunteers who have hearts that have been touched by what God does through Camp McCullough and want to be a part of that continuing. This is not meant to be seen as overwhelming or looked at as “just another thing on your plate”. The more people we can have available, the less the load can be. There are endless stories to be heard of what joy can be found in service, and many of them come from service done at Camp.

This is new for us. We have survived on the sacrifice of the few who have helped us regularly over the years and we are beyond grateful. But it is time for a change. No more surviving. It is time to thrive.-1

Would you be willing to join the volunteer team? What about your small group or missional group?

If you would like to be on this list, please email us at with your name and phone number. We are putting together a list of the different needs and projects and will send that out as soon as possible.

Thank you!

Matt Miller
Camp McCullough Director

Shannon Sullivan
Camp McCullough Assistant Director