United Presbyterian Youth
Directors of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
Brianne Christiansen | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacob Christiansen | email@example.com
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 programming 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 7th-12th grade to join us for faith, fellowship, and fun. Come along with us as we engage with God’s story together!
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 7th-12th graders are invited to attend.
UPY Mornings (9th-12th) – Sunday mornings, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Every Sunday morning, 7th-12th graders meet in lower Witherspoon for a variety of topical series that explore various parts of the Christian faith. This spring, we’re discussing hard questions about God and faith, guided by the Sticky Faith Curriculum Can I Ask That?
Confirmation Class (7th-8th) – Sunday mornings, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
During the Spring, 7th-8th 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.
Middle School Connection (5th-6th) – Sunday Mornings, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
For our middle school students, there’s a specific Sunday morning class designed to help them build a faith of their own. Led by some great volunteers, these students will explore PresbyYouth Tween Curriculum.
Transition to UPY: Every third Sunday, the middle school group is invited to UPY for dinner, games and then a break-out program specific to the transition to youth ministry.
Small Groups – Wednesday evenings, 7-8 p.m.
Led by a wonderful team of volunteers from the congregation, our age and gender specific small groups meet once a week to hang out, catch up, celebrate together, grieve together, and, of course, study the Word together.
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!
Feel free to contact Brianne or Jacob Christiansen for more details!