Unique Youth Program

The Unique Youth Program

of the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker, GA

[stextbox id=”alert” color=”000000″ ccolor=”000000″ bcolor=”db3524″ bgcolor=”ffffff” cbgcolor=”ffffff” image=”null”]Our church leadership believes that our youth should be in the world as much as possible that they might be salt and light. We do not fill up the calendars of our youth with church entertainment activities. With God’s help we endeavor to lead our youth into godly character, spiritual leadership, and responsible lives.[/stextbox]

Our Mission: to build the fear of God into the hearts of our youth that they might live for the glory of God and enjoy Him forever.

Our Values: Reformed Worship and World View, Dependence on Scripture, Mastery of the Shorter Catechism, Respect for Authority, Good Manners  and Social Skills, in Service Showing Love for Others, the Disciplines and Skills Developed in Music, Sports and Academics, Loyalty to Christ’s Church, and Living for the Glory of God.

Goals: we will covenant together to raise our children to be respectful of authority, to memorize the Westminster Shorter Catechism and selective Bible verses, to lead a ministry within the church, to lead in community service, to discover and use their spiritual gift, to understand their role as a member of Christ’s Church, to understand the Biblical use of money, to remain chaste before marriage, and to understand the church forms, structures, order and government.

Methods:

  1. Annually the Minister and an elder meet with the parents and youth to evaluate their progress in their Christian education and spiritual growth. The youth get a chance to evaluate our programs and make suggestions. The youth recommit to the Youth Covenant annually during this meeting and as a group on Youth Sunday.
  2. Annual Spaghetti dinner led by the Youth to fundraise for our program.
  3. Annually attend a Classical Concert as a group. Formal attire.
  4. Annually attend Bonclarken Camps and Conferences.
  5. Annual formal dinner for our young people to sharpen their table manners.
  6. Annual Christmas Angel Tree administered by our youth. This project is funded through scripture memory.
    • A church leader writes a verse on an index card and commits it to memory. They then pass the verse on to someone else.
    • Each person who memorizes the card does three things.
      • They sign their name to the back of the card
      • They pass it to someone else
      • They put a small offering in the Scripture Memory Box to celebrate that they have memorized that verse
    • At the end of the year the youth go Christmas shopping with the money to buy gifts for the Angel Tree family.
  7. $200 reward for reciting the Shorter Catechism to the minister. Answers only.
  8. We are collecting and preparing boats to use in youth ministry. We have chosen the Snipe Sail boat as our main boat type. We will be setting up Lake Lanier and Stone Mountain Lake for geocaching scriptures which recount when Jesus was on the water. The program will be called Seeking Jesus at SAIL. We will use this program for out reach and for developing the disciplines and skills needed to succeed in the sport of sailing.
  9. Classic Reformed Theology Book Club. We help our youth pick a book every six months that they read and discuss during youth events.
  10. The Youth Program is organized with officers and quarterly meetings to teach them Robertson’s Rules of Order and to allow them leadership opportunities.
  11. Our Youth provide three to six Study Questions on their own for each sermon posted on the church webpage  —  www.FirstPresTucker.org
  12. Our Youth support and join the Adult Choir on occasion.
  13. The youth who play a classical instrument are encouraged to use it to support the congregational singing of hymns during worship.
  14. Our youth leadership coordinates activities with other churches. With the host church’s permission we join them on their outings and at their camps. We see this as an opportunity to expose our youth to multiple denominations within our community and socialize our youth with others their own age.
  15. The Youth Covenant: We the youth of the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker covenant with Christ that in submission to the authority God has placed in our life we commit ourselves to integrity in our relationships, to fulfilling our duty as members of the body of Christ, to seek justice within our community, and to love others as Jesus loved us.

[stextbox id=”alert” color=”000000″ ccolor=”000000″ bcolor=”db3524″ bgcolor=”ffffff” cbgcolor=”ffffff” image=”null”]The DONATE button below is for those who wish to help us impact the lives of young people with this program. Blessings and thanks for your support.

Sincerely, Pastor Tony Locke


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