YOUTH AT FIRST PRES

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Activities and events for senior high students.

Teens At First Pres

Are you a teen looking for a fun and comfortable church home? Come and check out FRiST!
FRiST is the First Pres Youth Program.

FRiST is home for junior high (grades 7 & 8) and senior high (grades 9-12). Activities range from game nights, to Bible studies, to retreats, and more!

We invite you to explore more. Questions? Contact Jack Bell, Director of Youth Ministries

What does FRiST mean?
F
– Following Jesus (Discipleship)
R – Reaching our Community (Service)
I – Introducing the Gospel (Evangelism)
S – Submitting to God (Worship)
T– Together (Fellowship)

Upcoming Youth Events

Read more about our specific activities and events for junior high and senior high youth!

JUNIOR HIGH ACTIVITIES
SENIOR HIGH ACTIVITIES

Cool Stuff To Do

During this pandemic season, we have thought up, researched, and shared activities that we can do alone or with our families to keep us close to God.  Inspired by axis.org, we pass them along to you.

God’s word assures us that we have not been given a spirit of fear. Prayer reminds us who is in control and on whom we rely. This is an excellent way to model faith for your teenager.

We don’t have to have a Bible degree to be able to discuss how God’s Word encourages us in difficult times.  You can share favorite Bible verses or read through a book of the Bible on chapter a day.  Do this as a family and be willing to learn from one another.

This may seem difficult as we are expected to be practicing social distancing but here are some ideas of what you can do as a family:

  • Donate money to your local food pantry via the internet
  • Purchase a gift card from your favorite locally owned business
  • Call someone to check on them, pray with them, or offer assistance
  • Offer to run errands for “at risk” neighbors of family members
  • Write jokes in chalk on the sidewalk to lighten the spirit of walkers

Grab an empty jar and fill it with slips of paper on which you’ve written things you’re thankful for and ways you’ve seen God interact with your family.  Be sure to add to it each day of “quarantine.”

Sometimes having something to look forward to helps us navigate difficult times.  Plan a fun trip where each person gets some input.  You could include places to eat, stores to stop at, or things to do in the car on the way there.

Yes, we mean actual pictures. Use the opportunity to tell stories to your children about your past or your family’s history.  Photos can often help us remember things we’ve forgotten that we’ve forgotten.

As our students grow sometimes their interests and ours diverge.  This time together is a great opportunity to take an interest in their hobbies and pass-times.  Maybe they are interested in art, music, video games, social media, skateboarding, etc. and you can surprise them even more by engaging in their hobbies with them like some of these next ideas.

If you play instruments, great! Play together. If not, use Spotify or another music app to share your favorite songs together. Rotate who picks the songs.

Did you have a favorite book when you were the age of your children? Is there a book they love that you haven’t read yet? Maybe there’s a classic that no one in your house has yet to experience.  Read a chapter a day.  After a while you might be reading multiple chapters together in one sitting.

Tik Toks have some common themes.  Some are dances, some are short comedic jokes, and some are encouraging messages.  Let your teenager teach you a dance.  Write a quick, funny scene together.  Plan out how you’d communicate your message.  Film it together, have fun, and post it for all to see.

Whether the old-fashioned way: pencil and paper, paint and canvas, glue and pipe cleaners; or using the an app or computer program to make something digitally this is a great way to get your creative juices flowing.

Maybe pick a common ingredient that everyone has to use, or each person makes the same item to see who made it better.  God some left-overs in the fridge? Who can repurpose them into something delicious?

Find something in which each person might be interested. There are podcasts on nearly any topic or subject. You could even have this playing in the background while you do some of the other ideas on this list.

Allow your teenager to teach you how to play their favorite game: Madden, Minecraft, or Mario Cart.  Your son or daughter will likely defeat you soundly, but you can have fun learning and playing together.

Each evening have a family member to choose the movie that everyone will watch together.  Perhaps another family member chooses the snack for that cinematic experience. Try to pick ones that mean something to you or that you think other family members might not have seen yet.

Find a topic that may interest your family and prepare to learn.  With all of the streaming services available there’s bound to be a well-made (or, let’s be honest, campy) documentary that everyone can enjoy.

You can play board games that you own, teach or learn a new card game or play a game that doesn’t require any supplies like fishbowl or charades.

We all know more jokes and riddles than we think we do.  Share them with your family. How many do they already know? Can you make up any on your own?

Think of some funny or serious options. Discuss why you choose the option you did. Laugh together as you learn new things about each other.

Video call family members. Zoom allows for free accounts that offer limited but useful features.

We’ve all seen a “roast” where people insult and make fun of the mark.  A “Honey Roast” is where you spend time building each other up.  Each family member shares something they love, respect, appreciate, or admire about every family member.  We recommend everyone focuses on one family member at a time then moving to the next.

Take this opportunity to declutter and purge.  Organize your items into save, donate, and trash.  Don’t be afraid to go big! Rearrange a room or dream up new décor with a new paint scheme.

Gyms are closed but we still want to stay in shape.  There are plenty of workout videos on YouTube.  Clear some space and workout as a family.

Yes, an adult sized couch-cushion and blanket fort! They were fun as kids, they are still fun as adults.  Get creative: See how big you can make it.  Stock it with pillows, snacks, blankets, and books!

Grab (or borrow) a tent.  Stock it with camping supplies and set a time frame during which you won’t go back into the house.  Build a campfire in your fire pit.  Roast some s’mores. Try to do this device free!

Stay six feet apart from others!

2020 hasn’t quite started the way we all anticipated, but we can determine how your family will react to it and what direction you’ll be headed in.  Discuss goals, visions, and dreams both individually and as a family.  Set action steps on how they can be achieved.

Dust off those LEGOs and build as a family.  Have everyone make something that fits in a category (a vehicle, something that starts with the letter T, a model of your house, etc). Set a time frame and discuss what you like about everyone’s creations.

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