LEARN MORE ABOUT THE YOUTH & COLLEGE MINISTRY
Making disciples of Jesus Christ, it’s a simple goal with enormous impact. We understand that real ministry happens in real life, which is why we seek to be out in the community where we can make a difference. The Youth Ministry at First Pres employs a relational model, and a number of volunteers to mentor and walk alongside our students and families.
The Harbor at the Hoch Youth Center
In September 2013, First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale opened its newly renovated Youth Center. Spanning 3,000 square feet, on two floors, The Harbor at the Hoch Youth Center is located on the First Presbyterian Church campus in the heart of downtown Ft. Lauderdale in the quaint, picturesque Colee Hammock neighborhood. This newly renovated space provides a safe and welcoming environment for youth to socialize, study and interact in featuring spaces for small and large group gatherings and a media room with all the latest technology.
YOUTH & COLLEGE MINISTRY OFFERINGS
We offer a number of opportunities for you to grow in your faith and build your relationship with God and look forward to sharing them all with you in the Youth Ministry!
Mission Trip 2017
High School Peace River Canoe Trip
Come one come all. Our annual canoe trip down the Peace River is set! We will be leaving church at 4 pm on Friday, March 31st, and returning by 2 pm on Sunday, April 2nd. We will be heading to Arcadia, FL, for the weekend to go on a 8 mile canoeing trip. Come check out one of Florida’s treasures as we sit by the camp fire, go fossil hunting, stalk the elusive Florida moose, swim, and soak up rays. The cost is $130. Please contact Nic NicM@firstpres.cc to sign up, space is limited. Paperwork and Payment are due March 5th.
Scholarship Applications 2017-18 Now Available!
Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2017 Scholarship Workshop will be held on Sunday, January 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Andrew’s Room The scholarship workshops are geared towards students, but parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Attendance by the students is not required, but is encouraged. For more information, please contact the Scholarship Committee at Scholarship@firstpres.cc
Middle School Students
The Great Escape – Southwind Young Life Camp, August 4-9th // $500
Middle school students from all of the country make their way to this 5-day camp trip with their friends and leaders. Deadlines: Non-refundable deposit $100 is due Feb. 26th. Balance & Paperwork: due May 21st. FYI cost goes up after Feb 26th to $550
Hey High Schoolers – Interested in being on Work Crew? Click HERE for the application, due March 1st
Eight Grade Confirmation Class 2017
2017 is right and around the corner, and that means that it is time again for 8th grade Confirmation Class to begin. We will be having our first class Sunday, January 15th from 3:30-4:30 at The Harbor. We will be outlining the course and the students will begin to get to know each other. The class will meet each Sunday and cover what it means to be a Christian and more specifically what it means to be a Presbyterian, why we worship the way that we do, and how to further develop our relationship with God. It will culminate on March 26th, Confirmation Sunday. Please contact Nic Merchant to add your student to the class and with any questions at NicM@FirstPres.cc or 954-598-9361.
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9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Middle School Sunday School (Meets in Contemporary Worship);
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Middle School Youth Group (meets in the Harbor) and Kirk Singers (meets in Choir Room)
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Dinner in Neumann Center Fellowship Hall(cost $5)
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Elevate (High School Youth Group and Worship meets in the Harbor) and Chapel Singers (meets in Choir Room)
High School Small Groups 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. meeting at off campus locations, Warsaw Coffee 815 NE 13th St
Mission trips |Retreats | Lock-ins
Community Service Opportunities
First Press is looking to train a student in Audio, Visual equipment. Our Contemporary service uses state of the art, video and sound board equipment that we would like to train a student in. This could lead into many service hours through the year and be a continuing opportunity for a high school student interested in this field. Please contact Nic with questions and interest.
Contact Nic Merchant for service hour opportunities at NicM@FirstPres.cc.
Beginning in the 1940s, First Presbyterian Church has offered financial support to college students through the church’s scholarship program.
1. Students who have demonstrated a commitment and involvement in worship and church programs. Students must be a member of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale for two years.
2. Members who demonstrate financial need.
3. Non-member minorities who are active in their churches and meet the required criteria.
4. Full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing an Associate’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited school.
5. Qualified seminary students may apply for a loan.
6. Graduate students who are seeking a degree in a professional field of Christian service may apply for a loan.
7. Students who are attending a regionally accredited vocational and technical school.
How To Apply:
Complete a yearly application. Links for applications are below. For more information, please contact the church office at (954) 462-6200.
Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2017. Scholarship Workshop will be held on Sunday, January 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Andrew’s Room. The scholarship workshops are geared towards students, but parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Attendance by the students is not required, but is encouraged.
For more information, please contact the Scholarship Committee at Scholarship@firstpres.cc