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This is where you can find some of the basic information about Youth Ministries here at First Presbyterian Church.

Our youth groups are for students in grades 5 thru 12. Please read on for what our schedule for the Fall of 2020 looks like!

High School Bible Study on Esther
Led by Maddie Lambert
When: Monday, September 14- Monday, November 30 from 6:30-8:00

All high school age students are invited to participate in an in depth 10 week study on the book of Esther. Esther is a riveting 10 chapter narrative that brings to light a need for God’s justice and courageous advocates in a time in which whole groups of people are being considered “less than.” Each week, participants will read a chapter of Esther as a group and then be given space to individually respond to the text in a new and creative way. This includes: poetry, artwork, prayer, journaling and more. We will also be diving into specifics of the text including historical circumstance and the Hebrew language. Students are encouraged to approach this opportunity with an open mind- there are no biblical experts in this space, or exact “right” ways to approach the text. Each of us will be learning together.

Journals will be provided for each student. We are also happy to provide a Bible to study and read from if students are in need of one.

5-8th Creative Methods in Response to Esther
Lead by Alexis Stark
When: Sunday, September 13-Sunday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30

Over the course of five weeks, 5-8th graders are invited to explore critical thinking and creative responses to the first five chapters of Esther. Each week, participants will be taught a new form of creative response and reflection (poetry, journaling, creative writing styles, drawing, etc.) based on a lesson, quote, or overarching theme of each chapter. Together, we will use biblical scripture as the foundation to try new things, enjoy conversation, and share the space to expand our faith and creativity. This class is NOT only for experts. Students can be first time writers and artists or have shown previous interest in the written and visual arts. We will provide course materials (paper, journals, etc.) and students need only provide a Bible and an open mind. If you are not able to provide a Bible for your student at this time, let us know!

5-8th Grade LEGO Faith Builders on Esther
Lead by Maddie Lambert
When: Sunday, October 25- December 6 from 6:30-7:30

In this faith formation opportunity, students will read several key moments in the Esther story together. After reading, participants will be invited to respond to what they heard in the text by building the story out of LEGOs. At the end of our time together, each student will be encouraged to share what they built, why it stuck out to them as meaningful, and what they are feeling called to respond in prayer about after hearing God’s Word.
Students are encouraged to use their own LEGO sets at home. However, any student who does not have access to LEGOs is welcome to reach out to Maddie and she will provide a set for you.

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