As it is with all people, our youth have grown up! Many of which have recently graduated high school and moved on to college. While we do not see them in church every week, we continue to pray over them the guidance that only God can give. Below are some highlights of our youth group.
The Youth Group at First Presbyterian includes some youth that attend church at First Presbyterian, while others attend church at other locations. While we would love for you to join us for worship on Sundays, it’s not a requirement. Our youth attend a variety of schools in the area. From the minute you walk in, you will feel like you have known these people for years. Whether you are looking for friends, crazy games and fun, awesome trips, good food, or getting to know more about God (we hope all of the above), we welcome you to any of our events.
SUNDAY YOUTH FELLOWSHIP
Our youth have participated in a variety of activities including; Westerna Maryland Health System's initiative to feed members of the local community, packaging Thanksgiving meals for older adults in low income housing. The annual Advent Event/Hanging of the Greens, sorting and bagging books and toys for children in our community.
A favorite activity has been the annual Sweetheart Luncheon and Dessert Auction to raise money for our mission trip and Montreat/Massanette Conferences
SUMMER MISSION TRIPS
In addition to youth conferences at Massanetta Springs Conference Center in Virginia or Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina, our youth have participation in mission trips coordinated by YouthWorks. On these week-long trips, the youth participate in a variety of projects including putting on a vacation Bible school style "Kids Club" as well as a variety of service projects in the community. They also have the opportunity to learn more about the community and participate in worship and Bible study each evening. Every youth who attends comes back changed by their experience.
Here is a testimony from one of our youth who attended the mission trip in Logan, WV in 2016:
At first, I didn’t want to go on this trip but my mom just repeated saying that they needed my help and I never fully understood what she meant until the end of the week. I’ve met so many amazing people that I am so thankful for. Seeing the kids smiling faces everyday warmed my heart. My heart felt so sad seeing the kids grab onto my arm and saying “Don’t leave, take me with you!” and watching the vans drive away and have them wave and scream “I’ll miss you!”. There wasn’t one big thing that made it memorable for me. It was a million little things. I’ll never forget Logan and the people who I have laughed and I have cried with. – Marisa Aurigemma