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Youth Ministries
​(grades 6-12)


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! 

SUMMER SERVICE TRIPS
High School - July 16-22, 2017 - Sandusky, OH 
High school students will be taking our summer mission and service trip to Sandusky, Ohio this year!  We will be staying at First Presbyterian Church and working with several agencies that serve Sandusky, an old factory town that is struggling to make it in many ways. Before leaving the area, we will also have fun at Cedar Point! Total cost per student is $275, and a deposit of $100 will hold your spot. Sign up today! Spaces are extremely limited. Click here to register.

Middle School - June 26-30, 2017 - West Lafayette, IN 
All current middle school students (grades 6-8) are invited to be a part of this amazing service trip to West Lafayette, IN. We will be staying at Central Presbyterian Church and working throughout the area with several local agencies. We will also hang out a bit at Purdue University while we are there. There will be plenty of fun and surprises along the way! Total cost per person is $150, and a $50 deposit saves your space. The trip is full and a waiting list has begun. Click here to add your middle school student's name to the list.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE - AUGUST THROUGH MAY -
Schedule resumes on August 5 for Sunday mornings and September 5 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

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 - 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

a.m. live
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Fall schedule started again August 5

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:

  • June 23-30 - Summer Service Trip to West Lafayette, IN
  • August 5 - Sunday morning programming begins
  • August 19 - Middle School Back to School Event - 3:00-5:00 p.m. Fun, games, pizza, and friends
  • September 5 - Youth Wednesday night programming begins.
  • October 7 - Bonfire and Hayride - 6:00-8:00 p.m. Spencer Farms in Noblesville
  • November 3-4 - Youth Fall Retreat - "Home" - register here.
  • December 5 - Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
  • December 13&14 - Christmas Benevolence Food Shopping Night. 
  • December 16 - 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
 


WEDNESDAY NIGHTS
Wednesday nights at Second begin Wednesday, September 5, 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 

9:30-10:30 a.m. - Youth Suite East - begins again August 5
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 -

  • July - Summer Service Trip
  • August 6 - Sunday morning high school youth programming begins
  • September 5 - Youth Wednesday night programming begins.
  • October 7 - Bonfire and Hayride - 6:00-8:00 p.m. Spencer Farms in Noblesville
  • November 3-4 - Youth Fall Retreat at Camp PYOCA
  • December 5 - Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
  • December 16 - 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


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 2016 
Great adventures were had by all!
Middle School Service Trip - June 27-July 1 - Cincinnati - working with mission partners in the city. Fun and surprises along the way. 
High School Service Trip - July 24-30 - Chicago - living and working in the city. Staying at Fourth Presbyterian Church downtown. 
Check out the stories of our summer 
here.


WEDNESDAY NIGHTS (September through May)
Wednesday nights at Second begins September 5 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. 

Payment for 2017 Footsteps of Faith. Click here to pay. If you want to pay the entire $1500, leave both payments checked. If you only want to pay the first payment, uncheck the second payment. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about payment. We never want someone left out because of cost.

Check out the 2016 adventures at www.footstepsfaith.blogspot.com

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 2016-2017 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 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.

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.

Niners is designed to take an in-depth look at the Christian faith with the Apostles’ Creed as our guide. We look hard into faith and topics such as the nature of God, the teachings of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Christian practices and much more.

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

Niners is not a class. Niners is an exciting adventure of faith.

Niners is...

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

What is Confirmation?

First of all, Confirmation does not mean that you have everything figured out. No one here does. As a matter of fact, we want you to know that all of your questions are welcome and can be explored openly with honesty and integrity. Confirmation is exactly what the word says. It is to confirm — accept, verify, approve — the Christian faith as your own. It does not mean that you have all of your questions answered. It is another step in your lifelong journey of faith. Confirmation is becoming a full member of and participant in this family of faith as we discover what it means to believe together.

What happens at Niners?

  • The unpredictable
  • Fun activities
  • Food
  • Music
  • Small group discussions
  • Challenging discoveries
  • Personal faith growth
  • Building and strengthening friendships
Come for the fun. 
Come for the people. 
Come for the food. 
Come for the discussions. 
Come for the music. 
It doesn’t really matter why you come; we just want you to be here. Niners cannot be all it could be without you.
 
We are excited about this year, and want to invite you to be a part of this amazing experience. Give Niners a chance; take the risk. It will be more than worth it. Hope to see you and your parents at the on Wednesday, September 5, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., in the Youth Suite on the second floor. Also, join us for Promotion Sunday on Sunday, August 5, at 9:30 - also in the Youth Suite. The Youth Ministry Team will be there to answer your questions and get to know you.  In the meantime, please register at the link above. 
 
Niners officially begins on Wednesday, September 5 in the Youth Suite at 6:30 p.m.