Youth Ministry

At First Pres, we strive to create an environment where students can be themselves. Students are invited to join in on any of our youth faith formation experiences exactly as they are. We invite all 5th-12th grade students to join us in a deeper life with Christ and the wider church family. 

Interested in being a youth leader? Click here to download the volunteer form. For more information, contact Hannah Post at [email protected].

Are you graduating this year? Download and complete the Hillis Scholarship Application and turn it in to the church office by April 1, 2024. This is not a need-based scholarship.  

Hillis Scholarship Application

Youth Classes

Confirmation Classes

Confirmation is a time for youth to explore their faith, learn about the Christian and Presbyterian traditions, and grow in community with one another and the whole church. When we are baptized as an infant in a Presbyterian Church, our parents and the entire church make vows to raise us in the Christian faith. When we reach a certain age, we can claim the faith as our own and move from baptized membership to active membership in the church. In preparing for claiming faith as our own, we will be diving deeper into our faith together in various meaningful ways.

Youth Groups & Events

Sunday Night Youth Group

Our Sunday night programming is designed for 5-12th grade students seeking a safe space to explore their faith and develop friendships with peers. Our time together includes games, Worship, dinner, small groups and age-appropriate Bible-based discussion.

Here is an example of an average evening at Youth Group:
first 15 minutes – students arrive
20 minutes – game
30 minutes – dinner
25 minutes – big group worship and Bible-based discussion
30 minutes – small group discussions

Youth Group meets during the school year on Sunday nights:
5th & 6th graders from 4-6 p.m., and 7th-12th from 5:15-7:15.

For more information please contact one of our youth ministry staff members:

Hannah Post, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at [email protected].
Jodie LaVercombe, 5/6th Grade Ministry Coordinator at [email protected].

Youth Events

Each year, we come together for several special events and celebrations. These include:

Halloween Party
Christmas Party
Winter Retreats
Service Opportunities
Summer gatherings

For up-to-date information about our current special events, please click here!

College Age Ministry

We recognize that college is an exciting time of growth, questions, and new experiences for young adults. To care for and love students who have graduated from the youth programs, we send care packages and encouraging notes throughout the year.

Interested in mentoring a college student? We have several students who long to stay connected to First Presbyterian Church of Grand Haven even from far away. Mentoring a student means connecting via email or phone calls, meeting for coffee when the student returns home and sending letters of love and encouragement throughout the year. These relationships are opportunities for the mentor and college student to learn with and from one another.

For more information, contact Hannah Post at [email protected].

Mission and Service

Youth Mission and Service

Students are invited to serve at a community and global level in a variety of ways. Our goal when attending these trips is never to “fix” or “save” individuals. We value coming alongside ongoing ministry with local leaders to learn how they serve.

Each summer, we offer week-long immersion service trips in the following ways:

  • 6-8th Grade: Trips are local or within the U.S. We strive to introduce students to churches who have ongoing missions with their communities so we can learn how other worship bodies care for their neighbors.
  • 9-12th Grade: Trips rotate between serving communities with the U.S. and joining our mission partners in Orange Walk, Belize. First Presbyterian Church of Grand Haven began a relationship with Koinonia Ministry in 2019. In addition to providing hands-on service with trips, we also provide funds for their ongoing children and youth programs. 

For more information, please contact Hannah Post, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.