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Youth Ministries
​(grades 6-12)

Get Ready, Get Set, Here We Go!
Here's what is coming up . . .
Sunday, August 20, 9:30 a.m. - Sunday morning for middle and high school students begins. We hope to see everyone. Fun. Donuts. Friends. Games. Activities. Great Conversations. EVERYONE WELCOME!
Sunday, August 20, 5:00 p.m.Middle school fun night. Games, food, and time to hang out together. Bring a friend.
Sunday, August 27, 12:15 p.m. - Youth Ministry Open House - 
Discover youth ministries and what's going on for middle school, Niners, high school, Footsteps of Faith. Plus, take advantage of a SUPER EARLYBIRD discount for the fall retreat.
Wednesday, September 6, 6:30 p.m. - Wednesday nights at Second starts for the fall. Middle school small groups, Niners (confirmation experience), high school bible study, and Niners leadership team. There is something for everyone. It begins with pizza!
Sunday, September 10, 11:00 a.m. - Footsteps of Faith for our high school seniors begins. Applications are available now. Click on the Footsteps banner on the right.
All of the above will take place in the Youth Suite on the second floor just off of the main stairwell. We look forward to another great year together.

Youth Ministries At A Glance - Click here for a schedule of ministries and events.

High School Servie Trip - July 16-22 - Sandusky, OH
Check out the adventures of this amazing team on our travel blog. Click here.

Middle School Service Trip - June 26-30 - Lafayette, IN 
What an amazing journey it was! Check out the blog to see what they were up to on their summer adventure. Click here.  

Footsteps of Faith - the Journey of a Lifetime
Our recent high school graduates and their adult leaders returned from their journey of faith on Monday, June 19. Please check out their blog through our journey together. Click
here


CONFIRMATION SUNDAY - May 14

We had a wonderful evening together on Wednesday, May 10. The Niners met with the Session and were received into membership of the church. You can watch the video of the evening here
Sunday, May 14 was Confirmation Sunday. We will confirmed our Niners at the 9:30 service where they made their public declaration of faith together.
CONGRATULATIONS NINERS! 

WEEKLY SCHEDULE - AUGUST THROUGH MAY -
Schedule resumes on August 6 for Sunday mornings and September 6 for Wednesdays

Sundays
9:30
Middle School - Youth Suite West
High School - Youth Suite East
Niners Make Up - Youth Suite East

11:00
Footsteps of Faith - Youth Suite East - beginning after Labor Day

Special Evening Events once every six weeks.

Wednesdays
6:30
Middle School - Youth Suite West
Niners - Confirmation Experience - Youth Suite East
(freshmen and other high school students who want to go through confirmation)

High School - Youth Suite East

FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH and NINERS  
Footsteps of Faith (High School Seniors) - Find out more information about Footsteps by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.
Niners (Confirmation) - Check out what is in store for our year by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

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.


Weekly Schedule/Upcoming Events
for Middle School youth

Weekly Schedule
for Middle School Youth

MIDDLE SCHOOL SUNDAY MORNINGS

Youth Ministries At A Glance - Click here for a schedule of ministries and events.

a.m. live
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Fall schedule started again August 6

This isn’t simply church school. Eat some donuts, hang out with friends, play foosball, air hockey, pool, hoops, and dig deep into this thing we call faith. This Scripture-based discussion helps you experience the Biblical books of history, poetry, wisdom, prophecy, the gospels, and the letters, as well as many faith challenges on your level. Each grade level group is led by dedicated adult mentors.



MIDDLE SCHOOL SUNDAY NIGHTS
We will meet every six weeks for a time of fun and fellowship Sunday nights at 5:30pm.

