Cultivate a spiritual life. Ask tough questions. Serve others.
Student Ministries is church for the not-quite-grown-up.
with a student-led praise band
9:30 a.m. in the Well
Through weekly Bible study, fellowship events, and special programming, Student Ministries at FPC engages with tough questions of faith and life while encouraging our youth to grow roots in the community through service and become active members in the life of the church.
Director of Student Ministries Search
First Presbyterian Church, Tyler, TX seeks a full-time experienced director of student ministry, who is Christ-filled, creative, wise, relatable and rooted in compassionate faith. The candidate must have a strong comprehension of Presbyterian doctrine, as he/she will develop and lead programs for youth grades 6-12, and college ages in a staff/volunteer team environment. Extraordinary interpersonal skills along with excellent organization, written and verbal communication, social media and wicked computer skills are required. Four-year degree in related field preferred. Working knowledge of DC and Marvel Comics, and Harry Potter is helpful. Benefits provided. Email cover letter and resume to Phyllis Kidwell, director of christian education.
Each week, students (grades 6–12) meet during the Sunday school hour for a time of study and praise. The Scripture-based curriculum follows the liturgical year in order to promote students’ connection to sermon themes and Bible readings in worship. The youth praise band contributes music. This study hour is led by an experienced team of lay volunteers.
In addition to Sunday mornings, Student Ministries provides a full schedule of activities to engage students in study, mission, and fellowship. Scroll down to see what's coming up!
Senior High Small Group provides high schoolers (grades 9–12) with a space to grow spiritually and grapple with their day-to-day. The group meets weekly during the school year.
Youth Praise Band
The youth's Praise Band meets weekly to rehearse, provides music for the students’ Sunday school hour, and leads worship during the annual Youth Sunday worship service each winter.
Frequent fellowship activities—including lock-ins, pizza and movie outings, and game nights—give youth (and their mentors!) a chance to let loose and have fun.
Summer mission trips and retreats provide many opportunities for youth to serve and connect with other Christians in their community and beyond. FPC Student Ministries sponsors the annual East Texas Youth Mission Trip and takes delegations to Synod Youth Workshop, Junior High Jubilee at Mo-Ranch, and Presbyterian Youth Triennium.
PULSE (Praise, Unite, Lead, Serve, Energize), the youth leadership development ministry of Grace Presbytery, prepares high school youth to be leaders in their church and in their presbytery through a series of monthly workshops. The school year culminates in YouthQuake, a weekend retreat for middle school students led by the PULSE youth and their mentors.
Annual Service Events
Annual service events include the Souper Bowl of Caring, a day-trip to volunteer at Church Under the Bridge in Waco, Texas, and a Mini-Mission Trip during winter break.
During the weeks of confirmation training, we help our youth assimilate all that they have learned over their years in church and Sunday school in order to become fully fledged members of the congregation. Confirmation class pairs each student with a mentor who helps to guide the youth through an exploration of worship, prayer, and mission; the major doctrines of the faith; and the history and government of the Presbyterian church. Confirmation includes private reflection and writing, as well as service to the community and the development of a personal statement of faith.
Confirmation class is customarily undertaken during the eighth grade year, though it is open to high school students as well. At FPC, confirmation is typically offered as a series of Sunday workshops each spring semester. Email Phyllis Kidwell for information.