Middle and High School Youth (6th-12th) are full participants in the worship service with the congregation. FPC believes that their regular participation in worship not only contributes to our church’s worship life together but also seeks to form the youth through direct engagement in the practices of the faith.
Once every month or two, the youth in 6th through 9th grade have a time of fellowship and conversation following the Children’s Moment. These gatherings are called the Middle School Coffee Shop Chats.
Our youth group activities help youth build stronger relationships
with one another and their adult leaders. These gatherings offer a
space for youth to explore their faith more deeply through service
projects and interactive discussions about how their faith and everday
Middle & High School Youth Group:
Our youth group activities help youth build stronger relationships with one another and their adult leaders. These gatherings offer a space for youth to explore their faith more deeply through service projects and interactive discussions about how their faith and everyday lives intersect. First Presbyterian is also a part of the Downtown Youth Collective, partnering with two other downtown church, First United Methodist church and Intown Church, for youth ministry activities. Consult the most recent Children & Youth Newsletter for specific dates and locations.
Every summer, our youth engage in special weeks of service-learning activities.
Middle School City Camp
Middle school students (6th-8th) have a tradition of spending a week engaging in service in the Portland area with other Presbyterian youth through “City Camp.” They sleep at FPC or another local church and go out to different organizations around the city during the day., and then they have time for fun, fellowship, and discussion in the evenings.
High School Mission Trip
Each summer, the high school youth (9th-12th) have the opportunity to grow in faith through a mission immersion experience in a different context. Over the past few years the youth have served the homeless and learned about justice concerns in San Francisco, CA, supported the continued rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA, experienced and engaged in rural poverty in Rathdrum, Idaho and Spokane, WA, and learned about the immigrant experience in Miami, FL.
Every other year, students who are 7th grade or older are invited to participate in confirmation, which involves weekly meetings, mentors, and engaging activities. Through confirmation, youth learn more about Christian theology, history, and practices through discussion and direct engagement.