Faith Formation for Youth

Faith Formation for Youth (6th-12th grade)

The goal of youth ministry at Second Presbyterian is the transformation of lives through relationship with God and with one another. At Second, we believe that young people need opportunities for meaningful experiences of faith, authentic relationships with other youth and with adults, and the freedom to play joyfully together. We seek to provide these opportunities throughout the program year and during the summer for the 80+ youth who are involved in our programs.

Program Year (September - May)

Weekly
Sunday School – 10:00-10:45 a.m.

6th-7th Grade, Sunday School (in the Intersection)

8th Grade, Confirmation (in the Intersection)

9th-12th Grade, Senior High Breakfast Club (in the Library in the main building)

Sunday Nights
Youth Group at the Intersection, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

All 6th-12th grade youth are invited to join us at the Intersection for our weekly Youth Group. We have dinner, hang out, play games, and engage in conversation about faith, scripture, and life. Youth Group is led by the Associate Pastor for Youth and a team of fantastic adult advisors. Come and check it out! Contact rachel@spres.org if you have any questions about how Youth Group works.

Biweekly
Midweek Manna

Every other week, high school girls gather at the home of a church member for dinner and crafts, conversation and devotions. The group is well attended each week and has provided a safe space for girls to connect and grow. If your daughter is interested in participating, or if you are interested in hosting Manna at your home, please contact rachel@spres.org.

Similar events for high school guys and middle school girls happen on a sporadic basis. Sign up for our email list to receive updates.

Special Events

All Youth Retreat

Every fall we take a giant group of youth and advisors to Claytor Lake for a fun and meaningful retreat. This year’s retreat will be September 22-23, 2018.

Trent Youth Rally

On the first Sunday in October, Second Presbyterian hosts youth from all over our Presbytery for an evening of connection, music, and teaching. This year’s Youth Rally will take place on Sunday, October 7 and our speaker will be the Rev. Katie Aumann.

Hunger Busters

Twice a year, in November and April, our Middle School students collect and deliver food for the Presbyterian Community Center.

Youth Sunday

One Sunday each year, the youth are responsible for the leadership of both morning worship services. They sing, pray, read scripture, preach, usher, and plan the entire service. It is always encouraging to learn from them and see their leadership in action. Youth Sunday 2019 will be on February, 3.

Summer

Morning VBS Volunteering

Volunteering for Vacation Bible School is our highest attended youth summer activity. 40+ youth join us every summer as volunteer leaders. After VBS each day we plan a fun activity to thank volunteers for their hard work. To volunteer, follow this link.

Senior High Mission Trip

Every other summer our High School youth go on a domestic mission trip. In 2018 we are going to Harlan County, Kentucky to work with Appalachia Service Project and do minor home repair for families in need. Past trips include Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, Beth El Farmworker Ministry in Florida.

Bibles and Bricks trip to San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic

Every other summer we take a trip of high school and college aged youth to the Dominican Republic to work with Solid Rock International. We lead VBS for kids in the neighborhood, and spend time with our friends at Solid Rock. Our church has had a long term partnership with this incredible ministry, and we are glad for the chance for our youth to experience the work they are doing.

Massanetta Springs Middle School Conference

Each summer we take a group of middle school students to the Middle School Conference at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center. This trip provides opportunities for our middlers to learn, grow, play, and experience faith together.

Montreat Youth Conference

All high school students are invited to join us each summer for the Youth Conference at Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, North Carolina. Our youth love the chance to learn and grow, make new friends from churches across the country, and relax together in a beautiful and fun environment.