Youth Ministry


Youth Ministry Report for 2019

Jr. High Youth Group 

Ordinarily, the Junior High Youth Group meets every Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 pm in Room 301 or 304.  Karl Kvale and Abby St. John lead this group. The Junior High Youth Group has taken a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic; it will resume meeting over Zoom on Monday, June 15. Thereafter, it will temporarily meet every Monday at 7:00 pm.

 

Sr. High Youth Group

Calendar of Special Events for 2020

Sacred Road Mission Trip – June 27-July 4 – Cancelled

Sacred Road is a PCA ministry to Native American communities. Their primary work is with the Yakama people in Washington, though they also do work at the Warm Springs reservation in Oregon during the summers. Our teams usually assist with service projects in the mornings, and with their ministry to young kids in the community in the afternoons. This trip provides an opportunity for many of our youth to serve as ambassadors of Christ. You can learn more about Sacred Road here.

YXL Youth Leadership Camp – July 11-18 – Cancelled

Youth eXcelling in Leadership is a Christian youth leadership camp held annually at Horn Creek, Colorado. Several of our students have attended YXL in the past and have both enjoyed and benefited from the experience. You can learn more about the camp at YXL HornCreek.

 

Calendar of Weekly Events for 2020

Wednesdays: 

Girls’ Discipleship Group – on Summer Break until September 2020

Time: 2:15-3:30

Location: The Conference Room

Description: A joint FPC/CHS ministry, the Girls’ Discipleship group is a gathering of high school age young women for the purpose of growing together in their faith and walk with Christ. This group is led by Lisa DeMass, Melissa McMillan, and Wendy Tamminga and includes a time of prayer for one another, as well as a topical discussion focused on the practical challenges of living the Christian life as young women.

 

Youth Group

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: DeSoto Hall

Description: A time for our youth to come together socially in the middle of the week, led by Isaac and Elsie Dye. During COVID-19, the senior high youth group is meeting on Tuesdays over Zoom. Contact Pastor Gutierrez if you would like to be included.

Thursdays:

Guys’ Discipleship Group  – on Summer Break until September 2020

Time: 2:30-3:45

Location: The Conference Room

Description: A gathering of high school age young men for the purpose of growing together in their faith and walk with Christ. This group is led by Pastor Nicoletti and includes a time of prayer for one another, as well as a topical discussion focused on the practical challenges of living the Christian life as young men.

Sundays:

High School Sunday School  – on Summer Break until September 2020

Time: 9:45-10:45

Location: DeSoto Hall

Description: Our weekly Sunday school class is a time of learning and discussion for our youth.

 

Summer Reading Program 2020

14th Annual Faith Presbyterian Church Library
Summer Reading Program

 

The volunteers in the Church Library are very happy to announce the start of this year’s Summer Reading Program. There are two programs:

 

Grade School (entering K – 5th grade)

Embark on a journey to reach Gwynmere Castle and become a legend by reading fifty books in this year’s elementary school Summer Reading Program! You have landed on the shores of a foreign land, unknown previously to your civilization. There, you will have to read your way inland as you explore, reaching the fabled castle where legends live. With every five books you read, you will advance to the next level and receive a charm for your chain. With your fiftieth book, you will advance inside Gwynmere Castle and become a legend.

Keep reading after fifty books, as the person who reads the most books in total over the summer will be the winner of the Summer Reading Program. Parents will be responsible for keeping track of their child’s progress as they read. Please ensure that you keep an accurate record of your child’s reading, and that the books they select are age-appropriate (we have had problems in the past with 5th grade children winning by reading books at a 1st grade reading level.)

You can pick up a package the Sunday after you register which will include a chart to measure your child’s progress towards their goal, as well as charms which you can add to your child’s chain for every five books they read. For those unable to attend services in person, the package can be mailed to your house. Instructions will be included with the package.

We appreciate that it may be hard to find books to read with many libraries currently closed. Please note that ebooks and audiobooks count as well! For more information, email Abraham Sullivan at asullivan@faithtacoma.org .

To register your children, use the following link. Please note, this link is ONLY for elementary-aged children. Use the separate link to register for the Battle of the Books for middle school children.

https://forms.gle/4YzWufNyaNvNnvNH9

 

Middle School (entering 6th – 8th grade)

Get ready for Battle of the Books XIV! Sign up to read books and have fun with friends! The competition will take place on August 23.

This year’s Battle of the Books will require some significant format changes due to current restrictions. But don’t let that deter you from reading! Instead of teams, individuals will compete by themselves. Each person should still come up with a really cool team name, even if it is just them!

The competition will only cover three books this year, but the game show format will continue, with modifications. Our current plan is to use the app Kahoot, which will transition the real time game show into a multiple-choice format. The winner will be whoever has the most total points by the end. Still, the basic format will be the same: the questions will get harder with each round. The winner will still receive $50, and prizes will be available for the second and third place contestants as well. The competition will be held in person, although likely outdoors. Friends and family are still welcome to help cheer your child on (as long as guidelines are followed, of course). Further details will be forthcoming as the event approaches!

The books for this year are:

1. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

3. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Each of these books can be found as ebooks for free online at the Internet Archive (archive.org), as well as downloadable audiobooks through the Pierce County Library System. A limited number may be available to borrow from the church library; for more information email Abraham Sullivan at asullivan@faithtacoma.org .

If you are a fifth-grader, and would like to participate, please email Abraham Sullivan. While the program is not intended for fifth graders, we may allow them in depending on participation levels from other grades.

Here is the link to register:

https://forms.gle/wrWgu21qFSqzx6918