Our Calendar:

  • August 6 - Sunday morning programming begins
  • August 20 - Middle School Back to School Event - 5:00-7:00 p.m. Fun, games, pizza, and friends
  • September 6 - Youth Wednesday night programming begins.
  • October 8 - Bonfire and Hayride - 6:00-8:00 p.m. Spencer Farms in Noblesville
  • November 4-5 - Youth Fall Retreat 
  • December 6 - Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
  • December 13&14 - Christmas Benevolence Food Shopping Night. 
  • December 17 - Dave & Busters fun night.
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight and Carols.
  • Presidents' Day Weekend 2018 - Great Wolf Lodge Trip
  • April 2018 - Bowling at Woodland Bowl - 5:30-7:30 - Bring $10 for shoes and bowling.
  • May 2018 - End of year bash
  • Late June 2018 - Summer Service Trip
 


WEDNESDAY NIGHTS
Wednesday nights at Second begin Wednesday, September 6, 2018, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Join us for fun, music, pizza, friends, and great faith conversations. 

Quest
6:30-8:00 p.m. (begins September 5 and runs through May 16)

Take a Quest into faith on Wednesday. Come for pizza, time to goof around, play and sing music, and an interactive small group Bible study based around current movie and television clips and how they relate to faith. This small group time gives you a chance to really be heard.

Please click the button below to help pay for pizza.
$45 for the semester and $80 for the year.
Your payment helps defray the cost.

Pizza Payment


Weekly Schedule/Upcoming Events
for High School youth

High School Weekly Schedule

HIGH SCHOOL SUNDAY MORNINGS 

Youth Ministries At A Glance - Click here for a schedule of ministries and events.

9:30-10:30 a.m. - Youth Suite East - begins again August 6
Sunday morning is an opportunity to gather with a group of your friends, eat some breakfast food, and investigate the sometimes difficult intersection of faith and life. The questions will be yours and the topics will be timely. Bring a friend and check it out!

Niners Make Up Session - for those who must miss the previous Wednesday. Begins September 16.

11 a.m.
Footsteps of Faith - Seniors - Youth Suite - September through May
As a part of Footsteps seniors reflect on some of the deepest questions of life and faith.  The program culminates in a trip to follow the footsteps of the apostles. More Details


HIGH SCHOOL SUNDAY NIGHTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS 
We will have regular fellowship events on Sunday evenings for high school students.  

Upcoming Dates -

  • August 6 - Sunday morning high school youth programming begins
  • September 6 - Youth Wednesday night programming begins.
  • September 10 - Footsteps of Faith begins at 11:00 a.m.
  • October 8 - Bonfire and Hayride - 6:00-8:00 p.m. Spencer Farms in Noblesville
  • November 4-5 - Youth Fall Retreat at Camp PYOCA
  • December 6 - Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
  • December 17 - Dave & Busters fun night.
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight and Carols.
  • Presidents' Day Weekend 2018 - Jameson Camp Winter Retreat
  • April 2018 - Bowling at Woodland Bowl - 5:30-7:30 - Bring $10 for shoes and bowling.
  • May 2018 - End of year bash
  • Jule 2018 - Summer Service Trip - Hosanna Industries, Western PA.


As with all youth ministries events, retreats, and trips, scholarship money is available. We never want a student to be left out because of cost. Please contact Stephanie Bewley, Tyler Wolfcale, or Brian Shivers if you want to talk about available scholarships.

SUMMER OF SERVICE 2017 
Great adventures were had by all!
Check out the stories of our summer 
here.


WEDNESDAY NIGHTS (September through May)
Wednesday nights at Second begins September 6 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Join us for fun, music, pizza, friends, and great faith conversations. 

6:30-8 p.m. 
High School Students
A Wednesday night small group opportunity for sophomores and juniors. Meets each week throughout the school year for hang out time, pizza, support, and encouragement, as well as deep discussions of faith.  This story of Jesus as found in the Gospel of Mark. This is the stuff you didn't learn in Sunday school as a kid.

Niners - Confirmation (mostly freshmen in high school) - Youth Suite East
A nine month faith adventure for high school freshmen (or other high school students who have not yet gone through confirmation or joined the church). Niners is a good time and a great way to connect with people your age from across the north side of Indy and beyond. Fun, games, music, and deep discussion. More Details

Youth Leaders - 
Seniors in high school serve as peer mentors and leaders. Please speak with Brian or Tyler if you are interested.

