Youth Ministry

6th – 12th Grade

Our hope is for all young people to connect with God, one another, and our world in a way that helps them to use the gifts that God has given them to serve others. Beth Thaxton serves as Director of Youth Ministries & Christian Education. Contact her at for more information about Christian formation opportunities for youth (middle and high school) and adults.

The following classes are available during the Church School hour (9:45-10:45 a.m.):

Grades 6 – 7: (Stock Building, Rm. E205)

Sixth and Seventh graders study the Old and New Testaments (in rotating years) to give them a bird’s eye view of scripture before entering into the Confirmation program in 8th grade.

Grades 9 – 12: (Stock Building, Rm. E206)

Our High School youth participate in a topic-based study that is centered on living out our faith, current events, and more!

8th Grade Confirmation Class: (Stock Building, Rm. D205)

This class is an activity-based program exploring the student’s journey of faith and growth in Christ. Its purpose is to prepare our young people for their confirmation as full members of the church.  Confirmation class is for 8th graders and up and runs from November through Palm Sunday.

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Sunday Evening

Youth (grades 6-8 and 9-12) gather on Sunday nights for a blend of connection, choir, meals, mission projects, and more! Sunday nights begin with Chapel Choir, we then share a meal together served by parent volunteers, and then explore something different each week, like mission projects, fellowship events, movie nights, and more.

Events & Trips

Youth also go on many trips throughout the year including a fall mountain or beach trip, Presbytery retreats at Camp Don Lee or Camp Willow Run, Ski Trip, 8th grade trip to Atlanta, All Church Retreat in Montreat, and our 4 big summer trips – HS Mission Trip, Montreat Youth Conference (HS), Massanetta Middle School Conference, and Middle School Mission Trip