Youth

Sundays at FPC: Classes & activities for Middle and High School are 10:00-10:50 a.m. (September-May). FPC youth Sunday school classes incorporate discussions and class activities that helps youth progress on a spiritual path and grow in faith and service.

Mondays at FPC: High School and Middle School alternate weeks in meeting in the Youth Room (green) from 6-8pm. Please contact Pastor Derek for details. View the church calendar on this website to determine which group is meeting.

Ecumenical Activities: Presbyterian youth combine with those from St. John’s Episcopal Church, Prince of Peace ELCA Church and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for an Affiliated Youth Group for assorted outings, studies, and service.  Gatherings in the past year included a Yurt Retreat at Beaver Mountain,  a dance, pot luck & games groups, ice skating & movie/ice cream nights, various service projects, 30 Hour Famine, weekend retreats, and more. Newcomers always welcome!

Ecumenical Mission Trips in Summer for one week: Designed for Middle School & High School youth, summer mission trips focus primarily on faith-growing experiences through serving others. The trips vary each year in types of service, location, and duration. Students prepare through group-building activities, fundraising efforts and learning about the culture they will encounter.

Bagels & Bibles is a weekly summer gathering where Pastor Derek meets with middle school and high school youth at Einstein Bros. Bagels, 130 East 400 North in Logan. Here youth enjoy a light breakfast, discussion and a devotional.

Please contact the church office (435-752-0871) for more information on any of these events.


BOY SCOUT TROOP 1

Boy Scouts meeting at FPC for youth: Troop 1 (ages 11-18); Crew 1 (coed ages 14-21) For details: Paul Davis, Organizational Representative, 753-7016; BSA Office 752-4278

  • After all this time…

    Well, this is it my fellow followers of Jesus, we are returning to in-person worship at First Presbyterian Church. It has been fourteen long months of us learning to be a worshiping community in the best ways we could figure out (thank you Jesus, even for things like YouTube and Zoom). It’s been challenging for me as your pastor (I imagine Pastor Meg would say the same). It’s been challenging for all of you in faith and life and with family and friends. 

    But we’re going back to church, praise the Lord.

    Many things seem to be happening in our world at this moment. How are you handling it all? We’re opening the church doors again. There was a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis. Many of you have your Covid-19 vaccinations. It’s Springtime and the tulips are starting to bloom. The Sandhill Cranes and other migratory birds are back in the valley. So how are we doing as we process all of this? How are you doing?

    Relief? Sorrow? Joy? Sadness? 

    All of the above?

    I’ve heard several phrases of late, including ‘pandemic pain.’ I’ve felt fatigued myself. But having received the vaccination shots, I am ready to be back in our church building with you praising the Lord together. With high vaccination rates among our church members and several safety precautions, Session has voted for our return to in-person worship. Details are listed in another article inside this edition, but our first Sunday back will be Sunday, May 9th, with our regular service times of 9 & 11 a.m.

    This worldwide pandemic is not over. Not by a long shot as I watch the news from places like India and Brazil, or even Michigan. But many of us have received our vaccinations and we are implementing some practices that should allow us to worship the Lord together, safely. And to be clear (I cannot say this enough), if you do not feel safe coming to church in the near future, please continue to worship from home. I will do my absolute best to make sure our worship live-stream allows you to connect with God and connect with the rest of us from the safety of your own home. We have purchased a small and simple (yet high quality) camera that will live-stream Sunday morning worship directly to YouTube. You have the option to watch it ‘live’ as we are worshiping or watch it at a later time that is more convenient for you.

    So, what might we expect on Sunday mornings in May when we go back? First and foremost, we will be together singing, praying, and praising the Lord. Hallelujah! There will be a few changes, of course. We ask that everyone wear a mask while in the building. We will not have indoor fellowship to prevent ‘grouping’ around the food. Both services will be in Bruner Hall (this is to allow for social distancing). We will initially space chairs out in groups of one, two, three, four, etc. (please find a group of chairs that matches your household). Our air handling system will be on during the service. We won’t use hymnals so that multiple people aren’t touching them each morning (lyrics will be in the bulletin and projected onto the wall). And finally, if you are feeling under the weather, we ask that you please be extra-considerate of your fellow worshipers and remain home.

    Every day of life is a new endeavor. The same is true for us in this process of returning to worship. May we prayerfully and carefully take actions that promote good community health, along with our spiritual health. Thank you for your patience with us, and I look forward to seeing every one of you, whenever that might be.

    —Pastor Derek

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