Please click the button below to help pay for pizza.
$45 for the semester and $80 for the year.
Your payment helps defray the cost.

Pizza Payment

 


Footsteps of Faith
High School Seniors

Footsteps of Faith

High School Seniors

Footsteps of Faith is designed for confirmed High School Seniors (members of Second Presbyterian Church). Footsteps meets September through April, Sunday mornings from 11:00-12:00. 

2017-2018 Application

During your senior year in high school, deeper questions will begin to present themselves in new ways. Don’t you think your Christian faith should have something to say about these big questions?

Footsteps of Faith is a way in which you can investigate these questions through the lenses of faith and theology. The experience will challenge you to think on a completely different level about your life and all you do. This class is led by the Senior Lake Fellows, as well as the Youth Staff.

Footsteps is a trek through the life of the early church, the Acts of the Apostles, and the writings of the apostles. In these sources we hear the earliest stories of the Christian faith and hear our own lives echoed in the voices of the ancients. Footsteps culminates with a trip to Greece, Turkey and Italy to walk in the footsteps of Paul.

The Footsteps journey has the potential to be transformative for all willing to invest themselves in it.  If you are interested in applying for the 2017-2018 Footsteps of Faith, please fill out this form and print and sign the covenant. Submit the covenant and a recent picture of yourself to the church office. Applications are due by September 1.

Footsteps of Faith - the Journey 2017
Our recent high school graduates and their adult leaders began a journey of faith on Friday, June 9. Please check out our blog about our journey together. Click here for the blog. 

Footsteps 2016-2017 Syllabus, click here
Footsteps 2016-2017 Payments, click here.

Click here for the online medical form and here for the release form.


Niners
A Confirmation Experience - The next step in your journey of faith

Niners
A Confirmation Experience

Niners is a nine-month confirmation experience for high school freshmen (or other high school students who have not yet gone through confirmation, joined the church, or are transferring their membership).

If you are interested in confirmation at Second, please fill out this form.

This is a time full of things to be excited about and to freak out about if we are being honest -- a new school; a busier schedule; new friends; important decisions; new questions.

 

Some things will probably be tougher to handle than others. Some decisions will be more difficult to make. Some questions will be harder to answer. Some stuff you may want to avoid all together.

 

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a place where you could be honest with people who are your age about all of this? Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a place you could go where you, your concerns, and your questions were taken seriously? Wouldn’t it be good to find a spot you could go and completely be you?

 

We believe that Niners is such a place.

  • Niners is a place where you can meet and get to know some amazing people you may never have the opportunity to get to know otherwise.
  • Niners provides an opportunity to interact with your questions and uncertainties about life and faith honestly.
  • Niners is an experience.
  • Niners is a journey of faith.
  • Niners is a confirmation experience.

 

Confirmation is another step in your journey of faith. You are not expected to have it all figured out! As a matter of fact, you are expected to have questions - lots of them. And all of your questions are welcome and can be explored openly with honesty and integrity here.

Each Niner will be in a small group facilitated by an adult guide, as well as several of our peer mentors (upperclassmen). These groups are a ton of fun and a safe place to discover together and support one another along this journey of faith.

Niners meets almost every Wednesday night from 6:30-8:00 p.m., September through May. Pizza will be available each week. Wednesday nights are our main time for Niners. It is important that you are there as much as possible.

 

It doesn’t matter why you come, we just want you to be there. It has the potential to be something unforgettable and wonderful. But it cannot be all it could be without you.

 

I am excited about this year, and want to invite you personally to be a part of this amazing experience. Give Niners a chance; take the risk. It will be more than worth it. I really hope to see you when we start things back up for the fall on Sunday, August 6, at 9:30 a.m. In addition, on August 27, we will have a time for you and your parents to learn about Youth Ministries at Second. We will spend some time focused solely on Niners. The Youth Ministry Team will be there to answer your questions and welcome you.

Niners officially begins on Wednesday, September 6 in the Youth Suite at 6:30 p.m.

Brian Shivers