Here's our WHY: First Presbyterian Church Student Ministry exists to support, enhance, and participate with the work of the Triune God in the lives of our young people. Specifically acknowledging the ongoing developmental process at play in the bodies, minds, and spiritual formation of middle and high school students, we creatively seek to evoke and collaborate around the questions and felt needs that are most alive for students during this leg of their journey.
WHO we are: As a composite group from many different area schools, our students come together to companion and encourage, to play and to learn, to serve and to lead. We are athletes and musicians; academics and thespians; introverts and extraverts; gamers and gardeners. In all these varying identities, there is a process of *becoming*. And we strive to provide a place for *belonging*. In fact, belonging is central to our WHO. It is in this safe space of acceptance and celebration that exploration toward transformational brave space occurs.
WHAT we do and HOW: Our offerings prioritize faith formation, relational connectivity, service projects, and community engagement. We aspire to incarnate intergenerationalism as we intentionally involve ourselves with both seasoned adults and young children on a regular basis. We practice a leadership model that promotes power-with (instead of power-over) and encourage students to explore the kind of leadership capacities they would like to pursue. We look for imaginative and inspirational ways to dialogue about spirituality and approach these conversations as collaboratory learners alongside our students.