Parents of children in middle school recognize that they are in the midst of transition. As their sons and daughters begin the adolescent process of individuating, moms and dads seek to hold the reigns a little tighter. We believe that the Bible contains timeless truths that provide a path for families to deal with these new realities.

Sundays @ First-Plymouth For Middle School Students
9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Curriculum

We offer various mediums for youth to explore, discuss and dive deeper into important topics of faith. They will cover topics that arise from scripture, social justice issues, current events, important subjects they face in school & at home as well as many others. Each week the discussion will be led by our Youth Director as well as our other small group leaders.

In January-May of 2016 we will be using the Nooma videos as the topic starters to our Sunday Discussions at both 9am and the 10:30am.

Worship

At the beginning of each session, students share their joys and concerns as they seek God in the context of fellowship. Worship takes place in the intimate setting of their classroom, where students are comfortable to go deeper in thought, word and action.

Where Do I Go?

Grades 6-8th: Class takes place every Sunday in the Youth Room, though there may be times when class will also be held out in the community--in the church’s neighborhood and beyond.

Wednesdays for Middle School Youth
Middle School Youth Group

The onset of adolescence brings with it questions about the nature of God, the future of the world and the relevance of religion. The youth ministry at First-Plymouth Church seeks to address these questions and build authentic community. We will explore their questions through worship, education, social action, retreats, mission trips, lock-ins, Bible studies, music and more.

Our youth come from many neighborhoods in Lincoln and beyond, with different socio-economic backgrounds, faith perspectives and world views. What unites them all is a common purpose: to know Christ and to make Him known. Each week we invite all middle school students to come and experience first-hand the love of Jesus, to build friendships and to learn to live out their faith and of course have fun while they are here!

Join us each week from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Youth Room!

There is supervised Open Gym & Open Youth Room on Wednesday evenings from 4:30-6:30pm.

Confirmation: The Centerpiece Of Faith Formation

Eighth grade students are invited to explore their growing faith in depth through our Confirmation program. This is a year-long intensive study that affirms students’ baptismal vows and commits them to a life of Christian service in a multi-faith world. This is an elective class that requires homework, field trips, social action, and reflection--not for the faint-of-heart! Both parents and students will be asked to make a commitment to this process. Students in Confirmation have meeting times and events during the week.

We do not expect that every confirmand will acquire the same answers or have the same responses to issues of faith and growth. Instead we encourage the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, and we acknowledge that the journey toward belief is at least as important as the product of belief. We do not teach confirmands what to think; we teach them how to think for themselves.

Our confirmation experience culminates in a worship service at which learners are confirmed in the Christian faith. Students may elect to share their personal credos during this service. Confirmation marks a milestone in each learner’s spiritual journey and is the beginning of a life of worship and service that lasts a lifetime.

For more information, please contact Rev. Hollie Schmidt, Minister of Children, Youth and Family at hollie@firstplymouth.org

Questions about Middle School Youth Programs? Ask:

Rev. Hollie Schmidt, Minister of Children, Youth & Families: hollie@firstplymouth.org
Ella Wiles, Youth Director: ella@firstplymouth.org
Dylan Kitchen, Youth Intern: dylan@firstplymouth.org


Be sure to check out WNL (Wednesday Night Live) to learn about more
Wednesday evening activities!