Learning in our youth community focuses on understanding who we are as children of God, how we claim that identity, and how we live as disciples of Jesus in service to the world. Sunday morning classes for First Church youth include Confirmation Class for our 7th and 8th graders and the High School Class for youth in 9th-12 grades.
Confirmation Class is the centerpiece of a two-year process that focuses on building relationships — with God, each other, adult leaders, and the larger faith community. The confirmation process includes study and reflection, retreats, and service opportunities – and, of course, an ample supply of donuts!
Led by Jane Cheema and volunteer adults, Confirmation Class is a time to explore our own faith and other faith traditions, to think critically and ask hard questions about scripture, and to grow in love and relationship with God and neighbor. A key focus is to help youth develop a sense of belonging in the congregation. At the conclusion of the process, 8th graders are invited to take confirmation vows during Sunday worship.
High School Class
Our High School Class helps youth continue to claim their place in the church. The Sunday morning class for high school students centers on a different theological theme each month; recent themes include such as justice, gratitude, and incarnation. Fueled by bagels, our youth explore themes through the lens of the biblical story, the world we live in, and perspectives offered by guest speakers.
Journey, our Wednesday evening high school group, includes a devotional component. After dinner together and before a mean game of sardines or extreme kickball the group shares God moments from the past week, considers a brief devotion, and takes time to just sit in the presence of God and each other.
Weekend youth retreats are built around a theme. Youth gather each morning to hear the story of who we are as God’s people, connect that theme to activities during the day, and reflect on it in the evening using different devotional practices
Appalachia Service Project
In Appalachia Service Project (ASP) training our high school youth learn more about the culture and history of Appalachia to promote better understanding of this unique and amazing part of the country and the people they will serve on the annual ASP summer mission trip.