United Presbyterian Youth

6th-12th grade

Directors of Youth and Young Adult Ministry

20160404_121901   Brianne Christiansen |

Jacob Christiansen | jchristiansen@fupcfay.org20160423_175003

About UPY

At First United Presbyterian Church, we believe that building students up to be passionate followers of Jesus Christ is a primary responsibility of any church. That’s why our youth programing is focused on quality discussion of that complicated book called “The Holy Bible.” We don’t believe that easy answers or surface-level understandings will help our students take ownership of their faith. Instead, we aim to inspire wonder in the person and the word of God.

The students and staff of United Presbyterian Youth (UPY) are passionate about the story of God. Everything we do is centered around sharing and enjoying God’s work throughout history. That means we tell and retell the fantastic stories from the pages of Scripture. But it also means that we tell stories of God’s work in our own lives—we’re part of God’s story too. Every week UPY students share a “King Sighting,” a small (or large) moment where they’ve seen God during their week.

We enjoy practical service opportunities, Bible studies, retreats, and large-group gatherings, all designed to help us grow resilient and community-oriented faith. Students at UPY have a chance to make a visible difference in God’s Kingdom by participating in outreach opportunities through work with local agencies, national mission trips, and even international relief efforts.

We seek to create a welcoming and loving environment where everyone is welcome. UPY welcomes all youth 6th-12th grade to join us for faith, fellowship, and fun. Come along with us as we engage with God’s story together!

Weekly Schedule

UPY Together – Sunday evenings, 5-7 p.m.

This is our weekly large-group gathering. We meet every Sunday night to enjoy dinner (provided by our wonderful congregation), games, and Bible stories together. All 6th-12th graders are invited to attend.

UPY Mornings – Sunday mornings, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Every Sunday morning, 8th-12th graders meet in lower Witherspoon for a variety of topical series that explore various parts of the Christian faith.

Confirmation Class – Sunday mornings, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

6th-7th grade youth are invited to deepen and develop their faith through confirmation. While participating in the life of the church during these critical formation years, confirmation classes are offered on Sunday mornings. These classes focus on creating a deeper understanding of the Presbyterian Church, personal faith, and what it means to be a Christian.

Small Groups – Typically on Wednesday evenings

Beginning in June, all students will have the opportunity to meet in an age-specific small group once a week. These small groups will typically meet on Wednesday evenings, but may have a different schedule if that’s more convenient for the group. To get the specific schedule for your student’s age group, contact Jacob or Brianne Christiansen

Youth Handbells – Rehearsals on Sundays from 4-5 p.m.

Check out our Music Ministry page for more information about this awesome opportunity.

For information on the goings-on at UPY, check out Jacob’s blog here!

May Schedule

May 1:
  • UPY Mornings, 9:30 a.m.
  • Confirmation Class, 9:30 a.m.
  • No Youth Handbells
  • REACH Prep Meeting, 4-5 p.m.
  • UPY Together, 5-7 p.m. – “Man on the Watchtower”
May 8:
  • UPY Mornings, 9:30 a.m.
  • Confirmation Class, 9:30 a.m.
  • Graduation Sunday, 11:00 a.m. service
  • No UPY or Youth Handbells – celebrate your mothers!
May 15:
  • UPY Mornings, 9:30 a.m.
  • Confirmation Class, 9:30 a.m.
  • Youth Handbells, 4-5 p.m.
  • UPY Together, 5-7 p.m. – “Darrius and the Disobedient Servant”
May 18:
  • REACH Fundraiser, 5:00 p.m.
May 22:
  • Youth Bells play in Prairie Grove, depart at 9:30 a.m.
  • UPY Mornings, 9:30 a.m.
  • Confirmation Class, 9:30 a.m.
  • Youth Handbells done for the summer
  • REACH Prep Meeting, 4-5 p.m.
  • UPY Together, 5-7 p.m. – “Rediscovering the World”
May 29:
  • UPY Mornings, 9:30 a.m.
  • Confirmation Class, 9:30 a.m.
  • UPY Together, 5-7 p.m. – 5th Sunday Special Event

Other Upcoming Events

  • Mission Month—June
  • REACH Mission Trip: June 12-18 in Prairie Grove, AR
  • Shoe Drive During VBS Week: June 27-July 1
  • Presbyterian Youth Triennium: July 18-23 @ Purdue U (for current 9th-12th graders)
  • Jr. High Jubilee: July 9-14 @ Mo-Ranch (for current 6th-8th graders)
  • Presbytery Trip to Montreat: July 23-30 (for current 8th-12th graders)

Feel free to contact Brianne or Jacob Christiansen for more details!