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This parent page includes information about youth ministries at Second. We encourage you to explore our blogs and also review our vision and objectives, as well as details about specific programs.

If you have questions about youth ministries at Second or would like to speak with someone about parenting a teen, please contact me. I enjoy meeting parents and students over lunch or coffee.

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Brian Shivers

 

Youth Ministry 
Vision and Objectives

Youth Ministry
Vision and Objectives

Vision:

Youth Ministries at Second Presbyterian Church seeks to provide middle and high school students (grades 6-12) with a welcoming, safe and encouraging community, which encourages faith discovery, spiritual growth, dedication to Jesus Christ, and full engagement in the corporate life of Second Presbyterian Church. Youth Ministries at Second is a space where middle and high school students gather not to witness an event but to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

Objectives:

We believe this can best be accomplished through the integration of all youth into the broader life of the church by their full participation in:

  • worship;
  • service opportunities and trips;
  • development of community initiatives;
  • all Christian education offerings;
  • church-wide stewardship efforts; and
  • the church's institutional structure (ministry teams, committees, board of deacons, etc.)

To view our entire integrative youth ministry philosophy, click here.


Youth Summer Trips Philosophy

Youth Summer Trips Philosophy

Youth Ministries at Second Presbyterian Church Summer Trips

Every summer, youth from Second Presbyterian Church travel together to destinations around the world. There are at least three youth ministries trips each year: Footsteps of Faith (for graduating high school seniors) and at least two short term service trips, one for middle school students (those who have completed 6th-8th grades) and one for high school students (those who have completed 9th-12th grades).

Why provide such opportunities for our students?
 
We believe that these trips give youth the opportunity to: 
experience what it is like to give of themselves and their faith in working with and learning alongside others, 
further expand their world and world-view, 
interact with our brothers and sisters from diverse communities with rich cultural heritage, 
learn new skills, 
see the effectiveness of a group who come together around a common goal, 
be a witness to the good news of the Gospel, 
stretch their faith, strengthen their personal relationships with God, and gain insight into what it means to be a world Christian, and 
understand how they can live out their faith through service within their everyday surroundings. They do not have to go some place exotic to serve. There are opportunities right next door. 
 
In addition, we know that these experiences challenge students to think new thoughts and engage in new ideas. Of these experiences, one former student from Second said, “As a high schooler, frustrated and confused, I went on a service trip only because I had some friends that were going." After a morning of hard work while taking a break and drinking water, he said that he could sense "the soreness in my muscles and tenderness of the raw skin on my hands, I remember feeling something I hadn’t felt in a long time: I was happy. I felt content. I felt good. What was happening? I was far from the routine of home, I was more tired than I’d ever been and wasn’t even getting paid.” He went on, "In that moment, I realized that there was something about service that made profound sense to me, and the calm contentment it provided led me to explore the God leaders of the service trip had been talking about but that I had, until that point, ignored." This is only one of countless stories that share a common theme. More personal transformation takes place in the short trips than can possibly be imagined or planned for. This is why we provide such opportunities for the middle and high school youth of Second.
 
It is our hope that all of the youth of Second Presbyterian Church will take the opportunity to participate in one of the trips this summer. The discoveries made may be life-transforming.
 
Opportunities
Middle School – (grades 6-8)
Big Ten Trip – Students experience a city that has a Big Ten University in it.  We work with organization located close to the university.
Urban Trip – Students experience a large urban setting and the needs unique to such a setting.
Rural Trip – Students experience a rural setting and the needs unique to the people who live in this setting.
 
High School – (grades 9-12) –
Midwestern Trip – Students experience work through a Presbyterian Church in a Midwestern city and their various mission organizations.  
Rural Trip – Students experience life in a community that is far removed from any big city.  The needs and the challenges are unique to such a setting outside of Pittsburgh with Hosanna Industries.
Urban Trip – Students experience urban ministry and mission in Chicago working with and through Fourth Presbyterian Church. 
Footsteps of Faith - Seniors in high school travel to Greece, Turkey, and Italy following the footsteps of the Apostles Paul, John, and Peter and the life of the early church. This travel is a part of a yearlong faith journey and commissioning for our graduating seniors. 
 
Past trips include – Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Seattle, St. Louis, Chicago, Goshen, Mexico, Sandusky, Indianapolis, and more.
 
Footsteps of Faith is June 9-19 - Greece and Italy
Middle School Trip is June 26-30 - Purdue University and Lafayette, IN - Central Presbyterian Church
High School Trip is July 16-22 - Sandusky, OH - First Presbyterian Church
Check online for more information and to register for these trips.

 


Youth Schedule

Youth Weekly Schedule

Sunday Morning

9:30-10:30 a.m.

am live - Middle School Students (7th-8th) - Youth Suite East
InFocus - High School Students (9th-12th) - Youth Suite West
Niners Make-up Session- Freshmen and those participating in Niners - Youth Suite West

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Footsteps of Faith - Seniors - Youth Suite


Sunday Night

5:45 p.m.

High School Fellowship Events - Every Six Weeks
Middle School Fellowship Events - Every Six Weeks


Wednesday Night

6:30 Quest - Middle School Bible Study (6th-8th grades) - begins in Youth Suite
Niners - Confirmation (mostly freshmen in high school) - Youth Suite East
Trek 10 - Sophomore Bible Study - Youth Suite West
Trek 11 - Junior Bible Study - Youth Suite West

Trek is a Wednesday night small group opportunity for sophomores and juniors. Trek meets each week throughout the school year for support and encouragement, as well as deep discussions of faith through Bible studies.


Youth Schedule

Youth Weekly Schedule

Sunday Morning

9:30-10:30 a.m.

am live - Middle School Students (7th-8th) - Youth Suite East
InFocus - High School Students (9th-12th) - Youth Suite West
Niners Make-up Session- Freshmen and those participating in Niners - Youth Suite West

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Footsteps of Faith - Seniors - Youth Suite


Sunday Night

5:45 p.m.

High School Fellowship Events - Every Six Weeks
Middle School Fellowship Events - Every Six Weeks


Wednesday Night

6:30 Quest - Middle School Bible Study (6th-8th grades) - begins in Youth Suite
Niners - Confirmation (mostly freshmen in high school) - Youth Suite East
Trek 10 - Sophomore Bible Study - Youth Suite West
Trek 11 - Junior Bible Study - Youth Suite West

Trek is a Wednesday night small group opportunity for sophomores and juniors. Trek meets each week throughout the school year for support and encouragement, as well as deep discussions of faith through Bible studies.