United Presbyterian Youth
Interim Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions!
What’s happening right now?
UPY is on break for the 4th of July! We’ll resume meeting on Thursday nights on July 8 and Sunday nights on July 11.
Support UPY This Summer
During this summer of transition, UPY is in need of some additional support. Adult chaperones are needed for two special events (6/4 and 8/14), as well as regular UPY meetings during July (Sundays, 4:30 – 6 p.m.). Many members of the church have been generous in providing snacks for UPY gatherings – we are hoping that will continue throughout the summer too.
If you are someone who has a heart for spending time with students, or just has the ability to provide a snack one Sunday night, please check out the sign up form HERE. If you have difficulty using the form or otherwise have questions before committing to volunteering, please reach out to Jacob Christiansen. THANK YOU!
Upcoming At UPY
UPY Together – Sunday evenings, 4:30-6 pm
This is our weekly large-group gathering. All incoming 7th graders through outgoing 12th graders are invited to attend. Every week we enjoy hanging out, playing games, chatting, and learning about our faith and each other.
We have received permission from the Session of FUPC to meet indoors as the weather gets colder and the evenings get darker. We will only meet in large rooms and social distancing will be maintained. We will not be doing meals during youth group for the foreseeable future.
Small Groups – Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:30 pm
All 7th – 12th graders are invited to join a UPY Small Group! We meet from 6:30 – 7:30 pm on Thursday nights at Walker Park in Fayetteville. Small groups is a great place to meet new students in a smaller setting and have open discussions about our faith. The emphasis is on personal sharing and encouragement!
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 students spend time in 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!
Feel free to contact Martha Arambel for more details!